Clerkin: “We have a long-standing rivalry with Tyrone”

Emma Clerkin looks at the teams she’s faced….

Name: Emma Clerkin.

Age: 25.

Teams played for: Monaghan Harps, Monaghan ladies, Coláiste Oiriall and Trinity College Dublin.

Who are your main rivals?

Killeevan with club, Monaghan and Tyrone is a long standing rivalry with county.

Which opposition ground do you like playing on and why?

Love playing in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. The pitch is always in great condition, and it doesn’t take long to get there from Monaghan.

Which opposition ground do you dislike going to and why?

Killanny for club – It takes all day to get there and the roads there from Monaghan town aren’t great. Wexford with the county, also takes ages to get there.

What team have you enjoyed the most success against?

We got the win against Tyrone in the league over the past few years, but lost by a point in the Ulster Championship last year. We will have to get one back this year.

Which team have you enjoyed least success against?


Which opposition player have you enjoyed marking?

Aisling Hanley from Roscommon is a great player, I learned a lot from marking her.

Which opposition player have you disliked marking?

Aimee Mackin.

Which player would you transfer in from a team you have come up against?

Either of the Mackins from Armagh.

Which team, apart from your own, do you like to see do well?


What’s the most frustrating defeat you have experienced?

Tyrone in the Ulster Championship last year, we were ahead at half time and lost the game by a point in the end – we couldn’t see the game out.

What’s the most satisfying victory you have experienced?

The Ulster Intermediate Championship final in 2014 with Monaghan Harps. The game had to be replayed so was great to get over the line in the end.

What is the best score you’ve seen from an opponent?

Aisling Moloney scored a whopper when we played them in the league in Magheracloone last year.

Which team, apart from your own, do you expect big things of in the coming years?

Tyholland ladies – we played them in the championship final this year and lost. They are a great side, with lots of athletic players coming through from underage.

Best opponent for post-match hospitality?

Has to go to Tyholland, they have a great club house.

Which club, apart from your own, has the most impressive facilities?

Scotstown, they have done great work in developing their facilities in recent years.

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