History created in Britain’s ladies’ Gaelic football

PUBLISHED: 09:46 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 02 March 2015

Members of the first Glo-Herts County Board at the AGM on January 25.

Members of the first Glo-Herts County Board at the AGM on January 25.

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A brand new Ladies Gaelic Football county board has formed in Britain bringing together clubs in Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire which will be known as Glo-Herts County.

The board formed at the AGM with all roles appointed with officers. This fresh new county board is made up of five relatively new clubs in Britain with the longest reigning team being Claddagh Gaels in their sixth season and the youngest being Western Gaels Bristol who will be making their debut this season. The other teams involved include St Colmcilles from St Albans and Eire Og from Oxford.

The clubs are leaving their respective county leagues and championships in Warwickshire and London to pursue an exciting new venture which hopes to make for a more competitive and level playing field for the clubs involved. The main objective in the county board’s plan is to make sure ladies playing the sport are guaranteed competitive games throughout the season, as well as a focus on developing the game in new regions and helping any new clubs get started.

Logistics about travel for the further apart teams have been agreed on a neutral, mid-way venue for certain games.

The new county board coincides with a few changes in the Britain Ladies Provincial plans for the 2015 season. Entry into the Provincial Championship will only be granted to those who win their county championship, matching the format of Ireland’s club championships. It will also be the first year Britain has presented an inter-county championship with there now being four counties to contest – Warwickshire, Lancashire, Scotland and new county Glo-Herts.

Deirdre Hiney, chairperson of the new Glo-Herts Country Board said: “The six clubs involved in this fantastic new endeavour are all very much on board to making this county setup a huge success. We have a strong presence across the various roles on the board, all with the same vision and determination to keep the sport alive within the clubs already signed up as well as look into other regions that could potentially set up a new club with our help and encouragement.”

Tommy Donohue, president of Britain Ladies Provincial Board added: “I am delighted this new county board has formed in Britain. It is a very brave move for the clubs involved and all credit goes to those who have made it happen. The provincial council will be right behind the new county to drive it forward. It’s a brilliant new adventure and great for ladies Gaelic football in Britain and as Provincial Ladies President I wish the new board all the luck in the world.”

Ladies and girls close to Oxford, St.Albans, Luton, Cardiff and Bristol are encouraged to get in the game and contact their local club for details. Email glohertssecretary@gmail.com for details about your nearest team or for more information about the brand new county board.

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