Róisín McCormick has high hopes for Antrim in Senior Camogie Championship

Róisín McCormick

Róisín McCormick believes a Senior Camogie Championship quarter-final is within reach for Antrim, having triumphed in last year’s Intermediate Championship.

Antrim are riding a wave of good results at the moment, as they were crowned as Intermediate All-Ireland Champions last year, while they triumphed against Down in the Ulster decider a couple of weeks ago.

Bigger challenges lie ahead this year, as they kick off their Senior Camogie Championship campaign against Offaly this Saturday, although there is a positive atmosphere within the Antrim camp.

McCormick was speaking after being named as the PwC GPA women’s camogie player of the month for March and revealed that Antrim are targeting three wins out of five in the group stage.

Antrim are targeting a win against Offaly.

“Winning this weekend would be a major boost, especially with it being our first match in the senior championship,” McCormick said.

“If we see ourselves getting off to a good start, hopefully then we maintain that through to the Down and Limerick games. I suppose Kilkenny and Galway are even bigger games to focus on.

“Limerick, Down, and Offaly are the main focus at the minute. Hopefully, if we get off to a good start, that’s the start to a good season for us as well.”

McCormick isn’t lacking any confidence in her team’s abilities, as Antrim couldn’t be in much better shape heading into this year’s championship.

“I don’t think we have ever played better. Our performance against Kilkenny [second-string] in the All-Ireland final was top class last year,” McCormick commented.

“But the way we are going at the minute and how we played against Down a few weeks ago, we are absolutely flying. Going into the senior championship, it is the exact place you want to be.”

Róisín McCormick is getting back to her best.

McCormick has clearly been in fine form this season, with her player of the month award proving that, although she does believe there is room to improve.

“I’m getting there. I am slowly building I suppose but I wouldn’t say I’m at my exact peak fitness or anything. I want that coming into the championship but performance-wise, I have improved a lot I’d say, but as a team as well,” McCormick explained.

“My good performances have been bouncing off my overall team performances and the girls playing well helps me play well. It’s not an individual sport so their performances benefitted mine.”

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for McCormick, as although the championship is kicking off this weekend, her focus has been primarily directed towards her university exams for sports science in TU Dublin.

The Antrim star finished her final exam of the semester on Wednesday and will now be free to devote her attention to camogie.

“I’ll just say it was a very tough two weeks with the exams. I have been missing training because I have been down in Dublin and having to do my own training,” McCormick admitted.

“It is hard to find the time to balance both but now they are over I can just focus on camogie and worry about results when they come in two or three months. ”

PwC GPA Players of the Month for March in camogie, Róisín McCormick (Antrim GAA) and in ladies football, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry GAA), alongside PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Month for March Stephen Bennett (Waterford GAA) with their awards today at PwC’s Cork offices.

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