Player Profile – Babs Whooley

The player profile is back! Its been quite a while since we’ve brought you the inner thoughts of one of our star players so the step forward ladies full forward sharpshooter, Barbara Whooley.

She’s been part of the all conquering, county championship winning side for the past two years and also plays some of that oval ball malarkey in her spare time. Below she reveals her dismay at the lack of shouldering in the ladies game, her vision for an Uachtarain in the Whooley family and her time as head of the GAA in Japan!

NAME: Barbara Whooley

AGE: Lets’ just say not quite the youngest on the team

HOME TOWN/CLUB: Erin’s Own, Glouthane, Cork

OCCUPATION: Product Manager

FACEBOOK STATUS: “Come on Ireland”

POSITION (KEEP IT CLEAN): Full-forward

JOINED THE GAELS: 2009-2010 season

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: A little on the short side

CLAIM TO FAME: I was once chairperson of Japan GAA

BEST WORDS OF WISDOM FROM JIMMY OR DENIS: “Just go out there and enjoy yourselves lads”

FAVOURITE GAELS MEMORY: There was a match in Bushy Park last year where our 15th player was wearing a mini-skirt and slip-on shoes and was avoiding the ball!

FIRST THREE SONGS ON YOUR iPOD/MP3 ON SHUFFLE: The Wheels on The Bus, Jingle Bells, and The Banks of my Own Lovely Lee

LAST DECENT FILM YOU SAW: There are decent films?

BLACK PORTER OR RED WINE: Pub = black porter, Dinner = red wine

X-FACTOR OR FRONTLINE: Neither because I’m not much of a TV buff

COLIN FIRTH, COLIN FARRELL, WILL FERRELL OR SEÁN Ó O hAILPÍN: As a cork girl I’d have to go for Sean Óg.

FAVOURITE CORK GAA MEMORY: Sam Magiure coming to our national school so we got a day off.

SOCCER OR RUGBY: Rugby all the way

FAVOURITE PLAYER EVER: Probably Paul O’Connell (We meant GAA player, Barbara!)

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE CORONATION STREET CHARACTER: David Platt

LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Technically it’s a non-contact sport.

IF YOU WHERE ON RADIO WHAT WOULD YOUR CATCHPHRASE BE: I don’t think it would be fair to subject people to me on the radio.

THE GAELS’ PLAYER THAT SHOULD TAKE OVER AS PRESIDENT, AND WHY: Lil because I would then have family in power.

YOU’VE JUST WON THE €1,500 TOP PRIZE IN THE RANELAGH GAELS CLUB LOTTO – YOU WOULD SPEND THE MONEY ON: Me!

RULE CHANGE THAT WOULD MAKE FOOTBALL BETTER: Shouldering is allowed.

IN TEN YEARS TIME THE GAELS WILL BE: Still great fun to play for.

PLAYING LADIES FOOTBALL FOR RANELAGH GAELS IS GREAT BECAUSE: Everyone is welcome and the girls on the team always encourage each other.

5 Comment(s)

  1. Great profile Babs! And kudos to Ronan Murphy for the excellent work on the images. All the way from Australia too. This internet is mighty!

    Brian | Apr 11, 2012 @ 16:08 | Reply

  2. here here, you definitely inspired the girls to victory tonight Babs!

    maith an fear Murph!

    Cathal | Apr 11, 2012 @ 21:57 | Reply

  3. Great piece- looking forward to getting you back in blue! When do you hang up that red jersey babs?!

    Caoimhe | Apr 11, 2012 @ 22:39 | Reply

  4. Babs failed to mention one of my favourite goals if not my favourite hat trick in Gaels history. The 30 smash against Ballyboughal in the Championship semi final.

    Ronan M | Apr 12, 2012 @ 01:41 | Reply

  5. Outstanding goal that evening in Ballboughal… They say Ronaldo can swerve a ball… No one can bend them in like Babs!!

    Enda | Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:56 | Reply

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