Ballymore Ladies GFC
Ballymore Ladies AGM took place on Friday, 19th January in the Ballymore Inn. Following a quick review of the year and brief reports from secretary Gemma Swords and treasurer Bid Meade, the new committee was elected. Most of the 2006 officers agreed to stay on for another year with the exception of Eira Gorman who stepped down as vice-chair. We’d like to thank Eira for her involvement with the club. Aisling Rigney will take up this position for 2007 with Sinead Gorman elected into the new role of Children’s Officer.
Team Manager Noel Winders was then called on to speak. Noel handed around a report of the year, noting the numbers that attended each of the games over the 2006 season. Last year training began in March and with 49 training sessions and 20 matches, numbers only dropped coming up to exam times. In the report, he highlighted the fact that Nicola Rigney and Stacey Balfe started straight back with the team following their year in Australia. Aisling Rigney, captain, was commended for leading by example having never missed a league or championship match last season.
Noel has been manager of Ballymore Ladies since the club began and has put in huge time and effort to keep the club going over the last 3 years. Following his report, he told the meeting it was time for him to step down as manager. He felt he couldn’t give a full commitment for the year and it was time for some new ideas. I don’t think any of us can really put into words the amount of work that Noel has done for the team. Most men find it hard to put up with one woman; it takes a lot of patience and dedication to manage 15+! From all the members of Ballymore Ladies, we greatly appreciate what you’ve done for the club…thanks Noel.
The committee for 2007 is as follows:
Chairperson – Jacinta O’Rourke
Vice-Chairperson – Aisling Rigney
Secretary – Gemma Swords
Treasurer - Bridget Meade
PRO – Sharon O’Donoghue
Children’s Officer – Sinead Gorman
New Management Team
There was a further meeting to the AGM to organise a new management team. Willie Clarke (Jnr) has taken over the reins from Noel and will be the manager of Ballymore Ladies for 2007. There are also 3 selectors – Noel Winders, John Hubbard and Paul Fagan.
A County Board meeting was held on Thursday 25th January to review the league divisions and fixtures for the year.
Ballymore Ladies will compete in Division 4 this year with the league commencing the weekend of the 24th March.
Training started back on Monday 29th January with a strong attendance of 20+ girls. Training is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30 with an additional session or match at the weekends. New players are always welcome.
With football training starting once again, the circuit sessions will no longer take place. The team would like to thank Benny from Naas Health and Fitness who put us through our paces. We’d also like to say thank you to Tommy Dwyer for organising the use of the bandhall and sponsoring a number of our training nights.
Hard luck to Marilena Norton, Megan O’Neill, Teresa Gorman and Eadestown’s Minor team who were beaten by Maynooth in the Minor B Championship final.