Ryan: playing county a way of life
CAMOGIE: Lorraine Ryan turned 23 on Tuesday and regarded being at Croke Park to launch the 2012 championship as the ideal birthday present.
"It's a way of life," says the Galway captain. "I'm playing county since I was 14. You know that when the summer comes, it's three months of our lives. I'd rather be playing in Croke Park than be out the night before. We play it because we love it; nobody is putting a gun to our heads. We don't care what else is going on."
Ryan earned an All Star for her performances at left corner-back last year, but that doesn't stop the memories of last season being largely of disappointment, having being beaten in the All-Ireland final by Wexford. However, the Killimordaly clubwoman is inclined to consign that game to history.
Tony Ward has returned as manager and as they get the campaign under way against Offaly in Banagher today, that is a boost -- given that the Sarsfields man was at the helm when Galway got their hands on the O'Duffy Cup for the only time in 1996.