LOUGH DERG FC “GIRL-POWER”: As part of its current development plan Lough Derg FC (Ballina-Killaloe) are focusing on developing and growing the number of girls playing soccer and joining the club. Terri Butler, Club Child Protection officer and lead coach of the girls programme, highlights that this 2013/14 season is the first year that the club have entered a girl’s team into league play proper. They play typically on alternate Saturdays while weekly training takes place on Thursdays every week on the 3G Astro turf pitch at Clarisford, Killaloe from 5pm to 6pm for the girls u14 and u12.
‘’There are four girls divisions U.12 and U.14 ages in the NTSFL with twenty five teams entered while a girls NTSFL/FAI Emerging Talent programme has also been started, similar to the boy’s programme(s) of which it is hoped many club players will try out for and take part in, over the coming years’’ she adds.
The Saturday morning Introduction and Improvers Academy from 10am-11.15am at St Anne’s Community College in Killaloe features a girls only, age appropriate session, which focuses on a fun-focused environment while, at the same time, teaching introductory skills and fostering group participation and involvement.
Long serving club PRO, Bobby Lynch and former league management committee member and FAI Communications award winner, recalls that it was a Lough Derg motion submitted some five years ago to the league AGM that brought about the league changing its name from North Tipperary Schoolboys League to the North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s Football League. The purpose of this was to acknowledge the many clubs with girls playing and wanting to have organised league divisional play in what is one or the world’s fastest growing sports that is ‘girl’s soccer’.
The Ballina-Killaloe u14 girls league team started back after a month off during the Christmas break, on Saturday, January 18 by hosting visitors from Shinrone on the new 3G Astro Turf pitch in Killaloe. The Lakers recorded a 7-0 victory against Shinrone FC visitors with Aoife Power scoring four goals, Nicola Conway netting twice and Susan Daly once. This team includes Jasmyne Butler, Orla Imhoff, Liberty Butler, Rachel Daly, Susan O’Shea, Aoife Power and Nicola Conway. Subs used were Kayla Tuohy, Linda Daly and Susan Daly. Zoe Mitchell, Anna McInerney and Katie Raggett are also part of this squad.
Should any parents wish to get further information on LDFC’s Girls Soccer Programmes, they may contact Terri Butler (Lead Girls Coach & Club Child Protection Officer) on 086 0471229 .
NATIONAL LAUNCH OF BRIAN BORÚ CELEBRATIONS: On Wednesday last, January 22nd, the ‘Brian Ború Commemorative Year’ was officially launched in the Long Room in Trinity College, Dublin. Playing a significant and highly entertaining role in the event were sixteen students from St. Anne’s Community College who performed the “Kincora Call”. This is Brian Boru’s call to his followers similar in ways to the New Zealand ‘Haka’ but distinctly Irish and with a definite Munster fervour! Developed and written by Sarah Devane; choreographed by Maree Murphy and practised by the students over the last number of months, the “call” received a great response from Ministers, Lord Mayors, TDs, Council members and visiting dignitaries from the other Brian Ború hubs of Cashel, Clontarf and Armagh. Having been widely photographed the students proceeded to a less formal performance in the Trinity Quad before moving to Grafton Street where the Kincora Call was ‘aired’ twice much to the delight and curiosity of lunchtime shoppers.
They have received a number of invitations to the other Brian Ború celebrations and are looking forward to these immensely. Indeed, we all hope that we shall see many performances of the “St. Anne’s Haka” in the coming months.
Well done to Sarah, Maree and the students!
10K/5K FUN RUN/WALK: The sixth annual 10K/5k fun run/walk will take place in Castleconnell on Sunday, February 9th commencing at 1.30pm. This year the organisers, conscious of making this event accessible to as many people as possible, are offering all junior participants (U.16 years), free entry to the 5k event and U.12’s must be accompanied by an adult. While all 10k competitors will be timed (chips embedded in bib number) the 5k walk participants will not be timed. Both events will start in the cul de sac near Charcos, a 15 minute walk from the Registration area in Castleconnell Community Hall. Online registration is now open.
Further details are available on http://www.castleconnell10k.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
FISHING CLUB AGM: The annual general meeting of Killaloe-Ballina & District Anglers will be held at Mills’ Bar on Tuesday, February 4 at 9pm, sharp. All members are requested to attend.
FREE COMPUTER TRAINING: Eight hours of free Computer training, “ First Step Online Scheme” Phase 2 – will commence in Killaloe Library this week. Please contact Geraldine as soon as possible on 087-7534458 if you are interested.
POST PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN NIGHTS: Sixth class boys/girls and their parents or guardians are invited to attend Open Nights at two North Tipperary Schools in the current week. St. Joseph CBS, Nenagh and St. Mary’s, Newport will host the event on Wednesday, January 29 at 7.30pm.
PINK RIBBON WALK 2014: Online registration is now open for the fifth annual Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, which will take place on Sunday, June 8th. The organising committee has promised that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before with a Brian Ború theme to commemorate 1,000 years since the death of Brian Ború.
For further details/information please visit www.pinkribbonwalk.ie or follow the event on Facebook.
BADMINTON SUCCESS/MUNSTER FINALS: St Anne’s Community College will have six teams competing in the Munster Schools’ finals on this Thursday in UL - two under 14 girls’ teams: U.16 girls: U.19 girls’: U. 16 boys; U.19 boys. All of these teams have won through from the Clare Schools’ competitions, which were held recently in Scarriff. Competition this week will be very tough as the teams will be competing against the winning schools from all the other Munster counties. We wish them all the best of luck on Thursday!
MUNSTER HANDBALL VICTORY: Ballina juvenile handballers competed in the Cumann na mBunscoil Munster finals, representing Ballina Primary School, last weekend. Our U11 girls’ doubles pairing of Gráinne O’Brien and Amy McKeogh beat Limerick in a tie breaker in the final to claim the Munster title. The two girls will now represent Munster in the National finals, which will be held in Cavan. The boys U11 doubles - Cian Oakley and Cathal O’Donnell - were narrowly beaten in the semi-finals but put in great performances in all their matches. The girls U13 doubles pair, Siobhan Prentice and Isabel Farnan, who despite being a year younger than most of their opponents, beat Cork and Clare on their way to a final against a strong Limerick side. Unfortunately, they were narrowly beaten but will be eligible to play this grade again next year. Well done to all the players!
In the adult 40x20 championships Declan Gleeson had a 21-20, 21-20 win over Kerry in the Munster championships to progress to the next round.
Next weekend James Prentice will travel to London to compete in the One-Wall UK Open. James will play in the Men’s Challenger and U16 grades and we wish him the best of luck.
Registration for 2014 is now open and membership fees can be paid to any committee member.