Sligo Ladies Football Announce Three Partnership Deals
On Monday evening last Sligo ladies players and club delegates gathered in the Clayton hotel in Sligo to hear chairman Keith Gilroy announce three new partnerships for Sligo ladies football, The Clayton hotel group The blind Tiger and CHH engineer’s Sligo.
Speaking at event Mr Gilroy complimented the work that went into bringing these partners on board for the 2017 season this is a big step forward for Sligo Ladies football after last year’s announcement of a three-year sponsorship deals with Connacht gold the first of it’s kind for ladies football in Sligo.
Mr Gilroy is hopeful that these partnerships will be beneficial to both parties. He also encouraged everybody associated with Sligo ladies football to support our partners in any way possible Connacht gold The Clayton hotel group The blind Tiger and C H H Engineering. He stressed the importance of these partnerships as ladies football does not received funding from any party all costs are covered by fundraising by our members.
He said at the minute or fundraising is going well with the launch of our 300 Club members are tickets on sale for all clubs and the first day of taking place at the end of March. He stressed that this was a big year for Sligo ladies as we are celebrating 25 years playing football he encouraged everybody to get behind our teams this year our intermediate team have had mixed Fortunes so far in the National League with two wins and 2 losses and have two very important home games coming up in the next few weeks. our u14 Drew in the first round of the Connacht championship and our minor had a 1 point win over Leitrim last week.
Sligo Ladies made the long trip to Killhin four km from Carlow town to take on high flying Laois on Sunday. After putting back to back wins together over Westmeath and Waterford in recent weeks Paddy Henry and co were hopeful of getting their first point on the road in 2017, unfortunately that was not to be.
Strong winds and heavy rain played havoc in the first half as both teams found it hard to comes to terms with the condition. It was Laois that had the better of the chances in the opening ten minutes hitting the Sligo cross bar before seen Noelle Gormley get down low to save from Mo Nerney. Laois did get off the mark first with three points two from Simms before Ciara Gorman got Sligo’s first from a 14-yard free. Stephanie O’Reilly slotted over from play to leave the gap at a point. That was as close has Sligo would get as Laois extended their lead with points from Dunne, Simms and Conlon. A pointed free from Gorman and one from play from Karen Maloney kept Sligo in touch until Laois were awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute that was hit perfectly to the bottom corner to give Gormley no chance in the Sligo goals. Laois were showing their dominance and added three more points before the half time whistle.
Sligo started the brighter of the teams in the second half with Ciara Gorman hitting two points and Karen Maloney pointing for the visitors to cut the gap to five. Rachel Williams then pointed for Laois before things got worse for Sligo when Grainne O’Loughlin was sin binned, from the free the home side extended their lead to 8 points. Laois were then reduced to 14 players when full forward Meaghan Dunne was shown a yellow card for a tackle on the Sligo keeper. Two points from Noirin Kirwan and one from Clare Conlon added to the home sides lead, two points from Stephanie O’Reilly and a point from substitute Sarch McMoreland before Gorman added the last score of the day was not enough for the visitors, it could have been worse for Sligo only for Noelle Gormley who got down to deny Laois a 3rd goal right at the end.
Laois go back to the top of the table Sligo drop to fourth place. With a trip to take on last year’s intermediate champions Kildare on March 18th before they welcome Cavan and Clare Paddy Henry and team will know that a big improvement is needed to secure a semi-final spot.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gormley (Capt) St Nathys 2 Michelle McNamara Drumcliff/Rosses pt 3 Grainne O Loughlin St Michaels 4 Jacqui Mulligan St Farnans 5 Ruth Goodwin St Mary’s 6 Eilise Codd St Michaels 7 Etna Flanagan St Nathys 8 Bernice Byrne Geevagh 9 Sarah Reynolds Geevagh 10 Laura Ann Laffey Coolera/Strandhill 11 Ciara Gorman St Nathy’s 12 Lisa Casey Eastern Harps 13 Karen Maloney St Mary’s 14 Stephanie O Reilly Geevagh 15 Mary Ann O Kennedy St Nathys 16 Katrina Connolly St Nathy’s 17 Rachel Monaghan Drumcliff/Rosses pt 18 Sinead Naughton Eoghan Rua 19 Sinead Regan Drumcliff /Rosses pt 20 Leah Kelly St Farnans 22 Sarah McMoreland St Mary’s 23 Annmarie Coleman St Nathys 24 Denise McGrath Ballymote 25 Elaine O Reilly Geevagh 26 Amie Cawley Fox Eoghan Rua
Manager:Paddy Henry Selectors :Liam Murray :Liam Naughton :Aisling Ewing :Katrina Connolly :Margaret Davey Physio: Michael Duffy
The club had it’s underage awards evening last Sunday. It was a combined boys/ladies event. We had presentations for the player of the year and the most improved player in U12, U14, U16 and minor and also the medals for the League/Championship double for the u12s and the championship runners-up for u14 and minor.
Mayo goalkeeper and All-Star was the special guest and he presented the girls with their awards, as well as addressing the crowd…highlighting the need for constant practice/revision of skills, individual practice outside of organised training and the importance of diet.
Can you believe the new GAA season is upon us already ! For some at the club it started a few weeks back and great work has already been done in putting the new coaching teams and structures in place for the season ahead.
This year, most of our underage teams for both boys and girls will have training sessions and games scheduled before the end of March, so we are holding our registration evenings slightly earlier this year. It is critically important that all underage players are registered before the season commences.
Our registration evenings for the 2017 season will be held in the clubhouse on two evenings next week the 1st (Wed) & 2nd (Thurs) of March from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Our underage fees for the 2017 season are as follows…
4th and subsequent children are free as with previous years.
Adult Non-Playing membership continues at 25 Euro per adult or discounted at 40 Euro per couple. These rates offer exceptional value and this year there will be a special emphasis on getting parents more involved in the club through membership.
New Simpler Process
This year we have made it easier than ever to register as with our new membership database the process in now paperless. Simply present yourself on our registration nights, confirm a few details on screen and we will do the rest. Membership forms are emailed as part of the payment process and form your receipt. No forms are required on the night.
We look forward to seeing you next week on either the 1st (Wed) or 2nd (Thurs) of March in the clubhouse from 7pm to 9.30pm.
The last Divisional Forum will take place for East Sligo on Wednesday, 22nd February at 8 pm in Connolly Park clubhouse, Collooney for interested parties from Owenmore Gaels, St. Michael’s, Shamrock Gaels, Coolera, Ballymote and Geevagh. Hoping to see a good turnout on the night….
Gorman’s second half goals preserve Paddy Henry’s proud Cloonacool record as Sligo LGFA manager.
Sligo 2-7 Waterford 0-11
Sligo Ladies made it 2 home wins out of 2 following this 2 point victory over Waterford on Sunday in -what could very well become known as a Fort Knox venue for Paddy Henry – Cloonacool Community Park. Trailing by 5 at half time, Sligo turned the game around in the second period to successfully defend their home record at the Cloonacool venue.
In a lively opening quarter, Sligo were guilty of missed opportunities. They had 2 points on the board but at least 2 goal chances had gone a begging with Waterford recording 4 points – 2 each from Ger Power and Lauren Mc Gregory- to lead by 2 after 15 minutes, Sligo’s 2 coming from Ciara Gorman with Power’s 11th minute score being the pick of them.
Roisin Tobin and Emma Murray added points before Sligo were thrown what appeared to be a lifeline, being awarded a penalty in the 20th minute as Stephanie O’Reilly was fouled in the box. Waterford goalkeeper Jessica Fitzgerald batted away Mary Ann O’Kennedy’s effort to preserve the visitors lead. Things then got worse for Sligo as Nicola Fennell and Anne Wall added points for Waterford to leave a 7 point gap between the sides with 7 minutes remaining to the short first half.
Worse was to follow at first for Sligo as Ann-Marie Coleman was sin binned but after this the tide began to turn for them as first Michelle McNamara blocked a point blank goal bound shot for a 45, then at the other end Stephanie O’Reilly and Karen Maloney sent over to leave them 5 in arrears at half time.
Lauren McGregor converted a free for Wateeford some 2 minutes into the second half. Strangely enough by the time their next store would arrive, they would be chasing the game as Sligo took over in the scoring stakes but possession was fairly evenly matched except the home side appeared to be the better finishers.
Ciara Gorman kick started the Sligo comeback with a 7th minute free. From the resulting kick out Karen Maloney provided a boomer from distance to cut the gap to 4. A Ciara German goal in the 9th minute had the gap down to one. Some five minutes later Sligo would hit the front when a super cross field pass from Karen Maloney picked out Ciara Gorman. Gorman’s point effort dipped at the 11th hour, deceiving the visitors keeper with the umpire going for the Green flag instead of the white one.
Gorman tagged on a free in the 16th minute to push the gap out to three. With Sligo defending their lead all Waterford could produce in the final quarter hour of the game was a point and 2 wides as Sligo, Paddy Henry and Fort Knox held firm to ensure a second league win of this campaign and edge Sligo closer to a semi-final place.
Next up for Sligo is a trip to Laois on Sunday next but for now Paddy and the crew can savour this latest win.
ST. FARNAN’S LADIES
Well done to the Sligo Ladies team on defeating Waterford in Cloonacool on Sunday last in the sides Div 2 clash in the Lidl LGFA National League. Jacqui Mulligan lined out at corner back for the side while Leah Kelly was also a member of the squad.
The footballing nursery to assist with coaching players aged from five years up continues every Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s N.S., Templeboy. Further details from Imelda McNulty, Joanne McAndrew, Lorna Harte Gilroy or any club officer.
Plans are now being finalised for our club’s big fundraising dance which will be held in the Diamond Coast Hotel on April 6th next. Country music star Robert Mizzell will provide the music for what is already promising to be a great night. Tickets will be on sale shortly and the club would greatly appreciate your support.
Sligo Ladies Co. Bd. have launched a major fundraising initiative in the form of a 300 Members Draw which will have four quarterly draws, the first of which will be held in March. Each draw will have a first prize of €1000 and a second prize of €500 while the third name out of the hat will receive €250. There will also be 5 consolation prizes of €100 in each draw. Tickets are available through the clubs at a cost of €100 or alternatively can be purchased with 12 monthly payments of €10, by Standing Order.
Sympathy is extended to the extended family of the late Michael McGee, Dromore West, who has passed away. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.
Sligo made the trip to Omagh with the hope of getting their 2017 Lidl NFL off to a winning start, Boosted by the return of Captain Noelle Gromley from injury Paddy Henry was looking for a good team performance in Omagh.
Tyrone started the better of the two team hitting 2 point in the first five minutes though Emma Smyth and Meabh Mallon. Sligo first score came from the boot of Ciara Gorman from 20 yard free. The best score of the first half came from Tyrone’s Niamh O’Neill when she hit a point off her left foot 25 yards out. Ciara Gorman kept Sligo in it with her free taking. Tyrone hit back with a Gemma Begley point before Laffey pointed for Sligo to leave it a 1 point game 15 mins played. Tyrone scored the next two points from O’Neill before Laura Ann and a free from Gorman left 2 points between the teams at half time.
Niamh O’Neill got Tyrone off the mark for the 2nd half with a point after great build up play from Mallon and Hunter. Gemma Begley free but 4 between the teams before Gorman score her 4th point of the day. On 17 mins Stephanie O’Reilly played a one two with her club mate Bernice Byrne before hitting a wonderful point from 25 yards. Sligo made two subs with Sinead Naughton and Rachel Monaghan replacing McGrath and Casey.
Both team exchanged sores before Tyrone Gemma Begley found the back of the Sligo net to give Tyrone some breathing space but Sligo hit back almost straight away with a goal from Gorman but it was not enough for the Sligo ladies Tyrone running out 4 point winners 1-14 to Sligo’s 1-10.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gromley 2 Michelle McNamara 3 Grainne O’Loughlin 4 Edna Flanagan 5 Ann Marie Coleman 6 Eillise Codd 7 Ruth Goodwin 8 Bernice Byrne 9 Sarah Reynolds 10 Laura Ann Laffey 0-02 11 Stephanie O’Reilly 0-02 12 Denice McGrath 13 Karen Maloney 0-01 14 Ciara Gorman 1-05 15 Lisa Casey
Subs used Rachel Monaghan for Denice McGrath, Sinead Naughton for Lisa Casey
Speaking after the game Paddy Henry said he was disappointed not to get the win but was very happy with the way the team performed,’’ We will be back training Tuesday night and getting ourselves ready for Westmeath next Sunday’’
Next up is a home game next Sunday in Cloonacool 2pm when Westmeath will provide the opposition.
Lidl announces even more Serious Support for the LGFA
Lidl today announced plans for the second year of their partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association at the launch of the 2017 Lidl Ladies National Football League.
Following on from the phenomenal success of the #SeriousSupport campaign last year which saw the retailer pledge to invest over €1.5 million in Ladies Gaelic Football in year one, Lidl today commits to the same level of support for the season ahead.
The 2017 Lidl National Football Leagues have the potential to be the most keenly contested in recent years with intense competition across all 4 Divisions. All eyes will be on Cork in Division 1 of the Lidl National Football League as speculation surrounds the future of some of their biggest name players. However, such is the depth of talent available to the Rebellettes that they will enter the campaign as favourites to make it a fifth title in a row. The addition of Donegal to the top grade means that all 8 teams are very evenly matched as all have the potential to reach the knockout stages. There will be a lot of interest in Dublin and their new manager, Mick Bohan, who will begin their campaign to make up for recent disappointments.
Waterford will start their first campaign in Division 2 as favourites for back to back promotion but they will have their work cut out for them in what will be a very strong division with the likes of Westmeath and Cavan along with the TG4 Intermediate All Ireland finalists Kildare and Clare. Tipperary will bear the weight of expectation as they enter their Division 3 campaign as favourites for promotion and their new manager, Shane Ronayne, will hope to use all the experience he gained from working with Cork legend, Eamonn Ryan, to steer the Premier County to the top of the table. In Division 4 there is a welcome return to the National League for Kilkenny who contest their first National League in several years and they will hope to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact.
Speaking at the launch of the Lidl National Football Leagues, LGFA President, Marie Hickey said ‘2016 was a great year for the sport of Ladies Gaelic Football as we achieved some great milestones. Our partnership with Lidl has had immediate benefits both on and off the field and their investment on our game has been most welcome. We are all looking forward to another great year and it all starts next Sunday. I hope that the supporters of the sport will join us on the terraces throughout the country this Sunday where we can help deliver on Lidl’s promise that ‘Serious Starts Here.’
Speaking on behalf of Lidl, Managing Director John Paul Scally says: ‘Year one of our partnership with the LGFA was a resounding success. The feedback we have received from our own team as well as our customers has been nothing short of remarkable. With almost 150 stores, we are a part of communities all over Ireland. For this reason we are very well placed to ensure that our support reaches the very heart of the organisation, in clubs and schools right across the country. Last year we committed to a huge investment of both finances and time in this partnership and 2017 will be no different. I said last year that as a brand, we identified strongly with the LGFA’s ambition and drive and I’m delighted that this partnership has struck a chord, not only with the associations’ supporters, but also with the general Irish public. At Lidl we are extremely proud to continue to be the biggest supporter of women’s sport in Ireland.’
The next phase of the campaign is entitled “Serious Starts Here” and sees Lidl investing further in the LGFA where it counts most – at local level and in the community. This is where serious support is born and nurtured – through the dedication of a local community. It all begins with a school or a club and Lidl wants to help make the support for players strong from the start so young female talent is given its best chance. The first phase of the campaign will see an above the line regional campaign launched featuring 8 counties. The creative will show a county player, a player from their club and a player from their school, with the tagline “Serious Starts Here”. Throughout the year then Lidl will run various initiatives for the benefit of clubs and schools, following on from the successful kit donations last year.
2017 Lidl National Football League Round 1 Fixtures (all taking place on January 29th unless otherwise stated)
2017 Lidl National Football League Division 1
Donegal v Armagh, Convoy, 2:00pm (C. Dourneen)
Cork v Kerry, Mallow, 2:00pm (J. Mullins)
Dublin v Monaghan, Naomh Mearnóg, (J. Murphy)
Mayo v Galway, Swinford Amenity Park, 2:00pm (G. Chapman)
2017 Lidl National Football League Division 2
Laois v Kildare, Annanough GAA, 2:00pm (D. McEnery)
Westmeath v Cavan, TBC, 2:00pm (K. Phelan)
Clare v Waterford, TBC, 2:00pm (S. Mulvihill)
Tyrone v Sligo, Healy Park Omagh, 2:00pm (D Callaghan)
2017 Lidl National Football League Division 3
Wexford v Tipperary, St. Patrick’s Park, 2:00pm (N. McCormack)
Offaly v Roscommon, Cappincur, 2:00pm (A. Gallagher)
Down v Meath, Ballykinlar, 2:00pm (M. Farrelly)
Leitrim v Limerick, Ballinamore, 2:30pm (K. Corcoran)
2017 Lidl National Football League Division 4
Antrim v Longford, Queen’s University (The Dub), 2:00pm (D. Carolan)
Carlow v Louth, TBC, 2:00pm (B. Redmond)
Fermanagh v Derry, Brewster Park, 2:00pm (K. McKeever)
There was a large crowd present for the Annual Underage Presentation Function which was held in Dromore West Community Centre on Sunday last. Club chairperson Lorna Harte-Gilroy acted as MC for the event at which newly elected Ladies Co. Bd. Chairman, Keith Gilroy and Sligo Ladies Intermediate panellists Jacqui Mulligan and Leah Kelly were the special guests who assisted with the various presentations. Keith praised the club for its continuous efforts to provide football for the young girls of the area while Jacqui urged the players to prolong their footballing careers for as long as possible.
The U-8’s and U-10’s were presented with special medals as a reward for their commitment over the year. Team manager Sarah O’Connell informed those present that there were a total of 24 players in this group and she was delighted to be associated with them. She drew comparisons with her own playing days with the Aughnasheelin and Sean O’Heslin’s clubs in county Leitrim and the enjoyment she derived from training and playing and of the lifelong friendships made and said these memories have far outlived those of any trophies won. April Finnegan and Sophie Burns were named as the most committed players at U-8 while Megan Walsh, Ava Donlon and Lucy O’Brien were named as the players having shown the most improvement in the same grade. At U-10 level Kayleigh Walsh and Chloe Burns took the awards for most committed with Amy Broderick, Maura Scott and Rachel McAndrew being named as the most improved.
The U-12’s were presented with their “B” League Runners-up medals and had Ciara O’Carroll and Sadhbh Williams named as most committed and most improved players respectively.
In the U-14 grade Ciara McGee took the award for most improved and Rachel O’Brien was named Player of the Year.
The U-16 team brought some silverware to the club as “B” League winners and were presented with their medals. Leona Devaney received an individual award for being the squads most improved player while Claire Dunne won the trophy for Player of the Year.
In winning the “B” C’ship the Minor team was arguably the clubs most successful side for the year and they received their medals from Keith Gilroy who was performing his first official function as Co. Bd. Chairperson. The side’s goalkeeper Siobhain Lang was named Player of the Year in the grade. Anne Cunnane who jointly managed the side with Don McCloat praised the players for their continued commitment and acknowledged the continuing warm welcome extended by the club to herself and the players from St. Patricks.
Hard luck to Sligo Intermediate Ladies on their defeat to Galway in the final of the Winter League recently. Neither Jacqui nor Leah played any part in the game as both continue to recovery from injuries.
The club is in the process of establishing a footballing nursery to assist with coaching players aged from five years up. It is planned to hold one session per week for six weeks and players will be asked to contribute €2 per session. The venue will be St. Joseph’s N.S., Templeboy. Further details from club officers.
Plans are now being finalised for our club’s big fundraising dance which will be held in the Diamond Coast Hotel on April 6th next. Country music star Robert Mizzell will provide the music for what is already promising to be a great night.
Hard luck to the members of the St. Farnan’s Instrumental Music Group who were unsuccessful at the Connacht Finals of Scór na nÓg.
Congratulations to St. Nathy’s clubman Liam McDonagh who has been elected chairperson of the Connacht LGFA. He will have plenty of support from his native county on the new executive with Ted Maloney (Vice-Chairperson) and Keith Gilroy (PRO) also elected.
Sympathy is extended to Siobhain KIlrehill and her extended family on the death of her father in Co. Mayo, to club player Emily Burns and her family on the death of her aunt in Dublin and to the Niland family of Curry, on the untimely passing of Lisa. Ar dheis Dé go raibh said.