Seven county women on TG4’s ‘Un­der­dogs’ show

RE­AL­ITY SHOW CHANCE TO COM­PETE WITH ALL-IRE­LAND WIN­NERS

Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

NO FEWER than seven woman from county Wick­low are ap­pear­ing in TG4s re­al­ity show ‘Un­der­dogs’ at the mo­ment.

De­scribed as a cross be­tween Amer­ica’s Next Top Model and the Sun­day Game, the se­ries fol­lows the for­tunes of a group of ladies GAA play­ers train­ing to­gether over six months.

From Wick­low are Cather­ine Cor­bett from Bray, Julie Fitz­mau­rice from Balt­in­glass and Amie Byrne from Round­wood as well as Grey­stones girls Lau­rie Ah­ern and Caoil­fhionn Deany, Aoife Hef­fer­nan from Kil­mac and Mon­ica Lynch from New­town.

The team is drawn from play­ers all over the coun­try who for one rea­son or an­other have never had the chance to rep­re­sent their county at se­nior level. Na­tional pride will be at stake in De­cem­ber when the Un­der­dogs take on All-Ire­land Ju­nior Cham­pi­ons, Lon­don on their own turf in Eng­land. For the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Un­der­dogs this rep­re­sents a mam­moth task.

The team will not face the chal­lenge alone, how­ever. They are led by an ex­pert man­age­ment team of GAA leg­ends - Jar­lath Burns, Geral­dine Fe­er­ick and Ea­monn Ó Muirc­heartaigh. They have just six months to se­lect a panel of 30 un­knowns to train un­der their watch­ful eye in the hope of im­prov­ing their game and be­com­ing strong enough to beat an All-Ire­land winning team.

There will be tears shed along the way as each week the se­lec­tors must say good­bye to a player, fur­ther whit­tling the group down to a panel of 24 that will be taken on Lon­don. They train, bicker, gos­sip and bitch (and that’s just the se­lec­tors) as they pre­pare for their fi­nal match in Lon­don on the De­cem­ber 6.

Un­der­dogs can be seen on TG4 on Thurs­days at 9.30 p.m.

Julie Fitz­mau­rice from Balt­in­glass.

Caoil­fhionn Deaney from Grey­stones.

Amie Byrne from Round­wood.

Mon­ica Lynch from New­town.

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