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Wednesday 14 November 2018

For club and county - Jackies defender Sinead eyeing up another national title

Sinead Goldrick (right) and Aedin Murray after Foxrock-Cabinteely beat Sarsfields
Sinead Goldrick (right) and Aedin Murray after Foxrock-Cabinteely beat Sarsfields

Sinead Goldrick helped Dublin to their second All-Ireland victory in a row this year and now clinching the national title for her club Foxrock-Cabinteely is firmly in her sights.

The team were crowned Leinster champions for a fourth consecutive year over the weekend, defeating Sarsfields from Laois in an impressive 4-11 to 1-08 win.

Speaking to the Herald, Sinead admitted it hadn't been an easy year for the team, but they had been brought together through testing times when their manager's daughter passed away last year.

"It was brilliant to win," she said.

"We were straight into it after the All-Ireland with Dublin. We had two tough matches against Crokes and Brigid's.

"I have a huge sense of pride in my club. We came out of nowhere, we only started in 2005.

Proud

"We are delighted to get four-in-a-row and are proud of that but we want the final prize now.

"Our manager Peter Clarke's daughter passed away around this time last year and that was tough for our group, we are strong together though, and the tough time brought us together."

An ambassador for the ladies' game, Sinead said seeing youngsters from the club stepping up to the plate on the day gave her hope for their prospects in the coming weeks.

"I think Roisin McGovern coming on to score 1-2 was a highlight for me," Sinead said.

Sinead in action for Dublin
Sinead in action for Dublin

"She's 16, and the minors have been training with us for years. They come to form then and seeing minor players like that gives you hope for the future. The focus on youth in the club is good to see."

This summer saw record numbers turn out to support the women in Croke Park on final day, and Sinead credits the Jackies' winning streak with attracting the crowds to watch them play.

"When you're winning, people notice and you get recognition," she said.

Sinead added that the support of friends, family and her boyfriend, Dublin hurler David Treacy, helped her keep going.

Foxrock-Cabinteely's next clash takes place on November 17, when they meet Ulster champions Donaghmoyne.

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