Historic moment as the first ladies footy match played in Ireland
Thursday, June 16 2011 @ 07:01 am ACST
Contributed by: Aaron Richard
The Australian Rules Football League of Ireland has reported on some significant historical events throughout its lifespan and today another significant milestone was reached. The first ever ladies match in Ireland was played today at the Boucher road pitches in Belfast between the Kilrea Kookaburras and the Dublin Angels, the Angels running out confident winners 6.5 (41) to the Kilrea Kookaburras 1.2 (8).
From the first bounce it was clear that both sides were giving 110% to the game, Dublin quickly scoring the first two goals and setting a tone with quick feet and hard tackles. Kilrea came back fighting after the first break, as they blocked the momentum Dublin had in the first quarter. but this didn't stop the points hitting the Angels board.
Thanks to Leiha Shrubsall for this report.
Half time pep talks came from both coaches. Dublin Angels coach (Bouncer) specifically noting the hard work the girls were doing in back half and Andrew strongly encouraging the Kookaburras to give it their all. Kilrea booting their first goal for the day from a free kick 25m out from goal and pressuring the Dublin midfield. Dublin scoring again to keep the margin wide.
In the last term, both teams were running out of legs but it was great to see everyone really giving a 110%. Dublin sailing home clear winners.
Women’s vice captain Avril Robinson (a.k.a ‘Tiny’) was given the best and fairest award by the coaches and umpire. Making her speech she said "well done to all, really great to see the effort from all the girls, the women’s league will only go from strength to strength."
It has been the hard work of both the coaches (Bouncer and Andy) and the ARFLI president Ciaran O’Hara that this historic day became a reality. It was only last year that they decided to create a ladies league! So a big thanks should go to them for their time and effort. We are now looking forward to the next ladies match, with round 1 of the Women's premiership on the 9th July.
The Dublin Angels