Sunday 18 March 2018

It's definitely not Hunky Dory ... Model County's camogie players reveal class

Miss April, Eimear O'Connor from
Miss April, Eimear O'Connor from Rathnure
Miss September, Deirdre Codd from Duffry Rovers
Miss June, Una Leacy from Oulart-The Ballagh
Miss July, Aine Codd from the St Martin's club

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

CAMOGIE players are giving the controversial Hunky Dory models a serious run for their money with a new calendar.

But the Wexford double All-Ireland camogie champions didn't strip down to hot pants, tight sports bras or low-cut tops to win approval.

Instead, the back-to-back winners chose sophisticated glamour for their fashion photo shoot, with sky-high heels and evening dresses in satin and silk.

There is not a hurley in sight as the young women pose for 'The Model County 2012' calendar to help raise funds for their clubs.

Wingback Deirdre Codd (25), who has three All-Ireland senior medals, looks striking as 'Miss September'.

And Aine Codd from St Martins, donned a sizzling red dress, teamed with four inch black and red heels, which showed off her athletic build.

"I was mistaken for a teacher but I'm actually a QT analyst," said Deirdre, referring to how she wore spectacles and "struck a sexy pose in a chair in the middle of a field".

"We think it looks so much classier than the Hunky Dory calendar... We're not that stuck to make a bit of money," she added.

The camogie player, who is with Duffry Rovers, said she enjoys being a role model for young girls.

"I think around five or six new camogie clubs started since we won the All-Ireland in 2007," Deirdre said.

Deirdre trains from January to September and by the end of the summer she's "flat out" playing up to seven championship games.

Her boyfriend, Brian Hughes, is very supportive and regularly cheers her on from the sidelines.

"Everyone's boyfriends are involved, they're great, although a few of them are afraid of us," she added.

The calendar pictures were taken by top Irish fashion photographer Dermot Byrne.

Irish Independent

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