DCU Mercy and Ireland international Rachel Huijsdens became the first star to take on our 'A to Z' challenge ahead of the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 meeting with The Netherlands.
A – Action: If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
X-Men’s Jean Grey - her telepathy and telekinesis could prove very handy on a basketball court.
B – Breakfast: Your go-to meal in the morning?
The bog standard bowl of Fruit ‘n Fibre.
C – City: Favourite city to spend a weekend?
For the food, sun and architecture it would have to be Rome.
D – Dutch: What player in The Netherlands squad are you looking forward to playing against?
E – Education: What was your favourite subject in school?
Has to be a tie between Biology and German.
F – Fact: Something very few people know about you?
This could get my citizenship revoked, but I can’t go near an Irish breakfast - the smell of fried eggs makes me queasy.
G – Goals: Tell us something you’d like to achieve in basketball?
Rachel Huijsdens takes a free throw.
H – Hero: Who did you idolise growing up?
Freddie Mercury - I had a bit of an obsession with Queen and still do!
I – Ingle: What’s the best piece of advice that Mark Ingle has given you?
“Shoot the ball!”
J – Joker: Who’s the funniest in the squad?
There are a few characters in the squad but Áine O’Connor’s endless supply of little known facts, makes for great entertainment.
K - Keyboard: How long do you spend on social media each day?
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a bit of a social media-phobe, so not much.
L – Languages: How many languages can you speak?
Two well, two not so well.
M – Music: What are you listening to at the moment?
Nothing specific really - whatever’s playing on the radio when I’m driving.
N – Number: Why do you wear your jersey number? (does it mean something to you)
The #8 jersey comes back from my midfield Gaelic playing days!
O – Outside: Who you trusting to make a 3-point shot to save your life?
Sharp shooter Mimi Clarke
P – Phobia: Do you have an irrational fear?
Of all my teeth falling out - I’ve had a few strange dreams recently.
Q – Quirky: Who has the most questionable fashion sense?
I think Mimi’s purple crocs could be considered questionable!
R – Roomie: Who’s the worst person to share a room with on away trips?
Sorcha Tiernan, she forgets about the oranges she’s bought until they start to rot and stink out the wardrobe!
S – Shapes: Who’s the best in the squad for a boogie?
Dayna Finn can bust out some moves.
T – Talent: Do you have a hidden talent?
My ability to make a packet of chocolate digestives vanish.….in one sitting.
U – Under Pressure: Who in the squad would you not get in a car with?
We are all excellent drivers (but don’t ask us to parallel park).
X – X-Ray: Have you broken many bones?
Thankfully no broken bones to date.
Y – Youth: Where did you grow up?
Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.
Z – Zoo: What zoo animal are you most like and why?
According to one of those online quizzes I’m a vampire bat. Initially I was offended however apparently they’re very social creatures.