Jetta Berrill: WNL Podcast Episode 15

After an extended break between episodes we’re back with an episode of the Women’s National League podcast with Irish International Jetta Berrill of DLR Waves.

Unfortunately our busy schedules wreaked havoc on this weeks plans when a BBC interview caused Stephanie to be unavailable for our recording this week but we will be back with us next week.

Breifne catches up with one of the recent returnees to the league Jetta Berrill who finds herself back at Belfield as the former Peamount and UCD Waves players has been back in blue since the completion of her veterinary studies in Hungary at the end of the academic year.

She chats about the experience of coming back into the league and the ambitions of the squad which has impressed in their run to fourth place in the league table with a few games in hand to maybe close the gap to the top three in the league.

Given the major news of pay parity for international players this week, Jetta discusses her experience as a member of that infamous Irish International squad who went on strike to kick start the discussion which has ultimately led to this announcement for the women’s game this week.

She also discusses her own history with some losing final appearances in the FAI Women’s Cup and her DLR Waves side’s ambition of challenging for an elusive cup win this season.

Breifne takes a look back at the league results last weekend and previews the upcoming Cup Quarter Finals due to be decided this weekend.

Pearl Slattery

This week it’s all about the potentially season defining top of the table clash between Dublin giants Shelbourne and Peamount United. Shels captain Pearl Slattery drops in to chat with Peamount United’s Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley.

After an extended gap due to international games, mid season breaks and calendar clashes Stephanie kicks off the show shares some exciting personal news (0:30) before taking a look back at last weekend’s results (1:09).

Recorded prior to last weekend’s games, Pearl Slattery (12:32) joins Breifne for a conversation about Shel’s start to the season, her day job within the Football Association of Ireland and scoring screamers from distance. She also discusses life at Tolka and their ambitions for the season.

Stephanie completes the show with her own perspective on the clash along with the other three games on the fixture list (36:05) this weekend.

Billy Clery, Tara O’Gorman & Katelyn Keogh

This week on the podcast we’re saying our goodbyes, to departing Galway WFC manager Billy Clery and also the win-less record of Athlone Town and Treaty United as Katelyn Keogh and Tara O’Gorman join Breifne Earley to talk about their respective side’s first wins.

In the absence of a co-host this week Breifne takes a quick look back at the action from last weekend (1:03).

We have our first round-table chat with players from both clubs who secured their first wins of the season. (4:31) Treaty United captain Tara O’Gorman chats about the lesson’s her young side have learned over the last eight rounds of games while Katelyn chats about the bridge from U17 competitions to Senior and the gap between the standards.

The two girls discuss some of the issues associated with being one of the mid table sides in the league and the range of challenges associated with dealing with the wide range of standards in their opponents from week to week.

Former Galway WFC manager Billy Clery (23:25) drops in to discuss the reasoning behind his decision to step away from his role after four and a half seasons in the dugout at Eamonn Deacy Park, with the added pressure of a young family and the time involved with coaching a team at this level.

He discusses the lessons he’s learned, his advice for any aspiring coaches coming into the league and the quality of his replacement in the role after the announcement of the experienced Stephen Lally earlier in the week.

Finally Breifne takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (36:40) with the clash of Shelbourne and Wexford Youths topping the bill on Saturday afternoon.

Sarah McKevitt: WNL Podcast Episode 12

This week on the podcast Cork City’s new arrival Sarah McKevitt joins Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley to chat about getting her hands dirty and testing her green fingers in the garden as she takes part in SSE Airtricity’s Biodiversity challenge.

Stephanie (0:40) starts the show with a look back at the weekend’s action including her Peamount sides close victory over Cork City, DLR’s great 1-0 win against Athlone Town, Boh’s heavy defeat to Wexford Youths and Shel’s demolition of Galway WFC.

New recruit on Leeside, Sarah McKevitt (8:27) chats about her move from Peamount to Cork City in a bid to get more game time. She talks about the opportunities and the prospect of finding herself featuring week in and week out in Turner’s Cross.

She discusses the life changes which saw her based at home in Thurles and the practicalities of playing in the Women’s National League and her instant reaction to the phonecall from Ronan Collins of Cork. She chats about her first strike of the season last week against Wexford and the ambitions for the season ahead.

Finally Stephanie takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (26:03) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are her own former side Galway WFC facing a big clash with DLR Waves while table toppers Shels travel to Peamount on Saturday evening.

Laura Heffernan & Under 19 League

This week Laura Heffernan, U19 Manager with DLR Waves drops in to chat about the new U19 League which starts this season. Hosted by Meabh de Burca and Breifne Earley.

Meabh (0:34) discusses the last weekends games including Peamount’s last half hour shootout against Athlone after a fine opening half defensively from the midland’s club. She chat’s in-depth about double goalscorer, her former team mate Sabhdh Doyle who has impressed during her initial opportunities at Greenogue.

Title challengers Shelbourne also capped a fine performance with a 5-0 victory over Treaty United including a first senior goal for their new arrival centre half Jess Stapleton who made the move from Shamrock Rovers this season.

Wexford kept their interest alive at the top of the table. 3-1 winners over Cork with Aoibheann Clancy finding the net twice amongst them while Sarah McKevitt opened her Cork City account in reply.

Finally in the most evenly clash of the weekend DLR Waves edged out Bohemians with a controversial goal settling matters as the home side were awarded a goal despite protests from Bohemians defenders.

Laura Heffernan (16:47), who’s just taken on the role of U19 manager at DLR Waves, joins Breifne for a discussion about what impact we can expect from the new grade filling the sizeable gap between the U17 divisions and senior football.

They chat about her 2017 senior title winning experience with Wexford Youths and capturing the U17 league title with Shelbourne in 2018 and the new challenge she faces in UCD.

Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (31:28) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are the clashes of Cork City and Wexford Youths & Bohemian’s visit to DLR Waves on Saturday.

Sinead Taylor, Aife Haran & Niall Connolly

This week Sinead Taylor of Wexford Youths, Aife Haran of Athlone Town and Treaty United manager Niall Connolly join Meabh de Burca and Breifne Earley to have a chat about their seasons so far.

With Stephanie Roche tied up with work commitments, Meabh de Burca is back on co-hosting duties. Meabh (0:28) discusses the last weekends games including her own club Galway WFC falling to a heavy defeat in Wexford, Athlone’s battle with Cork and DLR Waves and Athlone putting it up to favourite Shelbourne and Peamount United.

Athlone Town midfielder Aife Haran (14:27) talks about her second season with the midlands club having moved from Sligo Rovers U17 at the start of 2020.

Haran discusses the new experienced arrivals to Athlone, how they have lifted the standards and the team becoming more competitive than they were last term. She outlines their goals for the remainder of the season.

Wexford Youth’s forward Sinead Taylor joins us to discuss her slightly bittersweet goal against her former club Galway WFC at the weekend.

Taylor discusses her career in the army and mixing her work commitments between regular 24 hour duty and international six month details, studying for her second degree and the pressure of playing in the Women’s National League.

Treaty boss Niall Connolly (39:04) has the distinction of being the first male guest on the show as he talks about the quick learning curve he and his staff have been on through the opening five rounds of the season since getting the promotion from the assistant manager role at the club over the close season.

He discusses about while they’ve no problem at the top end of the pitch finding the net, some defensive mistakes arising from the style of play cost them goals in their early games. A focus on tightening their defence in recent weeks has produced more competitive results against league champions Peamount.

Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (24:45) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are the clashes of Cork City and Wexford Youths & Bohemian’s visit to DLR Waves on Saturday.

Aine O’Gorman & Meabh de Burca

This week League and Cup winning Peamount captain and Ireland centurion Aine O’Gorman joins Meabh de Burca and Breifne Earley to have a chat about her season so far, her life and times in the green of Ireland.

With Stephanie Roche tied up with work commitments, Meabh de Burca is back on co-hosting duties.

Meabh (0:39) discusses the last weekends games including her Galway WFC side’s victory in Limerick and wins for Wexford Youths, Peamount and DLR Waves.

Aine (14:25) talks about her return to the international fold having announced her retirement previously, Peamount’s return to the top of the table with a 100% record in their challenging opening fixtures.

Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (40:07) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are her own former side Galway WFC facing a big clash with DLR Waves while table toppers Shels travel to Peamount on Saturday evening.

Jess Gleeson & Julie Nelson – WNL Podcast Episode 8

This week on the podcast DLR Waves centre half Jess Gleeson and Northern Ireland international Julie Nelson join Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley to chat about the big steps forward taken by both sides in the last fortnight.

Stephanie (1:27) takes a look back at the weekend’s action including her Peamount sides victory over rivals Shelbourne, DLR’s late winner over Galway, Boh’s 3-3 draw with Cork City and Wexford cutting loose against Treaty United.

New recruit in the UCD Bowl, Jess Gleeson (15:48) chats about her latest challenge in the league after moving across the city from Shelbourne during the close season and their unbeaten start to the season building on the draw in their opening fixture with Wexford Youths.

She chats about how she’s discovered a new lease of life at the club and is enjoying her football for the first time in a few seasons, the positive changes in her time in the league and a little look at what lies in store this weekend for the club in Turners Cross at the weekend.

After Northern Ireland’s fantastic achievement in qualifying for the next European Championships with their two leg victory over the Ukraine this month, we invited one of their experienced campaigners Julie Nelson (34:40) to fill us in on the mood in the camp, some of the work done to create the environment for their success and the plans for the next twelve months.

Julie chats about the double header victory with Ukraine, returning to the domestic league after playing her club football in England, Scotland and Iceland. She also discusses the impact of Kenny Shiels and his son Dean on the squad.

Finally Stephanie takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (51:51) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are her own former side Galway WFC facing a big clash with DLR Waves while table toppers Shels travel to Peamount on Saturday evening.

Meabh de Burca, Kim Flood & Emma Singleton (Save Our Sonia)

Meabh de Burca is a special guest host on the show this week as the 52 times capped Galway player takes a look back at the International Friendly double header last week and her own career

Breifne Earley is also joined by guests Kim Flood on her return to the WNL after globe trotting in an Irish Rugby 7’s jersey and Dundalk Women’s player Emma Singleton to talk about the “Save our Sonia” campaign for her former team mate, former FAI Cup winner Sonia Hoey.

Regular host of the podcast Stephanie Roche is unavailable this week, due to her breaking another glass ceiling for females in Irish football, becoming the first woman to co-commentate an UEFA Champions League quarter final on Irish television on Tuesday evening but Meabh de Burca has stepped up.

The Galway WFC and former international player joins Breifne to share her thoughts on the bright prospects of the Irish national side after their two games against higher ranked opposition in Denmark and Belgium ended in 1-0 defeats in both encounters.

She talks through some of the youngsters coming through the Irish ranks and discusses the reality of what’s involved with a qualification campaign and the new bar set this week by Northern Ireland’s European Championships qualification at the expense of Ukraine.

Wexford Youths’ new signing Kim Flood (21:11) sits down with Breifne to discuss her return to the league having featured for Castlebar Celtic in 2013. She chats about her time as a professional 7’s player in the green jersey of Irish Rugby as well as her All Ireland final appearances with Dublin’s Ladies Gaelic Football team.

She talks about her injury issues which ended her rugby career, the challenge of stepping back into the WNL fold after many years out of the game at this level and how a taste for football with her local club St. Pat’s CY in Ringsend reignited her interest in the sport.

We are also joined by former Dundalk and Templeogue United player Emma Singleton (40:56) to talk about her former teammate Sonia Hoey. The former FAI Women’s Cup winner with Dundalk has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her friends and family have started the ‘Save our Sonia’ campaign to raise the funds required to obtain the necessary treatment in Mexico.

https://ie.gofundme.com/f/save-our-sonia-sostreatment-in-mexico

Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend’s fixture list (52:47) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are her own former side Galway WFC facing a big clash with DLR Waves while table toppers Shels travel to Peamount on Saturday evening.

Niamh Reid Burke & Becky Cassin

As we face into the first International break of the season we’re discussing International camps with recently retired International goalkeeper Niamh Reid Burke and long range screamers with Cork City captain Becky Cassin.

Once again Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley chat through the domestic action of the past weekend as they look back at each of the games played over an idle weekend for Peamount United.

They’re joined by her Peamount United teammate Niamh Reid Burke who chats about her own international career which came to a close two weeks ago. She talks about the experience of her second start for Ireland playing world champions USA in California lining up against the likes of Megan Raphinoe, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, Julie Johnston & Hope Solo.

She discusses her experience of struggling to break into the international starting side with a net minder of Emma Byrne’s quality ahead of her in the pecking order.

She outlines her reasons for turning down numerous opportunities to move abroad to further her football career and the harsh reality of the finances within the women’s game outside of a small number of top clubs.

Cork City Captain Becky Cassin also popped in to discuss her own viral strike from the opening weekend of the league. She chats about her late equaliser in Galway ten days ago and the immediate impact of streaming games and the attention that can be brought upon a player before they even hear the final whistle at their game.

Becky and Stephanie swap stories of their mutual time in the Girls Football Academy in Kilcoole where Becky outlines her memories of looking up to Stephanie and Aine O’Gorman as an impressional youngster starting out.

She chat’s about her time in Carlow IT, her time in the pink of Wexford Youths and being exposed to Turners Cross as part of her college placement at Cork City. Her familiarity with the club made it a really easy decision to accept the call from Rónán Collins when it arrived.

Finally Stephanie chats with Breifne about her own disappointment of missing out on the finalised International squad after being named in the provisional squad.