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Prenter confident Antrim can survive intermediate jump

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While they ended the inter-county season as All-Ireland junior champions, 2022 was already a dream come through for Orlaith Prenter long before Antrim overcame Fermanagh in a replayed final at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.Having previously counted her as an underage coach and team-mate at club level with St Ergnats Moneyglass, Prenter got to play alongside her childhood hero Cathy Carey in a Saffron jersey after breaking onto the team at the beginning of last year.The pair dovetailed effectively in the Antrim attack and were duly recognised with spots on the TG4 Junior Team of the Championship for 2022.A debutant with the Ulster county as far back as 2002, Carey already had a brace of junior titles to her name from 2009 and 2012.

Prenter had frequently travelled to watch her club colleague don the county colours in the past and was therefore thrilled to be able to share in her latest success."We always used to get the bus down.

I remember them playing the All-Ireland final in Croke Park a good few times and we all would have been down to that. Even senior games in Moneyglass, all the underage ones would have been up watching them.

I'd say everyone in the club, especially in Ladies football, would look up to Cathy and I’d say that would be the same at county level," Prenter acknowledged."Right from the first training session, you knew what the standard was that she expected from everyone.""She’s a massive role model for all of us and she has been for a good few years.

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