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The phones have been buzzing non stop in the Slevin household this week, but that is nothing new for mother Deirdre.

With two talented daughters excelling in football and gymnastics respectively, she is kept busy every day with their hectic schedules. So it has been a nice reward to see some plaudits rush through.

Why the sudden influx of text messages and phone calls?

Well, Emma Slevin made history this week by becoming the first Irish female gymnast to reach an all-round final at the European Gymnastics Championships.

At the same time, twin sister Kate has emerged as Galway WFC's early contender for Breakthrough Star of the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League - even though it's just three games in.

"I was expecting to play a few minutes here and there at the start of the season but thankfully it has been straight into it," said Kate, who has started each of Galway's games thus far.

"There has been a lot of excitement with my sister...she has been doing unreal. She was telling that she has had people contact her who she hasn't spoken to in years, congratulating her. But it's great and she deserves it."

Emma will be back competing on Friday in that final, while Kate is focused on Saturday's clash with Treaty United. It is an opportunity to avenge last week's narrow loss to DLR Waves.

Not that Kate feels any scores need to be settled or points need to be proven, it's simply a chance for the Tribeswomen to show what they can do with a new-look squad that manager Billy Clery has shaped.

A noticeable element to that squad is the inclusion of young players, like Kate, who have graduated from the club's Under-17 team. By trusting in youth, Galway are complimenting the excellent work being done by the coaching staff at the club.

Last season both Shauna Brennan and Therese Kinnevey stepped up to become first-team regulars and now Kate is following their lead. One goal and an assist suggests that she's doing okay.

"So far it has been going great...apart from last week's loss...but overall it has been a great start," said Kate.

"I'm just happy to contribute to the team, getting assists is one of my main goals but I'd also like to score more. As long as I can help the team as much as I can."

At underage level Kate played primarily as a defensive midfielder, although she is now making the most of a new attacking role that sees her more involved in the action. 

If the good form continues then the Slevin household will just have to become accustomed to dealing with high praise for the gifted Sister Act.