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Limerick camogie player Sarah Carey tells us about her pre-match rituals

Despite losing out to Cork in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League semi-final, Limerick made quite an impact on the 2018 League. It’s onwards and upwards to Championship now, and we caught up with Limerick captain Sarah Carey about what she does pre-match to get her ready for a game.   Is there a specific routine…

Limerick's Sarah Carey. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
Limerick’s Sarah Carey. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Despite losing out to Cork in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League semi-final, Limerick made quite an impact on the 2018 League.

It’s onwards and upwards to Championship now, and we caught up with Limerick captain Sarah Carey about what she does pre-match to get her ready for a game.

 

Is there a specific routine that you follow on match day?

I actually have nothing myself, but my parents say that I go into a really really deep zone, that I tune out of everything! I go into my own little world. I have a little boy now as well, he is one and a half, so he keeps me busy. Nothing else matters when it comes to him. The minute I arrive onto a pitch, I can get into the zone myself.

Do you eat the same food?

Yes I do, and I prefer to be at home eating my own breakfast, rather than staying over in a hotel. If I had the opinion I much prefer to be in the house with my cup of coffee, poached eggs and toast.

What gets you psyched up on match day?

I love going into matches under pressure. I love being the underdogs up against big teams, it gets me going. I love proving the point that we can do it!

Limerick lost out to Cork in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League semi-final. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
Limerick lost out to Cork in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League semi-final. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Do you do any stretching/foam rolling before you head off?

I would do loads of stretching myself in the dressing room before we go out, and the night before as well, just even when I’m sitting down watching telly. I just like to loosen out!

Does your team have any match day rituals?

Everyone is always in the same position on a bus, beside the same people. There is about seven or eight of us at the back, and there’s a group at the front. There’s no divide there, it’s just what we are used to and it’s the way we do it.

Would you be superstitious if you didn’t do these things?

Yes I suppose, I would be a little. If I sat up at the front of the bus I would feel very different. Even not travelling on the bus, I wouldn’t like that. I prefer to be on the bus with the girls, it’s even weird when you’re at home and you drive to matches, it feels odd and I’m thinking I need to just be with the girls!

 

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Ellen McConville

Ellen is the Sports Content Writer for Littlewoods Ireland and your go to gal for all things GAA. She is a fluent Irish speaker and a big fan of fashion, music and some cheese and wine as well.

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