Last year, Kilkenny won the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League, and this year the Cats are back, seeking to defend their title. We caught up with their captain Shelly Farrell at the launch of the Littlewoods Ireland’s Camogie League semi finals to find out if there are any rituals or routines that she follows in the run up to a game.
Is there a specific routine that you follow on match day?
Preparation coming up to the match is key really. Hydration and recovery from training sessions.
Do you eat the same food?
Yes I normally have the same food coming up to matches. I have eggs and then I would have pasta, to fuel up.
What gets you psyched up on match day?
Probably when we are all in the dressing room together, especially when the management come in to speak to us. Leading up to the match, say the last 20 minutes of the bus journey, you really get your head ready for it.
Do you do any stretching/foam rolling before you head off?
I do it normally the night before, and I would take the foam roller with me for after the match as well.
Does your team have any match day rituals?
We have the strength bands that you put on to get your muscles ticking, so a few of the girls would do that before hand.
Would you be superstitious if you didn’t do these things?
I like to wear the same socks, or do certain things at certain times. Though it wouldn’t really put me off my game if I didn’t get to do it!
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