Three Friars Ladies Football Team based in South Kilkenny overcame Moyle Rovers in an exciting Junior C Championship Final in Tipperary at the weekend on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-03. It marked the first time that a Kilkenny tream won a County Tipperary football championship.
Moyle Rovers quickly settled into the game however it was the Friars after nine minutes that opened the scoring with a lovely point from play by wing forward kellyanne Coteral.
The industrious Sinead Whelan tagged on a second point. A great passage of play followed involving both mid fielders Jullianne Malone and Caterine Connolly which was finished to the back of the net by the Friars centre forward Ann Perdengrast.
It was all the Friars at this stage and another powerful solo run by the midfielder Malone was passed to Ann Prendergast who rattled the cross bar and the follow up by Emma Nolan stuck the upright.
Moyle Rovers started the second half with two quick points and three everything at the Kilkenny girls. Three points from player of the game, Kelly Ann Coteral followed.
One point midway through the second half by the Moyle Rovers full forward brought the score to 1-6 to 0-3. However this was the last score by the Rovers girls and sinead whelan piped over another point to leave the final score 1-7 to 0-4.
Three Friars in their first year were kindly allowed enter the Ladies Championship by the Tipperary County Board. After a series of league and championship matches which included games against Fethard, Thurles. Cahir, Gortnahoo and Moyle Rovers, the Three Friars Ladies annexed the Tipperary title. Claire Kelly captain received the cup on behalf of Three Friars. The team was managed by Paul Whelan and Richie Windle.
The full panel was Sheila Sheehy, Elaine O Shea, Aine Sheehy, Lisa Millea, Jennifer Norris, Lorraine Long, Marissa Cahill, Julie Malone, Catherine Connolly, Kellyanne Cotterell, Anne Prendergast, Shauna Kenneally, Sinead Whelan, Claire Kelly, Emma Nolan, Sarah Kelly, Sabrina Walsh, Laura Whelan, Ellen Waters, Aoife Naddy, Kate Kelly, Marie Barron, LIsa Carey, Emily Murphy, Aine Knox, Suzanne Donovan and Hazel Butler.
The Three Friars ladies Gaelic football club was set up this year by Richie Windle (Kerry) and Paul Whelan (Kildare). The aim is to develop a county junior team in the coming year and to re-enter the national junior football league and championship.
The coaching duo have tasted success at this level before, winning the Junior All Ireland back in 2007 and they hope to repeat this in the coming years.