Ti­tle de­light for Ark­low and Grey­stones ladies

AGB and Éire Óg win ladies’ foot­ball fi­nals in Aughrim

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

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.

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