Chairman of St Vincent’s and deputising for the Lord Mayor, Thomas Gould said: “Parents are looking up to people like you, I’ve 2 daughters aged 9 and 6 it is girls like you I’d like them to emulate.”
He was speaking about Eimear Scally, this month’s winner of the Rebel Óg award, captain of the All Ireland winning Cork Minor Ladies Football team and member of the senior squad who also claimed the All Ireland.
Scally has just started as an undergraduate at UCC where she was awarded a Sports Scholarship just last week.
In accepting her award Scally said:” It means a lot to me, but especially to ladies sport, over the last number of years the profile of ladies sport has risen enormously and without everyone giving in their shift it wouldn’t have happened.”
Deputy County Mayor, Kevin Conway said of Scally: “For a small slip of a girl she can do some damage on a pitch.”
Balancing her minor and senior commitments during the inter-county season was helped by her coaches reaching agreement on how she and two others would work their training.
Scally said: “I had John Cleary as a coach with the minors and Eamon Ryan with the seniors, they did a good bit of talking…
“We stuck with the minors for most of the year, and we went with the seniors then but, in fairness, there was never any conflict. It was player welfare they were thinking about all the time.”
Coach of the Cork Minors, John Cleary said: “She’s the best underage talent I saw, boy or girl... She reminds me of the Gooch in her own way.
“It’s an amazing feat to have two All Ireland medals and she’s not out of minors yet.”
Scally has started playing with UCC but her club season hasn’t quite wrapped up:
“We’re still stuck in minor championship with the club, so if all going well we’ll be stuck there another two or three weeks.”
On the college front, Scally said: “We’re started with the league already, we lost our first league game to UL, but we weren’t not too mad about that, we were missing a lot of players between the Mourneabbey and Val’s girls because they were involved with the county final.”
She has a familiar presence in the coach Shane Roynane at UCC, she said:“He was a selector with the Cork seniors so I had him a few years, I had him with the U16’s two years ago so I’d be sound enough with Shane, he’s very good if you need a break or anything.”
Chairman of Cork Ladies Gaelic Football, Neilus Carroll said: “She’s definitely one of the best players in the country at the present time, I don’t think the Cork Seniors would have won the 10th All Ireland only for the impact she made when she came on.”
The Rebel Óg monthly awards ceremony acknowledges the contribution of clubs and schools in nurturing and developing Gaelic Games across the county. The Awards event honours the 12 monthly winners recognising their endeavour and achievements.
The Awards are jointly sponsored by the Irish Examiner, Red FM, Clayton Hotels and Cummins Sports.
To make your nomination visit: www.rebelog.ie/sportsawards
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