Player Profile: Bridget McCarthy

Updated: Apr 29

Name: Bridget McCarthy

Code/Team: Camogie

Occupation: Middle School Teachers Assistant

Field position: Center Back

How long have you played with the Gaels? I have been playing with the Gaels since June 2013, so I’m just starting my 7th year.

When did you start playing hurling/camogie/football? I just finished my junior year in college when I started playing Camogie. I registered with the DC Gaels, went to one practice, then the next day I went to live in Dublin for 3 months and trained with the Good Counsel GAA and Camogie Club. I was very fortunate to learn how to play camogie from girls that have been playing their whole lives. I was very much “thrown into the fire” but it was such a great experience. After leaving Dublin in August, I played in the Mid-Atlantic Division finals with DC Gaels and have been playing with them ever since.

What’s your favorite thing about Gaelic games? I love that I am able to play a sport that is such an integral part of my Irish heritage. I love that the nature of the Gaelic games is one of intense competition but is also a strong social club at the same time. I also love the community aspect of the GAA, I know that basically no matter what city I go to there is a club and an instant group of friends.

Best trainer on the squad: I’ll have to give a shout out to my sister, Molly, who just joined the club last June. She’s basically always been my personal trainer.

Most skillful player: Sophie Freidl is an amazing forward player, I love going head to head with her. She’s definitely made me a better player.

Biggest joker: Jill seems to have an endless supply of puns.

Odd item in your GAA kit bag: I was the Ladies Gaelic Football goalie for a few years back and along the way I lost one of my goalie gloves. I still have the other one in my bag and I haven’t been the goalie for 3 years.

Ambition for the 2020 season: I would love to be able to have our code grow to hold 2 full teams: a junior and an intermediate team. May have to wait until next year though.

If you could choose one player to join your squad, who would it be? I'm not sure, I like to work with the players I have on my team to make them the best they can be, that way I don’t need to wish.

Sporting idol: Rosemary, she's been playing for DC Gaels camogie for, I think, 20 years and is still playing like a boss! I hope I’m able to do that as I get older.

Best sporting advice you’ve received: When I started playing, I had a hard time aiming on my strikes and I was told to point foot, like