FORMER Antrm goalkeeper looks back at some the players from her camogie era and compiles what her pefect player would look like…
Which player who you’ve played with or against had the best onfield intelligence: Maureen Barry (now Stewart) was one of the best Centre Half Backs in the game. Whether Maureen was playing for UUJ, Antrim or Rossa, she was brilliant at reading the game, timing the tackle, finding a player with a pass from defence or setting up an attack
The player you think is the best motivator: Orla Donnelly is one of the best I have played with for motivation but in most cases she let her performances do the talking. Orla led by example and just didn’t know when to give up and that motivated those around her to raise their game to her standards.
The strongest player you’ve played with or against? Maura McAuley (now Creelman) played full back for UUJ and I was goals. She was a physically strong player – strong on the ball, in the air and in the tackle. I was always glad to be at the opposite end of the pitch from Mo when we played Castledawson or Derry.
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The player who was most skilful? I was fortunate enough to play with Jane Adams when playing for Antrim. She had every skill in abundance – striking, speed, vision, free taking, tackling and her work rate was second to none: definitely the best player I have ever played with and I was very lucky to have played on many Antrim teams with Jane since u-14 county level.
Which player that you’ve seen was the best at scoring? As before, Jane Adams was almost always top scorer in any game she played whether it be from play or frees. Jane was fearless in taking on defenders, running through on goal and getting scores. Jane was usually on the receiving end of many hard tackles but her speed, agility and skill enabled her to still get scores despite the close attention of defenders.
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