Posted September 30, 2014
We had a great day at the club last Saturday with the All Ireland Ladies 7s however hard luck to Cliodhna, Denise and Maeve in their All-Ireland finals.
This year we had teams competing from San Diego (USA), 2 teams from Europe and a team from Manchester which featured former Naomh Mearnog stars, Cathy O’Reilly and Aisling Chaney and a team from London. The event ran like clockwork and a special word of thanks to all the members of ground force who worked tirelessly all through the week to having everything in place and again on Saturday ably abetted by a few guys who are still in gainful employment. By 7pm on Saturday everything was cleared away and you would not have known that 20 pitches were set up with goals, flags etc had bee there at 5.30pm.
A special word of thanks to the ladies who worked so hard on Saturday and in the week leading into the event to ensure that all visitors and workers were fed and looked after with a smile. We would like to thank Ann Kenny, Mary Barry, Attracta Lynch, Kathleen Colreavy, Eilish Waters, Eileen Bernard, Maura Hughes, Claire Barron, Elizabeth Byrne and Sheila Gibbons for their efforts. Also Michelle Byrne, Jacinta Kelly, Mary Eccles, Breda Duggan and Deirdre Fallon.
On the playing side our adult 7s team were probably the unluckiest team of the 88 participants as they led their semifinal by 2 points as the game entered injury only to concede a goal at the death to lose by 1 point to Glenamaddy from Galway who then went on to win the final. This was a fantastic achievement by our panel of Eimear Considine (Captain), Deirdre McLoughlin, Ciara McCabe, Kate Neville, Deirdre McCaul, Rachel Johnstone, Lynsey Johnstone, Sarah Kearns, Ellen Rogan, Eimear Ferrick, Sarah Brennan, Alannah O’Brien and Coach Lee Johnstone. Congratulations girls you done us proud
All Ireland final
On Sunday all road led to Croke Park where the Dublin senior ladies took on Cork in the All Ireland. We were represented by Cliodhna O’Connor and Denise Masterson but unfortunately it was not to be our day and despite a heroic performance by Cliodhna, Denise and the girls they lost again by the narrowest of margins in what was a heartbreaking day for everyone associated with Ladies Football in Dublin. We are immensely proud of Cliodhna and Denise and the honour and glory they have brought and will continue to bring to our club.
Also a special mention for Kathleen Colreavy who is a member of the management team for the girls and who we know was also heartbroken.
Also on Sunday we had another former Mearnog star Maeve Redmond who was part of the New York squad who narrowly lost the All Ireland junior final to Wexford. Again we are very proud of Maeve who before she departed to New York was a very popular coach with the under age girls. Well done Maeve.
On a positive side we had a huge support from a our under age girls teams in Croke Park in what was a great day for them despite the heartbreak and we finished it off with a BBQ in the club on Sunday evening for the teams. We would like to thank everyone who helped including our chef James O’Connor and the girls are looking forward to meeting up with Cliodhna and Denise and we’re sure their enthusiasm and support the two girls will go some small way towards compensating the girls for their loss.