Feat of or­gan­i­sa­tion at Pas­sage West Blitz.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - John Hor­gan

IT WAS a huge un­der­tak­ing, 136 teams com­pet­ing in the now an­nual Pas­sage West Ladies Foot­ball blitz.

Young girls at U8 and U10 level from 13 dif­fer­ent coun­ties con­verged in the club grounds for a one day blitz that once again proved a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

All the Mun­ster coun­ties par­tic­i­pated plus teams from Dublin, Kil­dare, Wex­ford, Laois and Kilkenny.

Nine­teen pitches were used across the field and it was es­ti­mated that there was five to six thou­sand peo­ple present on the day.

The blitz was pre­ceded by a grand pa­rade and each club got to play four matches.

The du­ra­tion of each game was 12 min­utes and in to­tal 2,700 chil­dren were present.

At the end of it all, each child re­ceived a medal and a goodie bag spon­sored by Aldi.

The most colour­ful team in the pa­rade award went to Mac­room.

The en­tire process took eight months of plan­ning and it was a full com­mu­nity ef­fort. The lo­cal soc­cer club, men’s shed, row­ing club, karate club and tidy towns all gave their sup­port to the ven­ture and there was great spon­sor­ship from a num­ber of quar­ters, among them Barry’s Tea, the Evening Echo, McDon­alds Dou­glas, CMP, Su­pervalu, M and J Glee­son Group, Burke-Ward, O’Dono­vans, Fresh-Fast Chips.

The medals were spon­sored by Paul Han­lon IPH Con­struc­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­iser, Fran­cis McEveney, it was a fan­tas­tic day in the har­bour vil­lage.

“It was, this thing all started out ten years ago with just eight teams and now we had 136.

“The whole com­mu­nity rowed in be­hind us and the chil­dren had a great day in the club. We are very grate­ful to all our spon­sors and any­body who lent their sup­port. It took a lot of plan­ning to put it all to­gether but it worked out very well.

“The day it­self bright­ened up af­ter a misty start and the main theme of the whole thing was en­joy­ment for the young girls and we had a disco and a bar­beque to fin­ish with CL Meats help­ing gen­er­ously as well’’.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Leila O’Driscoll and Ava Brownie from O’Dono­van Rossa seen un­der an um­brella at the U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The Rath­more team pic­tured prior to their first match on Pitch 17 at the an­nual U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The May­field teams pic­tured at the an­nual U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Is­abelle and Jack Ber­to­letti from Kin­sale watch­ing the matches at the an­nual U10 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Holly Hum­ston and Aoib­heann Goulding from O’Dono­van Rossa shel­ter­ing from the rain at the U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The Aher­low Ladies foot­ball team all set for the re­cent U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

The large group from St Nicks who took part in the re­cent U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West. Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The Car­rigt­wohill group pic­tured in the rain at the U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The Ban­don group all set for ac­tion at the re­cent U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

The large group from Dou­glas ladies foot­ball club seen at the an­nual U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Ellen Mo­ri­arty and Molly Fahy from Aher­low all set for their first game at the re­cent U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

Pic­ture: Howard Crowdy

Evan O’Byrne from Pas­sage seen en­joy­ing him­self at the re­cent U10/U8 Ladies Foot­ball Blitz in Pas­sage West.

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