Chairman proud of achievements as Houlihan praises the collective effort

Donal Barry

Kerry Ladies Chairperson Pat Hartnett was full of praise in the wake of Kerry's return to Division 1 Football.

"It is a great day for us, our girls have done us proud and I'm really delighted for them as they have put in a tough 4 years," Hartnett said in the aftermath of their victory.

"They have a great spirit and they showed that today when Aoife was sin binned they all stood up and were counted and held on. think the back three were immense. They repelled Galway time and again."

On a day when the Kerry under-14 team produced a marvellous performance to draw with Cork in the Munster final Hartnett believes that the hard work of the last few years is now producing dividends.

"It is a slow process but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter all the time," he said.

Asked about where this puts Kerry ladies football the chairman said: "We have won the league and now we are going for the championship and I think we can win it.".

Meanwhile, according to the TG4 Player of the Match, Sarah Houlihan, belief was the key to success.

"We finally believed in ourselves and backed each other," said the Laune Rangers woman, who had just accepted the TG4 Player of the Game award for her fine contribution of six points. Houlihan was still aware that it was a team effort.

"It's great to get these prizes but it's on behalf of the team. In the last few minutes when Galway were down to two points we knew they were only looking for one thing and it was great to see a green and gold jersey get to the end of their attacks. Our backs were really brilliant, Cait, Aislinn and Aoife they worked so hard."

Feeling that the squad was getting stronger she was particularly full of praise for Laura Rogers who is the youngest member of the squad.

"Laura is a great asset to the team. She took her chances well today and it great now that we have plenty experience and some youth and this will be good for us."

Houlihan feels that this win will give them more confidence ahead of the championship but added that the players "will enjoy this one first and hopefully it will give us the confidence to have a good championship."


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