Name: Mollie Grover
Field position: Half back or midfield
How long have you played with the Gaels? Just under 2 years
When did you start playing camogie? August 2018, after discovering camogie on a trip to County Clare in May 2018, courtesy of a young lady from the Clare intermediate camogie team who patiently explained camogie and hurling to a clueless pair of Yanks while she was working at Elverys in Ennis. Without crossing paths with her, I doubt I would be playing camogie.
What’s your favorite thing about gaelic games? Having the chance to learn a completely different sport in my 30s. I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 8, so camogie is a totally different athletic skill set. It’s been fun to see that I’m not a complete disaster on land after all this time!
Best trainer on the squad: Tara - she’s fast and she has no off switch on the pitch!
Most skillful player: Sophie - both in terms of on-the-pitch skills and her ability (and patience) to translate skills to players of all abilities.
Biggest joker: Jill and her bottomless list of puns
Odd item in your GAA kit bag: Somehow, even though I have a completely different bag for swimming, there’s a swim cap buried at the bottom of my kit bag. I have zero idea how it got there.
Ambition for the 2020 season: Pre-COVID, it was to retain our Mid-Atlantic title; post-COVID, it is to just *have* a 2020 season in some fashion.
If you could choose one player to join your squad, who would it be? My sister-in-law Hilary who was a pretty solid lacrosse player in her day.
Sporting idol: Aaron Piersol - 5x Olympic gold medal backstroker who always swam lights out and stood up for his teammates, no matter the consequences to him.
Best sporting advice you’ve received: It’s a tie between “Trust the process” from an old swim coach and “It’s only worth doing if you’re having fun (no matter how good or bad you are)” from a wise friend from university.
Why should someone join the Gaels: You’ll get to learn a new sport with an incredibly supportive group of people, no matter your skill level or athletic background.