She came, she saw, she conquered. On Sunday afternoon, Sarah Dillon announced herself to the country on the biggest stage of all, Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day. Notching up a tally of 1-6, the relentless performance of the Milltown native earned her the Player of the Match award and capped off a dream day at HQ. But of course, this was the culmination of a journey that started long before Sunday afternoon. So this week, we went ClubSpotting with Sarah Dillon to Milltown to find out more.
What are your first memories of your club Milltown?
My first memories with Milltown would definitely be going down to the pitch every Saturday morning for training. My Dad has been my coach since I was U8 and still is at senior level so that is also a lovely memory to have as he has taught me all my basics from a young age.
Who were your sporting idols growing up?
Growing up I always looked up to Sinead Goldrick as she is a great role model to younger players. I remember from a young age watching her win All Irelands and All Stars and aspiring to reach that level. Also growing up I was greatly influenced by my Grandad who also played football for Westmeath. He would never miss a match and would give a truthful analysis on my performance either good or bad I would hear about it.
What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?
The proudest moment of my career to date would definitely be winning the club all Ireland with Milltown back in 2015. Scoring a goal in that match and getting to play with my two sisters was very special. My Dad is our coach and my Mam is also involved with the team so getting to celebrate with them was something that I will never forget.
Toughest opponent you have faced?
I would have to say either Tara Fagan or Niamh Spellman who are both my Westmeath teammates. I always end up marking one of them at training and they definitely make the forwards job very difficult.
Best player you have played with?
I don't mean to be biased but I would have to say my two sisters Tracey and Rachel. We have been playing with each other since we were young and we just know each other's game so well. We are always there to drive each other on. They help me both on and off the field. It was a great help having them during the lockdown to get out and do our runs and ball skills together. Outside of my sisters I would have to say Fiona Claffey. She is a leader both on and off the field and her work ethic is just phenomenal. Her attitude is infectious.
Any pre game rituals or superstitions?
I'm not one to have superstitions but I do tend to have my hair the same way for every match if that counts!
What are your hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the season?
To hopefully win the Intermediate All Ireland with Westmeath Ladies. It's my first full season due to injuries with them so it would be great to get a win and get back up playing senior football. Also to have a good championship campaign with my club Milltown.
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