Twomey says Dublin seniors ready to peak

by Dave Donnelly

Lucan Sarsfields camogie player Ali Twomey feels Dublin are ready to peak at the right time despite a heavy defeat to All-Ireland champions Cork last week.

The Girls in Blue suffered a 4-15 to 2-3 win to the Rebel County in their second Group 2 game, having comfortably beaten Offaly on the opening day.

David Herity’s side were knocked out at the semi-final stage last year to Kilkenny, and Lucan native Twomey feels they’re not far off the standard set by last season’s finalists.

“We knew going down to Cork would be a tough test, but things just didn’t go right for us on the day,” Twomey told the Dublin Gazette at an AIG Heroes event in Ballyfermot on Wednesday morning.

“It was just one of those days. When you’re playing the All-Ireland champions, they’re going to punish everything you do.

“We just have to focus now on what went wrong, and focus on the next three matches and getting out of the group.

“The game definitely got away from us. There was a few soft goals. Things like that wouldn’t happen all on the same day, so it’s unfortunate. With 15 minutes to go, we were still in the game.

“There was about nine points in it, which is nothing in camogie. Their experience just showed and they were ruthless and punished everything.

“They’re All-Ireland champions and that’s the standard you want to be at. It doesn’t matter who it is – it’s the All-Ireland champions you want to be beating.

“It’s not going define our season. We still have three more matches in the group stages, and then hopefully a quarter-final, a semi-final and, please god, an All-Ireland final.

“We’re peaking at the right time. Everyone’s fitness is really up there. It’s still going to be a long summer – we’re not going to let one bad day get to us.”

The Girls in Blue come up against Meath next week, a side they’ve come up against regularly both in the championship and in challenge games.

“We only beat them by five points in the league.

“They’d be a team we play a lot. We know we’re capable of beating them, but it’ll come down to the day.

“They’ve lost their opening two matches so they have nothing to lose. They’ll be going all out, and I think they look at us a team they can beat as well.”

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