Camogie star Jody Couch reflects on her Purcell cup victory

Purcell all-star Jody Couch shares her experience on winning this year’s Purcell cup

TU Dublin’s senior camogie team were victorious in the Purcell cup final defeating NUIG by 12 points to 8 in early February, adding another achievement to the college’s prestige roll of honor.

The team’s success over the years sees 2010 and 2017 Purcell cup victories with multiple final appearances over the last decade, a shield victory in 2011, as well as being crowned division 2 champions in the same year. 

TU Dublin’s senior camogie team celebrate their victory. Image: TUDublinCCGAA Twitter

With their success in this year’s Purcell cup, Jody Couch was not only named an all-star but also given the player of the match award in the final.

When asked about being selected as an all-star, Couch said, “It was definitely a great achievement for me, winning an award like that is very memorable and definitely gives you a confidence boost. It’s nice to have recognition for all the time and effort.”

The Purcell cup features such all-star awards each year, awarded to those who particularly shined throughout the competition, with TU Dublin having its fair share of all-stars with 13 winners from 2008-2012.   

A Twitter post announcing Couch as an all star player

Couch said the victory was all the more sweeter after hours of hard work and preparation.

“Personally, winning the Purcell cup was a fantastic feeling. It all paid off, especially on those dark, windy training nights through winter,” she said.

“It’s nice to have recognition for all the time and effort.”

“It’s nice to have recognition for all the time and effort.”


“Last year there was no competition due to Covid so this was my first year getting to play college camogie with TUD and it didn’t disappoint.”

Couch touched on the final loss that TUD experienced two years ago in the same competition, “Many of the girls on the team had experienced a Purcell cup final loss, so I knew coming in this year there was an expectation that we could make it to the final and potentially win it,” she said.

“Everyone gave it everything throughout the whole season which made winning feel even better. When the trophy was lifted and the celebrations began, all the effort was 100% worth it,” she added.

“The talent on our team this year was huge with many of the girls playing top class camogie which is why we got the outcome we wanted.”

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