Saturday 16 February 2019

McEvoy and Jackies won't rest on their laurels ahead of hat-trick bid

Niamh McEvoy of DIT and Dublin at Gourmet Food Parlour's Northwood, Santry outlet
Niamh McEvoy of DIT and Dublin at Gourmet Food Parlour's Northwood, Santry outlet
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

It's been a rocky road to the top for the Dublin ladies footballers and Niamh McEvoy intends on making hay while the sun shines in the capital.

Heartbreak has never been far away from their doorstep - they lost a hat-trick of excruciating All-Ireland finals to Cork from 2014-2016 - until recent years and the Jackies have no intention of resting on their laurels now they are at the summit.

McEvoy was still in her teens when part of the 2010 All-Ireland-winning squad and presumed the glory days would remain but it took eight years to return to the pinnacle and she's keen to "drive forward again".

The Jackies chase three All-Ireland triumphs in a row and the St Sylvester's attacker is "hungry for more".

"I would've been very disappointed had I only won the one All-Ireland. I was so young that time. I dedicated a huge amount of my life to playing for Dublin after that," she said at the Gourmet Food Parlour HEC Football Championships launch.

"Especially with that group of friends who have stuck around. We soldiered together and really enjoyed it, and we celebrated really well! It has just made us hungry for more. We're not just happy to finally get over the line.

Improve "We are the All-Ireland champions but we are aware that Cork have been the best team for the last decade. We are going to try and drive forward and go for it again. We want to continue to improve."

In former Dublin men's coach Mick Bohan, McEvoy believes they have a manager who has questioned the norm and allowed them to make "great leaps".

"He is such a strong character. In previous years maybe we would have let things go, but he knows what was available to them (the men) so he would expect the same for us. If something was lacking, he would ask why and maybe in the past we would have been guilty of just accepting things as they were," McEvoy said.

"He has pushed the boundaries. Previous to Mick being involved, we would have never played at Croke Park in the league, and it was something he did pursue."

Two league double-headers before their male counterparts this season is something which McEvoy revels in and it's particularly special for the DIT student as she will play the curtain-raisers before her boyfriend and Dublin star Dean Rock.

"It will be great leaving the house heading for the same pitch! Maybe it wasn't the case before. It's great steps for the county. It's nice to even play on the same night so we can have Sunday off together."

Irish Independent

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