West Cork Minor Ladies Championship Final   26/11/2017

By John Bohane

 The Clann na nGael minor ladies footballers recently captured the West Cork minor championship final following a hard fought win against their Gabriel Rangers counterparts.

 The Scorcher ladies emerged narrow two point victors against their western opponents after they played out a thrilling championship final decider in Moneyvolihane. Padraig Kiely who coaches the Clann na nGael minor ladies team was thrilled with their recent win. "It was a super win against a very strong Gabriel Rangers team. The game went down to the wire and thankfully we came out on the right side," declared their proud coach.

 The West Cork ladies minor football championship format was organised through a round robin format featuring three strong teams, Clann na nGael, Gabriel Rangers and Gabriel Rangers. The three teams had to play each other twice on a home and away basis. The two teams with the best records qualified for the championship final. Clann na nGael emerged victorious on a full time scoreline of 7-6 to 5-10 following a pulsating final.  Padraig was delighted with the commitment levels displayed by his players throughout the season. "This bunch of girls have been training since February with our U14's, U16's and junior teams. We had strong numbers at training all year. They have been great to work with. Their attitude, commitment and dedication is great. They are always striving to improve their game. We have a small panel but everyone has their part to play. On the day of the divisional championship final, we had some outstanding performances in every sector of the field. It was a great team performance and team win. They all contributed to a great win. One player who excelled in particular against Gabriel Rangers was our full forward, Roisin O'Driscoll. She produced a brilliant performance. She deservedly received the Player of the Match award in recognition of her performance."

 Padraig, who himself represented the Clann na nGael club with great distinction during his playing career was delighted to get involved with his beloved local club. He has thrived in the coaching arena since he initially got involved in coaching last season. Padraig was lavish in his praise for the assistance he has received from fellow Clann na nGael footballer Damian O'Brien. "I got involved last year, when it was decided to reform the junior ladies team after a three year absence. It was a great decision to restore the junior ladies team in the club as it provides the young players with a platform to continue their development as footballers. They can progress through the various grades all the way to the junior team. I have really enjoyed my time coaching the minor team. They are a super bunch of ambitious girls who are always willing to train hard and learn. We have enjoyed a great journey. It was great to finish off this season with success in the West Cork championship. They have worked hard all season and they deserve their success. Damian O'Brien was a great help to me throughout the year. He was a great addition as he brought great enthusiasm and experience to the team."

 Ladies football in the Clann na nGael GAA Club is very strong at present. They have a very committed and dedicated committee who are doing great work promoting the club in their local hinterland. They have very strong membership across all the playing sides which is growing on an annual basis. The junior ladies football team enjoyed a very productive season after they were re-established most successfully last season. They reached the last four of the junior county championship this season. A lot of the successful minor team are also current members of the junior team. Padraig is confident the minors will be competing for championship honours once again next season. "The minor team are very talented. A lot of the minor panel have made the step up to adult football with ease. The minor team made up the nucleus of our junior team this season which is very encouraging going forward. We had eight of the minor team starting in the junior county semi-final this year. From this year's minor panel, 13 are minor again next year which is a great number to begin next season with. We have very high hopes for county success next season."

 Due to relatively small numbers at underage level, Clann na nGael joined forces with Muintir Bhaire to field a combined team this season at both U14 and U16 level. The decision has proved a very successful concept revealed Padraig. "Due to lack of playing numbers, we had to join forces with Muintir Bhaire in order to field teams at U14 and U16 level. The amalgamation bore fruit this year with our U14's winning the West Cork championship. At present we have great numbers at both U10 and U12 level which bodes well for the future of our club."
 Padraig is confident Clann na nGael ladies club will continue to thrive in the near future. "Since we re-established ladies football within the club in 2006, after a 20 year absence, we have enjoyed great success. Our junior ladies brought silverware to the club last year when they won the West Cork championship and county league. We have a dedicated committee and coaching team in place to ensure the ladies club in Clann na nGael will continue to succeed in West Cork and beyond."

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