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Delighted Jackson hails young Westmeath side's league triumph

Sunday, 4th May, 2014 7:57pm

Delighted Jackson hails young Westmeath side's league triumph

Ellen Tate (Westmeath) holds onto possession despite the challenge if Ciara Burgess (Dublin) in today's Irish Daily Star National Camogie League Division 3 final in Edenderry. PHOTO: CAROLINE QUINN

Westmeath senior camogie manager Ger Jackson was delighted following his sides victory over Dublin in today’s National League Division 3 final which ensures the Lake County will be operating in the lofty heights of Division 2 in next year’s league.

“I am delighted with the win. It was a performance full of hard work and great determination. We knew if the girls performed to their capabilities that we would have a great chance of winning the game. We had some excellent displays all over the field,” the Castletown-Geoghegan native told the Westmeath Examiner.

“Our entire back line defended very well, they marked very tightly and never gave an inch. We took our chances when they came our way and that’s something we have worked hard on in training. All our hard work paid off and that is very satisfying.”

Reflecting on his teams defeat to the same opposition in March and the subsequent turnaround in fortunes, Jackson said: “We had a point to prove out there as scoring a point against Dublin earlier on in the league wasn’t a true reflection on this group of players.

"We are improving with every game we play and we’re a work in progress. There are lots of good prospects going forward.

“I felt Dublin were as good that day as they were going to be today and I knew there was a lot of improvement in our team. We have a different team out today than the team which lined out in March.

"We have a young squad out there and they are learning all the time. You won’t win anything without hard work and a bit of luck and we had both out there today.

“We have improved a lot and we still had three girls out injured who might have started if fit but the girls out there turned in a great performance and we have a panel of up to 35 players. It’s a headache but it’s a great headache to have.

“The two games against Armagh were vital. Armagh did us a great favour the first day by throwing everything they had at us.

"They showed us what they had but we worked on things, improved for the next outing and beat them the second day.”

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