Briege thrilled to be back
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.”