'It was the first time in my life I didn't have any matches or training...'

'It was the first time in my life I didn't have any matches or training...'
Saoirse Noonan of Cork in action against Ciara Finnegan of Cavan. She can't wait to get back playing ladies football and soccer. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

CORK ladies senior football star Saoirse Noonan is eagerly looking forward to resuming playing competitive sports.

The Nemo Rangers player honed her many skills during the recent restrictions as she strives to hit the ground running when Gaelic football will resume. She is of course also a gifted soccer player, featuring in Cork City's senior ranks.

“I was a bit overwhelmed initially. I just completed my second year in marketing. I did my exams online. I managed to see the positive side of the Covid-19.

“It was the first time in my life I had no games or training sessions for such a long period. I worked away on my own fitness. I have really enjoyed it.

“It was nice to spend time with family. I feel I have used the time to the best of my ability. I am ready to get back into it now,” revealed the talented forward.

Saoirse trained away with her father and her brother during the Covid-19 period. She is grateful to her family for their supportive role. 

“I trained away hard at home. I trained with my father and my brother. We trained three or four times a week. I wouldn’t be the biggest fan of running. My father got me out. He put me through my paces.

“I got programmes from Michelle with Cork football and Cork City FC which I followed. They made sure my two programmes linked up and they made sure I didn’t overload or underload.

“Those programmes were great to follow and they kept me ticking over. I kept practicing my skills and did plenty of running.”

The Cork sports star is looking forward to meeting up with her team-mates once again when her various teams are allowed to resume training. 

She has already been busy in recent weeks operating a training schedule for young players, in both GAA and soccer, while observing social distancing.

“I can’t wait to meet up with all the girls. It has been so long. I was so used to meeting them every second day. It has been a huge challenge not seeing or meeting them. I miss all the girls from all the different sports. We are still in contact regularly via social media.

“We used do a Zoom quiz with the GAA teams every fortnight which was great. With Cork City FC, we used do a call every Sunday in order to plan the week ahead. We are fortunate to be very close. Everyone looks out for each other in all the dressing rooms. We all get on great.”

She is looking forward to linking up with her Nemo Rangers team-mates.

“I can’t wait to put on the jersey and get going. It is great to have a date. We are all ready to get going.”

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