Deb Rhodes

How Did You Get Into Irish Sports?

My good friend, Emily, studied in Ireland and came back raving about these cool sports she saw while she was there. She then discovered we had a GAA club here in Denver. We went to a clinic, and the rest is history.

What Is Your Preferred Sport/What Position Do You Play?

I’m a dual player, so I love both camogie and Gaelic football. I’ll play anywhere I’m needed, but I’m drawn to defensive positions.

How Long Have You Been With the Denver Gaels?

I’ve been playing since 2011.

Favorite Memory or Moment With the Denver Gaels?

I have loads of great memories with the Gaels, but one of my favorites is when the lady footballers won Nationals in 2016. It was pouring rain in Seattle during the championship match- I mean a proper deluge. We were down to no subs by the second half, but everybody played their hearts out and kicked ass. That victory tasted so sweet.

What Are You Most Looking Forward to This Season?

I’ve been out of the game for a few seasons, so I’m looking forward to getting back to it. Maybe one day I’ll even learn all the rules.

If You Could Attend Any Sporting Event, What Would It Be?

I think I’d love to see a match of Pyramid from Battlestar Galactica. (What the frack, right?) If that’s not an option, I guess hurling finals at Croke Park. I already caught a Dublin v. Galway match at Fenway, so Croke seems like a logical next stop.

Best Advice You’ve Received?

The best advice I’ve received is to pay attention. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m meant to pay attention to, but it seemed wise when I heard it.

If You Could Be Any Sportsperson for a Day, Who Would It Be and Why?

If I could be any sportsperson for a day, I’d be Usain Bolt. That guy always seems like he’s having the best time. Plus, then I could finally be fast enough for midfield.

If You Won a Million Dollars, What Would Be Your First Purchase?

My first purchase would be a tiny goat. My second purchase would be pajamas for my tiny goat. Oh yeah, and a round of pints for all my friends in the Denver Gaels.

Favorite Movie, TV Show, or Book?

This is a very tough question to answer as I have many favorites. A couple of my favorite books turned movies are The Princess Bride, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Dune.

Why Should Others Join the Denver Gaels?

Hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football are very fun to play and are great for keeping you active. In addition to that, the people in the club are pretty great too.