Dif­fer­ent sport, same im­pact

Ka­t­rina lost love for camo­gie be­fore turn­ing to soc­cer

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON

KA­T­RINA PARROCK is build­ing quite the scrap­book of im­por­tant goals in her first full sea­son with Wex­ford Youths, and none have been big­ger than the strike that won the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres FAI Women’s Se­nior Cup.

‘Hanz (Emma Hans­berry) is a right one on the wing to whip ‘em in,’ the Youths at­tacker said. ‘Rianna flicked it on, as she does so well all the time and, em, look, I didn’t even think about it.

‘I was just so de­ter­mined to get it in the back of the net cos we had so many chances.

‘We have to take chances on big days like to­day when your play­ing in such a big sta­dium and such a big ti­tle (is) up for grabs and, look, it went into the back of the net and thank God for that.’

In dou­ble dig­its for the sea­son, Parrock iden­ti­fies be­ing able to hit the net as a vi­tal part of her game, much as it al­ways has been, wher­ever she plied her sport­ing trade.

‘I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be the great­est at track­ing back or de­fend­ing but I like to get on the end of them and get them in the back of the net, and as long as we’re win­ning we’re all happy,’ Parrock ad­mit­ted.

The for­mer camo­gie All Star and four-time All-Ire­land Se­nior medal win­ner talked in the lead-up to the game about los­ing the love for that sport.

She ex­panded on that af­ter this cup fi­nal suc­cess and talked about how her soc­cer dreams are only start­ing.

‘Through my years of camo­gie and play­ing eleven years with Wex­ford, we achieved a lot and I was very lucky to be on such a suc­cess­ful camo­gie team,’ Parrock ex­plained.

‘Maybe I just lost the ap­petite, I prob­a­bly ticked the boxes that I wanted to tick in that sport and I sup­pose look­ing at soc­cer now I’ve more boxes to be ticked and I’m achiev­ing them well, thank God.’

In­ter­na­tional foot­ball doesn’t seem like the pie in the sky idea it might have when she came into the Wex­ford fold, and 28-year-old Parrock is not giv­ing up hope of adding to her Un­der-19 cap.

‘Ah look, sure you’d never say no to an Ire­land jer­sey be­ing handed to you, at the end of the day it’s your coun­try and that would be an amaz­ing achieve­ment for me.’

Next is a well-de­served break and a bit of time to as­sess the sea­son, though one tour­na­ment might linger in her mind through the win­ter.

‘Play­ing Thor and Ajax and Lin­field was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one but, look, you’re al­ways look­ing to achieve and to go one step fur­ther so we’ll work on that for next year.’

One thing is for sure, if Wex­ford do achieve that goal next sea­son, with her im­prove­ment con­tin­u­ing week af­ter week, Parrock will be a vi­tal com­po­nent to any­thing Youths will ac­com­plish.

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