Fox’s Leinster legacy

by Gazette Reporter

THE Foxrock Cabinteely trophy cabinet may be newer than most of their rivals’ in Dublin, but the southside club added a massive new member to it by winning the Leinster Championship on Saturday.
Pat Ring’s side travelled to Clane to take on the heavily favoured Mountmellick Sarsfields in the provincial decider and came out 1-12 to 1-7 winners.
A brilliant start was key to Foxcab’s win here as they led 0-10 to 0-3 at the break against a Sarsfields side looking for their third Leinster title in a row.
Speaking in the wake of the final, Ring was in joyous mood with the win. “It’s a wonderful feeling,” he said.
“It’s really only beginning to sink in now to be honest and when you have that little bit more time to think about it. For a club so young to be Leinster champions, it’s a huge act.
“We’ve been building towards days like this; we came close in 2012 when we lost a Leinster final but we went away from that, licked our wounds and learned from it and here we are three years later.”
For a club formed just 10 years ago, being crowned Leinster champions is a serious achievement as Ring stated, but it hasn’t been an easy ride to get here.
“It’s taken huge commitment and lots of personal sacrifice. These girls have missed out on so much due to the time and effort they’ve put into this team but I think their faces after the final whistle showed it was worth it.
“There was genuine emotion there, some were beaming from ear-to-ear, while some were genuinely upset, in a good way, especially those who were there in 2012, I suppose I was a bit emotional myself,” added the manager.
While winning Leinster brings such a high to any club, thoughts will have already turned to the national glory as Fox Cab take on the mighty Donaghmoyne from Monaghan in their All-Ireland semi-final on November 22.
“We’re into a different ball game now altogether,” said Ring.
“Leinster is a huge competition to win but the All-Ireland is step-up again. Donaghmoyne are a seriously strong outfit. They’ve won two All-Ireland titles, have nine inter-county players and four or five All-Star’s in their ranks.
“But, we are confident in our own ability and we will be going up to Monaghan looking to win the game.
“We’re not content on just winning Leinster and we won’t be travelling north on the 22nd to make up the numbers, it will be tough, but we’ll be going to give them a real game.”

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