Wednesday 18 September 2019

'No thought of history, it's just another game' - Jackies legend

Here’s hoping: Christina Collins in her playing days with Thomas Davis. She says the Jackies won’t be thinking about the record books just yet Photo: Frank McGrath
Here’s hoping: Christina Collins in her playing days with Thomas Davis. She says the Jackies won’t be thinking about the record books just yet Photo: Frank McGrath
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Dublin Ladies will be chasing their own slice of history tomorrow as they aim to secure three All-Ireland wins in a row.

Jackies legend Christina Collins, from the Thomas Davis club in Tallaght, says Mick Bohan's team won't be thinking about entering the record books, though.

"They'll just think of it as another game. They'll be focusing on their team performance and hoping that can carry them over the line," she said.

The club have three players wearing blue against Galway tomorrow - Olwen Carey, Siobhan McGrath and Ciara McGuigan - and there will be plenty of support.

"We have 200 girls from Thomas Davis going on Sunday and we had a lovely blues night last week to acknowledge the girls playing in Croke Park," said Christina.

Christina said the game had changed from when she turned out in the 1990s, adding the current success of the squad was down to "leaving no stone unturned".

"It is very professional now. We worked hard but they have a strong backroom team, dieticians and there is an emphasis on core and discipline.

"They leave no stone unturned and Mick Bohan has such attention to detail. There was also a lot of groundwork done by Bobby McNulty and Craig McGonigle.

"I think in some ways losing finals also made them hungrier. Sometimes you have to lose one or two to win one or two.

"Galway will play without fear," she added.

She said the 2020 campaign had contributed to promoting the game. "Women's sport, not just Gaelic, has thrived in recent years. Rugby and soccer have excelled," she said.

"Sport is so important for mental health too. Exercise is great for the mind and body and it's important for parents to try to prevent girls quitting sport."

As record-breaking crowds turned out last year, she is hoping that 2019 will be the same.

"It is a great day out. There is also Fermanagh v Louth and Meath v Tipperary and they will bring a good crowd with them too," she said.

Irish Independent

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