Saturday 21 September 2019

Katie and Podge proudly don the green

It's always an uplifting sign for sport in the county to see local people selected on international teams.

Wexford continues to supply its fair share of wearers of the green, and this week it's the turn of Podge Leacy and Katie Fitzhenry to step forward.

Podge has been selected on the 14-strong Irish squad to take part in the cerebral palsy football seven-a-side world championships which started in St. George's Park, England yesterday (Monday) and will continue until June 28.

The boys in green are currently ranked seventh in the world following their fourth place finish at last year's European Championships. Podge, a left-sided midfielder, plays with Ferns United and already has four caps to his name.

The Ireland players have been drawn in Group B alongside Paralympic champions Russia, their first opponents tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. They will also meet Australia on June 18 and Portugal on June 20, with the top two qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Katie Fitzhenry from Wexford town was on the Ireland women's rugby sevens squad which played in the first round of the European Olympic qualifiers in Kazan, Russia, over the weekend.

The Blackrock and Leinster gained full international honours with her country in the successful Six Nations campaign and has now set her sights on qualifying for Rio 2016 with her sevens team-mates.

They met Spain, France, Ukraine, Italy, the Netherlands and England over the weekend and were crowned plate champions after improving with each game, with her colleagues including an uncapped trio of Lucy Mulhall, Eimear Considine and Louise Galvin who are better known for their ladies' football exploits with Wicklow, Clare and Kerry respectively.

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