WHY PLAY LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL?
Involvement in Ladies Gaelic Football aids the all round development of young girls in Ireland. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of exercise everyday. This can come in various forms but involvement in a local club, school team or summer camp will provide young girls with some of this activity in a fun and safe enviornment. As a team sport Ladies Gaelic Football also provides a social outlet for young girls. They get the oppurtunity to mix with other girls from their locality in a context in which inclusivness, fair play and equality are of the utmost importance.
While children in Ireland are being constantly bombarded by the media trying to push the latest craze, the latest fashion item, or the latest pop star, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association strives to provide positive role models for young girls through the promotion of our senior club and county players. You will not see this promotion on billboards or on flashy TV ads but rather on your local pitches and in your local schools when our adult club and county players give up their time to coach and talk to underage players in order to pass on their love of the game and help young girls get the most our of their involvement.
THURLES GAELS LADIES FOOTBALL COMMITTEE 17/18
Chairperson: Margaret Cosgrave – 087 175 8965
Secretary: Amy Jordan/ Eimear O’ Dwyer
Assistant Secretary: Sara Leahy – 087 104 6621
Treasurer: Amy Jordan – 085 151 7743
PRO: Eimear O’ Dwyer – 087 104 6531
Parent rep: Trisha Fogarty – 087 910 8252
Please contact our secretary for inquiries in relation to Junior Ladies Football & our assistant secretary for Juvenile Ladies Football. Alternatively you may contact our Facebook page Click here. We are always looking to recruit both young and older players and volunteers.
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Thurles Gaels Ladies football was founded in 2012 by some locals, namely club member Tommy Dorney. Ever since this initial idea, the club has grown and grown, with it now being home to dozens of women and girls playing and enjoying the wonderful sport of Ladies Gaelic Football.
Within their first year the Ladies won the novice County Final, much to the delight of the club, players themselves and their coaches Tommy Dorney and Morgan Lanigan.
Every year since, the Junior Ladies have been knocking at the door of a second county title. Unfortunately they still haven’t got there, but with so much talent coming along, we know it’s not too far away. However, we have had success in other ways. Amy Jordan successfully made it onto the County Intermediate panel in 2015, which was a huge achievement for our club. Our very own Robyn Moore was a standout midfielder for the Tipperary minors campaign in 2016. In 2017, our star corner forward Lauren McCormack played a vital role in the Presentation Convent Thurles’ Senior All Ireland title win.
JUVENILE LADIES FOOTBALL
We hope that the success of our players at inter-county and school level can be emulated in the future by our up and coming juvenile prospects. In June 2017, a decision was made that will hopefully ensure the future of Thurles Gaels Ladies Football. Eimear O’ Dwyer, Amy Jordan, Jennnien O Gorman and Shelly Loughnane began facilitating Gaelic football training for all girls aged 4-12. This proved to be a great success, with girls of all ages attending training over the following months. This would not have been possible without the help, guidance and support of our juvenile club. In 2018, it is hoped that our u12 girls will be the very first Thurles Gaels team to enter a competitive underage Ladies Football competition. As always, we welcome new girls of any age and ability. Since the beginning of this new venture, we are passionate about inspiring young girls to love the sport and we want as many girls as possible in the town of Thurles playing Gaelic football. Seeing the happiness and enthusiasm on their faces because of Gaelic Football is all we could hope for.
Pictured below in Kickham Park on the 5th August 2017 is the very first juvenile Ladies Football team to play for Thurles Gaels. It was a historic day, and dare I say it an emotional one. The girls faced a strong Templemore side with years of playing time under their belts. The Thurles Gaels cailini wore their jerseys with pride and playing their very first game together was a massive achievement.
M O Shea, L Doyle Herlihy, C Leahy, J Fogarty, C Troy, S Lennon , A Doyle Herlihy, C Copeland, M Loughnane, H Ryan, D Fogarty, S Burke, S Carroll, C Carroll.
Mentors: E O Dwyer and J O Gorman
Below are the u11s in Kickham Park at their very first blitz. This was another first ticked off the list for the club. They played Boherlahan Dualla, Holycross Ballycahill and Mullinahone in three highly entertaining matches. Our aim for this team in 2018 is playing in as many blitzes as possible.
The team on the day was: A Doyle Herlihy, A Smee, M Loughnane, C Troy, L Doyle Herlihy, M O Shea, C Carroll, J Fogarty, D Petriw, S Carroll, C Leahy, S Burke, R Jordan, C Fogarty, J Jordan.
Team talk! We have never seen a team with a bond quite like these young ladies.
JUNIOR LADIES FOOTBALL
Pictured below is Thurles Gaels Junior Ladies Football team 2017 with their mentors Jim Gooney, Shane Byrne and Dan O Connell. Unfortunately we were beaten by Silvermines in the County Semi Final this year. It was a hugely disappointing result as the players worked hard all year. There were brilliant performances all over the field that night. Ann Marie ‘Amo’ Kennedy in goals had her best performance of the season here, making vital saves and giving a good supply on the kickouts. Eimear O’ Dwyer in midfield gave a constant supply to the Gaels forward line, which unfortunately didn’t result in more scores, whilst also working tirelessly to stop the Silvermines attack. Up front, Amy Jordan proved a headache for the Silvermines full back line, she was unfortunate not to add another few goals to the tally. Meanwhile her sidekick in corner forward Lauren McCormack might be the youngest on the panel but she by no means showed any inexperience. Her quick thinking combined with pace was really difficult for the Silvermines backs to handle. Unfortunately these great individual performances was not enough to get us a place in the County Final. If we had worked more as a unit that day, and had two questionable penalty decisions not gone against us, things may have been different. The seven point loss doesn’t reflect the whole match. However they’re what ifs, and we go into the 2018 season knowing we have an experienced yet more a more youthful side than previous years.
The Thurles Gaels team was as follows: 1: Ann Marie Kennedy, 2: Hazel Keane, 3: Karen Fogarty, 4: Tanya Dunican, 5: Emma Jordan , 6: Noreen Gooney , 7: Karen Crowe , 8: Eimear O Dwyer, 9: Gemma Dunican , 10: Aisling Byrne , 11: Robyn Moore , 12: Roisin Crowe , 13: Lauren McCormack , 14: Amy Jordan , 15: Irene Fitzgerald. Substitutes: Shelly Loughnane (captain), Jennien O Gorman, Niamh Ryan Donaghy, Carol Ryan.
We hope that by recruiting younger footballers and a new management team, 2018 will gift us that county title we so badly want.
Thurles Gaels Junior Ladies Football Panel 2017 pictured above
Back row L-R: J Gooney (manager), N Ryan Donaghy, A Byrne, N Gooney, C Ryan, H Lenihan, J O Gorman, M Gleeson, H Keane, R Crowe, R Moore, D O Connell (selector), C Quinn Front row L-R: K Crowe, K Fogarty, S Loughnane (captain), A Jordan, E Jordan, I Fitzgerald, E O Dwyer, L McCormack, B Morrissey, S Byrne (selector). Missing from photo: AM Kennedy