Name:Marie Keating

Nickname:Keats or Keatsy

Age:34

Clubs: Sydney University, UCC Crusaders

Favourite Position:- Centre

AFL Honours:-

-2006 and 2008 SWAFL (Sydney) Premiership

-2008 Sydney Women’s AFL Team of the Decade

-2011 All-Australian AFL Medal

-2006, 2009, 2011 New South Wales State Squads

-2011 National Div 2 Championship with NSW

-2011 International Cup and Best on Ground in the final with Ireland

-2014 EuroCup Best on Ground with Ireland

-2015 Brit Cup Best on Ground with Ireland

-2017 Leprechaun Cup Best on Ground

 

Other Sporting Honours:-

– Represented Limerick and Munster in Gaelic Football and Camogie

– 2003 Purcell Shield with LIT

– 2004 Donaghy Cup with LIT

– 2005, 2007, 2010, Limerick Senior Camogie Club Championship with Killeedy

– 2007 National Senior B Camogie League and Championship with Limerick

– 2006, 2011, Sydney Camogie Championship with Michael Cusacks

– 2006 Sydney Football Championship with Michael Cusacks

– 2010 National Camogie League Div 2 with Limerick

– 2014/15 Limerick Desmond Soccer League and Cup with Abbeyfeale FC

Preferred Guernsey Number:- 18

 

Q. How long have you been playing AFL and how did you get involved in Aussie Rules?

Since 2006, playing a Gaelic football match in Sydney and this girl, who had been sledging me the entire game, came up to me after and said ‘You should play AFL’. I thought it would be something ‘Australian’ to do while in Australia and only intended to go to 1 training session but 11 years later and I still think its the best game in the world.

Q. What aspect of Aussie Rules attracted you to the game?

The way the ball is kicked, its like an art form!

 

Q. What are you looking forward to most about IC’17?

Our team scoring goals

 

Q. What preparation work are you currently doing in advance of the tournament?

Along with fitness training I’m putting a big emphasis on diet and exercises for injury prevention

 

Q. What is your stand out moment in your AFL career to date?

Being part of the first ever Women’s National High Performance Academy in 2010. That whole camp (and the AIS/AFL one in 2011) massively changed how I looked at sport and life, feel so fortunate to have been a part of it.

 

Q. What have you learned from your previous International Cup campaign? 

The competitiveness is massive so every inch of improvement you can get out of your training is going to matter and whichever team wins it will really earn it

 

Q. Who has been your toughest opponent on the footy field, and why?

Kate (Rowdy) Lancaster when I played against her in training with Sydney Uni.

 

Q. What other sports do you play and how do they compliment AFL?

Have played hurling/camogie, rugby, soccer and gaelic football in the past. I think hurling is the closest to AFL in terms of how you need to attack the ball, the physicality of it and positioning and it makes you quicker and more perceptive.