2015 Mayo Ladies
County Minor A Champions
Mitchels have no Answer for Swinford Killasser Class
A display of the finest quality attacking football led Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC to become County Minor A Champions in Claremorris on Saturday last. The pace, directness and accuracy of the East Mayo girls from start to finish swept their much fancied opponents aside. Winning County Titles is always good, but winning titles playing this Champaign football must, and will, go down as one of the best ever victories for the much decorated Swinford Killasser Ladies Gaelic Football Club.
In most pundits eyes, Swinford Killasser went into this final as rank outsiders; facing a team with no fewer than six of Mayos Connacht Final Minor team. This game looked like a good learning experience for a young team; who could possibly develop into contenders in years to come. But no one told the Swinford Killasser girls of the way the script was supposed to go. They tore into their opponents from the outset; scoring 1-03 before Castlebar managed to mount a single attack. The favourites were stunned. The underdogs had got the start they needed. And although possession for the remainder of the first half was fairly evenly shared, the Swinford Killasser backs limited their opponents to long range shots from over optimistic positions. And just like a confident boxer, Swinford Killasser were able to draw their opponents in and hit them with two or three knockout scores at the other end.
As half time neared, the West Mayo girls were on the ropes, struggling to hold out against the faster Swinford Killasser girls. But they still had a glimmer of hope thanks to a well taken penalty late in the half. The break can often change a game and the first score of the second half can be vital. Rather than packing the defence to hold onto their lead, Swinford Killasser introduced even more pace, and pushed further up the field. The result was immediate with another two goals added within minutes to put the final result beyond doubt. The Champions went on to totally dominate the remainder of the game and won on a scoreline of 7-12 to 1-03.
Amy McNicholas received the cup on behalf of her team and Orna O’Brien again picked up a player of the match award. These girls deservedly received the silverware, but this game was won through great team play rather than any individual performances. Every player on the Champions team excelled in this final; with a display of sheer class from keeper to final substitute. Perfection is rarely achieved during big games, but this panel of Swinford Killasser players have just saved the perfect performance for the biggest game of the year; to become 2015 Mayo Ladies County Minor A Champions.
Swinford Killasser: Amy McNicholas (Captain), Orla Lynskey, Niamh Ansboro, Alanagh Durkin, Vanessa McHugh, Maeve Peyton, Chloe Moore, Anna Tierney, Michaela Walsh, Geraldine Walsh, Orna O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Tara Philips, Roisin Durkin, Aishling Forkan, Grainne O’Neill, Liadan Forkan, Caoimhe Hennigan, Bronagh Molloy, Rebecca McHugh, Kelly Walsh, Aoife Groarke, Sarah Loftus, Rebecca Grady, Leah Irwin, Ella Grace & Ciara Henry.
As Mayo Champions, Swinford Killasser will now go on to play the Galway Champions in the Connacht Minor Club Championship. In the meantime, the girls have a home game with Westport in Division 1 of the League on Sunday at 1.15.
Mayo Senior Championship Finals to be played in Swinford this Saturday
The County Finals of the Mayo Ladies Senior, Intermediate & Junior Championships will all be played in Swinford this Saturday, September 19th. The Senior Championship County Final between Carnacon and Kilmovee will be played at Swinford Amenity Park at 5pm. This will be preceded by the Intermediate Championship Final between Charlestown and St Brigids at 3pm at Swinford GAA Clubs, Robert McCallion Park. And, the day will begin with the Junior Championship Final between Burrishoole and Kilmoremoy at 1pm at Swinford Amenity Park. This promises to be a great day of Ladies Gaelic Football action in Swinford. Admission is just €5 for adults for all 3 finals. Admission for Children is free.
Swinford Killasser U16s qualified for the County U16 Championship semi-final with a 4-09 to 2-08 win away to Carnacon on Wednesday. After two long away trips in the Championship so far, Swinford Killasser now have a home semi-final against Kiltimagh. This is due to be played on Wednesday next.
Swinford Killasser U13s continued on their winning ways with a victory over Charlestown on Friday.. Next up for the U13 girls is a home game against Ballyhaunis on Sunday.
€20,000 Jackpot in Swinford Community Lotto
The Swinford Community Lotto Jackpot will remain at €20,000 for the next six weeks unless there is a 4 Number Winner. If after this time there is still no winner, a draw will follow for one prize of €10,000, plus five prizes of €2,000. All tickets bought during this period will be in this draw. As an additional bonus for Swinford Community Lotto supporters, and to promote our Local Businesses, Double the amount of Local Shopping Vouchers will also be given away each week until the Jackpot is won. There is also a €1,000 Sellers Prize for anyone who sells an outright €20,000 Jackpot winning ticket.
We urge all parents and players to support Swinford Community Lotto which, along with providing us and many other groups with excellent facilities at Swinford Amenity Park, also funds our essential Club running costs. Swinford Community Lotto tickets are available to buy at all Club training sessions and in all good retail outlets in the area. Buy your ticket now to support continued development of these fine community facilities and to be in with a chance of winning €20,000.
U12 Finals Day
Both of our U12 teams will compete in the County Finals Day on the weekend of October 3rd. Swinford Killasser Eagles will play Kilmoremoy Arrows in the Division 1 A semi-final & Swinford Killasser Falcons will play Knockmore Avengers in the Division 2 B semi-final.
Club Training Tops
Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC training tops are now in stock. We have a few remaining tops in stock, as well as a few Club gear bags. We are selling them on a first come first served basis.
Swinford Killasser LGFA Facebook
Photographs taken at all Club games can be viewed on Swinford KillasserLGFA Facebook page.
Swinford Community Lotto
Results for September 14th 2015
Numbers: 4 11 21 26
€70 Local Shopping Voucher Winners
Madeline Horkan, Park Road
Brendan Kenny, Brabazon Heights
Attracta Price, Cullane
3 Number Winners
John & Kevin, c/o Sheepwalk
Julie McAndrew, Castlebar
Eddie O’Hara, Logcurragh
John Gallagher, c/o P Horkans
Karena D Kearney, Logcurragh