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History repeats as Ireland's women claim International Cup

International Cup 2011

A sunny late winter's day greeted the pride of women's footy from Ireland and Canada as they set out to write their names into history as the first winners of the Women's International Cup, just as Ireland claimed the inaugural men's Cup nine years ago.

The opening quarter of the Grand Final on Friday was all Ireland’s way with the ball rarely leaving Canada’s back 50. Ireland got plenty of chances to put the ball away, but their kicks kept slipping wide for behinds. The Northern Lights couldn’t hold the Banshees back forever though, diminutive Irish forward O’Hagan slotting the ball through the posts at short range for Ireland’s first goal.

At quarter time it was Ireland 1.5 (11) to Canada 0.0 (0), but wasted opportunities had left the door wide open.
 


In the second quarter the Irish came out strong, but determined to get back into the game, as soon as they got the opportunity, the Northern Lights pushed the ball back up the other end of the field and immediately got a behind. The Canadians knew they had the chance to get back into the game and this time it was the Irish back line that felt the pressure. The Canadians kept pushing and got another behind, then after they were awarded 25m the Lights didn’t miss the chance to get back into the game with six points on the board, just before the siren.

At half time the Northern Lights were pumped up, trailing by just 4 points, 1.2 to 1.6 and we were set for a thriller deserving of a grand final.

The Irish fired the first shot after the long break and got the first goal of the second half. However, the Banshees seemed to ease off a little after that allowing the Canadians back into the game. But when the Lights got too close to the Banshees goals for comfort, they cleared and responded with their third goal. The Irish came on full throttle after that, running the ball up fast and the Northern Lights midfield were a little tackle shy, giving them all the space they needed to look threatening, but the Lights defence at least was able to hold them off.

Still, at 3/4 time it looked Ireland, the stand out team all tournament, would be too strong.  Ireland 3.6 to 1.2.

Canada came out fighting to get back into the game in the last quarter but couldn’t break the Banshees’ defence. Frustration running a high, a Northern Light player was yellow carded for striking the Irish captain and sent off the field. With a player down, the Lights were unable to hold back the Banshees who got another two goals before the final siren sounded.

The Irish Banshees go down in history as the winners of the inaugural Women’s International Cup, replicating the effort of Ireland's men at the inaugural men's International Cup back in 2002.

Full time score:  Ireland 5.9 ( 39)  defeated Canada 1.2 (8)

Goals:

Ireland – M. Keating , N. O''Hagan , A. Hazley , L. Corrigan , A. Shiels
Canada – A. Legault

Best:

Ireland – M. Keating, L. Corrigan, E. Kelly, A. Hazley, L. Loughlin, N. Behan
Canada – K. Nanka, S. Ennor, M. Goodfellow, H. Perry, L. Zmurchuk, E. Loughlane

 

 

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History repeats as Ireland\'s women claim International Cup
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Saturday, August 27 2011 @ 12:59 pm ACST

I'd like to pay tribute to Diamond Creek's Laura Corrigan who spilled a bit of claret from getting her forehead split open in the first quarter. 

The 'World' team full back took it on the chin......hmmm,....on the forehead, but, metaphorically, took it on the chin!!

Great effort by the Banshees.

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Authored by: Harley Vague on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 09:20 pm ACST

I'd really like to see how the big three , USA , Canada and Ireland would go against the Australian state teams .

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 09:34 pm ACST

Me too.  I have a feeling they would all do fairly well against the lower Division 2 sides from the Australian championships.  I really think for the promotion of the women's game in Australia that the champions (Ireland) or grand finalists (so Canada as well), or even the World Team, be invited to compete.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 10:58 pm ACST

Well I've heard a rumour- prob can't say where- that a World Team will be invited to next year's Women's National Championships to compete in Division 2. If the team is an even spread to promote development then Division 2 is a good place to start, but having seen the level of Queensland and NSW, I think a World Team of top players would be competitive against the bottom of Div 1. WA is far away though and beating Vic is a dream even for the Aussie girls! Big V vs Rest of Australia- that's an exhibition game I want to see!

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 11:10 pm ACST

Nah Victoria can win the women's champs that's fine, but I don't like Vic vs the Rest.  Belittles the sport because the fact that Victoria could beat the rest of Australia just lends weight to the snide comments sometimes made that it isn't Australian football it's still just Victorian football despite nearly 150 years of in other areas.

If Victoria can still beat all the rest in women's footy then the game is in serious need of support outside Victoria.  That's seen no more clearly than in South Australia where after 30 years there was still only 4 women's teams!  Talk about a neglected market.  Happily that's starting to change.

But the women's world team taking on the Aussie states?  Thumbs up.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, August 29 2011 @ 08:42 am ACST

Is Adelaide/SA a neglected market re womens footy because the AFL hasn't done enough? or because the SANFL hasn't done enough? or is it a need to start to break down or modify long standing traditional structures? 

I've seen in Victoria that it's clear that the burden of tradition and history is often great, and whilst the AFL at times has seemed a little heavy - I can now look back and realise that certain things had to be rearranged to be future competitve rather than just historically reflective (although, there needs to be respect and a balance).

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Authored by: Harley Vague on Monday, August 29 2011 @ 12:49 pm ACST

I don't know or care where to point the finger but the process is - get a schoolgirls' competition firing , then a youth girls competition and then get each second tier club to adopt a women' side . When a youth girls competition was established in WA the women's comp became a lot more vibrant .

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, August 30 2011 @ 10:44 am ACST

Do I blame the SANFL or AFL?  I think neither put any resources into women's footy in SA for a long time.  I think game development in this state was poor for a long time, and there was a battle to the bottom by both sides.  Whether that's because the SANFL was being squeezed financially by the AFL or living beyond its means or focusing on the wrong areas or a very poor cousin in terms of funding (compared with what is spent in some other states) is very hard to tell - you'd need a break down of funding to every state including all the hidden benefits.  But personally I feel footy has not been developed with a lot of imagination in SA for a long time including ignoring a major demongraphic.

Happily a report was done into this a couple of years ago by Jenny Williams (of the Port Adelaide Williams football dynasty but very well credentialled in her own right).  Some of it now seems to be being put into place, so I think SA is on a fast curve to catch up with some of the other women's competition (the Vics will remain miles ahead).

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, September 01 2011 @ 10:00 am ACST

I might suggest the quickest way to get competitive real quick would be to attract a whole bunch of Irish girls to come out and work/study for a couple of years and bolster the footy ranks!!!  It's working in Sydney.

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