Our incredible Junior Ladies, Coaches and Mentors showed their true ‘Warrior worth’ last Saturday in Mallow to conquer the Munster title over a very strong and skilful Drom/Broadford side.
And what a match it was - #Serious Football from #Serious Players – it was a display of ‘digging deep’ and ‘fight to the end’ by both teams.
For our Junior Ladies it was not so much a dream, but rather a longstanding goal/target realised and achieved – in that real Warrior mode of self-belief….. ‘WE can do this, WE ARE good enough’, now is OUR time. And they proved that in abundance on this cold October Saturday afternoon.
The huge contingent of Kinsale Supporters that invaded Mallow GAA Complex were witness to a display of unwavering team work, support for each other; passion, respect, commitment, dedication, courage and absolute pride in the Club Jersey.
For those of us in the stands, especially our younger supporters, there was a life lesson to be learned……… look what you can achieve when you work together through ‘thick and thin’, when you support and encourage one another, when you give more than your best for one another, when you put your body on the line for your club, your team-mates, your friends……………… One team in pursuit of One goal.
To the extraordinary team of coaches and mentors (past and present) …….. you all have worked tirelessly in shaping this team, preparing these players for this day that, with doubt, you knew would come – Kinsale salutes you…… YOUR commitment to and belief in, over the years, in this Junior Ladies Panel is only equalled by the dedication of the fantastic footballers that lined out on Saturday.
Congratulations again to everyone involved– to say the club, the town is proud of you – is an understatement!!
Have a read now of this astounding match report submitted by Catherine Murphy – if you weren’t fortunate to be there on Saturday – you’ll feel that you were, having read this great blow by blow account!
Kinsale Junior Ladies are Munster Champions!
After becoming County Junior Champions only a few weeks ago, Kinsale Ladies made their way through the Munster Championship defeating Austin Stacks and Dungarvan along the way. But in front of a huge crowd in Mallow yesterday they became Munster Champions in a very tough encounter against an excellent team from Drom–Broadford.
Drom-Broadford were first off the mark with an excellent point. It took Kinsale almost 6 minutes to get their first point which Orla Finn kicked superbly. Orla went onto kick 2 more before Drom-Broadford were to get on the score board again. Captain fantastic Aisling Judge made crucial a penalty save on the 13th minute which would have put Drom-Broadford in front. Orla, Faye Aherne and Sadhbh O Leary went on to kick points in the first half and Kinsale led 10 points to 3 at half time.
Drom-Broadford opened the second half very brightly and kicked 1-04 without reply to bring the score back to level pegging; 0-10 to 1-7. Sadhbh O Leary steadied the team and kicked a great point to put Kinsale back in front, followed by another point from Orla. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams kicking over points and with 10 minutes to go there was only 1 point between the teams with Kinsale just in the lead with the narrowest of margins. Kinsale managed to stay in the lead from this point with Loraine Copithorne playing a stormer in mid field and the backs Georgina Buckley, Christine Keohane, Caoimhe O Callaghan, Emma O Brien, Georgia Gould and Tracy McCarthy holding their positions and preventing the opposition from getting back on the score board. Orla Finn kicked the last 3 points and was deserved recipient of Player of the Match scoring an amazing 12 points out of a total of 17. The game finished Kinsale 0-17, Drom-Broadford 1-10.
Next up for Kinsale are the Connacht Champions in 4 weeks time.
Aisling Judge made an excellent speech and thanked the huge crowd for coming along to support them and thanked all the local businesses who have gotten behind them and decorated their businesses! Check out Kinsale GAA’s Facebook page to see all the photos.
Scorers; Orla Finn 0-12, Sadhbh O Leary 0-3 and Faye Aherne 0-2.
Panel; Aisling Judge, Aisling Lee, Emma O Brien, Christine Keohane, Tracy McCarthy, Caoimhe O Callaghan, Georgina Buckley, Ellen Murphy, Loraine Copithorne, Aoife Keating, Jenny Murphy, Juliette Cronin, Sadhbh O Leary, Orla Finn, Faye Aherne, Georgia Gould, Rebecca Murphy, Christina Broderick, Clare Tyner, Neasa O Leary, Rebecca Murphy, Danielle Murphy, Lisa Copithorne, Grace Cronin, Sinéad Keating, Meadhbh O Leary, Saoirse Crowley, Kelly Marie Crowley, Hester Mc Carthy, Tracy Mc Carthy, Niamh Steenson, Cara O Dwyer, Niamh Cronin, Dara Tyner.
Coaches/Mentors 2016: Micheal O Connor, Siobhan Noonan, Ger Finn, Gene O Callaghan, Chris Cronin
Medical team: Dr Padraig McGillicuddy, Trudy McGillicuddy, Carol Nyhan.
Sponsors: Cappagh View Developments Ltd.