In the build up to Saturday’s LGFA Ulster Intermediate football final between St. Joseph’s Glenavy and Brian Og, Steelstown in Carrickmore the Saffron Gael speaks to Glenavy captain, Mary McStravick.
McStravick has had an excellent season in the Glenavy defence where she has been an ever present and has led by example and she was excited when we spoke to her in the build up to the club’s biggest game in their history.
“I have played for Glenavy Senior ladies for over 10 years and this has been without a doubt our best season yet! There is no better feeling that getting to an Ulster Final with your club. This is the first time in the history of Glenavy Ladies that we have made it to an Ulster Final and there is an unbelievable buzz around the club.
We had a difficult start to our Ulster campaign with a three hour bus trip to Donegal to face Naomh Muire. The travel was worth it and we came away with our first win of the competition. As you can imagine the bus home was not a bother to us and it felt like minutes before we were back in Glenavy.
We were very lucky to get two home draws then against Rostrevor and Ballyhaise in the both the quarter-final and semi-final. Through both games we battled hard and came away with two wins finding ourselves in the Ulster Final.
These two weeks have been very exciting leading up to the final. We really have the full support of the club behind us. We had a coffee morning on Sunday and it was great to see so many people from the club coming in to visit along with so many underage players! We are all really looking forward to the final on Saturday against Steelstown. We know we will have a lot of support from the club following us down to the game to encourage us from the sidelines” she concluded.
The Saffron Gael wishes Mary and Glenavy all the best against Steelstown in Carrickmore on Saturday and of course, our own Bert Trowlen will be there to capture the action and we will bring you a report on the game at the weekend.
Glenavy fans looking forward to Saturday’s final in Carrickmore