National hockey call-up for Crotty

Kilkenny's latest hockey international, Kate Crotty
A KILKENNY teenager has taken the first step on the road to becoming an international sporting success.

A KILKENNY teenager has taken the first step on the road to becoming an international sporting success.

Sixteen-year-old Kate Crotty became the county’s newest hockey international when she lined out at left midfield with the Irish Girls Under 16 Hockey Team in Wales earlier this month in the Celtic Cup Tournament.

The Patrick Street native made her debut when she played in the green shirt of Ireland against Scotland. She featured again the following day against Wales, scoring one of the goals in the 5-0 win. Having drawn 1-1 with Scotland the results saw Ireland win the overall tournament.

Crotty, who started playing hockey with the Kilkenny club, has just finished her Junior Cert. She now plays junior and senior hockey for her school the Ursuline Convent, Thurles. A Munster under-18 provincial player, she now plays club hockey for Dublin outfit Corinthians.

Kate is daughter of local solicitor Martin Crotty and Colette Crotty. She is also a cousin of former Kilkenny county senior hurlers Paddy and Richard Mullally from Glenmore.