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Julianne O'Keeffe, Kerry, and Aoife Coughlan, Limerick, during the All Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Final at Croke Park.
Julianne O'Keeffe, Kerry, and Aoife Coughlan, Limerick, during the All Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Final at Croke Park.

Brick delighted with Kerry's work rate


By Daragh O Conchuir

Kerry manager Ian Brick hailed the work rate of his charges as his charges made history to win the county’s first All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship title.

Patrice Diggin’s birthday will be one she will remember for a long time, as she scored five points and was named player of the match but Brick was quick to praise his entire team.

“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves in the last 10 minutes,” said Brick referring to a slew of wides in that period, quite a few of which Diggin was uncharacteristically culpable.

“We always knew Limerick were going to be very tough, very physical, with great speed all over the pitch. We found it very hard to contain them early on.

“We did try to impose our physical game on them but unfortunately we weren’t able to kill off the game, though it wasn’t for the lack of trying.

“The girls have been fantastic all year. There were hooks and blocks and interceptions all over the field. I have nothing but praise for them and it’s absolutely deserved."

Brick was delighted with the resilience Kerry showed throughout the contest.

“Going forward we weren’t brilliant," he added. "Again, Limerick were putting us under pressure, but the work rate was the best part of our game. We knew if we could just keep grinding it out, we’d be there or thereabouts at the end.

“Limerick had a very good game plan. We thought we’d be able to dominate but we weren’t able to and that was down to Kevin (Connolly) and his tactics. "They brought our defence all over the field and we found it hard to settle up front but the girls worked hard and the couple of girls that came in at half-time combined for a vital score that settled us.

“Giving the girls hugs after, their jerseys were drowned in sweat and that’s all you can ask for on a given day.”

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