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Clean sweep by Irish women

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Ireland's women completed the clean sweep of international women's Australia football when they knocked off the newly formed Swiss women's side in Belfast as part of the 2011 European Cup.  The Banshees, barely a year in existence themselves, have now collected back to back Euro Cup wins to go with the inaugural Women's International Cup.

The following report thanks to Leiha Shrubsall, also a member of the victorious team.

Saturday 08th October, Belfast Queen’s University Sports grounds - 2011 Euro Cup.

It was a cool day and the rain on and off, sometimes teaming down making the footy slither out of players hands more easily than they would have liked. Walking around the grounds there was a buzz in the air, the same type felt at the recent International Cup, different languages bouncing around the foyer and the smell of Aussie Rules football. Making our way from all directions to Belfast for the weekend, we were all there ready to play for the second women’s European title.

 

With just the two women's teams there was no round robin, just straight into the battle for the Cup.

The women’s match was not played until 5pm, just before the men’s final at 6pm. The rain and cool conditions suiting the home team, the Banshees ran out comfortable winners over Switzerland. Emma Kelly captained the Banshees to victory, the team made up of a mix of International Cup players and new players, for some of them it was their first game of Aussie Rules.

The first quarter set the tone for the match, the Swiss fought hard, getting tackles in and a couple of frees, but not capitalizing on their good mid field work. The Banshees tore off with their usual speed which tested the Swiss for most of the match, as well as winning the ball in the centre, Miriam Long and Caitlin Keenan (both debut appearances) made it easy for the forwards to get their hands on the ball. Nuala Hagan kicking forward and player of the tournament - Kate Fitzsimons bagging a record number of goals, the final score Ireland 126 - Switzerland 6.

There have now been 3 European women’s teams representing their country, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. And we can expect more too with the way things are heading. The women’s Irish team had only come into existence this time last year, now they have 2 European championship titles and the International Cup title up on the shelf. It would be great to see more women’s teams at the Euro Cup next year...

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, October 13 2011 @ 11:13 pm ACDT

So to our women's writer Tobie, let me prompt you to stick your neck out and make a prediction - what chance do you rate yourself to be able to get a British or England women's side together by this time next year?  No pressure!

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Friday, October 14 2011 @ 12:32 pm ACDT

British maybe but England might be pushing it. The Welsh are well ahead of us with both Cardiff teams recruiting female players for next season! So yeah I reckon there'll be at least one UK representative team there. Would be good if next year we got the Irish, both the Swiss and the Italians, and a UK team, to make it 4, then we can have a proper comp. Look out Banshees!

Will be attending an AFL GB conference in Birmingham next month. Pretty keen to meet up with everyone and discuss women's footy there, but also want to know why there's no mens team in Liverpool yet? So much to do!

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Little Pommy Girl
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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, October 14 2011 @ 05:08 pm ACDT

The Welsh league certainly seems to be one of the most active in growing the game.  Maybe a British women's side in 2012 and separate England and Welsh sides in 2013?  Good luck to all involved.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Leiha Shrubsall on Friday, October 14 2011 @ 09:22 pm ACDT

Good to hear that things are gaining momentum in Cardiff. The Banshees are really keen to get a game against a UK team next year seeing as there will be no international cup tournament and only our own league matches and euro cup a whole year away.So let me put it out there that we would love to come to Cardiff for match against Wales and for them to come over and play us in Dublin in May/ April next year if they can field a team. Something on the cards at least! I'm very excited at this prospect and I can only hope that they do get a team together. Roll on next season!

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Ian Mitchell on Saturday, October 15 2011 @ 12:51 am ACDT

Tobietta:   "...but also want to know why there's no mens team in Liverpool yet?"

There was a few years ago when i first started playing, check out Liverpool Eagles on facebook. 

See you in Birmingham!

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, October 15 2011 @ 07:57 pm ACDT

There have been two clubs in Liverpool in the past - the Liverpool Blues played in the BARFL in the early 90s, and then the Eagles a couple of years ago.  

Also the St Helens Miners were located close by.

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Saturday, October 15 2011 @ 09:13 pm ACDT

The lack of updated information on websites is another thing I need to bring up -_-'' There was no Liverpool team on the AFL GB website so I just assumed there wasn't one. Looks like the Eagles didn't make it for 2011 but maybe I can give them a hand for 2012 if there's still players around :)

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Little Pommy Girl
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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Cam Homes on Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 03:03 pm ACDT

I have to agree with you Tobi about the number of websites that appear to have the lastest info about the league/club/competition  two, three and even more years old. Makes you wonder if they are still in existance (I know websites cost money to run and not all leagues etc. are overflowing with cash) but not a good use of the available cash if paying for website that doesn't really operate any more.

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Harley Vague on Monday, October 24 2011 @ 01:27 pm ACDT

On the subject of websites, isn't it cheaper for a league to run a website with pages for clubs rather than individual websites ?

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, October 24 2011 @ 09:51 pm ACDT

Can't answer that one for you 'cos789' but it seems that many websites have not been updated for up to  2 or 3 or more years, that being league and club websites.

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 07:25 am ACDT

A lot of clubs have moved to doing most of their news and communication via facebook.

On a related note - if anyone wants to jump on our Atlas and do a quick check of who's missing and whether the links all work, that'd be great though !!

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Clean sweep by Irish women
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 10:52 am ACDT


Link to the Atlas:  www.worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/Atlas

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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