Junior salute for Inchicore Invincible
THE All-Ireland Junior Champion-ship Cup is to be named in honour of Kathleen Mills.
Kathleen was one of the greatest players ever to play camogie -- perhaps the greatest of all.
Remarkably, she collected a staggering FIFTEEN All-Ireland Senior Championship medals with Dublin.
Her first one was in 1942 and her last came two decades later in 1961. Kathleen was the supreme athlete. She was fast and lean.
The Inchicore Invincible.
Her quick feet gave her time on the ball, and what tricks she could play with it.
She had elastic wrists.
Her goals and points could arrive from the most difficult of angles. Her rapid lift and strike style brought her enough scores to fill the GPO.
And she perfected the art of the long-range goal, judging the flight of the sliotar so that it just dipped at the last second, like a swallow, under the bar.
She was selected on camogie's Team of the Century in 2004.
Three Dubs joined her -- Eileen O'Mahony, Una O'Connor and Sophie Brack.
Eileen was a superb goalkeeper.
When Dublin won the All-Ireland Junior title for the first time in 30 years, in 2005, Eileen gave the team a pep talk in the Croke Park dressing room.
Now, with the Kathleen Mills name adorning the trophy, Dublin will have more incentive than most to win it again.
Camogie's Team of the Century:
Eileen Duffy (Dublin); Liz Neary (Kilkenny), Marie Costine (Cork), Mary Sinnott (Wexford); Sandie Fitzgibbon (Cork), Bridie McGarry (Kilkenny), Margaret O'Leary (Wexford); Mairead McAtamney (Antrim), Kathleen Mills (Dublin); Linda Mellerick (Cork), Pat Moloney (Cork), Una O'Connor (Dublin); Sophie Brack (Dublin), Deirdre Hughes (Tipperary), Angela Downey (Kilkenny).