Biggest sporting day yet for Lucan college

by Gazette Reporter

THE halls and classrooms of St Joseph’s College may be empty and quiet this Saturday afternoon, but the school’s crest, colours and spirit will be loud and proud in Nenagh.
Joey’s will travel to Tipperary to meet Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, from Limerick, in the Senior B Schools All-Ireland camogie final, and in the build-up to the massive game; we caught up with coach Dave Kirwan.
“It’s very exciting, there’s a good buzz around the whole school, particularly with the players that are set to be involved and their classmates,” said Kirwan. “It’s probably the biggest game the school has had in its sporting history so there’s a great feeling in the corridors.”
With the game being on a Saturday, the Joey’s coach was asked if he expected a good number of supporters in Tipperary and he was optimistic. “We’re hoping to bring as many down as we can,” he said.
“At the moment, we couldn’t put a specific number on it, I’m sure a lot of the players’ families and classmates will come with their own families to show support and we’re expecting Lucan Sarsfields to lend their support too.”
The links between Sarsfields and Joey’s is stronger than most club and schools in the county as Kirwan explained. “The vast majority of our panel are at Sarsfields, we have just one girl at St Pat’s Palmerstown so they all know each other well. Some are playing senior now while others have played together underage at the club, it’s definitely benefitted us.”
With that said, did he expect to be challenging for national glory when this group got back together as school returned last September? “Well, at the start of the year we would have really been looking at the Dublin championship,” Kirwan admitted.
“It’s always competitive and this year, even more than usual. Going into the final round of games there were still four teams looking to get through. Thankfully, we managed a two point win against a very strong Our Lady’s side. That set us up to win Dublin and only after did we start thinking further afield.”
Finally, on Saturday’s opponents, the Lucan coach is under no illusions his side are in for a tough afternoon. “We’ve done our homework on them for sure,” he said.
“We’re not going into the game blind as to who they are and what they can do. They’re an extremely successful school who have had a couple of recent wins in various All-Ireland competitions so they’re not strangers to big games and big days.”
The girls from Joey’s would appreciate all support in Nenagh on Saturday in their quest to win this trophy. So, if you can, make the ‘Trip to Tipp!’

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