Secretary’s Report 2002
I welcome all to our Provincial Convention of Munster ladies Football. The following were all games and events completed for the year ended 2002.
This year there were 2 groups of 3 – Clare, Tipperary and Waterford and Cork, Kerry and Limerick.
Round 1 Saturday march 23
Round 2 Saturday march 30
Round 3 Saturday 13 April
The Under 14 Munster semi finals were played on Saturday may 18 – Cork 6-
The Munster finals A and B were played on Saturday 25 May in atrocious weather conditions in Fermoy. The B final played first – Clare 3-
The Under 16 inter-
The Waterford/Tipperary game never went ahead as Tipperary withdrew from the Under 16 competition and were subsequently fined €200 by the Board. The Under 16 format had two groups with the losers coming back into competition playing each other.
On Saturday April 21 Limerick conceded home advantage to play Clare in Crusheen and with the appointed referee being rather late, local referee Johnny Hayes stepped in and both sides finished level – Clare 1-
Kerry in the second half used it to their advantage but time was against them to overtake the Rebels and for the second time in less than 12 months, Cork took the honours 2-
On Saturday July 13, Birr the venue, Monaghan the opposition and on this occasion the rearguard were breached for 7 goals but it mattered little as they were winners 7-
The Under 18 competition began on Saturday march 30, Cork 3-
This competition differed from previous year allowing the first round losers back into competition against each other. On Wednesday April 17, Limerick travelled to Kilmihill and played Clare with the host’s winning 4-
The junior competitions as in the previous year was run on a league format with two groups – Cork, Kerry and Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and Waterford. All junior games were preceded by Cailini Oige games. All first round games began on Sunday June 23, Cork 4-
Round 2, Saturday July 6 – Waterford 1-
Subsequently Clare are fined €400 by the Board as this being the second year in a row the county failed to complete the competition thus eliminating other counties from further participation. For the coming season 2003, Clare have informed the Board that they will not be entering a team in this competition thus leaving 5 counties participating. The other junior semi-
The Senior championship for the first time had both semi-
The TG4 Munster senior final in Emly on Saturday, August 10, played in ideal football conditions. Cork back in the final after a lapse of 3 years, the old hand Waterford, their opponents, being a betting person one would have to go with Deice county but Cork were not in Emly to make up numbers. A number of the successful Under 16 team started and had no inhibitions of their opponents. In an exciting game played in a sporting manner, Waterford emerged winners – 1-
The Cailini Oige competition is helping counties develop their underage squads. The first number of games were all played prior to the junior fixtures.
Sunday 23 June – Cork 7-
Saturday July 6 -
Sunday 7 July -
Saturday 13 July – Tipperary 1-
Sunday 14 July – Limerick 0-
Sunday 14 July – Limerick 0-
With Cork and Waterford wining both their games and also remember all counties had completely different panels for all games ensuring as many girls from the respective counties wear the county jersey.
For the final, each county is allowed choose its panel of 20 from previous panels in the competition. The final was played prior to the adult finals in Emly on Saturday August 10 and to add to the atmosphere the clock was in operation. In a most entertaining game full of passion, commitment and so much skill, Cork winners 2-
The club championships began on Saturday October 5, Banner (Clare) 1-
Dr Crokes (Kerry) 4-
The Munster junior club final eventually being played in Nemo Rangers pitch in Cork City on Sunday, November 3, where sporting history was made with Cappawhite being the first Tipperary club to win a provincial title, Cappawhite 4-
The Intermediate club championship kick-
The Munster Intermediate club final eventually played in Ballylanders on Saturday November 2, rockban 6-
The All Ireland Intermediate Club final on Sunday 1 December, in Moneygall with the Munster champions opposed by Clan na Gael of Roscommon in weather condition similar to the high seas. Credit to both teams putting the weather secondary as the All Ireland title was their target. Driving winds and lashing rain kept scores to a minimum with the Munster champions 1-
A lot of analysing as to the amount of wides and having played with the wind, but again the never say die attitude was called upon. Rockban, All Ireland Intermediate club champions 5-
The Senior club championship began on Sunday, October 12 in Milmallock, Ballymacarbry (Waterford) 2-
Feile Peil na nog hosted by Carlow and Laois was dominated by Munster clubs with Beara (cork) crowned division 1 champions making it a double as Amanda Murphy won the skills competition. Dromcollogher/Broadford (Limerick) won division 2 becoming the second club from the Treaty County to win this division.
All Ireland 7s – congratulations to Old Parish (Waterford) on winning the All Ireland Junior 7s championship, Dr Crokes (Kerry) on winning the junior shield, Donoughmore (cork) on winning the senior shield. Well done to all clubs who participated from the province.
The Munster Minor club blitz was played on Sunday, December 8 in Newcastlewest with 3 county clubs champions participating, O’Curry’s, Kilkee (Clare), Dromcollogher/Broadford (Limerick) and Southern Gaels (Kerry). Each team played a minimum of 2 games with the finalists playing a third. The superiority of Southern Gaels was evident by the scoreline of 3-
The Post Primary schools in the province are increasing each year and once again the A competition was claimed by Colaiste na Sceile (Kerry) wining both Junior and Senior in the province. The regional Junior A final was won by St Mary’s Macroom defeating Colaiste Dun Iascaigh 3-
The senior Post Primary A final was played in mallow town park pitch on Thursday March 7 with the defending champions retaining their title, Colaiste na Sceilge 4-
The Junior Post Primary all Ireland final also played in Nenagh on Wednesday April 24, once again Colaiste dominated and were comprehensive winners over St Louis Monaghan 4-
The B and C competitions were a positive step forward in the further development at schools level. St Joseph’s Doon (Limerick) defeated Presentation Clonmel (Tipperary) on Wednesday May 1 in New Inn 4-
A sincere thank you to all referees, pitch co-
The first and second year blitz hosted by St Augustines College Dungarvan was a tremendous success. This competition was being held for the first time and will be an annual event. Congratulations to all participants, applaud the winners. Without the help and assistance from Br. Paddy lennon, Kevin, Rita, Sarah and Jenny Preston, who packed all the fruit lunches. George Young, Dan O’Mahony and the many referees on the day.
First Year A
Presentation Clonmel 7-
First Year B
St Declan’s Kilmacthomas 3-
Second Year A
Presentation Clonmel 0-
Second Year B
St Mary’s Macroom 9-
On the colleges front, congratulations to Mary White CIT, Rockban and Cork, Ann Maire O’Shea CIT, southern Gaels and Kerry, Susan power CIT, Beara and Cork, who were all recipients of bursaries presented by Munster GAA Council. Mary O’Rourke CIT, Clashmore and Waterford was presented with a scholariship from Munster GAA Council. Congrats to Mary immaculate College Limerick on winning the Lynch Cup on Sunday 24 march in Belfield, M.I. captained by Donna Frost of Waterford which also included Denise Carty, Blaithnaid Wiseman, Triona Lucey, Ellen Regan, Siobhan Buckley and Sinead O’Reilly – all Cork. Rosemarie Giltenane and Ella O’Shaughnessy Limerick, Catherine Sexton Kerry, Annette Raher Waterford, Sarah Gavin, Aine Clancy, Ann Currane, Aisling Considine, Lourda Lillis, and Sinead Eustace Clare.
Well done to UCC on winning the Division 1 Munster, also Garda College, Templemore on winning the Division 2 Munster league.
Congratulations to all our All Stars, Olivia Condon, Julie Torpey, Mary O’Donnell and Donna Frost, Waterford. Geraldine O’Shea, Kerry and replacement Sarah O’Connor Kerry.
Congratulations to Waterford on winning division 1 of the national League in Ennis on Saturday June 29, defeating Sligo 1-
Well done to all our Provincial Player of the match winners:
Under 14: Vicki Power Cork
Under 14: Fiona Mcmahon Clare
Under 16: Briege Corkery Cork
Under 18: Aileen Barron Waterford
Junior: Mairead O’Sullivan Cork
Senior: Mary O’Rourke Waterford
A sincere thank you to all on behalf of Munster ladies football to all clubs, counties, companies and private individuals who submitted adverts to our Munster programme and to all counties who worked diligently ensuring all articles, photographs etc were all forwarded, guaranteeing another bumper programme.
Activities began last January with initial contact through Munster GAA Development Officer Pat Fitzgerald after a number of meetings I had with Pat. The GAA welcomed Munster ladies Football on board for the Comhairle training programme at which course were delivered at 4 centres in the Province, namely Ballincollig, Dungarvan, Limerick and Tralee. All clubs, county and provincial officers were contacted and despite the support of the GAA some felt they were above attending. Thanks pat for all your advice and help and as a result of the programme we in ladies football have 2 trained tutors, George Young and Dan O’Mahony and both these gentlemen have since delivered many courses to Bord na nOg clubs in the province.
Thanks to all the girls who were part of the Munster team in Mullingar and hopefully for 2003, counties will encourage players requested by the manager to attend. The players who travelled thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were deeply honoured to participate in the name of their province.
Well done to Kacey O’Driscoll, Southern Gaels and Kerry who was a guest of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and her husband honouring ‘Young people in Sport’ – by all accounts Kacey enjoyed the trip and honour.
Congratulations to Cork who blitzed their way to another title in Mullingar on Saturday August 10 winning the Under 14 blitz competition.
Congratulations to Donna Frost, Tramore and Waterford, who on Thursday December 12 was awarded Munster Ladies Football Player of the Year by the Munster GAA Council held in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. Munster GAA Vice-
This caps a great year for this young lady who played a major role for her Province, County, Club and College. GAA President Elect, Sean Kelly, in his speech acknowledged her achievements and encouraged all present to help integrate the ladies with the men and wherever possible give support when required.
A sincere thanks to all our pitch caretakers, club secretaries throughout the Province who at all times made their venues available whenever possible to ladies football.
Congratulations to all who wed during the year and to those with family additions.
Sincere sympathy to those who were bereaved during the year and let us spare a though for Catriona Foley’s brother, who at 14 years of age is gravely ill.
Our PR has improved with all counties playing their part through local radio and print. Fr Liam has strengthened the provincial position greatly with regular radio slots, email and the website also submitting articles through the Examiner etc.
Today sees Joe Condon’s term as Munster President for the past 3 years come to an end. Thanks Joe from one and all. Now that Joe will vacate the hot seat, Joe will be still involved in the association as he is Chairman of the Kerry group organising congress in Tralee next March. Joe will be able to relax a little but we all expect to see him attending meetings in the coming year. He represented Munster at many meetings and events during the past 3 years. Enjoy the break, Joe, hopefully it will be brief.
Thanks to all officers for your input and commitment during the year. We all tend to forget that people are so busy but have given freely to Munster ladies Football at time a lot of criticism unwarranted, nevertheless, progress is being made.
Well done to all participants, you all were winners as you made the provincial competitions so intriguing. Thanks to all our referees, linespeople, umpires and all who collected at gates.
Hopefully 2003 supporters, team managers, officials etc will refrain from derogatory and insulting comments to our referees, remember decisions have to be made instantly, players may have an off day, maybe the referee is having one, also the referees priority is the safety of players at all times.
My wish to the incoming President is his term of office be trouble free and enjoyable.
I wish all counties, clubs, schools and colleges a sporting and successful 2003.
The very best to Kerry on hosting congress.
May Munster be to the fore on the national scene for the coming season.