Saturday, February 11, 2012

Back across the water…. #1 _ Aine O'Gorman's Column

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After having a great Christmas at home it was time to go back to England for pre-season, since returning in January we have been put through our paces by all the coaches getting ready for the FA Cup 5th round fixture in March and the second season of the FA Women’s Super League that’s set to kick off in April. Just as we get all the fitness tests out of the way and put in some great sessions one Saturday night it decides to snow and prevent us from playing our first friendly which we were all really looking forward to but the following Tuesday the staff did a full day’s work and cleared one of the 3G pitches at Keapmount stadium which I suppose was worth it even in the baltic conditions to finally get some game time under our belt. This weekend we have another challenge ahead as we have a military boot camp. It’s a team bonding exercise but will be a tough physical as well as mental challenge let’s hope there is a massive thaw between now and then so we don’t have to do too many press up with our hands buried in the snow it might make the experience a little bit easier!!

Obviously I was disappointed to leave Peamount after being given the chance and experience to play with them in the Champion’s League and in the first part of the new Women’s National League, which has been great progress for women’s football and provides more competitive football on a more consistent basis in Ireland. I keep an eye on all the results and in touch with the girls every week to see how they are getting on. I’m not going to lie one game I was ragging I couldn’t play was against Raheny, I couldn’t keep my eyes off twitter that day and was genuinely gutted when I heard they lost, but that’s football!

This year it’s been really nice having my fellow paddy Julie Ann Russell join me who also played with Peamount so at least one person can understand me, we get on well and have a good laugh together. It makes a huge difference when you’re away from all your family and close friends in Ireland who are some of the most important people in your life. I really miss home but so far it’s been a lot easier this year knowing the area, people around and having my Donny family as I call them down the road, who loves having us for Sunday dinner mainly because I never leave any food on the plate.

I can’t wait for the competitive fixtures to start, there is a really good atmosphere within the squad this year and there has been a few very good new signings during the off season so we all are looking forward to it being successful with Doncaster Rovers Belles this year.

Also it’s a big International year with all still to play for in our UEFA Euro 2013 qualifying group. We have a realistic chance of qualifying for and it would be amazing to play in a major championship. Preparation starts next month when we play in the Algarve cup figures crossed the temperatures above freezing might be able to get some heat back into my body.

By Aine O'Gorman

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