DCU Camogie were beaten by University of Limerick (UL) in the semi-final of the Ashbourne Cup on the 9th of February in Mallow.
UL beat DCU by 2-12 to 1-6 and went on to win the tournament, beating University College Cork (UCC) in the final.
Rachel Harty, captain of the DCU side, spoke to The College View, saying she was pleased with how well things went for her side in the tournament.
“I don’t think it’s ever actually been done in the college before, I’d have to double check but I don’t think we’ve ever made it to the semi-final of the Ashbourne before.”
The final and semi-final are played on the same weekend in the Ashbourne Cup, so finalists must endure a physically demanding weekend.
“If we got to the final alright it would’ve been tough. I went the following day to see the final and you could see by the players, especially UCC and WIT it was a very close game but you could see by the bodies they were very tired.
“The following day they were playing UL in the final. So it would be very tough, I think,” Harty explained.
It was the first year that Harty captained the side, a privilege she was honoured to have.
“I didn’t expect it at all. The lads approached me at the start of the year. I was like ‘me, of all people’, I didn’t expect it. Especially being a third year like there’s fourth years on the team. I expected them to get it, so it was a massive honour to be asked,” Harty said.
With plenty of experience on the team from previous years, Harty had plenty of support in her role as captain.
“Sure the girls were brilliant all year, there was so many leaders on the team I didn’t even feel like I was the captain. It was just a title to me more than anything.
“We’ve so many leaders on the team as I said, I didn’t feel the pressure to stand up or anything,” Harty commented.
Harty was impressed by the contribution newcomers brought to the team and believes the future for DCU camogie is bright.
“There were so many first years that stood up this year and made a massive difference to the panel.
“Then of course there were the older seasoned players that were still there like the likes Laura Greene, Eimear Corr and Claire Sexton who were massive influential players then there’s the younger players like Hannah Higgs who plays for Dublin.”
While DCU were unsuccessful in their efforts to claim the Ashbourne Cup this year, Harty sees no reason as to why they can’t go on to win the tournament next year.
“Hopefully we’ll get a bit further. I could even imagine us getting to the final next year and hopefully win it out. That would be the plan anyway because we’re well capable of it.
“We’re only losing four fourth years. We still have the bulk of the team, the bulk of the panel with hopefully new first years coming in.”
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