Leitrim Ladies Notes
Next Saturday will see the start of action for the clubs when defending champions Aughawillan travel to Cloone for a 4.00pm start in Division 1. All other clubs will resume action the following weekend.
Due to the promotion of Aughawillan to Senior Club status for the Connacht Championship, the championship structure within the county has had to be revised. The remaining six clubs at Senior level last year will now play for an Intermediate title To facilitate Aughawillan in a Championship within the county, the winners will of the Intermediate title will play Aughawillan in the Senior Final. The League status of the clubs remains unchanged.
The 31st Annual congress was held at the weekend in Mullingar with many interesting topics on the agenda for debate. In a wide ranging report to Congress, CEO Helen O?Rourke outlined the progress of the association in general over the past year. The importance of the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Good practice throughout the association was highlighted as was the continued provision of training for coaches. A level 1 coaching courses specifically aimed at ladies football will be rolled out in 2006 in addition to the provision of 16 new tutors to implement the courses. The Association?s Strategic Plan for the next 3 years was also launched at the weekend with a key priority to look at club and county competition programmes. While there were no significant changes to playing rules, the concern over the amount of football being played by younger county players was addressed and from 2007 players will not be allowed to play more that one age group above their current grade and players at under 16 level will not be allowed to play for Junior or Senior County teams. This will apply to inter county competitions only.
The Connacht Junior Final due to be played on Friday last in Tuam between Carrick CS and Tuam was postponed due to a frozen pitch. This was very disappointing news for the Carrick team who had made the journey for the game. Details of the refixture are not available at the time of going to press but we wish the best of luck to Carrick in the final.
Leitrim have a three week break until their final league game against Offaly on 2nd April. This game will be the first of a hectic schedule for the county team in April. The following Saturday 8th April, will see the team commence the Connacht championship with a first round game against Roscommon. On 16th of April Leitrim will face Kilkenny of Antrim in the National League Quarter final. A victory here will involve a semi final appearance the following weekend and on 30th April the team will play their second Connacht Championship game against defending champions Sligo.
Due to the inclement weather last weekend, county trainging had to be cancelled. Training is scheduled again for next Saturday morning at 11.00 am in Kiltubrid and all players are requested to attend.
A number of our players around the county will be involved in the County Final next Saturday evening in Manorhamilton. Best of luck to all concerned.
06-Mar-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO