Schoolgirls ready for semi-finals

THIS year’s schoolgirls’ Gaelic Football competition has been a great success, with a total of 28 teams from all corners of the county taking part in top class games.

THIS year’s schoolgirls’ Gaelic Football competition has been a great success, with a total of 28 teams from all corners of the county taking part in top class games.

There has been great enthusiasm and positivity at both training and matches, which has led to more and more players taking up the sport. Competitions, which began in the last week of September, are now at semi-finals stage so a direct clash with schools camogie fixtures is avoided, allowing girls to experience and enjoy both codes to the full.

The action continues tomorrow (Thursday) with the semi-finals in Roinn C and Roinn D competitions. At the Nuncio Road Urlingford will play Windgap at 2pm, with Ballyhale taking on Skeoughvosteen at the same venue at 3.30pm.

In Roinn D Bennettsbridge will host a double header from 2pm. Graignamanagh will play Conahy in the first semi-final, with Dunnamaggin going up against Tullaroan at 3.30pm.

The last of the semi-finals will be played on Friday. Gowran will play John of God or Piltown at the Nuncio Road pitch at 3.30pm for a place in the Roinn A final.

Dates have also been announced for the four finals themselves. The Roinn A and B finals will be held on Friday, December 2 at 2 and 3.30pm respectively. The Roinn C and D finals will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 2 and 3.30pm.

Leinster Blitz

Carlow is the place to be this Saturday as Kilkenny gets ready to tackle teams from across the province in a Leinster Blitz.

With close to 100 girls taking part in training over the last six weeks, the county will have four teams in action at the home of the Carlow hurling club. All the girls who trained will get an opportunity to wear the county jersey, many for the first time.

Matches start at 10am and parents are asked to have players at Carlow hurling grounds for 9am. All players must bring a packed lunch.

Regional Blitz

The Graignamanagh and Castlecomer Gaelic 4 Girls programmes have been a huge success.

Designed to introduce girls to Gaelic football while promoting team activity and a healthy lifestyle, teams from both Graig and Castlecomer will head for Lorrha, Co Tipperary on Saturday, November 26 for a regional blitz. The action will get underway at midday and the Kilkenny girls will meet with groups from Carlow, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Westmeath, Roscommon and Longford. It is expected that over 400 girls will participate in this blitz.

Clubs or parishes who would like to run a Gaelic 4 Girls programme in 2012 should contact the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, tel 01-8363156. Full information is available on www.ladiesgaelic.ie