September Sunshine for All Ireland Sevens

Ranelagh Gaels ladies took part in the All Ireland Sevens tournament hosted by the Naomh Mearnog and Slyvester clubs in North County Dublin yesterday.

90 teams from all over Ireland, and indeed further a field, took part in a great day’s football in the September sunshine.

Ranelagh Gaels 2-6 St Brides 4-2

The Gaels had an early start, getting proceedings underway at 10.0 against St Bride’s of Louth. A win in your first game is imperative and the girls duly delivered. It was a tight encounter but the old adage of goals winning games certainly rang true, a four goal haul proving decisive in a two point victory. Barbara and Ger did the damage up front with Claire having another dominant day at the back.

Ranelagh Gaels 2-0 Strabane Sigersons 6-15

The next game was completely different however. The Gaels came up against a master class from Tyrone side Strabane Sigersons. Their total football display would have made Mickey Harte proud as their kick passing and quick transfer of possession resulted in them posting a phenomenal 6-15 in just 20 minutes of play. Indeed it could have been more but for some smart stops by Louise Donohue in goal.

The girls never stopped trying though, Debbie and Louise Shorty epitomising the work rate and effort of the entire panel.

Ranelagh Gaels 3-2 An Eoraip 1-4

The girls got back to winning ways straight away as they came up against An Eoraip, a team made up of the continents best players from clubs such as Brussels and Paris. After struggling in their early games An Eoraip seemed to be getting the jet lag out of their system and put in a much improved display. They were kept at arms length throughout though – Fran and Maria alternated the net minding duties, while Edel covered every blade of grass in an all action display.

Ranelagh Gaels 1-1 Glanmire 3-5

Going into the final group game against Glanmire, Ranelagh knew a win would leave them level on points with the Cork side and facing a points shoot out. Glanmire had won a close encounter with Strabane just before which opened up the group. The girls played their best football of the day in the first half, with Lil and Laurene dictating the play around the middle. Unfortunately the excellent play and domination of possession wasn’t transferred to the scoreboard and the side were level at the change of ends. Glanmire found another gear early in the second half and pulled away to book their place in the knockout stages.

The girls acquitted themselves brilliantly throughout the competition and it was great preparation for their upcoming county final joust O’Tooles. Huge credit must go to the host clubs who provided an enjoyable day for all who attended.

The Championship game is expected to take place this Wednesday although the venue has yet to be confirmed; keep checking back here for details. Any and all support will be welcome on the night – c’mon the Gaels!

2 Comment(s)

  1. Hi just to say it was a great day on Saturday and well done to all who took part. I couldn’t believe how smoothly the whole thing went considering there was 80+ teams there.

    And as Jimmy said, “…up against Europe next, you don’t often get to say that’. Also lets not forget Babs 15 yard free against home neighbors Glanmire, no invested interests there! Good luck tomorrow ladies.


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