Having spent more than his fair share of winter months training on the sodden pitch in Dromahair and summer months giving his all in championship action, Camillus McMorrow doesn’t have too much to show for his efforts in terms of medals but he believes if Dromahair manage to play to their full potential, this could be the year they end the long wait for glory.
Reflecting on his years with Dromahair, waiting and hoping to get a chance to win the Intermediate Championship Camillus commented “We’ve waited a long time. I’m the guts of 17 or 18 years playing now and I think we’ve been in just one Intermediate final which we lost Glencar/Manor back in 2005 but it’s great to get to the final, we’re looking forward to it.”
This year saw the introduction of a new managerial team and Camillus noted “Since Gerry and Ronan and James have taken over we set out to try and win the Intermediate Championship and we’re there now. We set out early, way back in December and we’ve put in a lot of work and it’s come to fruition. Hopefully we can go on and we can win it.”
However, if they are to emerge victorious the dominant midfielder believes Dromahair will need to perform better than they have to date but he is equally confident that is a challenge he and his team-mates are capable of passing.
Over the course of the championship Dromahair have won their matches with varying degrees of authority but Camillus feels there is room for improvement. “I think there’s a lot more in us, we’ve beaten what’s in front of us. I think we have another couple of gears to find and hopefully that will come on Saturday in Ballinamore.
“We’re taking nothing for granted but if the 15 and the entire panel play to their full potential on the day I think we can shade it but we need to do that and we need to perform on the day. We haven’t been performing up until now, maybe 80% but as I say there a couple of gears left and if we can get that out of the lads we can make it over the line.”
But Camillus is all to aware of the threat Gortletteragh pose as last year’s quarter-final defeat is still very fresh in his mind - “We found out last year they are no easy team to beat. They are very strong up the middle and have a good blend of youth and experience but I think we have a very well balanced team ourselves.
“ There are a lot of good young players and the likes of myself and a few others like Fergus Meehan and John Evans and then you have the county players Paddy McGowan and Kevin Conlan to bring that extra bit of extra experience.
“We need to perform and if we do, hopefully we will shade it on the day but we are taking nothing for granted, we know what Gortletteragh are like. They beat us last year in the quarter-finals and we’ll not be taking anything for granted.”
Last year’s disappointment was just one of many that Camillus and his team-mates have suffered and he agreed those defeats can be used as incentive to go all the way this year.
“It can definitely be an incentive at this stage to go one step further. It’s a long time to have been here and not won an Intermediate Championship, it’s time to make the break to senior. I think this year is the year we can do it, we’re as well prepared as we have ever been and hopefully this will be the year we can do it.”
If this is to be Dromahair’s year, next year would see them make the long awaited leap to Senior Championship football and Camillus feels they would not be out of place at that level.
“We’re doing pretty well in senior league, we’re in mid table, we’re fairly consistent and we have played a lot of the teams that we could be playing next year in the senior championship and we know we can compete if we get there. I think it’s harder to get out of an Intermediate Championship than anything else, if you make the step up, you can maintain it and stay there.”