Conneally hoping for a first division one league title

Galway Ladies' football captain Geraldine Conneally, who has been playing with the county seniors for more than a decade now, is still waiting for her first division one league medal to add to the All-Ireland senior medal she annexed in 2004 and the division two medal from last season.

The Dunmore McHale's star, who is a nurse in University Hospital Galway, has seen some terrific days in the maroon and white over the years, going back to an All-Ireland minor win in 2002.

"Every girl on the senior panel would love to win a division one medal and we believe  we can do that this Saturday against Cork. The mood in our camp is really good and the atmosphere is very positive. We finished strongly last weekend and we genuinely believe that if we play to our full potential, we will beat Cork.

"Cork are a great team, but we have been training and playing really well over the past few months and we have a good bit of momentum and belief behind us at this stage. We are going to Portlaoise to put our best foot forward and, if we play as we know we can, we have a great chance of success."

Conneally is happy with the balance in the Galway panel this season and the addition of a few players from the All-Ireland winning minor teams of 2013 and 2014.

"The skill and talent and commitment of many of the younger girls is great to see and there is a lovely balance in the squad and on the team at the moment.

"We have a good few experienced and older players and they have knitted in very well with the younger crew, so we are all pushing each other on.  Winning division two last season was very important for the team's development, as it is really important to be playing the top sides in the country, such as Cork, Mayo, Dublin, Kerry and Monaghan on a regular basis. Those games have brought us on a lot, and it would be fantastic to finish the league with a win and a league title.  That is what we are aiming to do this weekend."



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