Carlow captain showing her love on honeymoon... for camogie
CARLOW camogie captain Lisa Abbey took dedication to the game to new heights yesterday by attending the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship launch in Croke Park - during her honeymoon!
Lisa and her husband Jason McAssey were married last Friday and are currently honeymooning in Co Wexford.
Carlow caused a huge stir by winning their first All-Ireland junior title last year and have moved up to the intermediate ranks this season.
Lisa actually missed their historic victory because she was pregnant last season. Their daughter is now six months old and she's now back in the thick of action.
"It was tough to watch it from a distance but brilliant because we won, it was a huge thing for Carlow camogie,” she said.
“For us to go up intermediate is also huge so I really didn’t want to miss today,” she added.
“I’ve left Jason back at the hotel to come up here for a few hours but he didn’t mind. He is incredibly supportive and I honestly wouldn’t be back playing without his help.”
Carlow face a tough opener, away to Down, when the All-Ireland camogie championships start on Saturday June 10.
Kilkenny followed up their first All-Ireland senior title in 22 years by beating Cork again in this year’s Division 1 league final despite a plethora of injuries but will have most back on board for their opener against Waterford.
Long-time champions Cork recently lost to Limerick when the Shannonsiders won their first ever Munster senior title and Offaly pushed Kilkenny to a point in the Leinster final, indicating a significant levelling in standards.
Sponsors Liberty Insurance are running a competition (see www.squadgoals.ie) for clubs where the winner will get €8000, feature in a new TV advertisement and get to showcase their skills at half-time in the All-Ireland finals on September 10.
A ‘Cairde Camogie season ticket, which covers all matches including all three All-Ireland finals, is available at €45.
2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championships
Week 1 - Saturday June 10
Senior: Waterford v Kilkenny, Dublin v Clare (group 1), Tipperary v Cork, Limerick v Offaly.
Intermediate: Wexford v Kilkenny, Derry v Kildare, Antrim v Tipperary (group 1), Cork v Galway, Down v Carlow, Meath v Laois.