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08th Mar 2022

Ireland hockey captain swaps the stick for the hurl to help her club win Camogie All-Ireland

Lee Costello

“I think a lot of my hockey skills came from the camogie pitch.”

Ireland hockey captain Katie Mullan shows that she is just as handy with a hurl as she is with a hockey stick, as her club Eoghan Rua, won the Junior All-Ireland club championship.

The Olympian, who had captain her county to a world Cup final in 2018, scored a crucial goal in their victory over Clanmaurice, winning 1-11 to 1-10.

Mullin hopes that females will start to embrace the idea of playing multiple sports for as long as they can.

“You just need understanding team-mates and coaches,” Mullan told BBC Sport NI.

“They’ll get the best out of you no matter what sport you are playing. I’ve had such a fantastic experience from back 10, 11 years ago right through to now between the camogie club and my hockey.

“I just think the more girls that can play multiple sports and get out and enjoy it and take on the thing from one sport and bring it to the other, it would be fantastic to see and I hope people can see this and it might encourage them to do so.

“I’m very passionate about gaelic games and camogie and I always have been. I think a lot of my hockey skills came from the camogie pitch.

“I brought something different to the game and it’s thanks to the people and coaches of this club.”

Mullan added that the support of her camogie club has helped inspire her glittering international hockey career.

“Every single parent supporter of our club has been without a doubt such a support to me going away all over the world to play international hockey.

“It’s been fantastic for me to be standing in the club jersey today and feel like I gave a little bit back to them and gave them a good day out for the club as part of this fantastic team.”

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