Report for Tara GFC J Ffrench Underage girls Tournament 13-09-14

Report for Tara GFC J Ffrench Underage girls Tournament 13-09-14

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Report for Tara GFC J Ffrench Underage girls Tournament 13-09-14

September 23, 2014

J Ffrench Underage girls Tournament

Underage ladies football and camogie in London took another huge step forward last Saturday, 13th September when Tara GFC held their first ever underage girls 7's tournament in Greenford. Kindly sponsored by Wexford man Justin Ffrench of J Ffrench Ltd, This annual tournament saw 93 girls from clubs across London and further afield taking part in competitions at U13's/U15's/U17's age groups. It was a fitting end to the underage competitions season in London which has seen the numbers participating in ladies gaelic football increase hugely. The U13 competition saw Parnell's claiming the shield, defeating Tara's, TCG's and St Claret's. Three clubs been Dulwich Harps, TCG's and Tara's competed in the U15's competition, with TCG winning the final. The U17's competition resulted in another success for the Parnell's club, defeating Claddagh Gaels, The Camogie shield was claimed by St Patrick's of Gloucester after defeating the Tara GFC. Congratulations to all four shield winners and well done to all clubs who took part. Irish Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall was on hand to do the presentations, and was very impressed with the standard of football played and the organisation of the tournament.

President of the Provincial Council of Britain, Brendie Brien and Chairman of London Senior Board Noel O' Sullivan President of ladies football Joe Friday popped in to show their support on the day been very impressed by the big turn out for the tournament.
Lucia Butler, principal organiser and manager of the Tara's team was extremely pleased with how the tournament went. "Through my PRO role with the London Youths, I have seen how beneficial tournaments and games have been for the boys in London, therefore I was delighted to be able to organise a tournament such as this for the girls and invite teams from London and across Britain. It was a fantastic success as the sun beamed down on the playing fields at Greenford. I hope that this would be the start of clubs across Britain working together for the betterment of underage ladies football and camogie. Tournaments like this are hugely beneficial to the growth of the game and the girls look forward with great anticipation to them. It gives them a fantastic opportunity to play against team from across Britain, and making new friends. We would like to thank Justin Ffrench for his huge generosity and his future sponsorship of this annual tournament, which will become a permanent fixture in the GAA calendar. I would express my gratitude to the members of Taras GFC Secretary Tracey Monagle, Child Protection Officer Tina Tracey, Caroline and Lizzy from Tara Ladies, especially my assistant manger Tommy Kilkenny for helping out in the organisation of this tournament. We would also like to thank TCG's for the use of their grounds and facilities and especially Vincent McCarthy for all the hard work and support. A big thanks to the referees who helped us out on the day, and IrishTV who captured the excitement of the tournament, and will broadcast the highlights in the near future.

London Ladies Football development officer Elaine Hayes said "It was a fantastic day for the development of ladies football in London. There is huge credit due to Tara's GFC for taking the initiative and securing such a generous sponsorship for this annual tournament. It has been great to see so many girls of so many different nationalities taking part. I would hope that this will inspire other clubs throughout London to work together to be able to promote and increase the numbers of girls playing the game here.

A massive thanks to all the girls who took part in the competitions with great enjoyment demonstrating their skills throughout the games. With the continued support of the parents and the link with the clubs we will continue to see our future young Gaels thrive in the GAA circle. We look forward to working with all the clubs in 2015