[b]New Chairperson:[/b] Congratulations to Geraldine Creamer from Ballinaglera who was elected as the new Chairperson of the Ladies county Board on Monday night following the resignation of George Manek. Congratulations also to Padraig Kelly from Kiltubrid who was also elected as vice chairperson. The county board would like to thank George for all of the work he has done for the county board over the past six months and wish him well in his retirement.

[b]F?ile na nÓg:[/b] Leitrim were represented by St Josephs girls at the annual F?ile na nÓg festival in Wicklow at the weekend. The interest in this years festival was heightened as Leitrim have the honour of hosting in 2007. The weekend started well for the Leitrim representatives with all of the teams enjoying a win in their opening game. The beautiful weather ensured a wonderful weekend of football with the parade of 144 teams the highlight on Friday evening. The news got better on Saturday morning when Nicky Brennan and Geraldine Giles decended from the skies to scenic Wicklow town on the first of their stops to visit many of the venues to present an award for the best turned out girls team at the parade to St Josephs. A win over St Brigids from Roscommon in their second game ensured an all or nothing clash with Eastern Harps from Sligo in the last game. However it was not to be despite the best efforts of the Leitrim girls. In the skills competition Lorraine Moran outshone her competitors and qualified for the next round. On to Hollywood for the semifinals and with the large support of mentors and parents, Breege had everyone dressed in their finest for a visit to a famous venue ? noone told her it was the other Hollywood.! Well done to the club who were excellent ambassadors for the county over the weekend and also to the St Marys and Leitrim Gaels boys teams. Despite of or maybe because of an evening dip in the harbour, Sharon, Phillipa and Alanah were up bright and early for a 3 hour trip to Tuam on Sunday to see off Galway and qualify for the Connacht final. Aided by the great weather, the weekend was a huge success for the Garden County committee which was at its scenic best for the weekend and Leitrim have a lot to look forward to next year.

[b]Club Championship:[/b] Next weekend the first round of the intermediate championship will commence with a number of games down for decision. On Saturday evening in Fenagh, Mohill take on St Josephs at 7.00 inÓgroup B while on Sunday Bornacoola face an in form Cloone in Aughavas and Annaduff face Aughawillan in Kiltubrid. In the Junior Championship Ballinaglera play Glencar Manor in Drumkeerin. The games on Sunday morning will take place at 11.30.

[b]Minor Championship:[/b] The minor championship will start on Tuesday next and the final date for entries is tomorrow morning.

[b]Under 12 Championship:[/b] A number of revisions have been made to the format of the competition. See fixtures for details of this weeks games.

[b]Under 14 Championship:[/b]Gortlettragh and Kiltubrid played in the Under 14 7 a side final yesterday evening while in Shield competition will be completed shortly with Aughawillan playing Ballinaglera and Melvin Gaels playing Aughnasheelin on Saturday or Monday to be confirmed.

[b]All Ireland qualifier:[/b]Best of luck to the Leitrim team as they face Sligo on Sunday next in Pairc Sean.

[b]Fund raising:[/b]All players will be forwarded with sponsorship cards for a Guess the score competition for the Connacht Final over the next few days to raise some much needed funds. It is important that every effort is made by the players for this venture in order to continue with the work of the Board.

[b]Rules – Part 2:[/b]
The ladies blood sub rule differs from that in the mens game as follows;

1. A player who is bleeding, has blood on her body or playing attire, as a result of an injury sustained during play, shall, on the instructions of the referee, immediately leave the field of play to receive medical attention. She shall not return to the field of play until the bleeding has stopped, all blood cleaned off and the blood stained attire cleaned or replaced.

2. The injured area should be covered where possible. The injured player may be replaced by a Blood Substitute who shall notify the referee in writing, that she is a Blood Substitute.

3. The Blood Substitute shall NOT count as a substitute allowed under the normal substitution rules, if or when the injured player returns to the field, as a Direct Replacement for the player who replaced her.

4. Where the injured player returns to the field of play as a replacement for any other player, apart from the Blood Substitute that directly replaced her, her team shall be deemed to have used a Normal Substitution.

5. Where a Blood Substitution is sent off, her team shall substitute another player if they wish to bring the original player back onto the field of play. This shall NOT count as a Normal Substitution.

6. Where a team has used their Full compliment of Normal Substitutions in either Normal or Extra Time and a player suffers a blood injury, she may be replaced with a Blood Substitute.

Playing rules Part 1

1.A player may pick the ball off the ground with the toe or with one or both hands, providing she is in standing position.

2. A player while on the ground may play the ball away from her, but cannot bring it into her possession.

3. The ball when caught may be: kicked, struck with the fist or open hand; hopped once with one or both hands or solo it toe to hand.

4. A ball that has not been caught may be bounced more than once in succession with one or both hands.

5. A player may change the ball from one hand to the other once, provided the original holding hand maintains contact with the ball until the change is completed.

6. A player may not kick the ball as an opponent is about to pick it up or take it into her possession.

7. The ball cannot be held longer than it is necessary to kick, fist, hand pass, hop it away, or move four steps. A player may carry the ball for 4 steps and kick it off on the 5th step

8. A player may not throw the ball.



04-Jul-06 by Patricia Bohan

Leitrim 1-15 Galway 1-05

As the temperatures soared in Tuam on Sunday, Leitrim rose yet again to the challenge to qualify for the Connacht Final for the fifth successive year. From the start Leitrim took the game to Galway and showed that they were determined to get back again to the final.

Two excellent frees from Ann Marie Cox settled Leitrim and although they were made work hard by Galway, the result of the game was never in doubt. The highlight of the first half was a superb point from the endline from Cox. Led by the hard working duo of Maeve Quinn and Sarah McLoughlin at midfield, all of the Leitrim lines worked very hard to diminish the ever present threat of a Galway team that possessed plenty of skill. Leitrim rode their luck at times as Galway threatened the Leitrim goal but with Louise Loughlin in fine form they were restricted to a single goal.

The pace of the game fell a little in the second half as the heat took its toal but a searing run by Clare Owens was well finished by Cox to ensure there would be no fightback from the home team. Following a year of incredible commitment from the panel, Leitrim have well deserved their place in the final to be played against holders Sligo in Castlebar on 30th June.

Louise Loughlin, Emer Kelly, Sharon Kerrigan, Mairead Stenson, Amanda Sweeney, Teresa Mylott, Mary Mckeon, Maeve Quinn, Sarah McLoughlin, Naomi Faughnan, Sinead Quinn, Lorraine Brennan, Ann Marie Cox, Aoife Kelly, Clare Owens. Subs: Eimear McGlade for Faughnan, Carla Creegan for Emer Kelly (inj)



03-Jul-06 by Patricia Bohan

Leitrim U16s take onÓgalway this Thursday evening at 7pm in Tuam in the Ted Webb Cup.

The U16 Squad is as follows:

1 Farrelly Phillip Sean O Heslins
2 O Brien James Manorhamilton
3 McGowan Damien Bornacoola
4 Tyrrell Eddie Gortletteragh
5 McGourty Phillip Ballinaglera
6 Baker-Kenny Roger Kilmore
7 Davy Kevin Carrigallen
9 Hackett Paul Bornacoola
9 O Connor Niall Bornacoola
10 Clancy Niall Glenfarne
11 Ward Eoin Carrigallen
12 Quinn Morgan Aughawillan
13 Hannon nÓgel Dromahair
14 Farrell Brian St Marys
15 McKeon Sean Bornacoola
16 McGoldrick John Dromahair
17 Leyden David Sean O Heslins
18 Ellis Fergal Fenagh
19 Conlon Kevin Dromahair
20 Kilkenny Patrick Melvin Gaels
21 McTaigue Jim Sean O Heslins
22 Singleton Dara St Marys
23 McLoughlin Fergal St Marys
24 Flanagan Shane Aughawillan
25 McNabola Sean Annaduff
26 Mulvihill Seamus Annaduff
27 Guckian William St Marys
28 Gilligan Colin Manorhamilton



28-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Leitrim Ladies Notes:

[b]TG4 Connacht Championship Semi Final:[/b]
Next weekend Leitrim travel to Tuam to take onÓgalway in the Connacht Semi Final at 3.00pm. This will be a very tough assignment for Leitrim who are hoping to make the Connacht final for the fifth successive year. Galway reached the final of the Division 4 National League only to be defeated by a single point by Monaghan. In this years championship so far, Galway have put in very impressive performances and will look forward to meeting Leitrim on their home ground. Leitrim have not had a competitive game for a number of weeks and with injury problems, will have to start without a full strength team. Best of luck to all concerned.

[b]National Feile:[/b]
Best of luck to the St Josephs under 14 team who travel to Wicklow to take part in the National Feile na nÓg competition next weekend. The team will be hosted by the St Patricks club from Wicklow town.

[b]9 a Side Senior Final:[/b]
Congratulations to Mohill who secured their first ever senior title when they defeated holders Kiltubrid on Friday evening last. See full report next week.

[b]Under 14 Shield Final:[/b]
Congratulations to St Marys who also secured a long awaited underage tilte when they defeated Sean O Heslins in the shield final last Thursday evening.

[b]Wedding Bells:[/b]
Congratulations and best wishes to Aughawillan and former country player Karen McGovern on her wedding to Aughawillan?s Peter Prior on Friday last.

[b]County Board Meeting:[/b]
Clubs should note that an important meeting of the County Board meeting will take place on Monday evening next 3rd July in Arus Padraig, Drumshanbo. All clubs are requested to attend.

[b]Playing Rules ? Part 1:[/b]
This week we start a regular feature on the playing rules for ladies football. As the feature develops over the weeks, a number of differences will emerge in the playing rules of ladies and mens football, where the rules can often be confused.

1. The attire for playing Ladies Gaelic Football is jersey, shorts, socks and boots and members of the same team shall have uniform attire in shorts and socks. Players cannot be allowed to wear jewellery, ear rings, hair slides or other items that may cause injury whilst playing Ladies Gaelic Football.

2. In 15 a side competitions a team must have 11 players to start a game. They may finish with 11 players or less.

3. Bicycle shorts are prohibited except with doctor?s certificate and must be the same colour as the shorts.

4. A size 4 football is used in all competitions from U-11upwards. A smaller size 3 may be used in younger age groups.

5 Subs and Extra Time: – 5 subs are allowed during the normal course of the game. An additional 5 subs are allowed where Extra Time, which consists of 10 mins each way is played. Where a Second Period of extra time is played an additional 5 subs can be used.

A player sent off for a Red Card offence in Normal Time may be replaced by a Sub for extra time, as may a player sent off in the first period of Extra Time be replaced by a Sub for the Second period of extra time.

Where Extra Time is played in a game, a player sent to the ?Sin Bin? for a First Yellow Card offence in Normal Time, cannot be replaced by a substitute for Extra Time until she has served her 10 minutes Playing Time in the ?Sin Bin?. However her team shall be deemed to have used a Normal Substitute. Should the Sin Binned player resume playing after her ?Sin Bin? time has expired and having been replaced by a substitute for Extra time, her team shall be deemed to have used a Second Substitute (A player sent off for 2 Yellow Card offences in normal time can be replaced for Extra Time).

Next week will feature a closer look at the blood sub rule and some of the playing rules.



27-Jun-06 by Patricia Bohan

[b]Leitrim[/b] will play Sligo in the All Ireland Qualifiers in P?irc Sean on Sunday 9th July at 3:30pm

Meanwhile, neighbours Roscommon play Meath next Saturday evening (1st July) in Navan at 7pm. Longford play Tipperary also on Saturday in Pearse Park at 7pm



26-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

[b]Hurling Development Squads[/b]
Our Under 12, 14 and 16 development squads were back in training on Saturday last in Ballinamore at 10.00 am. Galway under 16 hurling Manager Michael Kelly put 30 young Hurlers through a very enjoyable session.

Training continues on Saturday next in Ballinamore at 10.00am. Bus will pick up in Mohill at 9.15 and Ck-on-Shannon at 9.30. Manorhamilton bus will be as usual.

[b]Under 10 Blitz[/b]
On Saturday last, we held two more blitz, in Drumkeerin and Aughnasheelin with over 150 children taking part . Well done to all involved and a special word of thanks to Seamus Prior who co-ordinated the Aughnasheelin blitz for us at very short notice.

On Saturday next the blitz takes place in Fenagh with the following clubs taking part. Fenagh, Aughavas, Cloone, Kiltubrid and Bornacoola.

[b]Under 14 Trials[/b]
Trials continue this week for the under 14 school of excellence. All players will be contacted with the details.

[b]Summer Camps[/b]
We are asking all parents to please return your child?s summer camp application form with out delay as this will make everything much easier on the morning of the camps.

[b]Club Development and planning[/b]
A seminar on club development and planning will take place in the Sligo Park Hotel on Friday evening next, commencing at 8.30pm.This seminar is open to any club from Leitrim who wish to send a delegate.



26-Jun-06 by Thomas Keenan

The following is the Leitrim Minor Team who play Mayo on Sunday at 1:45pm.

1 Donal Butler ? St. Mary?s
2 Paul Ferguson ? Melvin Gaels
3 Conor McCauley ? Bornacoola
4 Thomas Davitt – Drumkeeran
5 Wayne McKeon – Sean O?Heslins
6 Niall O?Connor ? Bornacoola
7 Fergal Clancy – Glenfarne
8 Tomas Beirne – Eslin
9 Conor Mc Loughlin – Annaduff
10 Enda McHugh – Annaduff
11 Conor Sheridan ? Melvin Gaels
12 Ray Mulvey – St. Mary?s
13 Shane Murphy ? Sean O?Heslins
14 David O?Connor – Bornacoola
15 Gavin Sammon – Aughnasheelin
16 Phillip Farrelly ? Sean O?Heslins
17 Colm Maguire – Aughavas
18 Philip Murphy ? Sean O?Heslins
19 Fergal McManus – Aughnasheelin
20 David Tiernan – St. Mary?s
21 Liam McTiernan – St. Mary?s
22 Jesse McGuinness – Melvin Gaels
23 Edward McTiernan – Drumkeeran
24 Mark Creegan – Cloone



24-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Eight long weeks after the start of the competition Leitrim will finally get to play their opening game in the All Ireland Series this Sunday against hot favourites Mayo.

This game has been on the minds of all football followers in Leitrim since the All Ireland Draw was made. After a good start to the League the Team were unfortunate in some cases to not come out on top against stiff opposition. Since the league there has been much anticipation in particular over the last few weeks as to the fitness of Leitrim players expecially that of Declan Maxwell. It is with some relief that at Tuesday nights training that the Team Manager Dessie Dolan declared Declan fit and has awarded him the No. 14 jersey. Mayo on the other hand received the news of a metatarsal injury to David Brady. This unfortunate injury comes at a bad time in the week leading into the Connacht Semifinal. The changes in personnel in both camps will make for a very interesting game on Sunday. Throw-in is at 3:30pm.

Leitrim Minors also face Mayo in the ESB Minor Football Championship Semi-final which is the curtain raiser to the Senior game. Team Manager Liam Higgins is very happy with the preparations and both the team and mentors are looking forward to the encounter. The Leitrim Minor team is expected to be announced tomorrow on this website. The Minor games throws-in at 1:45pm.

Patrons are advised to arrive early and to facilitate this the gates will open at 12:45pm. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the day from the official ticket offices at the main entrance.



23-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle

Summary of U16?s to date :

Leitrim U-16?s have been playing and training since the start of May in preparation for the forth coming Ted Webb and Fr. Manning competitions.

We played Sligo U-16?s on the 6th May in Manorhamilton over 4 quarters of 15 minutes each, trying out over 35 players. The final score was Leitrim 0:13 Sligo 2:11. We then played Roscommon on the 13th May in Boyle again over 4 quarters of 20 minutes each. The final score was Roscommon 2:13 Leitrim 2:11.

We have been training each w/e in preparation for our first Ted Webb fixture against Galway on Thursday 29th June, this is an away game and the venue has yet to be fixed. Please find attached our current panel.

The Leitrim U-16 management would like to thank Manorhamilton, Drumkeerin, Annaduff and Gortletteragh GFC?s for the use of their pitches over the last 2 months.



22-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle

This is the Senior Football team for Sundays Connacht Semi-final against Mayo. Declan Maxwell has been declared fit and will start the game in the number 14 position.

1. Cathal McCrann
2. Dermot Reynolds
3. John McKeon
4. Michael McGuinness
5. David McHugh
6. Barry McWeeney
7. Shane Foley
8. Gary McCloskey
9. Christopher Carroll
10. Barry Prior
11. Michael Foley
12. Colin Regan
13. Darren Duignan
14. Declan Maxwell
15. Ciaran Duignan

16. John Prior
17. Donal Brennan
18. Michael Greene
19. Francis Holohan
20. Johnny Goldrick
21. Ciaran Kennedy
22. Fergal Meehan
23. Daniel Lowe
24. Gavin McWeeney
25. RonanÓgallagher
26. Daniel Beck
27. Darragh Mc Kiernan
28. Noel Doonan
29. Michael Poniard
30. James Glancy

The game is scheduled for 3:30pm on Sunday.

This big game is preceeded by the Minor game also between Leitrim and Mayo – throw in at 1:45pm.
We will announce the Minor team here on the website later in the week.

We will also be providing the Live score service from this website during the game. So if you cannot make it to the game you can still stay in touch in the virtual Pairc Sean !



19-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

[b]Hurling Development Squads[/b]
Our Under 12, 14 and 16 development squads are back in training on Saturday next in Ballinamore at 10.00 am. On Saturday the Galway under 16 hurling Manager will give each of the squads a session, which should not be missed by anyone with an interest in hurling.

On Saturday last, 17 members of our under 14 squad ,along with coaches Michael Dolan and Daithi Hughes took part in a coaching feile inÓgalway. Playing against squads from Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo in conditioned games, the lads competed very well and will have learned a few new skills and tricks. Well done and a big thank you to all who travelled and to the parents who had the children at collection points at a very early hour.

[b]Under 10 Blitz.[/b]
On Saturday last, a very enjoyable blitz took place in St. Mary?s grounds Ck-on-Shannon. 93 children in all took part and all got playing time in the matches.

On Saturday next two more blitz take place, one in Drumkeerin and one in Aughnasheelin. The blitz planned for Fenagh will take place on Saturday week 01/07.

Teams taking part in Drumkeerin are Melvin Gaels, Allen Gaels, Glenfarne , St. Osnett?s
and the host club.

Aughnasheelin, Drumreilly/Aughawillan, Sean O? Heslins, Leitrim Gaels, Mohill and Carrigallen will play in Aughnasheelin.

[b]Camogie Club Formation.[/b]
At a meeting held in Carrick ?on-Shannon last week , a committee was formed with the aim of developing a Camogie club in the greater Carrick ?on- Shannon area.

The meeting was well attended and following a presentation from Caroline Murray of the Camogie association and some discussion on coaching courses etc. it was decided to form a committee and progress the idea. Any one looking for information are asked to contact Dolores Cunniffe Ph.071 9620602

[b]Summer Camps.[/b]
Don?t forget to get those summer camp forms back. It will help us all a great deal to have forms in before the camp date.

[b]Championship Sunday.[/b]
Best of luck to both our senior and minor squads on Sunday next in the Connaught Championship?s. Both squads have been working very hard in training and deserve to be given loads of vocal support on Sunday.



19-Jun-06 by Thomas Keenan

Congratulations are in order to two Leitrim Men in Black who are making a presence at a provincial and national level.

Last Sunday [b]Ray McBrien[/b] (Aughavas) refereed the Connacht Junior Final between Roscommon and Mayo in Ballyhaunis. Roscommon ran out eventual winners.

[b]Frank Flynn[/b] (Aughawillan) was recently named as ?Best Developing Referee? by the National Referees? Committee. He was presented with this award by former GAA President Sean Kelly at a function in Croke Park.

Franks next assignment is a big one as he will take charge of the Tyrone V Louth All-Ireland Qualifier on Saturday at 3:30pm in Pairc Tailteann. This game will be live on RTE.

The Senior team may not have crossed the white line onto the field of play but at least two men are getting a chance to do their bit for the county. Well done to both Ray and Frank.



15-Jun-06 by Brendan Doyle – PRO