Title delight for Arklow and Greystones ladies
AGB and Éire Óg win ladies’ football finals in Aughrim
ARKLOW ACHIEVED a bit of G.A.A. history at the weekend by winning its first ever Senior football championship title. And it took the ladies to do it. At Aughrim on Sunday the ladies of AGB played some brilliant football to clinch theirs and the town’s first ever Senior football title with a 1-15 to 2-6 win over An Tóchar in the final.
It was a case of third time lucky for the AGB girls as in 2005 and 2006 they also knocked on the door of the Senior trophy but were beaten in the final on both occasions by a good Blessington team.
Sunday’s success, therefore, was the reward for perseverance and never-say-die spirit.
The men folk would need to take a leaf out of their book as the men have never brought a Senior football title to Arklow.
The nearest the men ever came was back in 1963 when they were narrowly beaten in the final by Baltinglass who went on to dominate the game in the county over the next forty years.
Now the Arklow ladies look as if they can stay top of the Senior football championship heap for some years to come.
Last year the club made a clean sweep of all juvenile competitions, league and championship from U12 to U-16, which means that they should have a steady stream of new and fresh young talent to feed into the Senior team for years to come.
Indeed three members of Sunday’s Senior championship winning side were players under fifteen.
AGB ladies now go on to represent Wicklow in the Leinster intermediate club championship.
They have their first game this Saturday (3 p.m.) when they are away to Garrycastle, the Westmeath champions, and we wish them well in their quest for provincial honours.
Eire Og girls from Greystones won promotion to Senior football ranks by winning the Junior championship title with a 5-16 to 4-8 victory over Baltinglass.
This weekend is another big one on the men’s front with the two county semi-finals down for decision at Aughrim.
These games could go either way with the Bray Emmets v. St. Patrick’s looking the hardest to call.
On the way they played in the last 20 minutes against outgoing champions Baltinglass, Bray would have picked up a lot of admirers, but I am going to stick my neck out for St. Patrick’s to win. And Rathnew to beat Kiltegan in the second.
AGB’s Aife Kavanagh bursts past An Tóchar's Sarah Miley and Susie O’Gorman during the ladies’ Senior football championship final.