Linda looking forward to Dublin's renaissance
LINDA MELLERICK looked out onto the Croke Park and wished for the clock to turn back.
"I don't normally get nostalgic, but when I was down there beside the pitch I said to myself that I'd love to have another go out there."
Linda was present at the launch of the S.E. Systems Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Camogie Sevens which take place this Saturday.
She played for Cork. She was one of the great players of her generation. She got her place on the Team of the Century.
She won six All-Ireland senior medals, the last of them coming in 2002 when Cork beat Tipp in a final refereed by the current camogie president, Aileen Lawlor.
Linda was the Camogie Player-of-the-Year in 1993 and 1998. High on energy and skill, she was a difficult player to curb.
"I have absolutely fantastic memories, but I'd love to be playing in today's era. The game has come on leaps and bounds.
"The progression made in the last ten years was fantastic, and I have no doubt it will develop even more in the next decade."
She wants to see the Dubs return to the summit. "It's vital for the game that Dublin are strong. Camogie needs Dublin to be up there. Dublin is a huge county and it would be great for the sport to see them back on top.
"We needsmore counties in contention for the All-Ireland every year. Not just the likes of Cork, Kilkenny, Wexford and Galway. Camogie is crying out for a Dublin revival."
She is looking forward to the Sevens, and Cork v Kilkenny in the big house on Sunday. But she'll have her reporter's hat on.
"A couple of years after I retired, I got a call from the Evening Echo in Cork to do a weekly column and cover some matches. I thought they were joking! But now I'm 11 years at it, and I really enjoy it. It keeps my hand in. I have made lots of friends out of it."