Chance to put Trinity ladies' soccer on the map
Published: 5th December 2016
When Harriet Haslehurst took over as captain of the ladies' football club (DULAFC), she set her sights on two main tasks: to qualify for intervarsities and to increase the player base. Even though we’re only part way through the year, the 4th year medicine student has already achieved those goals. “We now have a chance to really put Trinity ladies soccer on the map,” she says.
The intervarsities qualification is a big deal as it’s the first time in 25 years they’ve achieved this on merit. On the two previous occasions they were in the competition they were co-opted in as hosts.
“I was determined to make a difference in my year as captain,” says Harriet, who has been playing football with the club since first year. “I wanted to secure the numbers and commitment of the players, and to make sure the club is secure for the future.”
Numbers wise, the ladies had over 80 sign-ups during freshers’ week which is a big improvement from Harriet’s early days with the club when they “struggled to field 11 players”.
Harriet is backed up this year by a proactive committee including secretary Aine Tucker, a second-year BESS student.
“I signed up to the club during freshers’ week as a newbie to the college,” says Aine. “I figured I'd give it a go with no real expectations. After a few training sessions I got to know a couple of the girls better. From there, I wanted to get more involved in the club.”
For Aine too, qualifying for intervarsities has been a real high point. “It makes me so proud of the club and the commitment of the players, and proves that hard work definitely does pay off.
“To see the ladies battle through the years to qualify, gain confidence as a club, to be more competitive in the universities league, and now have its success recognised by the college and sports community in Trinity is truly commendable. But most of all, I am excited for the future. Qualifying for intervarsities is a stepping stone for the club to continue to grow in size, attract more female soccer talent, and become a more competitive.”
The girls are in action in the WSCAI Regional Futsal competition tomorrow (Tuesday December 6) but after that they will have themselves a well-earned social.
“We'll celebrate in style with a pre-Christmas night out,” says Harriet, “and then look to start again next term and build towards varsities in March.”
Photo above (L-R): Holly Milne, Harriet Haslehurst, Aine Tucker
- Trinity ladies’ soccer team compete in the WSCAI Futsal competition tomorrow, Tuesday December 6, in UCD. Intervarsities take place in March.