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The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association welcome applications from interested parties for the position of Dublin Senior Team Manager. The Dublin Ladies County Board is anxious to fill this very important position as soon as possible. The Dublin Ladies Gala Awards Night will take place on Saturday the 24th of January in the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin Airport. The Dublin Senior and Junior teams along with the eight teams who participated in the Dublin Championship County Finals will be presented with their respective championship medals. The Dublin Player of the Year will also be announced on the night. Tickets cost €40.00 each and the occasion will be a black tie affair. A number of clubs have indicated that they wish to affiliate to the Dublin Ladies County Board in 2004, can these club secretary’s please contact Patricia Monahan at 0876128368 or e-mail: psmonahan@eircom.net. The Dublin Ladies County Board require clarification from these new clubs in order to make provisions for new teams when finalising the formation of the Associations league and championship structures for the 2004 season.

Killannin and Salthill were out in the under 16 B League Final on Sunday. Salthill played with the wind in the first half and went in at the break with a two point lead. Killannin however took over in the second half, led by their County star Niamh Fahy, and scored 4 – 10 to Salthill’s 1-2 in the second half to emerge comfortable winners.In the under 16 A Dunmore and Grainne Mhaols were in action in the championship semi – final. These two clubs have had numerous close encounters at various grades this year and this was no different. Dunmore lead on a score line of 1-7 to 1-2 at the break but Grainne Mhaols put in a top class display in the second half and brought the game back level with seven or eight minutes of the finish. They had two or three chances to take the lead but were not able. Dunmore finished the half strongly with a goal and a point to give them a place in the final against St Brendan’s. Galway Ladies will finish the year on a high note with their first ever Senior League title up for grabs. St Brendan’s will play old rivals Kilkerrin/Clonbern for this crown in Dunmore on Sunday the 21st December at 12.30. The crown in question is the Mullarkey Cup. It was donated by the late John Mullarkey of Kilkerrin specifically for Ladies Football and left in the care of the Divilly family. It is indeed very fitting that his home club are in contention for the Cup. Galway Ladies Football Board would like to take this opportunity to wish all our players, supporters, club officials, referees, the media and our sponsors a very Happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas.

An enthralling game in Moorefield ended in a welter of excitement, as Na Fianna won their first championship in a close encounter. Midway through the second half Na Fianna with wind advantage had pulled five points clear and looked to be set for victory. Kilcock had other ideas though, collecting a Sinead Gibbons clearance, Bernie Durkin made fifty yards and placed the ball inside to Irene Devine who promptly drove it across goal where Grainne Gormley won the cross and cracked it to the net. Na Fianna steadied with points from Karen Lyons and Stacey Cannon but Kilcock piled on the pressure. Rebecca Paige and Linda Moran each stopped and cleared dangerous attacks but with time running out Sharon Gibbons stormed up from defence, Bernie Durkin carried into the danger area, her pass found Grainne Gormley and the full-forward who was playing her first game since breaking an ankle last summer, squeezed home a goal in a very congested goalmouth. Now, the game was wide open with a point in it and a minute to go. Na Fianna teen-age wing-forward, County panellist Stacey Cannon dropped deep and collected the kick-out. She strode upfield, with opponents and team-mates alike, trailing in her wake and from twenty-five yards stroked over the bar. The kick-out was followed by the long-whistle and despite the downpour that had just started the Na Fianna celebrations could commence. Until that last minute drenching, the pitch had been dry and firm, a credit to the Moorefield club.

Donaghmoyne ended a wonderful year for the club winning the Minor county title at the weekend. The club has won the U12, 14, 16, 18’s and the senior double league and championship and the Junior league. They also won the annual Monaghan Harps sevens cup and shield as well as the Kilmacud sevens. An incredible year for the club.

The County Awards Night was held on Thursday last in the Court Hotel, Tullamore. Leinster U-16 medals were presented by All Ireland medal winners Mary Keogh and Angela Casey of Laois. Player of the Year awards were presented to U16 joint Player of Year, Michelle Claffey (DSB) and Noreen Devery (Ferbane), Most Committed Player Elisha Hunston (Edenderry), Best New Player Orlaith Kiely (Gracefield) and Most Improved Player Aoife Byrne (Rhode). U-14 Player of Year Emma Henry (St Vincents), Junior Player of the Year Catriona Comerford (Gracefield). Presentations were also made to Mary Mulligan trainer of County U-14 team, Sean Kane & Sheila Foy County U-16 team and Willie Murphy County Junior team. Annual Convention is fixed for Sunday 18th January at 3PM in the Court Hotel, Tullamore.

A very successful AGM was held in Ballymote on Thursday evening last. There was quite a comprehensive change in members of the executive with many new members taking posts of responsibility. The elected officers are: Chairperson Martin Seery, Secretary Olivia Grady, Treasurer Frank Gallagher, Vice Treasurer and Registrar Rose Cawley, Vice Chairperson Mary Duffy, Fixtures Secretary Tom Keane, PRO Sharon Maloney, Assistant Secretary Mary Kilcoyne, Development Officer Liam McDonagh and Culture and Language Officer Deirdre Quinn.

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