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Caroline O'Hanlon wants double delight in ladies gaelic and netball

By Richard Bullick

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards finalist Caroline O'Hanlon has her fingers crossed the weather over the next few days won't disrupt an astonishing sporting schedule.

The 30-year-old Bessbrook woman is intent on building upon last year's outstanding success in ladies gaelic and netball which saw her shortlisted for Monday night's gala ceremony.

Snow permitting, this weekend will take the multi-talented O'Hanlon from Tyneside to Donegal before finishing in Wales with a third tough fixture in as many days.

For a second successive spring, dual star O'Hanlon will juggle leading her Armagh gaelic side's National League promotion bid with lining out in netball's Sky-televised British SuperLeague for Team Northumbria.

Northumbria begin their new campaign by hosting 2013 champions Team Bath in Newcastle tomorrow evening as the first leg of a weekend double-header.

Their second assignment is in Wales with Monday night's live Sky Sports clash with Cardiff franchise Celtic Dragons, but Sunday will be far from a day of rest for Armagh gaelic captain O'Hanlon.

The All-Ireland Player of the Year hopes to be back in time to link up with her Orchard crew en route to Ballybofey for that afternoon's testing NFL Division Two opener against Ulster rivals Donegal.

It is an especially packed programme even by O'Hanlon's standards but the hospital doctor has previously proved perfectly capable of successfully combining both responsibilities in spite of the punishing schedule.

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