What a dif­fer­ence a year makes for cap­tain Eimear

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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’.

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