“This game is huge for us and the sport. When I took over three years ago, our goal was to play in the top level of the game. This Saturday, the girls get their reward for all the hard work, by running out to face the All Ireland champions” Quaid commented.
Limerick face Cork, having defeated Offaly last weekend in their first Senior championship match in 10 years. Something Quaid is both proud of, yet anxious to build on.
“The win over Offaly was huge for us. We know now that we can compete at this level. The jump from intermediate to senior is huge, but we have taken confidence from our win. The hard work is paying off. We have to play Cork this weekend, while also having to play Wexford and Galway. Those side account for the last 10 All Ireland wins, that is where we are at now”
A block of two games starts this weekend with a meeting against Cork in Kilmallock at 2.30pm. Cork, the standard bearers of camogie, will provide a huge challenge for Limerick but one that Joe Quaid’s chargers will be more than capable of handling. Limerick still have to face Wexford (July 4) and Galway (July 18) in the championship group stages.
With Quaid able to call on a full bill of health in his squad, Limerick are in a better position than ever before to challenge Cork, who lost last weekend to Galway in their opening game.
“Winning is a habit, so let’s hope losing is too for Cork” laughed Quaid. “We need to be honest about this game too. The intermediate champions coming up and beating the current All Ireland champions in their first season would be huge. This would be one of the biggest upsets in camogie history” the former Limerick hurling goalkeeper continued.
With three sides from Cork, Limerick, Wexford, Galway and Offaly to go through to the knock out stage, another win, or maybe two would be needed for Limerick to progress. However, Quaid is only targeting one game at a time.
“We lost to Cork in the league this season by a narrow margin, having lead with a few minutes left to go. We need to be aware that we can hurl with the best in the business. That’s all Saturday is about. We have earned the right to be here, now we just need to go and play” added Quaid.
Limerick’s game with Cork will take place in Kilmallock at 2.30pm on Saturday.
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