SHE’S following in some very famous footsteps but it’s so far, so good for Allihies’ Aine Terry O’Sullivan.
The 21-year-old Cork ladies’ football forward was honoured with a Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Month award for September recently, in recognition of a memorable breakthrough season for the Beara woman.
From scoring 3-5 in her senior debut for the Cork ladies in an All-Ireland qualifier win against Meath in August to starting for the county in the All-Ireland final victory against Dublin in September, O’Sullivan announced herself to the GAA world in style.
With Aine Terry, goalkeeper Martina O’Brien from Ballinascarthy and Aine Hayes from Rosscarbery all flying the West Cork flag on the inter-county scene, they are maintaining the West’s ladies’ football tradition.
‘It’s great to be recognised in West Cork with an award like this and to be honoured for representing West Cork ladies’ football,’ a delighted Aine Terry said.
‘For such a big area, ladies’ football is still small but it’s moving in the right direction and we’ve had some great players come from here.
‘Nollaig Cleary was unbelievable for so long and it’s great for players from West Cork to be following in her footsteps. She’s an inspiration and a role model for so many young footballers in West Cork.
‘Amanda Murphy is another great player from West Cork who won a good few All-Irelands as well, so we definitely are looking up to those players.’
After two seasons with the Cork seniors, and two All-Irelands, the challenge for the UCC student is to build on her success this year and nail down that starting spot in the full-forward line as her own in 2016.
Playing football with UCC will maintain her fitness and keep her match sharp, and on Tuesday night she played her part as the Cork college won away in the league, by four points, against NUIG.
‘Every player wants to start every game but there is fierce competition for places on the panel. It’s hard to keep your place when there are so many good players,’ Aine Terry said.
‘There are always players coming in and new players pushing for places so I need to stay fit and keep playing well so I can, hopefully, hold onto my place.
‘I’m going to stay fit for the winter to be ready to go again in January. It helps when you are playing with the college and getting games over the winter, so the plan is to be in good condition for January.’
Aine Terry is the latest winner of a Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Month award, and if you know someone or some team that deserves to be honoured for their sporting achievements in October, then just fill out the nomination form below and follow the instructions.