Seven county women on TG4’s ‘Underdogs’ show
REALITY SHOW CHANCE TO COMPETE WITH ALL-IRELAND WINNERS
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.