Youghal Ladies Football Club
Gaelic 4 Girls Trip to Croke Park
On Monday 6th July, Youghal Ladies Football Club took part in their 2nd G4G National Blitz where over 40 teams from the 4 provinces played in Croke Park. Our first back in 2011 encouraged phenomenal growth in the Sport in our town with the Club now fielding in all ages from U8s up to Junior. A party of 21 players accompanied by parents, brothers, sisters and grand-parents left an extremely wet Youghal on Monday morning looking forward to playing on the hallowed turf of Croke Park. Due to the inclement weather some doubts were raised as to whether the Blitz would take place, but after a series of phone calls to Dublin where a Met Eireann spokesperson assured all that the day would be fine by the time they got to the capital the journey began in earnest.
Many took the opportunity to visit the GAA museum prior to the main activity on the pitch from 2 – 5pm, where the 2 Youghal teams were scheduled to play. After registering outside of the museum all players and mentors were brought under the Cusack Stand experiencing how the County team buses bring teams into Croker on their way to one of the massive dressing rooms and warn up areas. Here they met representatives from the LGFA who made them feel very welcome and provided them with a hearty lunch prior to the main activity on the pitch. The girls experienced the thrill of sprinting out of the dressing room and up the steps onto the pitch as seen on TV when teams emerge from the Cusack Stand dressing rooms. Next we were brought over to our 2 designated pitches on the Hogan Stand side where our vocal band of supporters awaited the girls. After lunch in the Hogan Stand both teams were brought onto their respective pitches where they met with current Ladies Football All-Stars who gave them tips and spoke of their experience in this wonderful sport. Before the games commenced all players received their G4G medals.
Over the afternoon both teams played 5 12 minute a side games where they show-cased their skills in front of a very appreciative and proud audience. For the record Team 1 played Ballisodare (Sligo), Clongeen (Wexford) and Stewartstown Harps (Tyrone) while team 2 played Ballisodare (Sligo), Silvermines (Tipperary) and Ballinascreen (Derry). On leaving Croke Park the girls received a surprise goodie boot bag which consisted of a mini O'Neills football, set of coloured LGFA pencils, wrist band and a family ticket for this year's Ladies All-Ireland Finals.
Tired and exhausted the Youghal Girls floated back down the N9 with happy memories that will last for many a year. Well done all and hopefully this trip will inspire you to further develop your football careers over the coming years. To all parents who travelled many thanks for making the effort in supporting your daughters and hope you enjoyed it as much as the girls did. Finally many thanks to the LGFA for their kind invitation and also congratulations on a very well organised day.
Panel: Aoibhe O'Flynn, Aoife Reilly Fox, Blaithin O'Flynn, Caoilainn Foley, Ciara Kiely, Ciara Wood, Ellie Walsh, Elly Leamy, Emma Hickey, Grainne Reilly, Kaiah Bulman, Kate Galvin, Leah Daly, Leah Walsh, Lorraine Owens, Molly O'Reilly, Molly Tobin, Saorla Ni Laoire, Sorcha Leamy, Tara Daly, Taylor Lombard,
Photos can be accessed via http://ladiesgaelic.ie/news/gallery/?album=1&gallery=874 (Spot the Youghal Girls).