AN HIS­TORIC FIRST

Wick­low foot­ballers form unique dou­ble bill in Aughrim

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW GAA and Wick­low LGFA have started their new year on a hugely pos­i­tive note with news that the very first dou­ble header in­volv­ing men’s and ladies foot­ball teams will take place in Aughrim in early Fe­bru­ary.

Wick­low ladies, op­er­at­ing out of Divi­sion 3 this sea­son fol­low­ing their won­der­ful league cam­paign last year that saw them achieve pro­mo­tion, will clash with their Down op­po­nents on the same day that the Wick­low men host Lim­er­ick in Divi­sion 4 on Fe­bru­ary 10.

Le­in­ster LGFA Pres­i­dent and New­town GAA Club mem­ber Do­minic Leech said that it is a first for Wick­low and that the GAA are to be com­mended for show­ing such great sup­port for the idea of a dou­ble header.

‘As Le­in­ster Pres­i­dent and mem­ber of na­tional man­age­ment of ladies foot­ball, we are en­cour­ag­ing coun­ties to try and ac­com­mo­date dou­ble bills as far as pos­si­ble dur­ing the na­tional foot­ball leagues, and we are de­lighted that Wick­low GAA County Board have shown their sup­port and made this a re­al­ity in Aughrim in Fe­bru­ary.

‘They’ve taken this a step fur­ther and I know that the Wick­low ladies squad are very en­thu­si­as­tic about the dou­ble bill and I hope that peo­ple will come out and sup­port them on the day.

‘It’s a mea­sure of the co­opera- tion be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions that these events can now be or­gan­ised through en­cour­age­ment be­tween both groups.

‘It’s a first for Wick­low. There have been some in other coun­ties but in gen­eral it is an ex­cep­tion rather than the rule. I will say that this year there have been more than any other year,’ he added.

How­ever, there are early con­cerns for the dou­ble header should the weather turn bad.

Leech says that if that hap­pens no­body should be blamed.

‘Wick­low GAA are to be com­mended for their ef­forts but they are not to be be­rated if the pitch is not playable come Fe­bru­ary due to the weather,’ he added.

Wick­low’s Pa­trick ‘Wacker’ O’Con­nor wheels away af­ter lash­ing home to the back of the Laois net dur­ing the O’Byrne Cup clash in Bray last week­end. Photo: Bar­bara Flynn

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