Despite losing last Saturday’s Division 3 Final replay, Leitrim have the largest representation on the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies Football Division 3 Team of the League announced in Croke Park on Tuesday evening.
Goal-keeper Michelle Guckian and full-back Enya McWeeney from St. Mary’s, Sean O’Heslin’s Kirby Gilgunn at half-back, midfielder Sinead Fowley of Dromahair and full-forward Aine Tighe from Kiltubrid were chosen on the team which was nominated by managers who were given the opportunity to nominate players from opposing teams. Each player was presented with a commemorative frame and a specially designed Bord Gáis Energy Team of the League Kit.
Division 3 winners Westmeath received just three awards with none for their impressive midfield partnership, Armagh also receiving three awards while Down received two positions with one each for Wicklow and Roscommon.
Ladies GFA President Pat Quill said “These awards, reward talented players for their consistency throughout the league campaign and provides an opportunity for players from counties who do not reach the final stages of competitions to be recognised. I thank the county managers for their diligence in their nominations.”
The Bord Gáis Energy Division Three Team of the League is as follows: Michelle Guckian (Leitrim), Orla Boyle (Down), Enya McWeeney (Leitrim), Aisling Ní hAnnaidh (Wicklow), Kirby Gilgunn (Leitrim), Jenny Rogers (Westmeath), Siónainn McConville (Armagh), Sinead Fowley (Leitrim), Jennifer Higgins (Roscommon), Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh), Kyla Traynor (Down), Johanna Maher (Westmeath), Aisling Hughes (Armagh), Karen Hegarty (Westmeath), Áine Tighe (Leitrim).
Drumsna boxer fights in Canada
Leitrim boxing will have an international flavour in the coming weeks as Drumsna’s Stephen Flynn travels to Canada as part of a 12 strong Irish club team to take on a Canadian selection in Point Edward, Ontario.
The Drumsna man, who boxes out of Cavan Boxing Club, will take on Canadian National Senior runner-up and a former World Ringside Champion Josh Cameron. This is a step up in class for Stephen but will be a great opportunity to gain experience against a top quality opponent.
Coach Brian McKeown said “Stephen is very mature physically and comfortable at the weight, speed will be the key in the fight and that will come once we sharpen up nearer the time.”
With preparations going well, Stephen will be hoping to build upon an impressive showing in Sweden in November to possibly upset the odds in Canada. As part of that build-up, Stephen recently took part in tournaments in Newry and Drogheda.
In Newry last Friday week, Stephen was an impressive winner, taking a comprehensive 10-2 point’s win over home town fighter Jamie Curran. The middleweight (75kg) contest was fought at a high pace and Flynn took control of the centre of the ring and forced the pace behind a strong jab and quick combinations. The second and third round were comfortable for the Cavan BC fighter as he saw out the fight with ease and never looked in trouble.
The second fight last Friday night in the Holy Family Drogheda boxing show was against Michael Reilly who is a seasoned operator and provided a great test. The contest was a clash of styles with Stephen holding the centre of the ring and looking to close the space on an opponent who made the most of the space in a large ring. The following two rounds followed the same pattern as most of the contest was fought at long range and both boxers constantly moving. Unfortunately for the Leitrim man the judges scored a majority decision in favour of the home town fighter.
Coach Brian Mc Keown was happy with both performance’s saying “they were really good workout’s and we identified things we need to work on over the next few weeks before Canada. Of the two performances I was most encouraged by the second as it was a much tougher and more experienced opponent but the more eye catching shots and better work was coming from the Cavan fighter.”
Carrick Tennis Club
Competition Time: In anticipation of Carrick Tennis Clubs official launch in June we will be running a weekly competition to win free annual membership. Any new “likes’ on our Facebook page ‘carricktennisclub’ between Wednesday 6pm and next Tuesday 6pm will automatically be entered into draw. On Saturday, May 26, a competition with Ashbourne TC will be held. All are very welcome to join in fun.
Members evening: Starting back on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is excellent way for anyone who is thinking about joining the club to meet up with new and old members /organise play dates etc.
Fancy a Play after the game? The Dock are running a play tonight called ‘Love All’ and kindly offered concession priced tickets to any club members who attend with any Tennis-like objects eg: Ball, racket. Promises to be an evening of rapid fire fun!
Midweek Tennis coaching lessons (Wednesdays) 5-10 year olds from 6-7pm, Adults/Teens and beginners at 8-9pm. Saturday lessons at 11am -12 for 5-12 year olds and then 12-1pm for Adults /improvers.
New members always welcome. Call Carrick Tennis Club coach Olwyn 0863514123 for more details or email email@example.com / facebook ‘carricktennisclub’ any queries to the club directly.
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World Cup for Primary School kids
Dozens of primary school children from the West Cavan & South West Fermanagh areas are being given the opportunity to participate in a World Cup style tournament. The event will involve young people aged 8-10 from both sides of the border.
The main aims of the tournament are to create an environment where local young people can practice and experience equality and explore how racism, sectarianism and other negative social issues can be tackled in practical ways.
The Fair Play World Cup was initiated by Community Connections Community Development Project (CDP) in 2006 and has continued annually since then. In 2011, 175 young people from West Cavan & South West Fermanagh along with their teachers and parents participated in the event.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 8 at The Cottage Meadow, Belcoo from 10am - 2pm and will be open to schools and youth clubs in West Fermanagh & West Cavan. Family, friends and the public are also welcome at the event. In the run up to the event each team/school/community has been allocated a nation they will represent in the day long tournament. Each school/club will then carry out a project about the nation which they will be representing and compile a portfolio which will be presented to the organising committee prior to the tournament. The tournament will take place on a group stage format with a semi-final and final to close. As the programme will be held in the run up to the Euro 2012 tournament, this year’s programme will have a European theme.
McGuinness impresses in Cavan
The third leg of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series for 2012 took place at Cavan Show over the weekend. The qualifiers were held on Saturday and the Finals on Sunday.
The Five-year-olds are not jumped off against the clock so the prize money is divided amongst the double clears. The Connacht riders and horses who fared very well and who are qualified for the Grand Final are Terry McLoughlin’s Cast a Dream ridden by Mohill’s John McGuinness, Thomas O’Brien’s Codarco ridden by Thomas O’Brien of Galway Equestrian Centre, Noel Delahunty’s Cuffesgrange Luxaire ridden by Thomas O’Brien and Paul Flanagan’s Annyalla Three Seas and John McGuinness.
This coming weekend, on Saturday, Ard Chuain Equestrian Centre, Ballina hosts an RDS Amateur Qualifier starting at 10 am. On Sunday, the second leg of the Olympic Saddlery Connacht Grand Prix League, supported by Horse Sport Ireland/ Gain Feeds and Brooklands Bedding, will be held in the early afternoon at Claremorris School of Equitation.
Sligo/Leitrim Soccer news
The curtain comes down on a great season in the Sligo Leitrim and District Soccer League on Sunday next with the clash of the titans in the Glasshouse Hotel Champions Cup Final. The kickoff is at 3pm at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex and it’s a game not to be missed with the Champions of the Super League, City United doing battle with runners-up Boyle Celtic.
City had an easy passage to the final but it was a super strike from Owen O Donoghue in extra time at Hazelwood that gave them victory over Premier League champions Calry Bohs to book their spot in the Champions Cup final.
The game has all the ingredients of a cracker with explosive players on both sides there was a four point gap between both clubs at the conclusion of the league and yet Boyle Celtic holds the better goal difference Boyle Celtic were five goals better in the scoring stakes and conceded two goals less but still very tight margins.
Boyle Celtic suffered the heartache of losing the Robert Cawley Memorial Cup to Carbury in a penalty shoot out last week but this may yet hold them in good stead. The bitter sweet taste of defeat and the experience of playing a great Cup final may well give Boyle Celtic the incentive and determination to go and capture major Silverware.
AGM: The AGM of the League takes place on Thursday night next at 8pm in the Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel, all clubs in good standing are entitled to two representatives no club may have more than two representatives in attendance. Clubs who dropped out of the league during the season, Reserve teams and any member with fines outstanding are not entitled to be in attendance. Clubs not in attendance will be fined €50.
Leading Scorers: The league wish to invite the leading scorers to receive the T P Brennan Leading Scorer awards for 2011/2012 immediately after the AGM on Thursday night at approx 9.15pm. Light refreshments Tea & Coffee finger food will be served and the presentation will be made by Kieran Brennan.
Best Western Sligo Southern Hotel Super League Leading scorer Niall Brennan Ballymote Celtic (22 Goals); Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League leading scorer Dermot Beggan Boyle Celtic Reserves (22 Goals); Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One leading scorer Stephen Sirle Carrick Town (22 Goals).
Player who cannot be in attendance can have their club presented with the Trophy’s on their behalf.