Cork’s Eimear Scally doesn’t believe there is much between Dublin and the chasing pack in the race for this year’s Brendan Martin Cup.
Mick Bohan’s side will attempt to land three-in-a-row in 2019, with many feeling that they could go on to dominate the game just like Cork before them who won six-in-a-row between 2011-2016.
Scally feels that, despite Dublin going through somewhat of a purple patch, just as they had done before them, that there are other sides capable of toppling them this season.
“With the ladies football obviously ourselves and then Dublin have taken over the last couple of years, but there is not much between a lot of the teams, a drop of the hat and the Galway ladies could win something.” Scally told Pundit Arena.
“There’s a lot of counties there with players capable of winning an All-Ireland so I suppose I’m not thinking we are too far behind the pack. I really don’t think we are, and attitude is the main thing to have. And look there are plenty of players in the Cork panel who have already won All-Irelands between minor and senior.”
Having won 11 All-Ireland titles since 2005, Cork are no strangers to silverware and for Scally, it was easy coming into a team who had already dominated the Gaelic footballing landscape, given that those All-Star players she looked up to had already created a level-headed ethos that runs through the entire group.
“I was always wanted that (to play for Cork).
“I was lucky enough to come in and Juliet Murphy, Elaine Harte, Bríd Stack all these girls were there, so it was really nice to eventually come in and play with these players who set such an ethos within the group that you’re so level-headed,
“I would like to think that all our team are that way, and I hope that everyone would look at us that way and that we wouldn’t come across as cocky or anything like that.”
Whilst Murphy and Harte are long out of the inter-county scene, Bríd Stack only announced her retirement from the game last week. Stack was a member of every single All-Ireland winning Cork side, and Scally admits she will be a huge loss going into the 2019 season.
“Ah huge, Brid is just a sweetheart, she was always looking to improve the other girls around her and you know she just set such a good mentality along with so many other players, we just looked up to her.
“She was just such a good role model and still is. So many on the senior panel are (role models), you are just in awe of them. They are just players the same as you but to have players like Bríd to step up that bit more was always great.”
Right now, Scally’s focus is purely on UL and their quest to wrestle back the Gourmet Food Parlour HEC Ladies Football Championship which they last won in 2017. The ace attacker sees the standard at colleges level now being totally on par with inter-county.
“I would say all day long that the college is definitely on par standard wise with the inter-county football, and having Gormet Food Parlour come in and raise the profile has been huge.
“It is a special tournament to play in and something I would love to win again before I finish up with UL.”