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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Goldrick: We'll have to improve

 

New Zealand rugby player Theresa Fitzpatrick with Dublin footballers Molly Lamb and Sinéad Goldrick at the recent AIG ‘meet and greet’ in Old Wesley. Pic: Sportsfile
New Zealand rugby player Theresa Fitzpatrick with Dublin footballers Molly Lamb and Sinéad Goldrick at the recent AIG ‘meet and greet’ in Old Wesley. Pic: Sportsfile

For Ireland's opening game in the Women's Rugby World Cup, there was a scramble for tickets, Sinéad Goldrick joined the scrum.

"It was good to see so many people wanting to get out and support the Irish team," says Sinéad, who was reserving an extra special cheer for former Dublin players, Hannah Tyrrell and Lindsay Peat.

"You had Hannah and Lindsay, who had represented their county so well in football and there they were now representing their country in the World Cup. I'd have so much respect for what they have achieved."

The interest in the World Cup sparked a chord, and was another boost for women's sport in Ireland.

"There was a lot of buzz about the rugby. And it would be great if that same excitement and focus could extend to all women's sport in the country.

"TG4 showcases ladies football. It provides a window to our game. People can tune in and see the quality of the sport."

Double-headers with the men's game also increases the profile. Dublin played Mayo in the National League at Croke Park earlier in the year. It was the first time the Dublin ladies got to play a League fixture at the venue.

"We have five players on the Dublin squad who did their Leaving Cert this year. One of them, Hannah O'Neill, from my own club, Foxrock Cabinteely, scored a point in that match.

"That's a day she'll never forget. It's moments like that which give you a sense of achievement."

Beating Kerry in football always means a good days work. That's the task facing the Dubs in the TG4 Senior Football Championship semi-final in Semple Stadium (6.30) tomorrow.

Impressive

"After our quarter-final against Waterford in Nowlan Park, we watched Kerry against Armagh. And Kerry were certainly very impressive.

"Kerry are well set-up. They have skill right throughout the side. They have a brilliant full-back, Aislinn Desmond. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh is top-class, and Hannah O'Donoghue is only 16, yet she scored 1-4 and was Player-of-the-Match.

"We have things to improve on from the Waterford game. Kerry is a different challenge now. And we know that we'll have to step up our level if we want to make the final."

If they do so, it will be their fourth successive All-I reland final. It might be fourth time lucky? "We had three good years under Greg (McGonigle).

"If your form is good in training, you are going to get a chance. Mick puts a lot of work on improving our skill, and improving us as players," concluded Goldrick.

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