With the upcoming Ladies Intermediate Leinster Championship kicking off tomorrow, Saturday 9th September, we talk to the Moorefield manager, Mick Masterson. Mick and the ladies team are preparing for the 1st Round of the Intermediate Leinster Championship and will play the Tinahely Senior Ladies team. Come out and support them at 2.30pm in Tinahely.
Who’s your favourite player of all time? Amber Masterson, she’s as tough as nails.
Who’s your favourite team? Moorefield ladies… they’re a brilliant group. The 2010 Moorefield Senior Football team would be a close second. They won everything in Kildare in 2010 including a magnificent comeback in the county final against Sarsfields.
Who is your favourite manager? Why? Mick Moore. He managed Moorefield to reach the county semi-final in 1998, our first since the 60’s. That year saw the start of the Senior career of Roly Sweeney, who played in that semi-final as well. (19 years ago)
How long have you been involved in Moorefield for? All my life as my father used to play and he’d bring me to the games. I played my first senior championship match against Sarsfields in 1982 and my last championship match in 1998.
Achievements on the pitch … Minor Championship in 1982 with Newbridge, 2 Leader Cups in 1994 and 1996, Captain of the first Moorefield team to win the Herbert Cup.
Achievements as a manager.. Ladies 2009 Junior E, Ladies 2017 Senior League Division 2, Ladies 2017 Intermediate Championship
Senior B’s 1999 League Winners
Who was the first team you managed? Senior B’s in 1999- We beat Leixlip in the League Final
Why did you get involved with the Ladies Section? I was watching Amber playing for the Seniors when Frances Kelly approached me and persuaded me to get involved.
Is there a difference between managing a ladies’ team and a men’s team? Yes, definitely. The girls don’t cry as much and they definitely use as much fake tan.
How do you as a manager prepare for a game? Light a few candles, say a few prayers and kick every ball while finding it impossible to sleep.
Tell us about the Moorefield ladies management team …
Paul= Lifelong friend- very passionate about Moorefield. Loves photographs, especially when he’s in them! Good dancer.
Geraldine= Former player and a no nonsense selector who says it as she sees it. Has a great bond with the girls. Very good dancer.
Seamus= Mr. Ladies Football. An encyclopaedia of knowledge all things ladies football. First to training every night and a legend. Great man to have on your side. The best dancer.
Do you find it hard to agree all the time? We don’t always agree but when we arrive at a decision we are all 100% behind it.
What’s the most difficult thing about managing a ladies’ team? Telling players that they haven’t made the starting 15. Walking back to the dressing room after losing.
What rule would you change in the LGFA? Allow 45’s to be taken from the hand.
What advice would you give to young players? Encourage them to work hard and also to enjoy themselves.
What facilities would you like to see in Moorefield? Facilities in Moorefield are excellent. Maybe an all weather pitch!!
How would you assess your run in the competition so far? Since losing to Maynooth in our first game we have gone unbeaten. Every game that we had to – we won. Our semi-final win over Suncroft having not taken the lead until the 57th minute and not scoring a goal (17 points) took guts and character. I don’t think we were at our best in the final. It took us a long time to settle but finals can be like that. After being 4points to nil down after 10 minutes we knuckled down and got the result we deserved.
Are you looking forward to the Leinster campaign? Absolutely. It will be a tough game against the Senior Wicklow Champions- Tinahely but our girls know how to win and are relishing the challenge.