Seniors tough opening game in Lidl National Football League
Waterford senior ladies football team open their Division 3 league campaign with a testing tie against Tipperary on Sunday next 31st January in St Molleran’s GAA grounds with a 2:00 throw –in. Both teams had contrasting fortunes last season with Waterford winning the All Ireland Intermediate series and reaching the League final. Tipperary on the other hand have been going through a transition stage for the past two years and results did not go their way. Under a new management set-up hopes are very high in the premier county to do well in the league and they should be in the running for the Intermediate title next September.
The Deise ladies have made a later than usual return to training following on their phenomenal success last year and there are a number of new faces being introduced into the panel by manager Pat Sullivan. Waterford this season will be captained by Sinead Ryan of the Ballymacarbry club and club loyalties will be put to one side as both counties feature a number of players from the famed Nire valley club.
This game will be close; Tipperary played their best football in the league when narrowly losing to Waterford in the corresponding fixture last season in Ardfinnan on a scoreline of Waterford 2-12 Tipperary 3-5. Throw In, in St Molleran’s Carrick Beg is at 2:00 with Cathy Forde in charge of proceedings
The Munster post primary team had a well deserved win in the Lidl Post Primary blitz on Saturday last. Playing in soft underfoot conditions Munster set about their task from the word go and in the round robin section of the competition recorded good wins firstly against Ulster by 1-6 to 0-2, then Connacht by 4-8 to 0-2 and finally they defeated Leinster by five points 2-2 to 0-5.These results qualified them for another tilt with Connacht and in a tense final came out on top by 8 points on a score-line 2-7 to 0-5.
Waterford had seven representatives on the panel: the Murray triplets Katie, Aoife and Emma from the Comeragh Rangers club, Chloe Fennell, Aisling Mullaney, Rebecca Casey from the Stradbally club and Megan Dunford from the Abbeyside club, with Emma Murray having the proud honour of captaining the side.Well done to all concerned.
Croke Park was the venue on Thursday last for the official launch of the exciting new sports partnership launch between LGFA & Sponsors LIDL. A three year deal has been agreed between LIDL and the LGFA. This deal will see LIDL invest €1.5 million in year 1, 2016. LIDL General Manager J P Scally in his address expressed his delight at this development and looks forward to promoting Ladies Gaelic Football. LGFA President Marie Hickey welcomed LIDL onboard in what she said is the highest ever level of profiling for Ladies football. She thanked her team who had worked so hard to make this deal possible. Lidl will now sponsor the National Leagues, the Post Primary schools competitions and Gaelic for Mothers and Others.