SLEACHT Néill’s Aoife Ní Chaiside looks at some of her toughest opponents.
Name: Aoife Ní Chaiside.
Teams played for: Sleacht Néill, Doire, UUJ, St Patrick’s College, Maghera, Ulster (Gael Linn), Mná Uladh (Iomain Cholmcille).
Which opposition ground do you like playing on and why?
Armagh’s Athletic Grounds is a great venue, nice pitch and announcements as Gaeilge.
Which opposition ground do you dislike going to and why?
I dislike playing in Páirc Esler, Newry because it usually feels like a very long bus journey and when warming up on the back pitch, walking through the crowd to and from makes me more nervous.
What team have you enjoyed the most success against?
For club it would be against Loughgiel in recent years playing them in the Ulster Club final.
Which opposition player have you enjoyed marking?
Linda Bolger (St Martin’s) is small in stature however is known for her scoring abilities and free-winning abilities. I enjoyed the challenge of marking her in the All-Ireland Club final March 2019 in Croke Park.
Which opposition player have you disliked marking?
Sara-Louise Carr (Clonduff) has a very good hand on her and is as strong as an ox which makes it a difficult job to try marking her.
Which player would you transfer in from a team you have come up against?
I would like to transfer Ciara Donnelly (EglishArd Mhacha) in for her sharp shooting, speed and experience.
Which team, apart from your own, do you like to see do well and why?
I like to keep my eye on Eglish camogs, I felt like we were on a journey together through All-Ireland campaigns.
What’s the most frustrating defeat you have experienced?
A sore one was playing with St Patrick’s senior camogie team against Loreto Kilkenny in the Senior A Colleges semi-final replay in Glen. They scored a goal in the 58th minute to win by a goal and went on to win the final for a fourth consecutive year.
What’s the most satisfying victory you have experienced?
For the club I think it was the Ulster final 2018 against Loughgiel or the March 2018 All-Ireland Club final against Sarsfields, Galway played in Clones due to postponement because of the bad weather.
Which team, apart from your own, do you think could be set for big things in the coming years?
St Jude’s Dublin I think will be big contenders in the All-Ireland stage.