Women should get more national recognition
Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00
Dear Editor, It seems that once again it has gone under the radar of the national press that the Continental Tyres Women's National League has kicked off its new season. Having scanned the sports pages of all the national papers on Monday, October 12, I failed to find one of them even carrying the results of any of the women's weekend games.
This is a senior National League and, in my opinion, not an insignificant league as the winners go on to compete in the Champions League. I was in Jackson Park a couple of weeks ago attending the quarter-finals of the Women's FAI Senior Cup between UCD Waves and Wexford Youths Women.
There I witnessed one of the finest games of soccer I have seen in a long time with terrific football played by both sides. There is a wealth of talent in this league and the commitment shown by the players has improved the overall quality of the women's game in this country.
The attendances at the women's games are very disappointing considering the quality of the product on view. This isn't being helped by the fact that the national press is choosing to ignore the women's league.
I would like to strongly commend your newspaper on the great coverage you give to women's games week in week out. I would recommend the soccer followers of Ireland and in particular Wexford to get out and attend some of these women's games and judge for themselves if it's a league worth following.
I can guarantee they won't be disappointed by what they see.