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Life is good for Aisling Frawley. Her club Wexford Youths WFC are sitting pretty on top of the Continental Tyre's Women's National League, she's enjoying a well-earned break from her studies and she has the not so small matter of the World University Games in Taipei to look forward to next month.

The skilful winger, who is going into her final year studying primary teaching in St. Patrick's campus in DCU, was on the plane to Gwangju City two years ago and is relishing the opportunity to again savour the atmosphere at the massive event which runs from August 19-30.

“I was lucky enough to be there two years ago in South Korea so I've an idea of what's to come. When I went out there two years ago I hadn't a clue really what the Student Games were. I was just lucky to get called in off the reserves," said Frawley.

"It was definitely something on my to-do list this year. When you're out there it's so professional and so well-organised. I never would have seen that kind of a stage before, and especially representing our country it was a great experience."

Frawley will have two very familiar faces accompanying her on the flight to the Taiwanese capital as fellow Wexford Youths players Claire O'Riordan and Aoibhin Webb are also in Colin Bell's squad, something which adds to the excitement for the Waterford native.

“We're delighted. Aoibhin got a call there recently, so it's great that the three of us are heading down together. The last time myself, Claire, Jessica Gleeson and Ciara Rossiter from Wexford Youths went," she stated.

“Most of the players that are going play in the National League so we'd all know each other from either playing against each other over the years or playing with each other. It's a small league, so we would be familiar with most of the players, but it's good to get to know each other off the pitch."

Frawley is enjoying her football at the moment, although she readily admits that striking a balance between college life and evenings spent on the football field can be a difficult juggling act at times.

“I always thought I had that nailed down from the beginning, since the Leaving Cert I've been playing in the National League," she explained.

"There's been a lot of commitment and I really thought I had it sorted but it was only at the start of this year that I struggled with the league. I started a part-time job this year so with the job, college and getting down to Wexford for training, it got a bit on top of me and there was people I had to let down. College is out of the way now for the summer so at least I don't have too much to worry about."

Things are certainly going well on the pitch at present with Wexford Youths riding on the crest of a wave, with last weekend's 2-1 win over UCD Waves sending them to the summit of the table.

With the squad strengthening with each passing week due to players returning from injury they look to be in a strong position to challenge for honours.

Frawley is happy with how the Ferrycarrig Park outfit have performed so far this term and is cautiously optimistic that they'll be in the shake-up at the business end of the season.

“I don't want to speak too soon, but we're doing well so far. We're trying hard, working hard. We're conscious of not being complacent and we're not going to take any team for granted. We just want to keep winning, and if you keep winning you've got nothing to worry about,” she said.

Frawley says the strength in depth at the club is a major asset and manager Laura Heffernan is in the fortunate position to have a talented pool of players to choose from.

“To be on the pitch (against UCD) and see Rianna Jarrett, Emma Hansberry and Edel Kennedy being the three subs coming on it shows the competition for places. To have those three players sitting on the bench, you just have to keep working hard at training.

"Everyone has to look over their shoulder, which is a good thing because it makes everybody train hard. Nobody has a guaranteed spot no matter who they are,” she said.

 

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