The level of commitment required in the GAA varies depending on the level you play, but across the board, it's definitely increased in recent years.
Junior hurling is no longer the elaborate beer fest it used to be, and in my own club anyway, they actually do a bit of training these days...
Players are expected to travel home for training from college, from working away and most recently, from their secondary school Debs.
Emma Finlay got kitted out for her big night but mid-way through, she discarded the heels and togged out for her club Shanahoe in the Laois Ladies Football Intermediate Championship semi-final.
To top it off, they won the match 3-11 to 0-01 so they probably could have done without Emma minding the house in a starring role at corner-back. But she wasn't to know that prior to the game.
She then returned to her Debs and enjoyed the rest of her night with her friends with the smug feeling that she has a football final on the horizon.
Fair play to her...