Katie Mullan: Irish hockey skipper hopes her All-Ireland camogie triumph will encourage girls to try multiple sports

Highlights: Eoghan Rua claim All-Ireland Junior Clubs title

Irish hockey captain Katie Mullan hopes her All-Ireland Camogie triumph with club Eoghan Rua will encourage the girls to play more sports.

Mullan scored the goal for his beloved club Coleraine in their 1-11 1-10 win over Kerry side Clanmaurice.

Work and hockey commitments in Ireland limited her camogie training ahead of Saturday’s deciding game, but she was delighted to play her part.

“You just need to have understanding teammates and coaches,” Mullan said.

“They will get the best out of you no matter what sport you play.

“I had such a fantastic experience from 10, 11 years ago until today between the camogie club and my hockey.

Mullan’s goal helped Eoghan Rua edge club Kerry Clanmaurice 1-11 to 1-10 in Saturday’s All-Ireland final at Drogheda

“I am passionate about Gaelic games”

“I just think the more girls there are who can play multiple sports and go out and enjoy it and take the thing from one sport and bring it to the other, that would be fantastic to see and I hope people can see that and that might encourage them to do so,” added Mullan, who captained the Irish hockey team to a surprise World Cup silver medal in 2018 before competing with her teammates. at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

“I am very passionate about Gaelic games and camogie and always have been.

“I think a lot of my hockey skills came from the camogie field. I brought something different to the game and it’s thanks to the people and the coaches at this club.

Mullan added that the support of her camogie club helped inspire her stellar career as an international hockey player.

“All the single parent supporters of our club have undoubtedly been such a support to me when I’ve gone all over the world to play international hockey.

“It’s fantastic for me to wear the club shirt today and feel like I’ve given them back a bit and given them a good day for the club in this fantastic team,” said she declared after the triumph of Eoghan Rua in Drogheda.

Hit with BBC’s Sidey helps Mullan’s final preparation

Mullan joked that a quick hit from the pitch with BBC Sport Northern Ireland’s Mark Sidebottom ahead of Saturday’s decider helped her prepare for the big game.

“You saved me a few over the week and that probably helped me focus on today,” she told the BBC Sport NI man, who interviewed the Coleraine woman in the preparation of the decision maker.

“I didn’t go to training this week so all I got to do was what I did with you guys at Queen’s and I’m so grateful for that in the end.

“If I’m being critical, I probably should have scored a goal before that in the game and maybe a few more points. But listen…days like today you just look at the scoreboard at the end of the game. “

Immediately after the final whistle, Mullan walked over to one of her athletic mentors, Grace McMullan, who, at 49, is the senior member of Eoghan Rua’s squad.

“When I was 14 Grace took me under her wing and taught me how to play corner forward when she was a forward and I owe her a lot for my camogie career and what she gave me. learned.

“On the way to Drogheda, she was the most excited player on the bus. She was like a 14-year-old girl buzzing around the square, taking videos and making sure everyone was on board.

“She’s in fantastic shape and she was fantastic today, but it’s her presence in the dressing room that really shines.”

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Speaking in a week that coincides with International Women’s Day on Tuesday, Mullan said such role models are essential for young women who can sometimes be reluctant to venture into sport.

“If a young girl grows up now and wants to be a golfer, there’s Leona Maguire.

“You can choose any sport and there is an Irishwoman who is very successful, especially in the last five years.”

The Coleraine woman added that increased media coverage helps women’s athletic journeys, but insisted: “We’re not there yet.

“It’s back to the old ‘I can’t see…I can’t be’ thing. We have to get women out again and again.

“We’re defending him by the minute, but it will take another five to 10 years of work to get where we need to go and to get to All-Ireland. The final days are sold out at Croke Park, male or female.”

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