Women in Sport Update- November

Women in Sport Update- November

November has flown by, and we find ourselves in the midst of award season, celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of the year. At the start of the month, Antrim Women, players Orlaith Prenter, Lara Dahunsi, and Sarah O’Neill, proudly accepted their Ladies Gaelic Football Team Of The Year Awards at a gala event held at Croke Park. Antrim made history this year by clinching Div 4 for the first time. In Camogie, Áine McAllister (Derry) received the PwC GPA Intermediate Player of the Year award (More Info).

As the Camogie Club Championships draw to a close, the Ulster final took place on the 19th. Loughgiel Shamrocks and Liatroim Fontenoys faced off in the Ulster Senior Final, concluding with a score of 0:20-0:3, securing victory for the Shamrocks. They are now set to play in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dicksboro this weekend at Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA Club (TICKETS HERE). The Bridie McMenamin Final also unfolded during the same weekend, featuring Drumsurn and Rasharkin. With a score of 5-10 to 2-3, Drumsurn emerged victorious. Congratulations to both teams for reaching the finals in their respective matches.

LFGA club semi-finals are currently underway, with several Ulster clubs reaching this stage. Lavey, after winning against An Clochán Líath in the Ulster Junior Club Final, has advanced to the Semi-Final of the Junior Club Championship. Notably, this match marked the first time an all-female referee team officiated at a final level. Steelstown Brian Og’s, competing in the intermediate club championship, has also progressed to the semi-final stage. Clan Eireann (Armagh) triumphed over Bregagh (Down) in the Ulster Senior Club final, securing a spot in the senior club semi-final against Ballmacarby LGFC this weekend. For upcoming games, refer to the Ladies Gaelic website.

Several Ulster hockey leagues are in progress, including the inaugural season of the Legacy Women’s Premier League. In the Interpro competition, Ulster’s u16 squad secured victory over Leinster for the fourth consecutive year with a commanding 5-1 win. Witnessing these young athletes perform at such high levels is truly exciting and bodes well for their future as they move up into senior squads.

Claire Taggart has maintained her dominance in the BC2 category, securing her title at the UK Boccia Championship for the fourth consecutive year. In the same tournament, Robyn McBride placed 5th in the BC3 category. Congratulations to all the athletes who showcased their skills.

The women’s wheelchair basketball team is making waves, travelling to England to compete in Division 2. Showing improvement from last year, they secured victories against the Mohawks and Eastern Blue Stars. Keep an eye on this team as they continue to build momentum and explore more opportunities to play, aiming to strengthen their teamwork and experience.

 

Amidst these triumphs, hotly awaited victory occurred this month when Katie Taylor gained redemption against Chantelle Cameron. On Saturday, in front of fans at 3Arena in Dublin, Katie became the undisputed junior welterweight champion, adding to her already prestigious lightweight title. Katie’s influence as a role model in sports and her significant impact on the sporting world deserve recognition.

Cheers to another month of incredible achievements in women’s sports in Northern Ireland!

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