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St. Ciaran’s Girls Looking Forward To U16 All Ireland Final

Monday 31.03.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


St. Ciaran’s College progressed to the All Ireland U16A ladies Gaelic Football Post Primary Schools competition after an impressive win over St. Leo’s, Carlow on Friday 25th March. The Tyrone girls were stronger in every position, eventually defeating Carlow 7.18 to 0.3. They now meet Colaiste Dun lascaigh, Co. Tipperary on Saturday 12th April at a venue yet to be confirmed.

St. Ciaran’s has a long history of ladies Gaelic football but this is their first All Ireland final at U16 level. Maria Curran introduced ladies football for the first time to St. Ciaran’s 19 years ago and since then hundreds of girls have proudly pulled the blue and white jersey over their heads. Since 1997 St. Ciaran’s have been in 7 Ulster U16A finals, losing out on 4 occasions and winning 3 titles.

Maria Curran attributes a lot of the success to the fact that the school has excellent feeder clubs such as St. Macartan’s, Errigal Ciaran, Beragh, Killeeshil, Galbally, Emyvale and Fintona. “From the moment the girls arrive in Year 8 they want to play in the school team. We might have 60 girls at the first year trials and most of them will have an excellent skill level that has been developed within their respective clubs. Secondly, the school has an excellent coaching structure and some very experienced coaches. This present team is managed by former county senior player Pascal Canavan and past St. Ciaran’s player Selena Oguz. It is as a result of our coaches’ enthusiasm, passion and dedication that our pupils are given so many opportunities to play with their friends as well as their rivals at club level. I am so proud of the achievements of both our U20 players (Ulster Champs 2014) and this present U16 team. It has been a fantastic year and it would be amazing if we could claim the highest honour in our games, an All Ireland title”.

St. Ciaran’s would encourage former past players, families and clubs to support the U16 team in their quest to bring home the All Ireland title.

Panel
Meabh Hamill, Aine Hamill, Michaela Kelly, Claire Canavan, Cloideach Donaghy, Maria Canavan, Shannon Monaghan, Maeve McGlinchey, Grainne McDonald, Megan McClelland, Rachel Farrell, Cailin McCann (Errigal)
Tara O’Hagan, Laura McAleer (Fintona)
Eimear McAnespie (Emyvale)
Meabh McGinn, Chloe McCaffrey, Caragh Kelly, Ele-Marie Carson, Sophie Currie, Niamh McKenna, Cara-Leigh Mulholland, Slaine McCarroll, Amy McCarroll (St. Macartan’s)
Natasha Hackett (Galbally)
Lauren Heaney, Ciara McNamee (Beragh)
Shannon Stevenson, Shauna Stevenson (Killeeshil)

St. Ciaran’s U16A Ulster Finals
1999 St. Louis, Monaghan 3.6 St. Ciaran’s 2.6
2000 St. Louis, Monaghan 4.6. St. Ciaran’s 2.7
2001 St. Ciaran’s 3.6. St. Louis 2.7
2002 St. Louis 2.8. St. Ciaran’s 1.7
2007 St.Ciaran’s 2.9. Inver College, Carrickmacross 1.8 (Errigal Ciaran’s Lycrecia Quinn got player of the match)
2012 Loreto Convent, Omagh 1.9 St. Ciaran’s College 0.7
2014 St. Ciaran’s College 3.6 Loreto Convent, Omagh 2.0

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