Quick Interview #6 – Jenny Patterson (Bohan)
When did you start Softball?
I started playing softball in 1998, Yikes that’s a few years!!
I played Rounders competitively within the Community Games from the age of 8 winning lots of All Ireland Medals with Lakelands Rounders club. I absolutely loved Rounders and was introduced to softball by a friend of a Rounders friend who had been bitten by the Softball bug.
Have you played any other sports?
Yes, Rounders, Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton. I love sport.
What club do you play for?
I play with the Oddsox Green in Ireland and we have won the league 3 times with a lot of frustrating runner-up years and with H2O in the UK where we have won the National League 4 times. Oddsox Green are due to play in the European Clubs next year and I played with H2O in the European Clubs in Prague last year.
Do you have any pre match routines?
A general warm up and jog to get the body limbered up. A throw to get the arms sorted and the eye in, and a few swings of the bat too. It’s also always good to take a few moments before the game starts to focus on your intent to win!
When was your first international game?
How many caps do you have?
Not absolutely certain, I played for Ireland in the Europeans in 2000 and 2004, but also at many preparation tournaments in the UK. I imagine about 20+
What can we do to continue to get people interested in Softball?
I think we could market the sport a little better than we do. There are plenty of people who don’t even know what it is or that it’s available in Ireland. I understand that we don’t have a lot of funds available but I think it would be worth it in the long run. Also grassroots programmes are essential to the growth of the sport.
Are you sponsored?
What’s your international Goal?
To win Gold would be awesome. I have a silver and a bronze in my pocket so there’s only one more I want!
Who is your favourite female player?
Melanie of course…. Ha Ha
Who is your favourite male player?
Well if we can include baseball I would say Dustin Pedroia, he is one serious player!
Which countries have you played Softball in? Where was your favourite?
UK, Jersey, Austria, USA, Czech Republic.
I would have to say Austria as I met my husband at that tournament!!