Hi! I’m Lucy Mulhall and I’m joining the team at Hutton and Meade for the year of 2016. Hutton & Meade have been very kind to give me the opportunity to give you all an insight into my life as a member of the Irish Women’s 7’s Team by allowing me to work with their media department.
Hutton & Meade, a generous bunch, also sponsored me a smashing new Hyundai i20 car and a GoPro camera which makes my job so much easier. Over the next few months I aim to give you an insight into our journey on the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series and also will take time to show you all some of our adventures on tour and also some of the beautiful attractions of my beloved home place, Wicklow. The fun is only added by the fact that the messer of the team, Jenny Murphy, is joining me on this adventure also.
My goals in the next few months with my other team, Ireland Rugby 7s include the aim to requalify for next year’s World Series, Qualify for the Rio Olympics and also have loads of fun on the way. The world of a professional athlete is widely unknown, especially a team of athletes. I cannot wait to show people the joy of Rugby Sevens and also a background into all the hard work which we do on a daily basis. We are open to any suggestions from you all as to what you would like us to cover in our blogs. Examples may include recovery methods, cities where we have been or tutorials on the game of Sevens. Please follow us closely on our journey and we take to the road in our beautiful new Hyundais to try make our dreams come through.
Firstly, allow me to introduce myself properly. I am a 22 year old student from Tinahely in County Wicklow. I am the second eldest in a family of five and live on a farm in a valley along the famous Wicklow Way walk. The sporting history continues down the generations, Dad pulled tug-a-war and won a European medal at this and Mam was a member of the first ever Wicklow Ladies team. I have to mention my Grandmother who also lives with us and has diligently lit candles and prayed for every game, exam, worry that me and my siblings have had. My whole life since I can remember has revolved around sport, starting with Gaelic football and with Camogie mixed in. You might laugh at the fact that I fantasised about playing Gaelic football in an All-Ireland Final for Wicklow in Croke Park, the main issue being my address. One day in secondary school, mid interview, a teacher openly laughed at this idea! It was a long shot for sure but, each week, as I sat on the couch at home watching the Sunday Game with Dad I couldn’t help myself but to dream about being there. The dream may also have been hampered by the fact that at the young age of u12 and u14 I lacked the skills to catch a ball and spent much of my time on the side-lines at county matches. Nevertheless, at the age of 16, I found myself in the mix with some extremely talented and strong minded atheltes on the Junior Wicklow Ladies team. I was completely enchanted with this new world and with the idea of playing alongside my sporting heroes. A year after I joined the team we found ourselves playing great football and winning our All Ireland in Croke Park. One of the best days of my life! At club level, with Tinahely, I also found myself lucky enough to share a jersey with a group of hard working, skilful and determined footballers, winning a three in-a-row Senior County title. Another highlight!
Somewhere along the line, unnoticed by myself, Rugby 7s coaches spotted playing football and gave me the chance of a lifetime to go to Amsterdam and play in a trial tournament for the Senior 7s team. I can safely say that on that weekend while playing with the development squad and watching the senior squad play Rugby 7s stole my heart. In the next blog I will share my difficulties learning a new sport, the adventures that came with it and where I am now….
In the meantime, say hello to Harry!