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PwC GPA Player of the Month for May in ladies' football, Sinéad Goldrick of Dublin, with her award at PwC HQ in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

PwC GPA Player of the Month for May in ladies' football, Sinéad Goldrick of Dublin, with her award at PwC HQ in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

PwC GPA Player of the Month for May in ladies' football, Sinéad Goldrick of Dublin, with her award at PwC HQ in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

While pre-season training for the forthcoming women’s AFL season started yesterday, Sinéad Goldrick was 10,000 miles away from Melbourne, fielding questions about the unique challenges posed by Meath’s defensive set-up and the lessons Dublin gleaned from last year’s All-Ireland final defeat.

It’s an arrangement Goldrick is fully aware she’s privileged to enjoy.

By agreement with the club to which she is contracted to play a fourth AFL season, Melbourne Demons, Goldrick will remain in Ireland until such time as Dublin’s quest to regain the Brendan Martin Cup is over, one way or the other.

“I just said I’ll be playing Dublin and that’s it,” she explained, having been named PwC Footballer of the Month for August.

“If I wasn’t able to play Dublin, I wouldn’t have gone over to Melbourne. Because I’m kind of coming to the end of my career. I love playing Dublin and I love playing Melbourne, so I’m just grateful that I got the opportunity to do both.”

This iteration of the women’s AFL will be the second played in this calendar year after a change in scheduling that further threatens to reduce the availability of the contracted Irish players to their counties.

“I am missing a lot of the pre-season with the Melbourne girls. But I’ll be doing little bits to make sure I come over to Melbourne in a good shape,” she explained.

“I was delighted this year to come back to Dublin in good shape because I came back last year with my hamstring not there. So it’s just nice that everything is positive and grateful to both managers for my trust and understanding.”

This year’s All-Ireland ladies final will take place on July 31 in Croke Park, just four weeks before the first game of the AFL.

Goldrick revealed she has been given work to complete by Melbourne management but with the proviso that her first duty now is to the county team with whom she has been playing since 2008.

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Similarly, Vikki Wall, the reigning Footballer of the Year, will begin her first season in Australia at the end of Meath’s bid to retain their All-Ireland but already Goldrick is predicting big things.

“I’d say she’s going to be exceptional,” she insisted. “She’s a great athlete. What’s she’s achieved … I remember playing her in college and the work she’s put in and her fitness levels and everything … she’s going to be very powerful.

“I think she’ll be exceptional. Her turn of pace and her strength will work really well. I would definitely think she’s going to be a big star over there.”


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