Busy Few Weeks Ahead for Swinford Killasser Ladies Gaelic Football Club
Swinford Killasser U14s Reach Division 1 League County Final
Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC U14 team travelled to Stephenite Park in Ballina on Monday to face the much fancied home side from Kilmoremoy in the Division 1 League Semi Final. Kilmoremoy, having defeated their visitors narrowly in Swinford during the league stages, finishing top of the division with a 100% record and having the two midfielders who led Mayo to the All-Ireland A Final at their disposal deservedly carried the favourites tag going into this Semi Final. But, the Swinford Killasser girls showed little regard for the form guide and with a staggering performance ran out eight point winners to reach the 2014 Division 1 League Final.
Played in perfect conditions in front of a sizeable crowd both teams played some excellent free flowing football, but it was the Swinford Killasser girls who seized the initiative from early on with some great scores. They built on these throughout the first half and went in with a sizeable half time lead. As expected, Kilmoremoy rallied after the break, but they struggled to break down the visitors defence and with the Swinford Killasser forwards continuing to tag on scores at the other end they never really looked likely to catch the eventual winners; who went on to victory on scoreline of 8-07 to 5-08. The 2014 Division One Final against Knockmore will be played on Monday the 30th of June at 7pm in Knockmore; hopefully a good omen as the Club bids to capture its first U14 A title since 2006 when Susan Lavin captained the Club to victory at the north Mayo venue.
Swinford Killasser Girls Take on New York.
Swinford Killasser Ladies GFC will host the New York U14 girls’ team in an Invitational Challenge match at Swinford Amenity Park on Wednesday the 25th of June at 6pm. Having just enjoyed successful campaigns in Division 1 and Division 3 of the Mayo County League and as they prepare for the Division 1 County Final, the girls are looking forward to plying their footballing skills against their visitors from the USA.
The New York team will be in Ireland to participate in the National Feile competition which is being played throughout Connacht on the last weekend in June. The party of seventy five, between players, mentors and parents will travel to Swinford from their base in Athlone to take on our local Under 14 team on the Wednesday evening. The players who make up this New York team come from clubs in various towns around New York. Many of the players live in traditional Irish areas such as Yonkers and Rockland County but the team also includes girls from Long Island, New Haven and The Bronx.
Ladies Gaelic Football is one of the fastest growing sports in this region and the quality of underage teams from New York will astound many who come to see them. They have participated in Feile since 2006, were champions in 2012 and are very committed to their sport as can be witnessed by their travelling long distances to train for this year’s tour since they began in sub-zero temperatures back in February. The New York team include Tara Lyons, daughter of Joe and granddaughter of well-known local football enthusiasts Marty and Margaret Lyons from Meelick among their ranks. Other players with connections to this area include Mairead Durkin, daughter of Shane from Aclare and Mary Kate Henry, whose father Declan comes from Curry. As happened when our Club visited New York, we expect many transatlantic friendships to be struck up between players from opposing sides on the evening, which will continue through social media in the future. The Swinford Killasser club encourages a large crowd to turn out to welcome our New York visitors and to cheer on both teams in this extraordinary event in our footballing calendar.
U14 National Feile comes to Swinford
In the same week as the New York girls visit, on Friday the 27th & Saturday the 28th of June, Swinford Amenity Park will host games in the boys National Feile competition. Teams from Dublin, Derry, Warwickshire, Kilkenny, Clare, Waterford, Sligo and Mayo will compete in the Round Robin stages at 5pm on the Friday and 11am on Saturday at both Swinford Amenity Park and Swinford Gaa Club pitch. The Quarter Finals will then take place at the same two venues on the Saturday starting at 4pm. Together with the New York girls visit on the Wednesday; these three exciting days of football promise to bring large numbers of players and supporters to Swinford; and everyone is encouraged to come along and witness a feast of top quality underage football.
U14 County Finals at Swinford Amenity Park
This Saturday, June 21st, see’s two of the Mayo Ladies County Finals being played at Swinford Amenity Park. At 2pm Louisburgh take on St Brigids and at 4.30 Kiltimagh play Hollymount. These games kick off a week of superb under 14 football in Swinford; On Wednesday Swinford Killasser girls take on New York while on Friday and Saturday Swinford Amenity Park and Swinford Gaa Club will host games in the Boys National Feile competition. In all sixteen games of football will be played over the week.
Busy Week for Swinford Killasser Ladies Gaelic Football:
Along with our own games and in particular the visit of New York there are a lot of underage games taking place in Swinford over the next week. For your information here is a list of games which you might enjoy going along to watch.
Sat 21st 2pm: U14 Ladies Division 2 Final: Louisburgh v St Brigids at Amenity Park
Sat 21st 4.30: U14 Ladies Division 3A Final: Kiltimagh v Hollymount at Amenity Park
Sun 22nd at 12: U12 Girls League Achill v Swinford Killasser in Achill
Mon 23rd at 6: U16 Ladies League Burrishoole v Swinford Killasser in Newport
Wed 25th at 6: Swinford Killasser Ladies U14s v New York U14s at Amenity Park
Fri 27th at 5: U14 Boys Feile: Newbridge (Derry) v Breaffy (Mayo) at Amenity Park
Fri 27th at 5: U14 Boys Feile: Raheny (Dublin) v Parke (Mayo) at Gaa Pitch
Fri 27th at 5.40: U14 Boys Feile: Eastern Harps (Sligo) v Abbeyside/Ballinacourty (Waterford) at Amenity Park
Fri 27th at 5.40: U14 Boys Feile: Ennistymon (Clare) v Balla (Mayo) at Gaa Pitch
Fri 27th at 6.20: U14 Boys Feile: Newbridge (Derry) v Raheny (Dublin) at Amenity Park
Fri 27th at 6.20: U14 Boys Feile: Breaffy (Mayo) v Parke (Mayo) at Gaa Pitch
Fri 27th at 7: U14 Boys Feile: Eastern Harps (Sligo) v Balla (Mayo) at Amenity Park
Fri 27th at 7: U14 Boys Feile: Abbeyside/Ballinacourty v Ennistymon at Gaa Pitch
Sat 28th at 11: U14 Boys Feile: Swinford (Mayo) v Warwickshire (UK) at Gaa Pitch
Sat 28th: U10 Girls Blitz (Venue & Time to be confirmed)
Sat 28th at 4: U14 Boys Feile Quarter Finals at Amenity Park & Gaa Pitch
Sat 28th at 4.40: U14 Boys Feile Quarter Finals at Amenity Park & Gaa Pitch
Sat 28th at 7.30: Mayo Ladies Senior League Div 1: Hollymount v Swinford Killasser away
Mon 30th at 7: Ladies U14 Div 1 County Final: Swinford Killasser v Knockmore away
Wed 2nd July at 7: Ladies U16 Div 1: Swinford Killasser v Charlestown at Amenity Park