Briege thrilled to be back

Irish Examiner - Sport - - CAMOGIE -

Briege Corkery ad­mit­ted that ‘ab­sence makes the heart grow fonder’ as she ended a two-year in­ter­county ab­sence in Cork’s All-ire­land camo­gie semi­fi­nal win over Tip­per­ary on Satur­day night.

Four and half months after hav­ing a baby, the 17time All-ire­land win­ner was in­tro­duced off the bench as the Rebels se­cured their place in the All-ire­land fi­nal against Kilkenny next month. Corkery had last played for Cork in the 2016 All-ire­land fi­nal loss to the Noresiders.

How­ever, the leg­endary dual star ad­mit­ted she “missed the in­ten­sity” of county ac­tion and is thrilled to be back in the fold.

“(Cork man­ager) Paudie Mur­ray had been on to me even since last De­cem­ber. It was play­ing on my mind,” she told New­stalk’s Off The Ball. “I wasn’t too sure would I make it back or not. I started train­ing with our strength and con­di­tion­ing coach in June and we were still de­cid­ing what would hap­pen. We just made the de­ci­sion to go with it and see how it went.”

She said of her mo­ti­va­tion to re­turn: “I had got so un­fit for a bit... so it was a good goal to try and get back to good in­ten­sity, good fit­ness. It’s great to be back with the girls. It was funny I didn’t miss it last year but I sup­pose some­times ab­sence makes the heart grow fonder. It’s nice to be back. If I’m any help to the team, that’s all I want to be.”

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