St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 0877441731

The curtain came down on the ladies reserve team’s season on Wednesday night in Grangegodden
Kells when they exited the Jun D competition at the semi final stage. Cilles Played away to an
experienced Gael Colmcille team featuring many players who had played senior football. Gael
Colmcilles were playing adult football for the first time in many years with players returning from St
Ultans Drumbarragh and St Michaels and given the quality of the opposition it was always going to
be a tough ask for the Cilles, but the young Cilles team fought valiantly and competed to the end.
The game itself started 45 minutes late as the appointed referee went to Piltown -not the first time
there was confusion between the two clubs in Meath called Colmcilles. Mind you only one of these
clubs have played in Croke Park. An interesting feature was the fact that there was an entrance fee
to the game-5£ a car. After all we were told the pot holes due to be filled in, had to be paid for. But
it’s a measure of the progress of this young team that spectators are now paying for the privilege to
watch them.
The game itself was much closer than the scoreline of 4-16 to 0-1 suggested. The main difference
was not the possession percentage each team enjoyed but the physical superiority Kells enjoyed
which meant that we lost the close quarter battles. Allied to this was the referee who adopted a
laissez faire approach to the game which made the task for our girls even harder. The atmosphere
was great with a very large attendance –the car park side of the pitch was filled with supporters the
entire length of the pitch with many more on the bank. But the team competed with great honesty
of effort. Great performances were given by all but special credit to Enya Carroll our captain on the
night and Meaghan Dunne who displayed great leadership in a young team.
An interesting note was that the top scorer for Kells was a young girl called Ferguson- a niece of our
own Emer Ferguson-Towell who was a founder member of the ladies section of Cilles –along with
Majella Hilliard-all of 16 years ago. The club has built on these great foundations since as evidenced
by the numbers playing on Tbhursday.25 players played in Kells on Thursday whilst on the same
night 19 Players played on the senior ladies team. There was perhaps another 15 players who were
unavailable on the night but who have played this year.
In reviewing the year credit must be given to the Ladies committee who agreed unanimously to
have a second ladies team. Thanks to the parents who shuttled players to far off places like Enfield
–where 26 players travelled on a wet and windy night 3 weeks ago. Thanks to the management team
of Roger-the main man- Joe Gearoid Mark and Tony who ensured football for all.( does anybody
think the first 4 mentioned share the same gene pool?) . The policy of the management team was
an admirable one –all players play in every game .Above all thanks to the players who made the step
up to adult football and turned up in great numbers. They won games in league and championship
and fulfilled all fixtures and a couple of challenge games to boot. They turned up in great numbers (
30) in the games at home to Clonard. Some players have already progressed to the senior team and
hopefully many more continue to do so.
The majority of players now progress to the minor leagues that start the weekend of August 20/21.
Again history will be made in the club when we field 2 minor teams for the first time. There is only 2
clubs in Meath who can do this –ourselves and Royal Gaels. Onwards and upwards-the future is blue.