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Up Close And Personal With Suttonians’ 7s Star Kate Farrell

In 2020, Suttonians RFC welcomed Kate Farrell into the Senior Women’s squad. While arriving with an impressive resume, she has never wasted any time in developing her rugby career, which has seen her achieve national honors before reaching her nineteen birthday!

Originally from Gorey and with a passion for horse riding as a child, Kate finally fell in love with the family passion and joined the ranks of Gorey RFC under 12s, to play with her sister Lauren and her school friends.   

What began as some fun with friends quickly developed and Kate began to see other girls from Gorey playing representative rugby for Leinster. As Kate entered her final year in school she took on representative colours for Leinster U18’s. It was during her time in Gorey Community School that Kate was first introduced to sevens rugby, when  unable to field 15 positions, the school opted for the shorthand code of the game before going on to win 3 All Ireland Medals for the Gorey Community  school.

As Kate’s time in school came to a close, her rugby career began to take off. In the summer of 2019, she was invited to join the Irish U18’s women’s sevens team, where her star quality was quickly identified by Coach Anthony Eddie. As a result she was offered a place with the Senior Irish Sevens program. And within 2 months of completing her Leaving Cert she was invited to the Irish U18’s sevens set up and secured a contract with the Senior Irish Women’s Sevens program. 

In 2020, Kate made the big move move to Dublin and joined her sister Lauren again, this time with Suttonians and a decision that continues to see her star rise on Station Road. “The main thing I love about this place is that everyone is so supportive”, Kate explained as she spoke about her love for Suttonians. She continued to highlight major aspects of the club that she has really enjoyed, “there’s such a good balance of good craic and actually wanting to do well”. We’ll second that!

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