St James’ Ladies LGFA in partnership with Thermo King 2016.

January 5th, 2016 | by admin
St James’ Ladies LGFA in partnership with Thermo King 2016.
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Established in 2012, building on the foundation laid by Renmore Ladies Football Club over the previous 10 years, our club has known great success in its short history to date. St James’ Ladies entered 2015 on a high having won the Division 4 league and the Junior C Championship for 2014. They also fielded juvenile teams in 2014 with under 8, under 10 and under 12 ladies footballers representing our parishes for the first time ever in this code. Sadly 2015 began on a tragic note for our club with the passing of Mike O’Neill R.I.P., a founding member of our men’s G.A.A club and great friend to the ladies’ club. We resumed training in early February for our Junior team and this early start was to prove fruitful as the year progressed. Following an unbeaten season and moving up the divisions is never an easy task, but it was undertaken with relish by David Henry and Gay O’Brien, along with a most hard working and close knit group of players. An opening day falter to St. Mary’s of Killererin was to be their only defeat of the year, but victories over Menlough-Skehana and Kilkerrin-Clonberne landed the Jimmies ladies in the league final against St. Mary’s. On the day St. James’ positive attitude and determination won out on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-05. These qualities endured throughout the remainder of the season for this team as they entered the Junior B championship with the confidence of a league win under their belts. Solid victories over Monivea-Abbey and Salthill- Knocknacarra saw the city girls into as county semi-final against Claregalway. This was to be the toughest game for St. James’ so far and at one point they found themselves ten points down. The never gave up however and kept chipping away to eventually run out winners by 6 points. This huge test stood to them as they faced Salthilll-Knocknacarra in the Junior B County Final. In a very close encounter, with all the tenacity and edge of a proper derby game, the Jimmies ladies edged in front and won the game. Captains Áine Conroy and Meabh Kelly were presented with their second silverware of the season to the delight of their team mates, management and supporters.
Our underage teams returned to training at the end of February and took up where they left off in terms of progress. Our numbers grew exponentially this year and we fielded under 8 and under 10 teams throughout the Summer for a number of development blitzes with our neighbouring clubs. At the end of the Summer, these teams took part in the under 10 county blitz, hosted by Annghdown. They won 3 out of 4 group matches which saw them through to a semi-final against our city rivals St. Michael’s. Unfortunately the James’ girls were beaten on this occasion as Michael’s ran out winners of the division, but the day was a huge success and was enjoyed by all in maroon and green. Our under 12 team competed in the under 12 league and made it to a quarterfinal versus Mountbellew-Moylough which they were unlucky to lose by just 4 points, a tight margin at this level. However, this experience stood to the girls as they entered the championship. They recorded their first championship victory versus Spiddal and went on to face Caherlistrane for a place in the county final. On the day Caherlistrane came out on top, but this St. James’ team has youth on its side and we are looking forward to big things from them in 2016.

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