Tipp ladies hoping to finally end famine

 

From irishindependant.ie

By Cliona Foley

Thursday September 25 2008

A HURLING title may have painfully eluded them this year but Tipperary could yet win a coveted All-Ireland from a most unexpected source on Sunday as their women’s footballers are back in a final after a 28-year gap.

Most of the side who take on Clare in the TG4 Intermediate final (ko

2.0) weren’t even born when Tipp last won a women’s football trophy in 1980.

But they actually inherit a proud tradition as the Premier county won the inaugural senior final in 1974 — beating Offaly — retained it a year later against Galway, and lost back-to-back finals in 1979-80 before winning their third and last senior final in 1980 beating Cavan.

It is their camogie stars who have been the main protagonists at Croke Park recently and it’s hardly a coincidence that their footballers are captained by Angie McDermott (Cappawhite).

Inspirational

An inspirational midfielder in their five-time All-Ireland senior camogie winners, McDermott last played in Croke Park in the 2005 final defeat to Cork.

The super-fit accountant (32) is now concentrating her energies on football but Sunday’s team does contain two current Tipp dual players in Mairead Lutrell and Mairead Morrissey.

It also features a niece of Niall Quinn’s — Aoife O’Dwyer — at corner-back. And they also have a very experienced management team in Paddy Morrissey (Mairead’s dad), Martin McDermott (Angie’s dad) and Michael McCarthy.

"With my daughter (Mairead) involved I was always at matches anyway and eventually, four years ago, she just wore me down," Morrisey joked about being persuaded to take the job. All three are former Tipperary footballers and Morrissey is a former manager of both the Tipp and Carlow senior men.

Standing in their way though are Clare who have actually beaten Tipp twice this summer. The first was in the Munster final, but the Banner also came out on top in their championship meeting.

Having lost consecutive semi-finals, by a point, in the last two years, Clare are on a mission themselves. And with a double incentive — this year’s intermediate winners are exempt from relegation next season and will thus get a two-year run in the senior ranks — this all-Munster intermediate final promises to be a real thriller.

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