YLFC are busy getting ready for the 2012 season and held their first meeting of the year, where the year ahead was discused in detail. Our U14s are already back training as their league commences in the end of January. Our U12s & U14s will travel down to Kingdom to play Fingue in a challenge in what should be a great day out for all the girls, details to be announced once a date is secured. On the social side of the club we will be holding a Family Fun Quiz in Club Aras on Sunday February 27th @ 5pm where each team will consist of 2 adults and 2 children with questions based around pop music, TV games shows, movies etc. This should be a great evening’s entertainment for all and all are welcome.
U14s Saturday @11:30am
U12s Saturday @ 10:30am back on January 21st
U10s Saturday @ 10:30am back on January 28th
U8s Saturday @ 10:30am back on January 28th
Girls born 2007, 2006, 2005 Saturday @ 11:30am from January 28th
Any girl wishing to take up Gaelic Football can come up at times above or contact Cormac Galvin 0870805474 for details. If any parent is not receiving texts for training and matches please contact Cormac on number above.
In conjunction with Eochaill Óg we will be holding our 2011 awards night on Sunday 22nd January @ 5pm in Club Aras where the East Cork medals will be presented to our U10, U12 and U14 teams. Special guests will also be present on the night to meet the girls. Over the past few years this has proved to be a special night for all of our juvenile players where they receive their medals from inter county stars in front of family and friends. All welcome.
A meeting for all adult players is scheduled for Thursday January 19th @ 7:30pm to discuss the year ahead. All players or any new players wishing to take up the sport are requested to attend.
2011 will hold many memories for all the members and supporters of the newly formed Youghal Ladies Football Club. After a very successful Gaelic4Girls Program which was run from September to November 2010 we became official on January 28th when the club was formed. In our inaugural season we fielded 5 teams, Junior, Gaelic4Mothers, U14, U12 & U10s with over 120 players with 40 adults either playing Junior or Gaelic4Mothers and over 80 juveniles aged 6 – 14 years olds. Highlights of the year was of U12s winning the East Cork League and championship which was beyond our wildest dreams when we started on this existing journey, our U14s taking part in the Féile and a fantastic day out in Croke Park when we took 30 girls to play on the hallowed turf.
Starting a club from scratch has not been easy. When your bank balance reads “zero” and you need everything from footballs to bibs. Our first fundraiser was a bag packing day in our local Supervalu which raised us enough money to buy one full set of jerseys. Our local Youghal GAA club have been very supportive of us allowing us to use their flood lit facility, their indoor hall and their pitch for training and matches. They also supplied us with a full set of jerseys for which we are very grateful. We look forward to a future of growing stronger together. Helping us to get off the ground the County Board could not have been more helpful with Ger Walsh on the end of the phone on a daily basis. He also helped us with equipment and courses. We also receive two full First Aid kits from Alison in Youghal Pharmacy which was a great help.
On the playing front our Juniors took part in the County league division 4 and lost out to Lisgoold in the championship. With every game you could see an improvement in their skill and positioning and their dedication to training has to be admired. With 1 year’s experience behind them all are waiting on 2012 for the action to recommence.
Gaelic 4 Mothers kicked off in April 2011 when we had over 25 women of all ages out on the field on a weekly basis all having the craic. The laughter could be heard all through the club with the result that some of the men were looking to train with us for a bit of fun! We were lucky enough to be chosen to play in Parnel Park at the interval of the All Ireland league finals this May, which was the highlight of the year for this dedicated group of mothers. During July they participated in the Munster 7 a-side blitz hosted by Clonakilty and by all accounts a great day was had by all.
Our juvenile teams had a very enjoyable year which the emphasis by all coaches being on improving the girl’s skills and giving all a run in every game. Officially we fielded U10s, U12s, U13s & U14s in the East Cork Leagues and championship. Our U10s lost out narrowly to Mayfield in the plate final. Our U12s won the East Cork double beating Midleton in both finals, while our U14s lost the championship final to near neighbours Inch Rovers. Highlight of the season for the U14 panel was participation in the Féile competition were we hosted Sean O’Heslins, the Leitrim county champions. A fantastic weekend was had by all with friendships been formed that will last for many a year to come. Our U10s & U8s also participated in blitzs hosted by Ballyphehane and Passage, many thanks to both clubs for fantastic day’s entertainment.
Youghal Ladies Football Club would like to thank all of it’s sponsors, coaches and mentors for giving generously of their time, both Cork & the East Cork Boards for all of their advice, support and encouragement in our first year and to all parents and supporters who really encourage the girls in every match.
Finally to all of the girls many thanks for the dedication shown in both training and matches and here’s to 2012. As ye all sing “Lets Go Youghal lets Go”, Eochaill Abú.
Recently in Club Áras a well attended Ladies Gaelic Football Club AGM was held in which highlights and memories from our inaurgual year were presented and discussed in detail. It was decided to form a Minor Football team in addition to our current Junior, Gaelic4Mothers, U14, U12 & U10 teams. The following officers were elected.
Chairperson / Cathaoirleach – Catriona Bulman
Vice Chairperson / Leas- Chathaoirleach – Finbarr O’Mahoney
Secretary / Rúnaí – Gordon Kingsley
Vice Secretary / Rúnaí Cúnta– Cormac Galvin
Treasurer / Cisteoir – Eleanor Hegarty
Registrar / Cláraitheoir – Claire Kennedy
PRO / Cumarsáid – Cormac Galvin
Child Welfare Officer / Cúram Páistí – Áine Martin
County Board Delegates / Toscaire/Coiste na nÓg – John O’Sullivan, Gordon Kingsley & Mary Fox
East Cork Board Deleagates – Catriona Bulman & Claire Kennedy
Parents Committee / Coistí na dTuistí – Sandra Murphy, Maria Hannon
The following Managers for 2012 were also ratified
Junior – Ger Fox
Minor / Fé 18 – Catherine Coleman
U14 / Fé 14 – Finbarr O’Mahoney
U13 / Fé 13 – Finbarr O’Mahoney
U12 / Fé 12 – Gordon Kinsley
U10 / Fé 10 – John O’Sullivan
U8 / Fé 8 – Ivan O’Flynn
Best of luck to all involved in 2012.
Congratulations to our U12 Girls Footballers who won the East Cork Championship Final after defeating Midleton in a fantastic game of football thus completing the double afte earlier in the season they won the league. After collecting the cup a convey of players, parents & supporter drove through the town in convey with flags flying high and car horns blaring to celebrate their success. Afterwards they convened to Club Aras for refreshments kindly donated by Harrington Bakery, Rotisserie Sam and parents. The Club would like to thank all who sponsored this after match party.
Commiserations to our U14 Girls lost the East Cork final against near neighbours Inch. In what a great first year for this group we are hopeful success won’t be to far away in the future. Many thanks to Michael Landers of Doyles Restauants and Michael Farrell of Farrell’s Summerfield Bar for providing refreshments and minerals afterwards.
Our U10 Girls play Mayfield in the East Cork League Final in Carrigtwohill on Saturday 29th @ 10:30am. All support welcome. Lets go Youghal Girls Lets go!!!
Is mise le meas,
Cormac Ó Gealbháin
Rúnaí Eochaill Óg