Laura Treacy: 'We’re just thrilled that this is going ahead'
By Cian O'Connell
On the eve of another All Ireland Camogie Championship, Laura Treacy is simply delighted that matches are imminent.
A harrowing semi-final defeat to Galway hurt Cork deeply, but they are back primed to make another bold bid for national glory.
Four months of no games brought a challenge, but once club action resumed Treacy was delighted.
"It’s been really strange times," Treacy admits. "It’s crazy to think it’s October already and we’re only heading into county championship.
"When everything hit last March/April I personally thought there’d be no championship. I’m a nurse, I was working in the frontline and it was so hard to see any type of sport being played this year so we’re just thrilled that this is going ahead and fingers crossed it will be completed for calendar year of 2020."
In this demanding spell the fact that sport is being played carries such relevance in people's lives according to Treacy.
"Absolutely and not just the GAA," Treacy replies. "The Olympics were postponed, for that to be taken away from those athletes, something that you’re training for for four years, that must be so hard.
"We were so lucky in Cork that all camogie and hurling games were live-streamed. That really gave people a chance to be involved in the club championships.
"Hopefully that’s something that goes to the inter-county scene too, that if our games aren’t being televised, that there’ll be live streaming. "My parents would go to every game. They’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country for games throughout the years.
"With people not allowed attend them at the moment that is tough so hopefully these live streams can continue into the inter-county scene and people can still be involved."
Cork will be without the splendid Aoife Murray for the upcoming campaign.
"I have played in the full-back line since 2014 with Aoife Murray behind me," Treacy says. "She is a pillar of the defence. She was the best goalkeeper, I'd say, to ever come through camogie. She will be a massive loss for us.
"We do have Amy Lee who has been involved with since way back then. Amy is involved with us since 2014 or 2015 and has been training next to Aoife Murray for the bones of five, six years.
"Like, Amy, I have full trust in her. She has learned so much from Aoife. Some players do have to move on and it is time to start filling those boots.
"We hope Amy will step up and fill Aoife Murray's boots. Aoife's boots are very hard to fill, but I have no doubt that Amy will step into those shoes very quickly."
Treacy, who is recovering from a hand injury, is encouraged about Paudie Murray's decision to remain in charge.
"Paudie has been fantastic for Cork camogie," Treacy admits. "He has been my only manager since I was called up in 2012. How he has developed the sport throughout the years he has been involved is phenomenal. He brings such professionalism to the whole set-up.
"We are training like elite athletes. We are only thrilled to have Paudie again with us for 2020."