What a difference a year makes for captain Eimear
HAVING left the field as captain of the losing side in 2018 having fallen to the same opposition as last Saturday the extra impetus and desire was very real for Valleymount captain Eimear Kavanagh Behan who turned in a fine performance from full-back in their showdown with St Pat’s.
The Valleymount defender says that they knew they had to come out prepared this year so as to avoid a repeat of the hurt of 2018.
‘We knew we had to come out this year, after last year losing by so little, we had to come and give it our all. And we had great preparation because we had the league final and we played St Pat’s, so we had worked on tactics for kick outs, so we were ready to go,’ she said.
‘We worked really hard on all different tactics. We wanted to try keep her (Aimi Healy) out of the game with man-marking. We had gone to a few matches before this, so we had our homework done.
‘I was captain last year, so I wanted to go full out this year,’ she added.
Normally teams see a change in their captain after a county final defeat. It says a lot about the character of Behan that she was chosen to lead them for another shot at the crown. How was it decided?
Mentors, team, I don’t know, I’ve been playing from a very young age, and there are other experienced players there, Emer Miley is one, working behind the scenes as well on tactics, county experience, and both of our mentors are footballers as well,’ she said.
And what about those two energetic and capable young men, one from Hollywood, the other hailing from Valleymount?
‘They took us on last year when our other two managers had left after we lost the final. We started off slow, and it was hard for them some nights down there with only 10 players, but we had injuries (and other reasons), and they were there even when we had only 10 players and they bring the experience of their own football, Keith playing with Hollywood GAA and then Darragh playing with Valleymount. They were very committed, and they gave it their all and we even started training three times a week this year,’ said Eimear.
A magical day for Valleymount GAA Club. Let the celebrations begin!
‘Absolutely (magical day), can’t wait to start celebrating now, back to Ballyknockan, back to Cullen’s, you wouldn’t know where we’d end up’.