De­served award for all-rounder Lau­ren

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - JOHNWTARRANt

Ver­sa­tile Lau­ren Ho­man was re­warded with the City and County Youth Sports Star Award at a func­tion in the Metropole Ho­tel, Cork af­ter a stun­ning sea­son helped Cork re­gain the All-Ire­land Se­nior Camo­gie ti­tle.

The young St Vin­cent’s player was a real men­ace for op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers as it was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to dis­pos­sess her once she got pos­ses­sion.

Time and again, the cre­ative play of Ho­man helped grab key scores for her club that ul­ti­mately gained a call-up to in­ter-county se­nior duty.

Her com­mit­ment and skills, across a range of sports, earned Lau­ren the monthly award af­ter a call-up for the Cork Se­nior panel in the sum­mer fol­low­ing eye-catch- ing per­for­mances in the mi­nor grade for both Cork and her club St Vin­cent’s.

“To come on dur­ing the clos­ing 15 min­utes in the All Ire­land against Kilkenny was a huge ex­pe­ri­ence, in­de­scrib­able, the feel­ing of win­ning an All-Ire­land se­nior medal in my first year was truly amaz­ing.

Com­pared to mi­nor level, the se­nior train­ing is much more in­ten­sive and I was also pre­par­ing for my Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate and it proved a hec­tic sea­son”, she said.

“The St Vin­cent’s club are fan­tas­tic, of­fer­ing ter­rific en­cour­age­ment. At ev­ery Cork game, this year, the St Vin­cent’s sup­port was phe­nom­e­nal with bus­loads of sup­port­ers present.”

The skil­ful Ho­man is a keen sportswoman. Her soc­cer tal­ents sur­faced at Lake­wood AFC prior to sign­ing for Cork City Women’s FCwhere she co cap­tained the side to win the U16 Gaynor Cup.

Dur­ing her mi­nor camo­gie in­volve­ment with Cork, Ho­man was also a mem­ber of the Ire­land U17 soc­cer squad who trav­elled to Turkey where they reached the Euro­pean Elite Phase.

I’ve put camo­gie num­ber one since the sum­mer. Paudie Murray is a bril­liant man­ager, ab­so­lutely trusts the in­volve­ment of young play­ers on giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance our ca­reers on a call-up to the se­nior panel,” said the Busi­ness and Mar­ket­ing stu­dent at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.

“Hope­fully, we can get back to Croke Park with the Cork se­niors in 2018 but it will de­mand a lot of hard work to re­tain the ti­tle,” said Lau­ren.

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