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Saturday 18 November 2017

St John's and Clonard ladies clubs merge

By David tucker

Cormac Pettitt presenting Clonard Volunteers Senior Ladies with their newly-designed jerseys (from left): Padraig Doran, Lorraine Sludds, Aisling Halligan, Cormac Pettitt, Danielle Chin, Aoife Tormey, Trudy Downey, Ciara Rogan and Emma Mc Mahon.
Cormac Pettitt presenting Clonard Volunteers Senior Ladies with their newly-designed jerseys (from left): Padraig Doran, Lorraine Sludds, Aisling Halligan, Cormac Pettitt, Danielle Chin, Aoife Tormey, Trudy Downey, Ciara Rogan and Emma Mc Mahon.

Clonard Ladies GFC and St John's Volunteers ladies GFC have created a little bit of local history by joining together as one club at all age groups from under six to senior adults, with a united front already proving a big hit.

The newly-formed club now caters for eleven teams (U6, U8, U10, U12 x 2, U14 x 2, U16, minor, Junior B & Senior Adult) with 160 members under the new name of Clonard Volunteers Ladies Gaelic Football Club.

Both clubs were amalgamated at minor and adult level in recent years and due to the success of this, it was decided to move forward as one united club.

For the first time in the history of ladies football in Wexford town, Clonard Volunteers now field two adult teams at senior and junior level and following the success of last year's Intermediate win, both teams won their first championship games with convincing wins.

The underage section of the club is also growing rapidly with great numbers training every week.

Both clubs recognised the need to join together as one club to cater for the growing number of young girls playing football and the large dropout rate of girls in sport at the 16 age bracket.

Clonard Volunteers believe they have now successfully address this issue and the new club is receiving fantastic support from Wexford County Board, parents, supporters and the wider Clonard GAA/Volunteer GAA and Wexford town communities.

Cormac Pettitt, from Pettitts Supervalu has sponsored the Senior Ladies team with a set of new Jerseys which the women designed themselves. Pettitt's has continuously supported Clonard ladies since 2009 and the new club said it was delighted that this will continue.

New Chairman Ray Cullinane says the success of the new club is due to the hard work, dedication and motivation of the adult players who encourage and motivate the younger girls within the club, and also from the dedicated coaches, management committee and parents.

Clonard Volunteer underage (U6- U16) training is on every Wednesday evening at 6.30 p.m. in Clonard Pitch, Minor and adult training every Wednesday at 7 p.m. U14 & U16 training is every Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. at the Volunteer Pitch.

For more up to date information join clonardladiesgfc on facebook, email clonard.wex@lgfc.ie or contact Suzanne @ 086-6063488

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