Kilcock Ladies Gaelic Football Club Annual Report 2010

2010 was a year of mixed emotions for the Kilcock Senior Ladies team and their manager John Mulligan and a year in which they experienced many highs and lows throughout! The Pre-season training was its usual tough self with the Ladies showing up in high numbers to put in the required effort for the year ahead. However when the first round of league games got underway, the girls lined out in their new jersey’s thanks to the generous sponsorship from Macari’s Café and Restaurant, Results did not go their way with defeats to Kilcullen, Carbury and Ballykelly, before they finally broke their duck with an away win at Athgarvan and a home one to Suncroft. So at they half way stage of the league campaign Mulligan and his two selectors Garvan Cagney and Seamus Kane were left with a lot to ponder and much work to do. They did duly and this paid off with second round wins over Athgarvan, Suncroft and eventually a fourteen point defeat over Carbury. Gaining them a top four place finish needed to reach the semi-finals. Where eventually the girls lost out to a strong Ballykelly side.

Kilcock Ladies V. Kilcullen, championship semi-final 2010

If the league seemed exciting it only served as an appetite for what would be a rollercoaster ride through the Junior B championship. The work was done the girls ran the canal banks, ran up and down the hills of Newtown and did 10K runs around Donadea Forrest in between many challenge games which included battles against Enfield’s Na Fianna, Moynalvey and Walterstown of Meath. In this time they also hosted, took part in and won the ladies section of the “Michael Byrne Memorial Tournament.” In the seven a side style competition they defeated Robert Emmett’s and Walterstown, and lost to Moynalvey in the group stages but got their revenge on the latter when beating them in an exciting penalty shootout due to a level scoreboard after the extra time whistle, with Grace White the hero by slotting home the winning kick. The ladies would like to thank all in the organisation and helping of this event and all the proceeds went to a great cause, suicide awareness.
County final here we come!

So with a trophy in the bag it was back down to the serious business of the championship, which again, like the league, didn’t start to brightly with a loss in Allenwood to Na Fianna but as per usual they bounced back with wins over Kilcullen, Suncroft and Athgarvan, before another setback defeat verses Carbury. But with a third place finish secured the semi-finals once again beckoned and this time they weren’t going to miss out on a final, with a superb team effort in the second half to beat Kilcullen on their home patch, with goalie Eimer Kelly, Grace White and Emma Rochford to the fore………. So it was to Sallins the final leg of their journey would take this team and their many supporters on the 10th of October where local rivals Carbury awaited them. Reaching this final had not only been through the hard endeavour of 2010 infact this journey started way back in 2004 when the underage section of the Kilcock Ladies was started up by members of the senior panel and it is clear to see that the fruits of their labour had richly paid off with no less than seven minors on their senior panel.
Team talk before championship final
A slow starting first half was to be the ladies downfall on the day, with nerves getting the better of the Kilcock side, Carbury on the other hand showed none, they had already won the league title in 2010 and won the 2009 Junior C Championship. Allowing Carbury a 10 point to 3 point half-time advantage. But when they returned out after the break Kilcock were a completely different team and with Orla Cagney and Sheena Byrne doing all the hard work around the middle, and White, Rochford and Katie Devine pointing over from all angles they slowly crept back into contention. The Kilcock defence, being led by team Captain Shona Cagney, kept their team in the game, Carbury only scoring two points in the second half and were rendered scoreless for the last twenty minutes. But it wasn’t to be and with a bit of luck and had some refereeing decisions gone their way they could have completed the perfect comeback, instead a 11pt – 10pt loss was the outcome. The girls may regret this loss but they can hold their head high and look to the future and with such a young team the future can only be bright. 2011 is a whole new year………….
Kilcock senior ladies would like to take this opportunity to thank manager Johnny Mulligan for the dedication he has shown them over the past two years. Also thank you to selector’s Seamus Kane and Garvan Cagney. There work and sacrifices didn’t go un-noticed and there time was greatly appreciated by all. The ladies would also like to thank the many people who help out behind the scenes and their many dedicated supporters.
The spring championship campaign for the underage girls in Kilcock proved to be just as exciting as the senior’s championship efforts. The U16 ladies kicked off in March and this division two side got off the a flying start in their championship campaign with easy wins over Ellistown, who had previously beaten them in the 2009 championship final, and Maynooth. Their next draw was away to Clane, who proved to be a thorn in the Kilcock side but a last minute goal from Aisling O’ Connor, saw her side victorious. The ladies then went on to defeat Ballykelly and Suncroft thanks to the scoring mid-field combo of Caoimhe Fagan Hynes and Grace White who seem to be unstoppable for any defence. Kilcock topped the table, were unbeaten in the group stages and they were drawn against Maynooth in the semi-final. Things looked good but Maynooth turned up to Kilcock in May a different side than previously remembered. The girls dug deep with inspirational performances in defence from Emma Maguire, Yvonne Leonard and Emily Milner, but Kilcock were rattled and try as they may they couldn’t notch up the much needed points on the scoreboard.
Maynooth went on to win the U16 championship, unfortunate for Kilcock who peaked to early in the campaign.
            As the U16 championship continued, the U14 girls kicked off their championship journey with defeat’s to Robert Emmett’s and Rathcoffey. Future talent was on show for this team with Andrea MaGrath, Lorna Murray and Shannon Farrell, inspiring their younger team mates with their talent and passion. As the championship progressed so did the girls, with wins over Monasterevin and Milltown, but it proved too little to late and the semi-finals held no place for Kilcock.
            After a long football break over the summer the Autumn league’s kicked off in September for the U15 and U13 teams. Once again the U15 team came tearing out of the traps for the group stages of their Kildare North league. They narrowly defeated Milltown in their first match, and displayed their true talent and ability with further defeats over Two Mile House and Robert Emmett’s. By the fourth round of the league they had already qualified for the Kildare Semi-finals (Kildare North V. Kildare South), but they still went out and preformed as if their position was at stake, defeating Rathcoffey in a true battle, with the controversial referee from the ladies championship final, performing his old tricks yet again! Kilcock won the Kildare North league, being the only side undefeated from north or south , but all this changed in the semi-finals when they met a tough Moorefield side, who had only one intention in mind. It was disappointed yet again for Kilcock but future brings hope with rising talents like Hayley White, Laura Ward and Holly Burke, who will still be eligible for U15’s for a future two years.
            It was in the U13 league that the true ability of these young girls could be displayed, yet being ranked in a top division did them no favours and they suffered defeats by Robert Emmett’s, St Laurence’s and Balyna. They put in true effort over Confey, experienced showed, with Emma Maguire and Aisling O’ Connor dominating mid-field and Eve Powderly and Saoirse Shannon sweeping balls out of defence. Yet their efforts were in vain when a last minute goal saw Confey 2pt victors.
The minor championship hasn’t yet begun, with Kilcock’s first match to Carbury on the 7th November. Manager Shane Stone and selector Niall Mulvihill, have the girls prepared for battle and experience will stand to them with many minor girls starting on the senior panel. Overall the girls display of commitment and dedication to football over the past year has showed on the field and with the up and coming girls playing U12 , U10’s and nursery, we certainly will have no shortage of talent for 2011.
            * Well done to the Kilcock players who played in various schools and college finals. Ciara Leonard, Deirbhle Mulvihill and Grace White played for Scoil Dara in the School’s Leinster Final. While Bernie Durkan played in the British University Championship Final.
            * Were delighted to announce that ladies football training began in Scoil Choca Naofa in April, with teacher and player Sheena Byrne kick starting it off! Unfortunately there has been temporary training set backs with the construction of the school extension. 
             * Congratulations to our former senior players Grainne Kinnane and Laura Flood on the birth of their daughters, Alanna and Caoimhe………………………………… Possible future players!?
             * Thank you to the various businesses who have sponsored us gear and / or  prizes for our awards night, over the past year. A special thank you to Macari’s who sponsored the senior ladies team’s new jersey’s and hoodies.
              * A special thank you to all the player’s and parents who help train and manage the underage section of the ladies. Also to the many parents who help out with lines-men and umpires during matches.

Robert Cox

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