"We're going to have to try to get up to the inter-county standard very quickly"

September 09, 2020

Dublin's Sinead Aherne, Niamh Collins and Ciara Trant. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Dublin ladies star Sinead Aherne sees this year’s inter-county season as being something of a new experience for everyone involved due to its late start.

Speaking on Off The Ball yesterday, the Dubs captain reckons teams will be looking to get up to inter-county standard very quickly come the end of October. 

"I don’t think it will be the same experience that we’ve been used to. Whether that will be any less or more enjoyable I don’t know," said Aherne.

"You sort of have to enjoy the journey as much as the destination because I think this journey is going to be looking a lot different.

"Beginning an inter-county championship this late in the year is completely new and we’re going to have to try to get up to the inter-county standard very quickly when we get back together. I guess everyone is in the same boat though."

On the prospect of the current restrictions on the game being imposed during the winter, she added: "It just isn’t feasible to not have meeting facilities or changing facilities when we’re going to be playing and training in wintry conditions," Aherne explained.

"You’re not able to stand around a tactics board for 20 minutes in the middle of November trying to figure out your kick-out strategy."

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