Shane Plowman says his Dublin junior premier camogie side are confident – but not overconfident – ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Junior Championship showdown with Kerry.
The Dubs reached their second successive junior final this year thanks to a comprehensive victory over Offaly in the semis.
Victory at Croke Park would go some way toward making up for last year’s defeat to Westmeath, and would also see Dublin’s second-string side promoted to the intermediate championship.
“They had a huge disappointment last year coming away from one and we made a promise to ourselves to do everything we could to get back this year,” manager Plowman told the Dublin Gazette.
“We have got back. It’s going to be a huge challenge out there with Kerry, but they are confident, which is a good thing, but not overconfident either.”
While some players admit to having been overawed by the occasion last yea, the Thomas Davis man feels the dimensions of the Croke Park pitch suit their direct, high-energy style.
“Our game does suit [Croke Park] because we try to move the ball into big open spaces. It is a massive pitch, and it’s only when you’re out on it that you see how big it is.
“We were lucky enough to get a run-out there in Abbottstown, which is the exact same size as Croke Park.
“It all depends on how you use the ball on the day of the final – that’ll tell the result more so than anything else.”
Kerry is not renowned as a camogie or hurling stronghold, and possesses only a handful of senior clubs, which has traditionally hampered their growth as a county.
The vast majority of the Kerry panel is made up of players from the Clanmaurice club, with all 15 starters from the semi-final win over Roscommon being drawn from the one club.
“We played them in the Championship and the league last year, and we were lucky enough to come away with two results,” Plowman told the Gazette.
“The year previous we played them twice and they came away from us with two results, so Kerry will be good.
“They’re putting in a huge amount of work down there into the camogie section. They’re bringing up a team that played together since they were children.
“At every age level it’s s senior set-up down there [at Clanmaurice]. It’s a senior club, with about five or six girls from other clubs.”