Pat Quill has been announced at the President-elect for Cuman Gael na mBán

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Pat Quill has been announced at the President-elect for Cuman Gael na mBán following last weekend’s Congress in Athlone.


Quill, a native of Castletownbere in Co. Cork, has been involved with Ladies Football in Wexford since the late 1970’s and previously served as Association President between 1985 and 1988.


The Wexford civil servant secured the nomination in a closely fought contest with Derry’s Joe Lagan. Sligo’s Kathleen Kane and Leitrim’s Mary Quinn withdrew their candidacy at Congress. Quill will replace incumbent Geraldine Giles, who has served two consecutive terms, at the end of this year.


This weekend sees the final round of matches take place in the Suzuki Ladies National Football League with several fixtures set to determine which teams secure play-offs places.


In Division 1a, Kerry will consign Wexford to Division 2 football next season and in doing so secure their place in the last four. The winner of the Armagh/Tyrone game will advance to the semi-finals as both teams are locked on 9 points a piece. Tyrone have had the edge in recent meeting between the two sides but Armagh have rediscovered the form that brought them to the All Ireland final in 2006.


Reigning champions Mayo cannot make the playoff’s and with only one win from four games it has been a very disappointing campaign for the 2008 All Ireland finalists.


In Division 1b, Cork remain in the driving seat despite the shock home defeat to Dublin. The Rebelettes travel to Monaghan with the Farney women in desperate need of a win if they are to prolong their league challenge. If Galway win against struggling Kildare they will qualify for the semi-finals. Dublin maintain a slim chance of qualifying but must beat Meath and hope that both Monaghan and Galway draw their respective games.


In Division 2 Waterford are the only side guaranteed a semi-final appearance while Down, Fermanagh and Clare seem the most likely to join them in the play-offs. Leitrim are relegated to Division 3 while it could come down to points difference between Longford and Tipperary to decide who is relegated alongside last year’s Intermediate All Ireland champions.


It remains fairly open in Division 3 with Roscommon, Derry, London and Limerick all in the running for a place in the semi-finals.


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