In recent times, we are more used to seeing our Littlewoods Ireland ambassador Anna Geary waltzing her way around a dance floor. But she is still very much a GAA girl at heart. With four All Ireland titles to her name, our girl Anna knows exactly what it is like to play in a Final.
This Sunday, Cork and Kilkenny will go head to head in Nowlan Park in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Final. The Cats and the Rebels have met in this final many times before, so an interesting contest is guaranteed.
Anna will be on site this Sunday along with Jackie Tyrrell, taking over the Littlewoods Ireland social channels. We chatted to her at the recent launch of the GAA Go Games, to find out her predictions, and what players she is most looking forward to see mark each other.
What are your predictions for the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Final?
Kilkenny and Cork have been in this position for the last few years now. They know each other back to back!
Now that it’s going to be on before the hurling, it will add to the occasion especially for the younger players that are involved. I think it will really come down to who handles it the best. They all know each other inside out, all the players have all the experience.
Kilkenny have been really consistent in the League, but Cork are going in as the All Ireland Champions.
It will be a real test of both of them. I think no matter who wins, it is definitely going to be a great game of Camogie.
What two players are you looking forward to seeing most mark each other?
That’s a hard one! For me, I will be looking out for the Cork girls that I have played and lined out with. I always get such a kick when I see them play.
The likes of Aoife Murray, Orla Cotter and Gemma O’Conor. They have been there for years and they are my teammates.
Then on the other side of it, I was have been up against the likes of Ann Dalton down through the years. She is always a player, who’s style I would always love to emulate, that attacking defensive style of play.
No matter who is on Ann, and no matter who is on the likes of Gemma, they will be very interesting battles. Those girls have a never say die attitude.
For you as a player, what was it like to win the League and what did it mean to the team?
I think the League is very important now. With Cork and Kilkenny, it’s not a coincidence that they are always at this stage of the League, and then they are always at this stage of the Championship.
It’s a dry run for the Championship, especially for the younger players. It’s the feeling of the big day, and how you cope with it is really important.
You don’t get that many opportunities to play on big days with big crowds. I think it’s going to be a packed stadium because the hurling is on afterwards. That is going to be a great way to get used to that.
It sets you up also, because winning is a habit. The more you win, the more you get a custom to it. If you are doing well in the League, it gives you more games to test out what you are going to do for Championship.
Gone are the days where you can ignore the League. Certain managers use it for different things; often managers use it for to try out younger players.
I suppose really with Cork in the last few years, we go out to win it. It’s a confidence boost going into the Championship. When you meet those teams, mentally you already have a bit of an advantage of beating them in the League already!
This Sunday Kilkenny Camogie will take on Cork Camogie in the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League Final, in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Poc in is at 1:30pm. This match will be followed by the Allianz Hurling League Divison 1 Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.