When A group Like That Remain As Humble As They Are You Know They Are In The Right Space – Mick Bohan

The Dublin senior ladies footballers get their All Ireland campaign underway tomorrow against Waterford in O’Moore Park and this week we caught up for a chat with Dublin manager Mick Bohan.

Dublin have only played one game in this years championship to date, the Leinster Final two weeks ago, that was Dublin’s first competitive game in nine or ten weeks, Mick Bohan is looking forward to the games now coming thick and fast and says it’s exactly what the players want.

“Ye it’s great, I’m looking forward to the game obviously at the weekend and two weeks after that your immediately back into action sure that’s exactly what the players want, we’ve only played one game so we are welcoming the games coming back to back very quickly.”

Bohan’s side faced Westmeath in the provincial decider and provided Dublin with a stern test, Mick said it was the most competitive Westmeath he has faced in the three years he has been at the helm and was delighted not only with the challenge but to be back on the road and get a win under their belts.

“Absolutely they were the most competitive Westmeath team we have played since we got involved in the three years, Tommy Carr and Co. have done a lot of good work with them and obviously from our end and obviously they were in the same boat not playing competitive fixtures in nine or ten weeks you are kind of at a loose end coming into it your not sure where you are at, but we were happy, we were happy to get on the road and obviously to get a win under our belts and it’s up and running now.”

The Dubs started that game a little nervously and Bohan expressed it shows even though a number of the team have played in multiple All Ireland finals how grounded and humble they are.

“Isn’t that a fantastic thing, at this stage there is girls in that team who have played in whatever seven or eight All Ireland Finals and some of them were as nervous going into that Leinster final as they were for any of the All Ireland’s that they have played in and that just shows you how grounded they are and that’s exactly what you want, when a group like that remain as humble as they are you know they are in the right space.”

With a number of mainstay players from last years team either injured or not available this year Mick gave a number of young players starts and others game time in the Leinster final and he was delighted with their contributions.

“We where delighted, Niamh Hetherton 18 years of age could have been off on a leaving cert holiday with her pals but was just delighted to be playing with Dublin and obviously she comes from a good lineage so we were delighted not only for her but her family.

“Oonagh Whyte put her hand up in training and certainly delivered on the day for us as well and then you have the likes of Caoimhe O’Connor and Sarah Fagan all young kids coming into the fray, so we were really happy with that because everyone who came in contributed and obviously that part of the package we are looking for.”

It’s Waterford up first tomorrow and Mick was asked what he was expecting from game and Saturday’s opponents.

“Waterford are very similar to Cork and for 42 to 44minutes of the Munster final they really put it up to Cork, they played quite a similar type of game and obviously they have some decent players and three years ago when we played Waterford I think it was in Nowlan Park, we struggled for long periods of that game so we are very aware that on any given day if your not ready for the challenge your going to be in trouble.

“They’ve had good quality games under the belt continued Bohan; they’ve played three games in Munster, we’ve had one in Leinster, that does give you a little bit of an edge at this stage, in a couple of weeks time it levels out when everyone’s got the game under their belts, but at this stage I’d prefer to have played three games.”

A lot of the talk this week is has been about a possible Dublin and Cork semi final so how does Mick Bohan make sure that the players minds are focused on the job in hand in the group stages and quarter finals and not drift towards later in the championship.

“The bottom line is this, the first thing they want to do is get a jersey for Saturday said Bohan.

“That competitive environment sometimes it can dip a little, particularly if there is a loss of key players and people think they are getting an easy ride into the team, so that competitive element in training is really important.

“But equally the lack of games, we know we haven’t played a whole heap of games, so the whole emphasis on the game against Waterford besides the fact that we are trying to be successful, is to try and get our own things right, so that kind of dismisses the whole thing of anything down the line we’ve an awful to get right within our own set-up.”

Mick Bohan also spoke about the loss of his captain Sinead Aherne early in the provincial final and how happy he was with the leadership shown by his players in her absence, the big turnover of players in the ladies game and much, much more, the full interview can be viewed in the video above.