A GALBALLY footballer who secured victory for Ireland in a tense AFL International Cup Grand Final at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne has insisted she was “just in the right place at the right time”.
Colleen Quinn’s winning goal in the last ten minutes of the game against Canada saw the Irish ladies take the crown with a final scoreline of 25-21.
And speaking from Down Under, where she was enjoying a gala night for South Australian Women’s Football, Colleen told the UH how playing at the world-famous Etihad Stadium was an “unbelievable honour” for her.
Colleen is a former player with Galbally Oonagh Celts and currently plays with St Brigid’s in Belfast.
After travelling to Adelaide in 2013 for a year-long working holiday, she joined Modbury Football Club, where she played for a season, before becoming a member of Ulster Kookaburras last year, leading to appearances for Ireland in London and Lisbon, where she was part of the winning team in the Euro Championships.
Of the AFL Cup Final, Colleen explains, “The game against Canada was really tight. We knew we had it in us to win, but I can’t really remember much about the goal, just that I seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
“It didn’t feel like it would be enough at the time as there was ten minutes left, so the team really pulled together to defend our lead.
“Playing at the Ethihad Stadium in Melbourne was an unbelievable honour as I had become a bit obsessed with Aussie Rules since I started playing and it’s like the ‘Old Trafford’ of Aussie Rules.
“I remember one of the Carlton Irish lads who was warming up the pitch saying “mon the Irish” and that gave me a boost.”
Colleen’s Ireland team mates hail from all over the country, and include a few Australia-based players, and she hopes the “great attraction” from the winning result might inspire future young Tyrone ladies to take on the game professionally in years to come.
Posted: 4:30 pm August 25, 2017