Revamped Seasonal Newsletter - Winter 21/22

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Another successful year of our Girls Under 14s and 16s GAA programme has come and gone.
This year it was held at Colaiste Feirste over 7 weeks with over 400 girls from 28 teams across Antrim, Derry and Down participating every Saturday!

The aim of the programme has always been for the young girls to learn and improve their basic GAA skills while joining in with other GAA teams from across the country. As with previous years, the programme concluded with a finals day on Saturday 15th February, providing the girls with the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of large crowds and local media.

Both age groups are split into cup, shield and plate sections with the prelims, semi-finals and finals being played on the last day. As always, it was great to see the girls playing a high standard of football despite the very testing conditions throughout the day.

Under 14s :
St Pauls ran out winners of the cup defeating St Brigids in the final, Sarsfields beat Tir Na Nog in the shield final whilst Rossa defeated Ballymena to win the plate!

Under 16s :
St Endas became the 2020 cup champions by beating St Pauls in final, Rossa were defeated by Lamh Dhearg in the shield final and Ardoyne ran out winners of the plate, defeating St Galls in the final!

This year's programme was facilitated by our S4D facilitators, Seamus and Emma along with assistance from Gaelfast.
The big story however, comes from our young referees who are are all previous players of the programme! These 12 'Young Whistler' referees seized the opportunity of developing their refereeing qualifications by completing the Youth Club Referees Course allowing them to referee up to U16 level and therefore becoming an integral part of the programme.
2020 Young Whistlers: (Ciara Brown, Niamh Webb, Ellen Morgan, Theresa Mellon, Riana Matthews, Mary Mitchell, Sarah Leonard, Emma Dixon, Maddie Donnelly, Aiobhinn Larkin, Clodagh Hayes, Ciara Larkin)

Congratulations is in order for our 2020 'All Stars!'
A Community Sports Network 'All Star' is selected from each team by the staff of the league and coaches of their own team combined. This girl has been identified throughout the 7 weeks to have made big strides forward throughout the programme!

2020 All Stars:

Under 16s Under 14s
Ardoyne Paula Aldergrove Cait Ramsey
Lamh Dhearg Orlaith Webb Ballymena Aoife Mulholland
Rossa A Sophie Erskin Bredagh Anna O’Hagan
Rossa B Katie McKenna Cargin Caoimhe Scullion
Sarsfields Carla McKenna Lamh Dhearg Jodie Peoples
St Brigids Aoife O Hagan Rossa A Mia Jemson
St Endas Izzy Thompson Rossa B GabyWard
St Galls A Eve Dunne Sarsfields Orla Crothers
St Galls B Celine Dueber St Brigids Orla McKernan
St Pauls Niamh Ritchie St Endas Emer Osterwicher
St Galls Aoibhean McGlone
St Pauls Orleigha McGuiness
Tir Na Nog Ellie McKee

A big thank you must go to Black Taxis, O'Neills Sportswear and Ireland Funds who played a massive part in supporting the programme this year through their funding and supply of suitable refereeing clothing for our Young Whistlers.

Well done to all involved!

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