First in the coun­try as ladies finals are streamed on­line

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THE Sligo ladies club finals are sched­uled to take place on Septem­ber 16th, de­pend­ing on the county’s run in the All- Ire­land. An in­ter­est­ing as­pect this year is the fact all three finals in Markievicz Park will be streamed on­line.

This is the third con­sec­u­tive year that all the finals are be­ing held in Markievicz Park. 2017 sees Cool­era/ Strand­hill v Curry in the Ju­nior fi­nal, St Mary’s v Drum­cliffe/ Rosses Point in the In­ter­me­di­ate and old foes St Nathy’s and Gee­vagh go head to head in the Se­nior Fi­nal. This prom­ises to be a full day of un­miss­able ac­tion.

Keith Gil­roy, Chair­per­son of Sligo Ladies, said it’s the first time ladies club finals are be­ing streamed live in the coun­try. He said: “I got the idea when I saw TG4 were stream­ing the Pro­vin­cial finals this year and thought it was a good idea for peo­ple liv­ing abroad.

“I was think­ing as we had the first tre­ble header in En­nis­crone three years ago and hav­ing the last two finals in Markievicz Park how could we top that. We’ve got great sup­port from Paddy Galvin and all of the com­mit­tee in Markievicz Park over the last two years as well. With this be­ing the first year for me in the chair I wanted to heighten the pro­file of ladies foot­ball.

“I was look­ing at stream­ing the se­nior fi­nal first and when I was talking to the IT guys, they said they equip­ment was go­ing to be there any­how so why not stream all three.

“So that’s what we are do­ing. We’re get­ting four high qual­ity video cam­eras in and will be stream­ing live on Youtube through a link so peo­ple can watch the games as they hap­pen.

“This is go­ing away and be­yond any­thing we have ever done be­fore at club level.

“When I was talking to the head of­fice about guide­lines, the guy was say­ing it hasn’t been done be­fore, so we’re break­ing new ground in ladies foot­ball any­how, but in a way we’ve al­ways been do­ing that. “We in­tro­duced the sin bin and the hooter clock and at na­tional level, the ref­eree can rely on an­other of­fi­cial watch­ing a re­play from the o. b. unit ( out­side broad­cast­ing). So the of­fi­cial can look back to see if it was a score or not. I think if the men brought in the sin bin it would cut out the cynical play,” Keith said.

The cost of stream­ing the three finals is costly enough, he pointed out. “We are sell­ing ads and ask­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to pay € 100 and for that they will get their ad broad­cast on the stream and in the match pro­gramme.

“We’re not ask­ing to rob the bank, the re­sponse has been good and we’re hop­ing enough peo­ple will get in­volved.

“Hope­fully it will show the way for­ward for clubs and coun­ties. A lot of the girls who played with Sligo say in the last ten years or so are now all over the world.

“It’s for them too, so that they can watch their club finals. Take for ex­am­ple Mary- Ann Kennedy. She’s now play­ing foot­ball in Amer­i­can but is from St Nathy’s. That’s only one of many who are away,” Keith ex­plained. In terms of the club finals, the games should be ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. “Cool­era/ Strand­hill are in the Ju­nior fi­nal and that’s a big achievement on their part as this is the first year they have a team in ten years. They have a lot of qual­ity with Ruth Good­win, Laura- Ann Laf­fey, Jac­qui Mul­li­gan, to name a few.

“There have three St Far­nan’s play­ers on the panel. This is the third year in a row that St Mary’s are in the in­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal. so they will be hop­ing to get over the line. Shane Bre­heny is the man­ager this year. Cathal Mul­laney will be com­men­tat­ing live along with some of the girls do­ing anal­y­sis. “Marie Hickey, Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion will be there, as will Liam McDon­agh from St Nathy’s who is the Pres­i­dent of Con­nach, Mary Her­non, Sec­re­tary of Con­nacht and con Moyni­han, the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer will also be among the guests on the day. It should be a great oc­ca­sion,” Keith said.

He praised the achieve­ments thus far with ladies foot­ball in the county this year. “It’s been a re­ally busy year and we’re de­lighted to win the U14 Con­nacht B ti­tle, where we beat Mayo, and the U16s lost to Mayo in the Con­nacht fi­nal but won the All- Ire­land C blitz and the mi­nors lost to Roscom­mon in the Con­nacht fi­nal. This shows that we are chal­leng­ing for ti­tles, this year was the first time we were in a Pro­vin­cial de­cider at un­der­age level in four years.

“So we’re mak­ing the right steps for­ward and we need to con­tinue to progress more. A big fo­cus is on de­vel­op­ment of play­ers and coaches to bring ev­ery­one up. It’s the coaches who im­prove the play­ers on the pitch so we have to sup­port clubs and coaches.

“The set- up is get­ting more and more pro­fes­sional as an or­gan­i­sa­tion as a whole. There’s a plan in place from 2017- 2022 and de­vel­op­ment will be a big thing. Lidl has pumped a lot of money into it, es­pe­cially into PR and they are work­ing with schools and clubs. They have re­ally height­ened the pro­file of ladies foot­ball, which is what we all want.

“Fi­nance is a big thing and we are al­ways on the look­out for any­one who can as­sist. We’re de­lighted with the part­ner­ship of Con­nacht Gold and we brought CHH En­gi­neers, High St, Blind Tiger and the Clay­ton Ho­tel on board this year, it’s good to ex­pand. The girls work so hard, train­ing three nights a week and jug­gling study­ing or work­ing too,” Keith added. Email Keith on gilroykeith@ hot­mail. com if you are in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ship.

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