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Whyte's on right flight

KATE WHYTE is a member of the goalkeeper's union. She smiles as she recalls how she got the gig.

"I went out to the Dublin U14 trials. I didn't have a great game out the field, so they put me in goal. And I have been there ever since," she says.

She immersed herself in the art. She admired the excellence of Brendan Cummins. And then Anthony Nash. She marvelled at the distance of their puck-outs.

She also has her favourite number ones in camogie. She places Cork's Aoife Murray in poll position.

Murray became camogie's top cat. A decorated All Star and All-Ireland winner, and brilliant at fetching the sliotar from the clouds.

The Cork custodian is the numero uno that all young gate keepers aspire to.

"I always rated her very highly. A class act. And I think the level of goalkeeping in camogie has improved, and it is getting better all the time," said Kate.

Kate was between the sticks as Dublin collected their first National League Division 1 point against Tipperary at the cosy Drumnigh home of Trinity Gaels last week.

It was a splendid spectacle. The Dubs were cheered by the result following their opening two defeats to Cork and Wexford.

"It was brilliant to get a point on the board. A win would have been even better, but we did well to draw with Tipp. It will lift the confidence."

Dublin will now face Offaly at home in a fortnight. "We should have our full squad available for that, and there is no reason why we can't do well in it."

Kate's club, Lucan Sarsfields, have been excelling over the years. They open their We Are Dublin Division 1 campaign away to Ballyboden St Enda's next Tuesday.

"We have been back training and playing challenge games. Things are going nicely and, overall, the camogie is going well at Lucan," she added.


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