The launch of a Ladies Gaelic Football team in Greencastle by Wolfe Tones GAC was a massive success last evening (Monday 14th June) at The Valley V36.
For the first time in history, ladies football will be played in Greencastle at a competitive level. In total, 41 women with varying levels of experience of playing, including a number of graduates from our Gaelic 4 Mothers & Other programme.
The launch event was attended by representatives from the county set-up with Sinead Murphy from the County Executive and senior inter-county players Ellie Murphy and Grainne McLaughlin who were impressed with a lot of the skills on display.
The management team consists of Sean Harkin – Manager and Tiarnán Millar and Aodhan Moloney – selectors.
Club chairperson, Stephen McCourt said: “This is another example of our commitment to providing Gaelic games for the entire community. This is not only about creating a path for women and girls to participate in Gaelic games here, but rather providing women and girls with the opportunity to lead and drive Gaelic games within this club and the wider community. While this is a first step in the road for Wolfe Tones GAC, I have no doubt that over the coming years this group of women and girls will be leading from the front.”
Wolfe Tones has witnessed an explosion in membership of late since the latest easing of lockdown restrictions with almost 100 juveniles regularly attending training complementing a senior men’s panel of almost 50 and over 30 women participating in the G4MO programme.
Wolfe Tones, after a 50 year absence, is now the fastest growing Gaelic games club in Antrim.
Speaking about plans for the ladies senior team, manager Sean Harkin said “we’re aiming to enter competitions from 2022. We have a full year now to prepare and build the skills to enable us to take that next step.
“Obviously it’s an all-male coaching panel at the minute, but we aim to have female representation in the very near future and we’re hoping and encouraging that to come organically from within the club. We want this to be something that the women in the club can take ownership of, not just for the current crop of seniors but also those coming up through the juvenile system.”
Training continues next Monday at the Valley V36 at 7pm