Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ending long wait has made Dubs greedier for more glory - Finnegan

Dublin's Sinéad Finnegan. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Sinéad Finnegan. Photo: Sportsfile

Sam Wheeler

Sinéad Finnegan has no concerns that the Dublin ladies team might lose their hunger for success, having finally won the All-Ireland after three straight final defeats.

In fact, the defender reckons that the belated victory will only sharpen their appetite, and she expects the team to stay together.

"After experiencing that feeling once, it is something that you definitely do want again," she said.

"Cork won 11 in 12 years, and knowing what it's like to win probably makes you greedier. It makes you work harder because you know you want to get back to that place again.

"I haven't heard anything about anyone retiring. Everyone is kind of still in party mode."

Finnegan certainly has had no thoughts of walking away from inter-county football; she has no problem with the commitment of four or five nights a week for most of the year.

"I love playing for Dublin, it's something that I'm immensely proud of and it's something I hope to do for as long as I can," she stressed.

"It's a hobby. You might come home from work in a bad mood, you go to play football and you feel like a brand-new person.

"You miss out on stuff, like the odd family occasion or a friend's birthday, but very few people will get to experience what we experienced."

Triumph

For Finnegan, last month's triumph over Mayo, in front of 46,286 people, didn't come about in the way she had envisaged, as she limped off in the 19th minute.

"When you imagine yourself winning an All-Ireland, which I have done a few times, you don't imagine that you're sitting on the subs' bench, with an injury, crying your eyes out. But the moment when we won it was amazing."

Finnegan plays down the furore over the Dubs ladies having to raise funds themselves for their team holiday, saying: "The lads behind us will do a sterling job in trying to generate a few funds to go on a holiday, and whether that's to Barbados or Dingle, we don't care."

Finnegan would like to see more double-headers with the men's team, to help harness the record-breaking support from the ladies' final, but she feels it's up to the women's game to attract fans.

"I have a friend who criticises ladies football all the time, but after our semi-final he said: 'I enjoyed watching every single minute of that match, I didn't complain once'. That was the biggest compliment I could ever get from him. So the onus is on us and coaches all over the country to make sure that we maintain those high standards and improve."

Sinéad Finnegan was speaking at the launch of AIG's travel insurance deal for Dublin fans.

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