O’Brien’s unfinished All-Ireland business

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Dublin Senior Camogie players are willing to take their own training sessions if there is a delay in appointing a suitable successor to David Herity as manager, according to joint captain Eve O’Brien.

Herity’s recent departure from the role has been greeted with disappointment in many quarters, as he had helped Dublin reach their first All-Ireland semi-final in 27 years in 2017, with many feeling there was unfinished business to be done.

“We had a great year, we obviously would have hoped to progress after getting to the semi-finals in 2017, so this year we would have been looking to progress to that level and further again,” O’Brien told the Dublin Gazette at the launch of the new Dublin GAA jersey.

“Unfortunately we were defeated by Galway in the quarter-final. Reflecting on the season as a whole, we won more games in competition than we did the previous year, so there was huge progression there.

“We had a lot of new players and a good bit of change over, so looking back on the whole year it was extremely positive.

“The last couple of years under David Herity have been hugely successful for us, so we are looking forward to 2019 and just pushing it on and keeping that forward momentum going.”

O’Brien says that her side haven’t lost any of the momentum of recent years, and that the players are willing to step up to drive this on next year.

“Myself and the other captains and the leadership group we have will drive on,” she said.

“It’s not a case that he is leaving and that it all goes back a few steps. It’s definitely forward momentum, and whoever comes in and takes his place, I think he has left a solid base there and definitely a bit of a legacy as well, so it’s all positive in that sense.

“If we need to go out and train ourselves we will. We’ve already talked about if there is no manager in place that we will go out ourselves and train.

“We have very strong leadership within the bunch, and I think we are well able to drive things on ourselves.

“It’s not like starting again. We have the team there, and we have the base there so we will be focused about getting results early on in the season as well.”

However, O’Brien says it is important to sort a manager as soon as possible, given a January start to the Littlewoods Camogie Leagues.

“It’s important, we aren’t the only county looking for a manager,” she said.

“The job demands a lot, I know that from seeing the commitment and the time and energy that David had to put into it over the last few years, so I don’t think it should be taken lightly.

“We are looking for someone suitable who can take the job as soon as possible.

“The players are working away with their clubs anyway, it’s going to be an early start to the year, but most of the girls will be playing with colleges now, so we won’t be rushing back any time soon.”

But before anyone can even look towards the 2019 inter-county campaign, like many players around the county, club commitments are foremost in the mind, as this Sunday, Eve and her Na Fianna colleagues who face St Jude’s in the Senior camogie final in St Peregrine’s at 3.30pm.

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