Ladies Under 12 Championship Final

Glencar Manor 3.12 St Josephs 0.08

Glencar Manor ended St Josephs hopes of winning the under 12 championship three years in a row as they pulled away in the second half for an emphatic victory on Wednesday evening last in Ballinaglera. Following Manor?s first ever under age title in the Under 16 championship last year, this title confirms impressive work being undertaken by the North Leitrim club. Apart from the result of the game, the footballing ability and skill level on display from both teams was of the highest quality and made for a great evening?s entertainment for the large crowd of spectators.

The game was barely a minute old when Ailbhe Clancy hit a sweet point for Manor from the outside of her boot. Emma O?Hagan followed up a minute later with another point before St Josephs first attack from Niamh McKiernan but her shot was saved by Sarah Keaney. Five minutes later Clancy scored the first of her three goals after a short free was well worked with Emma O?Hagan and she placed it well out of the keepers reach with a fine finish. St Josephs began to settle into the game and the impressive McKiernan fired over a good point to open their account. Anita Connefry reacted well as Clancy moved forward again for Manor and with the resulting clearance McKiernan hit another fine point for St Josephs followed by a free to leave just two points between the teams. Clancy found space again for Manor ant hit another point and was unlucky two minutes later with a snap shot that went narrowly wide. In the remaining ten minutes St Josephs again dominated with two points from McKiernan, followed by a great effort from Orla Williams to level the game. Connefry made a great catch just over the bar from an Elaine Connolly effort to prevent a point. A brilliant pass from Clancy split the St Joseph?s defence and Siadbh Clancy pointed comfortably to give Manor the lead. St Josephs replied with another great point from play before player of the match Clancy took the score of the game with a brilliantly measured goal to give the North Leitrim team a three point lead at the break.

Manor started the second half as they finished the first with a long range effort from midfielder Elaine Connolly. Sub Niamh Feehily got in on the act when she increased the Manor lead but McKiernan responded immediately for St Josephs. Following a period of great defending by both teams Manor were next to score with another O?Hagan point. Clancy then stepped up to take a difficult free from the right but picked her spot in the top left hand corner for her hat trick and from then on the result of the game was never in doubt. O Hagan pointed a 20m free but St Josephs continued to work hard to reduce the arrears and were unlucky with two wides. Elaine Connolly scored her second point from a free that was deflected over by no 1 in the St Josephs goals. Three unanswered points from Connolly, Niamh Phelan and Connolly again from a free ensured a first Under 12 championship title for Glencar Manor and a proud moment for captain Aoife Keaney who accepted the cup from ChairpersonÓgeraldine Creamer.

Glencar Manor: Sarah Keaney, Aoife Keaney, Chloe Gilligan, Lauren McManus, Claire O?Brien, Rachel Kerrigan, Elaine Connolly (0-3), Siadbh Clancy (0-1), Emma O?Hagan (0-3), Ailbhe Clancy (3-02), Shauna Ferguson Subs: Emer Feehily, Niamh Feehily (0-2), Charlene McGovern, Edel McLoughlin, Rionach Nealon, Michelle Ferguson, Roisin Rooney, Roisin McLoughlin, Dervla Ferguson, Emma Coyle, Nicola Clancy, Aine Loughlin.

St Josephs: Anita Connefry, Lucy Ann McDermott, Jessica Bohan, Kelly O?Rourke, Elisha McGovern, Ciara Macgure, Grainne Omalley, Niamh McKiernan (0-7), Lorraine Mcaguire, Orla Williams, Niamh O?Malley (0-1)) Subs: Clare Lynch, Aoife Lockhart, Rebecca Tiernay, Laura Sweeney, Blaithin Donahue, Michelle Dolan, Nianh Masterson, Deirdre Rawle.



04-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Please find below the text of the Amended Rule 115 TO 2006, which details how the Groups in the SFC, IFC and JFCA will be decided in the event of an equality of points when the Round Robin series is complete.

As the Masonite Leagues 2006 had commenced in advance of this Congress decision, they will be completed in 2006 in accordance with Regulations drawn up and approved at the March meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma. From 2007 forth they shall be completed in accordance with the guidelines below relating to an equality of points.

[b]Regulations governing Club Championships(2006) and Leagues (2007).[/b]

At Congress 2006 Rule 115 TO 2006 was amended and became effective from May 22, 2006. The full text of the amended rule is as follows and shall apply in the Leitrim SFC, IFC and JFCA competitions which are partly run on a league basis:

[b]Rule 115-County Championships[/b]

(1) A County Committee shall organise its Championships on a Knock-Out, League, or a Combination of League and Knock-Out basis.

(2) A County may be divided into districts for these Competitions.

(3) A County Committee shall arrange draws to permit Byes in the first rounds only, unless prior approval for proposed divergence has beenÓgiven by Central Council.

(4) The County Committee shall draw up and approve all other Regulations governing the Organisation of a championship, in advance of its commencement. Any alteration shall be annually approved.

(5) If a Championship is partly organised on a League basis, the following Regulations shall apply:

(a) League results are credited as follows: 2 points for a win, and one point for a draw.

(b) If a club is disqualified or retires during the course of the league stage, its played games shall stand and its unplayed games shall be awarded to the opposing teams.

(c) Where teams finish with equal points for qualification for the concluding stages, or for promotion or relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified, subject to clause(d) below-

(i) [b]Scóring Difference (subtracting the total scores Against from the total scores For).[/b]

(ii) Highest total scores For.

(iii) Where two teams only are involved-the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the previous game in the competition.

(iv) Scóring Average (divide total score Against into total score For)

(d) If Disqualifications, retirements or walkovers materially affect the outcome of the points total in the league stage of a championship, there shall be play offs to determine qualification for the concluding stages of the championship, or for promotion or relegation as appropriate.

(e) A disqualification shall only affect further participation in the current championship involved and not the following year?s championship or qualification for it. In any Promotion or Relegation process a team shall retain the points it has won in a stage of the championship run on a league basis.

[b]Rule 134-League Competitions[/b]
Rule 134 as outlined below will apply to 2007 leagues and not to this years leagues (2006)

Leagues may be organized on a single or double round basis. The Regulations outlined in Rule 115 in relation to the League Part of a Championship shall likewise apply to League Competitions.

Penalty for each unfulfilled fixture- Award of the game to Opposing Team; Minimum Fine-County ?400, Club ?40



02-Aug-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

[b]Summer camps[/b]
Our summer camps concluded on Friday last and we would like to thank all clubs who hosted our camps for 2006. To all our club co-ordinators who helped organise the camps at local level, to our camp supervisors and coaches who make the camps enjoyable for everybody, to all those who sponsored events or goodies at the camps and especially to all parents and children who took part, its you who make our camps the success they are, a very big thank you from Thomas Keenan County camp co-ordinator.



02-Aug-06 by Thomas Keenan – County camp co-ordinator.

Leitrim Ladies Notes:

[b]TG4 Connacht Championship Final:[/b]
After seven long years and contesting six finals Leitrim finally got back on top again when Ann Marie Cox lifted the Flanagan Oil Cup on behalf of her very proud teammates at 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon in McHale Park, Castlebar. To all outside the camp, no one could see past a Sligo win ? the form book could only have Sligo odds on to win. In May Leitrim played Sligo in the second round of the Championship and while Leitrim played well for 20 minutes, Sligo again dominated and ran out comfortable winners. But within the camp there was a quiet confidence and determination. A good win in the semi final against Galway four weeks ago helped repair the damage. The heart breaking National league defeat to Clare and the hurt of the past years could all be erased in 60 minutes but it would take all of the courage and determination that the girls could summon and how they did. Playing into a very difficult wind in the first half, Leitrim struck early but it was obvious that Sligo were not going to relinquish their title easily. Four points behind at the break was acceptable with the benefit of the wind in the secondhalf and the mood at half time was good. Things disimproved as Sligo went into a commanding six point lead as the half progressed. Then Leitrim found the courage to dig deeper and chip away at the Sligo lead. As the countdown clock ticked closer to 0.00 a goal would have to come Leitrim?s way to make that final push. A penalty decided it. Captain Ann Marie Cox stepped up and shouldered the responsibility with a brilliant effort. The sides were level and all to play for. Sligo went ahead again but Leitrim responded. Only minutes left and up stepped Sinead Quinn with a wonderful effort to put Leitrim ahead. Over a minute to go and Sligo had one more attack ? then a Scórable free was awarded. They decided to go for broke and looked for a goal for the win. The discipline and effort put into defending the goal was incredible and forced the Sligo attack into going for the draw but the pressure forced an eventual shot wide. Ten seconds on the clock and the subs were making their way down the steps towards the field ? the fulltime hooter went but no one heard it such was the noise of celebration. Management were still shouting instructions to the defence when they realised it was all over as the players fell to their knees in celebration. The tears flowed as they had for the past number of years but this time in celebration. A great result for a wonderful bunch of players who gave everything they had to secure the win. A special word of congratulations to the eleven players who did not get a chance to play on Sunday and who put in the same huge effort all year ? there would be no trophy without them. With a great reception in Cox?s of Dromod the team moved on to Carrick where the game was shown in Paddy?s Bar ? the celebrations lasted long into the night of a day to remember.

[b]Player of the Match:[/b]
There was a double celebration for Leitrim as the peerless Maeve Quinn was voted Player of the match. In a panel of many heroes, Maeve?s workrate all day epitomised the efforts of her team mates and a worthy winner of the award.

[b]Supporters:[/b]A special word of thanks to all of the supporters who came to support Leitrim on Sunday. Their very vocal support in the final quarter of the game was the sixteenth player for the Leitrim team and undoubtedly lifted the team over the winning line. More of the same in three weeks time would be very much appreciated. Thanks also to all the good luck messages and messages of congratulations sent to the team.

[b]All Ireland Quarter Finals:[/b]
The draw for the All Ireland quarter finals will take place live on TG4 at 5.00pm on Sunday from the Galway races. The winners from each province will play the losing quarter finalists from another province. Should Leitrim progress to the semi final, they are due to play the Ulster Champions if they are also successful in their quarter final match or whoever defeats them if they lose. With the Clare defeating Limerick in the Munster final on Sunday last, Leitrims potential opponents are Limerick, Longford or Wexford from Leinster or Cavan or Fermanagh from Ulster. Both Leinster and Ulster Finals are on next Sunday. The quarter finals will take place in three weeks on Sunday 20th August and the semi final on Saturday 9th September. Anyone interested in providing sponsorship towards the expenses of the quarter final game should contact Geraldine Cremer at 086 3290256.

[b]Finance & Sponsorship:[/b]
All entries are currently being checked for a winner of the ?500 prize in the Guess the score competition. Thanks to all of the players and clubs for selling the lines and of course to everyone that supported the draw. Thanks to George Manek for organising the sponsorship of a set of polo shirts for the Leitrim team for Sunday last. Thanks also to the mens county board for their sponsorship of a set of bags for the players. Anyone interested in providing sponsorship towards the expenses of the quarter final game should contact Geraldine Cremer at 086 3290256. All donations will be gratefully accepted.

[b]Junior A Championship Final: [/b]
The first club championship final of the year will be decided next weekend whenÓglencar Manor take on Ballinaglera in the Junior A final on Sunday evening at 7.45pm in Shane McGettigan Park, Drumshanbo.. Ballinaglera narrowly missed out on the title last year as they were defeated by the narrowest of margins to St Josephs in a thrilling encounter. Meanwhile Glencar Manor were blazing a trail in Junior B and recorded a comfortable title against Sean O?Heslins. Both teams have a number of experienced players to call on, as Ballinaglera?s Louise Loughlin will get a change from minding the Leitrim net to play a pivotal role outfield. She will be joined by excellent midfielder Ailish Curnyn while Tanya McPartland, Mairead McCawley, Katy Gallagher and Linda McGourty will all have an important role inÓgleras attempt to break through to senior ranks by lifting the title. Glencar Manor can also call on county players, Amanda Sweeney, Camilla McDonagh and Michelle McNulty and they will be ably assisted by players like Janette Maguire, Lauraine Walpole and Aisling Kerrigan

[b]Intermediate Championship:[/b]
The defining game of the Intermediate championship will take place on Saturday evening next when Mohill face Kiltubrid at 7.00pm in Fenagh with the winner qualifying to play Cloone in the Final. Also on Sunday, Bornacoola play Annaduff and Cloone play Aughawillan in the remaining round of fixtures.

[b]Change of Dates for Championship:[/b]
Due to the All Ireland quarter final on 20th August all games scheduled for that weekend have been refixed for 26th/27th August including the Intermediate Championship Final.

[b]Under 14 7 a Side Shield Final:[/b]
Congratulations to Aughawillan who made a great comeback in the second half to defeat Melvin Gaels by a single point in the final at a rain soaked Ballinaglera on Saurday afternoon. The final score was Aughawillan 2.07 Melvin Gaels 2.06.

[b]9 a Side Junior Final:[/b]
Congratulations to Sean O Heslins who defeated Fenagh in the final in Aughavas on Saturday evening. Full report next week.

[b]Minor Championship:[/b]
The championship has reached the semi final stages as St Josephs played Dromahair yesterday evening in the first semi final. The second semi final will be played next Tuesday evening. In the 9 a side competition, Aughawillan, Ballinaglera and Kiltubrid have qualified for the semi finals with the winners of the Sean O Heslins Allen Gaels game also played yesterday evening.

[b]Under 12 Championship.[/b]
The final of the Championship will be played this evening betweenÓglencar Manor and St Josephs in Ballinaglera at 7.00pm. In the 9 a side competition Fenagh and Gortlettragh have qualified for the final and will be played in 2 ? 3 weeks time. There are two rounds to be completed in the 7 a side competition.

[b]Under 16 Championship:[/b]
All entries are now due as the competitions commences on 24th August.

[b]Tommy Murphy Cup:[/b]
Congratulations to the mens team on an excellent win over holders Tipperary in the quarter final on Saturday. Its now August and two Leitrim teams are within a total of three games of playing in Croke Park – 2006 could yet be a year to remember.



01-Aug-06 by Patricia Bohan

In the event of equality of points, the following regulations will be used to determine which section of the division teams will play in for phase two of the competition:

1. [b]Two teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: Teams play off to decide which team takes the higher place in the final league table.

2. [b]Three teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should qualify for the play-off final, to play against the winner of a play-off involving the remaining two teams.

3. [b]Three teams[/b] tied for [b]two places[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should take the first automatic qualifying place and the remaining two teams play-off for the second place.

4. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]one place[/b] in the top half: two play-off semi-finals and a play-off final to decide the one place available. The team with the highest score difference should play the team with the third highest score difference and the team with second highest and fourth highest score difference should meet in the respective semi-finals.

5. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]two remaining places[/b] in the top half: the top team on score difference should take the first automatic qualifying place. The second placed team should receive a bye into a play-off final where it will meet the winner of a semi-final played between the remaining two teams, to decide the second qualifying team for the top half.

6. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]three remaining places[/b] in the top half: the first two automatic places should go to the teams which have the best score difference. The two teams remaining will play-off for the remaining place in the top half.

7. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should receive a bye to a play-off final. The next highest team on score difference should play the team with the third highest score difference in one semi-final and the teams with the second and fourth best score difference should play-off in a second semi-final. The winners of these semi-finals to play-off for the right to meet the team with the bye in a final game to decide the team to make the top half.

8. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]two remaining places[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should take an automatic place in the top half, with the four remaining teams playing two semi-finals and a play-off final to decide the second qualifying place in the top half. Semi-final pairing decided as at (7) above.

9. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]three places[/b] in the top half: the first two automatic places should go to the two teams with the best score difference. The team with the third best score difference receive a bye to the play-off final to meet the winners of a play-off semi-final between the two teams with the lowest score difference, to decide the remaining place available.

10. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]four places[/b] in the top half: the first three automatic places should go to the teams with the best score difference with the fourth place going to the winner of a play-off game involving the remaining two teams.

From 2007 forward, as a result of a motion passed at Congress 2006, any remaining issues regarding equality of points will be determined by scores alone.



01-Aug-06 by Paddy Reilly

The draw for the Junior B Football Championship is as follows:

1. Dromahair v Fenagh-St.Caillin?s
2. Kiltubrid v Leitrim Gaels
3. Glencar/Manorhamilton v St. Mary?s
4. Cloone v Annaduff

Winner QF1 v Winner QF3
Winner QF2 v Winner QF4

Ties to commence on weekend of 12/13 Lunasa 2006.



31-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Congratulations to the Leitrim Ladies from all Leitrim supporters.

Leitrim won on a score line of 1-14 to Sligos 3-07.

Leitirm last won a title in 1999 and this was the 4th successive year to meet Sligo in a final. This victory is richly deserved after all the heart breaking defeats during the last 7 year drought.

Once again well done to the team and management.

A full match report will follow.



30-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle

We would like to apologise as we are currently experiencing technical diffilulties with our www.LeitrimGAA.IE web address. These difficulties are outside our control and we are in touch with our hosts and they are investigating the problem.

Our registered .ORG address is functioning as normal:

Apologies once again for the inconvenience.



29-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Tommy Murphy Cup – Quarterfinals – Short Report

Leitrim v Tipperary

Sat 29th July, Semple Stadium, Thurles

Leitrim are through to the Tommy Murphy Semis on Aug 12th after a comprehensive win over Tipperary. Leitrim played the better football throughout and were leading 0-8 to 0-3 points just before half time when Tipperary came back and scored a goal to make it 0-8 to 1-3.

In the second half Leitrim maintained their lead and ran out eventual winners with a 5 point advantage. This win is much welcomed by all after the recent heartbreak of losing to Mayo and Sligo by 1 point in each game in the All Ireland Series.

Carlow and London play tomorrow and the winners will play Leitirm on August 12th, the time and venue will be announced at a later date.

Final score: Leitrim 0-14 Tipperary 1-06



29-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Safety audits of all club grounds will take place over the next two weeks. All club secretaries will be notified to have facilities accessable for personnel carrying out inspections.



26-Jul-06 by PJ Meehan – Development Officer

[b]Connacht Final:[/b]
On Sunday next Leitrim travel to Castlebar to take on Sligo in the TG4 Connacht Junior Final. With a 2.00pm throw in this is another opportunity for Leitrim to win a Connacht title last achieved in 1999. This is the fifth year in a row that Leitrim have contested the final, having been defeated by Sligo in the last 3 outings, it surely is Leitrim?s turn to take the prize. The 2006 panel have given a massive commitment this year, but there must be 100% focus and hard work over the hour if Sligo are to be dethroned. Supporters are asked to come in their numbers to support the team, the least they deserve for their efforts. Best of luck to all concerned.

[b]Guess the score:[/b]
All players and clubs are reminded to give one last effort to sell lines for the Connacht Final on Sunday. All completed cards are to be returned by club secretarys/ticket coordinators to Orla Bohan by Friday night. Lines are ?2 each and all support is appreciated. A ?500 prize is on offer to the winner.

[b]9 a Side Leagues:[/b]
The final of the junior 9 a side between Fenagh and Sean O?Heslins will take place at 8.00pm on Saturday evening next. The provisional venue is Aughnasheelin. St Marys defeated St Josephs in the playoff for a place in the Intermediate final and will face Glencar Manor in the final at a date to be confirmed.

[b]Division 3 league:[/b]
Gortlettragh were beaten by Aughnasheelin in Round 5 of the league last weekend.

In the championship wins for Glencar Manor, St Josephs and Dromahair over Mohill and St Marys have seen these three teams qualify for the semi finals. The winners of the Mohill v St Marys game last night will also qualify for the semi finals which are due to be played on 2nd or 9th August. In the 9 a side competition Kiltubrid defeated Sean O Heslins while Ballinaglera defeated Allen Gaels to progress to the semi finals. Sean O Heslins played Aughawillan last night with the winner progressing to the semi final while the loser will play Allen Gaels next week for the fourth semi final place.

[b]Under 16:[/b]
Clubs are reminded to forward entries for the under 16 competition to the Secretary as soon as possible with the competition commencing at the end of August.

[b]Under 14:[/b]
The Under 14 Shield 7 a side final will be played next Tuesday eveining in Ballinaglera at 7.00pm where Aughawillan face. Melvin Gaels.

[b]Under 12:[/b]
The competitions are reaching the final rounds and an update will be provided next week.

[b]County Board Meeting:[/b]
Clubs are reminded that a county Board meeting will take place next Monday night 31st July at 8.30pm in the Bush Hotel. This meeting will be attended by members of the National executive and all clubs must be present.

[b]Tommy Murphy Cup:[/b]
Best of Luck to the Leitrim men?s team as they take on Tipperary in the quarter final of the competition on Saturday next.



25-Jul-06 by Patricia Bohan – Ladies PRO

Last weekend saw the first round of the Senior & Intermediate championship. First off were St. Marys and Gortletteragh who had a very competitive game with St. Marys laying down a marker with a 4 point win inÓgroup 4. Group 1s Bornacoola pipped Allen Gaels by one point and inÓgroup 2 Aughawillan had to 2 to spare over Annaduff. Last years champions Kiltubrid lost by the biggest score difference as they went down by 5 points to Mohill inÓgroup 3.

In the Intermediate Championship the opening game was on Saturday evening which was a draw between Drumreilly and Carrigallen inÓgroup 3. Sundays 3 games consisted of Group 1 clash between St. Marys and Drumkeeran with the latter winning by a goal. Group 2s Glenfarne/Kiltyclougher and Allen Gaels game resulted in a 8 point win for Glenfarne/Kilty.
The Group 4 encounter was between Aughnasheelin and Dromahaire with Dromahaire winning by the smallest of margins of 1 point.

Next round in the Championships will be the weekend after next as Leitrim participate in the Tommy Murphy Cup this Saturday at 1:30pm in Thurles.



24-Jul-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO