Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Notes – 3rd April 2017
Lidl National Football League
Tipperary retain their unbeaten record
For their final round game in the Lidl National Football League Tipperary travelled across the border to Limerick to meet their hosts in Staker Wallace GAA Grounds, Martinstown. Already top of the table Tipperary just needed this win to retain their unbeaten record.
Although there was a strong wind throughout the game it had little impact on the proceedings and Tipperary were first to the score board with an Aishling Moloney point. In the eleventh minute Patricia Hickey raised the green flag for Tipperary when she hand punched the ball to the back of the net. Aishling Moloney and Niamh Lonergan added two further points before Cathy Mee scored Limerick’s first and only point of the half. Aishling Moloney got Tipperary’s second goal from a Roisin McGrath pass on the twenty sixth minute. Further points from Aishling Moloney, Niamh Lonergan and Roisin McGrath gave Tipperary a comfortable cushion at half time, Tipperary 2-6 Limerick 0-1.
Limerick opened the second half with a point in the thirty first minute. But Tipperary left no one in doubt in the next ten minutes as they added a goal and three points; Aishling Moloney (2 frees), Caoimhe Condon (0-1) and Laura Dillon (1-0). Mairead Kavanagh and Maire Condon traded points on the fortieth minute. Aishling Moloney pointed for Tipperary before Mairead Kavanagh and Stephanie Carroll added points for Limerick. Tipperary hit another purple patch scoring an unanswered one goal and three points; Aisling McCarthy (0-1), Catherina Walsh (0-1), Patricia Hickey (0-1) and Eimear Myles (1-0). Limerick’s final point was from Cloda Kirby while Aishling Moloney and Patricia Hickey added another point each for Tipperary. Tipperary 4-16 Limerick 0-6.
Although a one sided affair, Tipperary will still have learned from the game as they used all players available to them on the day, giving each player on the panel game time in the league. They now await the Semi Final against Offaly on Sunday, April 16th at a venue to be decided.
Tipperary team – Lauren Fitzpatrick; Bríd Condon, Siobhan Condon, Rachel O’Donnell; Maria Curley, Emma Buckley, Laura Dillon; Samantha Lambert (C), Eimear Myles; Niamh Lonergan, Aishling Moloney, Roisin McGrath; Maire Condon, Alison Lonergan, Patricia Hickey.
Tipperary scorers – Aishling Moloney (1-7, 3 frees), Patricia Hickey (1-2), Laura Dillon (1-0), Eimear Myles (1-0), Niamh Lonergan (0-2), Roisin McGrath (0-1), Catherina Walsh (0-1), Caoimhe Condon (0-1), Maire Condon (0-1), Aisling McCarthy (0-1)
Subs used – Elaine Fitzpatrick for Niamh Lonergan (h/t), Caoimhe Condon for Samantha Lambert (h/t), Elaine Kelly for Maria Curley (h/t), Jennifer Grant for Elaine Fitzpatrick (44th, injury), Aisling McCarthy for Roisin McGrath (47th), Mairead Morrissey for Alison Lonergan (47th), Catherina Walsh for Maire Condon (47th).
Munster Ladies Football Under 16A Championship –
By Seamus Heffernan
Boherlahan Ladies Football
The Tipperary Ladies Under 16 team travelled to Tralee to play Kerry in round two of the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Under 16A Championship. This was effectively a semi-final with the winners proceeding to the final against Cork. The Tipperary lineout had five changes from the team which started against Cork and in total were missing seven players as a result of injuries, illness, transition year travel and other sporting commitments. There was a strong wind favouring Kerry in the first half and underfoot conditions were heavy after some morning rain.
Kerry were first on the scoreboard with a point from a free by Ceiti Ni Luing after two minutes. The windy conditions were challenging for both teams and resulted in some misdirected frees and passes. The Kerry opportunities were limited with a Tipperary formation of seven defenders which had Orla Winston at wing back and Aine Hahessey as sweeper. However Kerry did keep the scoreboard ticking with points in the eighth, ninth and eleventh minute and one of those points could be considered a missed goal opportunity. In the fourteenth minute Tipperary opened their account with a great goal by Marie Creedon with Emma Ryan providing the pass. However in through Kerry tradition they hit back immediately with two points within three minutes. In the twentieth minute Carrie Davey replaced Orla Winston and assumed the sweeper role with Alison Connolly moving to wing back. Both teams registered wides and as they continued to adjust to the windy conditions and then on the twentieth fourth minute Tipperary registered their first point through Emma Morrissey. This was a superbly taken point considering the difficult angle and windy conditions and again within a minute Kerry had another white flag. Ellie Ryan replaced Emma Ryan in the twentieth sixth minute and the Boherlahan girl has a point within a minute. Kerry responded again with another point leaving the half time score line Kerry 0-9 Tipperary 1-2.
Tipperary made some changes at half time introducing Leah Coen for Cailin Napier and Ruth Butler for Ciara Dwan. The Tipperry girls got off to a great start and within three minutes Ruth Butler had a goal with Marie Creedon providing the pass. With the wind at their backs Tipperary were now enjoying a lot of position but struggling to register a score. It was Kerry who scored in the fortieth minute with a point from a free. Kerry were defending with numbers and scores and limiting Tipperary to long range effort’s. Then in the forty fourth minute Tipperary reduced the lead with a well taken Caitlin Kennedy point after a pass from a quickly taken free. Kerry responded with two points the second from a rebound off the post. In the forty sixth minute Dervla Heffernan replaced Caoimhe Ryan and assumed the full back role with Aine Hahessey moving out field and within a minute Eimear O Connor replaced Ellie Ryan. As the game entered the final ten minutes Tipperary hit a purple patch scoring a goal and two points. Angela McGuigan was first with a point from a long range free and then Marie Creedon had a goal from a 20 meter run and from the resulting kick out Leah Coen got a point. This was the first time Tipperary were in front but Kerry reduced the margin with a point in the fifth seventh minute. Then in the fifth eighth minute Tipperary extended their lead to four points with another goal and a hat trick for Marie Creedon. One minute into injury time Kerry had the last score a goal from a scramble around the square.
Final Score Tipperary 4-5 Kerry 1-13
Tipperary Scorers: Marie Creedon (3-0), Ruth Butler (1-0), Angela McGuigan (0-1), Emma Morrissey (0-1), Ellie Ryan (0-1), Leah Coen (0-1), Caitlin Kennedy (0-1)
Tipperary Team: Rachel Sweeney (Holycross Ballycahill), Lucy Spillane (Fethard), Aine Hahessy (Sliabhnamban), Ellen Moore (Moyne Templetuohy), Alison Connolly (Fethard), Caitlin Kennedy (Aherlow), Niamh Martin (C) (Sliabhnamban), Marie Creedon (Thurles Sarsfields), Caoimhe Ryan (Brian Borus), Orla Winston (Clonmel Commercials), Ciara Dwan (Boherlahan), Angela McGuigan (Sliabhnamban), Emma Ryan (Lattin Cullen), Cailin Napier (Clonmel Commercials), Emma Morrissey (Aherlow)
Subs: Carrie Davey (Fethard) for Orla Winston (20 min), Ellie Ryan (Boherlahan) replaced Emma Ryan (26 min), Leah Coen (Fethard) for Cailin Napier (half time), Ruth Butler (Templemore) for Ciara Dwan (half time), Dervla Heffernan (Boherlahan) for Caoimhe Ryan (46 min), Eimear O’Connor (Ardfinnan) for Ellie Ryan (46 min).
Nicola O Dwyer (Mullinahone), Anna Morris (Clonmel Commercials), Ava Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials), Aoibheann Fanning (Clerihan), Rosanna Kiely (Cahir), Aisling Ryan (Aherlow), Niamh Ryan (Moyne Templetuohy), Jenny Irwin (Thurles Sarsfields),
Management Team: Ed Burke, Tony Smith, Mary Murphy, Peter Creedon
Post Primary Schools Competition
Congratulations to John The Baptist School, Hospital who overcame Loreto (Cavan) in the Lidl All Ireland Post Primary Schools Junior A All Ireland Final on Friday last. Tipperary are represented on the team with players from Aherlow, Lattin/Cullen, Emly and Cappawhite.
Congratulations to Pres Fethard who defeated Col Mhuire Askeaton in the Lidl Munster Ladies Post Primary Schools Senior D2 Cup Championship Semi Final. St Declan’s, Kilmacthomas await them in the Final.
Over the last two weekends Tipperary Ladies Football have ran Fundamentals Courses in Ballyporeen and Silvermines Ladies Football Clubs. We would like to thank all the coaches who gave up their time to attend these courses. A special thanks also, to the clubs who facilitated these courses. It is important that all Ladies Football Coaches are qualified and there is a strong emphasis on it going forward as it benefits clubs, players and the coaches themselves.