'Visualisation' the key to ease Kildare Captain's nerves ahead of TG4 All-Ireland Final: Brannoxtown pupils nail 'Miss Holton' for pre final interview
27 Sept 2015
In an interview recorded by Jacinta Sully, it was Aisling's fifth and sixth class pupils at Brannoxtown NS who were asking the questions and nailing 'Miss Holton' on team strategy and match preparation for this interview ahead of today's final.
And they weren't shy with the questions! When asked about training, the primary school teacher replied: "We train 3 times a week, and last week, we went up to Croke Park to prepare mentally for the match".
Do you fancy your chances? "We go into every match being confident, and looking for a performance more than anything; we hope that if we perform well and do the best we can, we hope for success".
Do you think that everyone in your team is well-prepared? "Yes. We’ve trained so hard the last 10 months everyone is pushing themselves so hard in preparation for this final". Does the team have a strategy? "We play a different type of football for different types of matches. After our concession of 5 goals in our first match against Offaly, we knew that we would have to play a defensive match the next time we met them. We change our strategy depending on the team we’re up against". If your team is losing, what do you do to encourage your team-mates? "We go back to basics, and try to get the simple things right. Ultimately the big thing is hard work. So, if for example a corner forward has to track back to the backline to put in a tackle, that’s what has to be done".
We have high hopes for a Kildare win next Sunday, but Kildare have had defeats in the past. How do you handle defeat? "We would be very disappointed, but its about getting back on the field again and get back to training sessions and try to put things right?"
If you win, where will you put the trophy? "If we win, there would be a lot of visits to different schools. As a captain, I would have the trophy for a little while, but we’ll share the trophy around all the girls so that they can visit all the clubs".
What is the key to victory? "Hard work and a bit of confidence".
Do you think that it’s fair that men dominate Gaelic football? "The men deserve every bit of recognition that they get as they work so hard, but I would like to see the ladies getting a bit more recognition as well". Maria Moolick coincidentally did some teacher training at Brannoxtown School and there are four teachers in total on the Kildare side this afternoon. But for the fifth and sixth class pupils in Brannoxtown, it's all about 'Miss Holton' and no doubt, their school will be first on the victory school if the Kildare Ladies take the Intermediate title this afternoon! The county is behind you Ladies! Log onto KildareNow for game updates.
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