Up for the match. The biggest weekend of the year. Or as the good people of Sky might say, ‘Super Sunday.’
All-Ireland final day. The three-match special. And as Camogie CEO, Sinéad McNulty, declares: “It’s a wonderful family day.”
Cork and Kilkenny top the Croke Park bill in the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Championship final at 4.15.
And before that, there’s the Intermediate final between Cork and Galway (2.0), with the day beginning at High Noon with the Junior final involving Antrim and Armagh.
And there’s the Beacon Hospital Kilmacud Crokes 7’s to set the tone on the eve of the finals. The Saturday Sevens are so much part of the All-Ireland weekend.
It’s the 49th year of the Camogie Sevens. And even in the Lockdown, they kept the sliotar bouncing with their Global Skills competition.
All are relishing the return of the Sevens to the pitch. And Kilmacud are grateful to the Beacon Hospital for their sponsorship, and the support of their good friends, Baker Tilly and Dole.
No doubt, everyone at the Sevens will have their views on who will be taking home the O’Duffy Cup.
It’s sure to be an initriguing contest. Last week’s semi-finals provided first-class entertainment.
“They were very competitive semi-finals,” states Sinéad McNulty. “And it’s been a fantastic Championship.”
Sinéad is hoping to hear the turnstiles clicking. “All-Ireland final day is a real celebration of camogie. And there is such a deep tradition there, going back to 1904.
“I would encourage people to come along and enjoy the spectacle. Even if their county is not involved.
“These players ae such fabulous role-models. On the pitch and off it. The approach they take to training, that sense of team that they bring.
“And then they bring all of that back to their clubs. Where they are inspirational figures. They are such icons of the sport, and it would be great to see a big crowd to support them.”
Both Cork and Kilkenny had to graft to secure their ticket for the red carpet. Waterford tested Cork’s resolve. Cork only took the lead for the first time a few yards from home. Ashling Thompson’s introduction playing a crucial role in the win. Likewise, Kilkenny had to put in the miles to overcome the champions, Galway.
Cork will be aiming for success on the double. And their Intermediate final wll be refereed by Gavin Donegan of Trinity Gaels.