Wednesday 26 July 2017

Dual-star Buckley provides remedy for Cork

Cork star Rena Buckley. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cork star Rena Buckley. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Denis Hurley

Cork dual-star Rena Buckley decided to opt for camogie last year, providing just the remedy needed for Inniscarra to claim a senior county camogie title.

That victory meant that Buckley was nominated as Cork captain for the coming year. Running her own physiotherapy business as well as studying for a Masters degree in UCD meant that something had to give, and the camogie captaincy had the edge over football. Buckley didn't feature for Cork ladies in the national league and announced at the weekend that her focus would be on camogie.

"To be honest, I didn't have any extra time, I was caught with work and study and things like that," she said at the launch of the second year of New Ireland Assurance's sponsorship of the Cork team.

"There wasn't enough time in the day. During the league there's a lot of travel time for matches.

"I can't speak highly enough of (Cork ladies football manager) Ephie Fitzgerald. I phoned him in January and I told him that I was studying until May 12, and in fairness he phoned me on May 12. I really appreciated that and he gave me time again after that."

The Rebels begin their All-Ireland camogie campaign against Tipperary on Saturday following losses in the league final to Kilkenny and the Munster final against Limerick, as well as last year's All-Ireland decider defeat to the Cats.

Buckley isn't concerned about a hangover, though.

"We got to the league final and we lost it, we got to the Munster final and we lost it, we realise that we're a little bit off the mark, but we realise as well that we're not too far away," she said.

Irish Independent

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