There was action both on and off the pitch this weekend, with three adult fixtures taking place, our county Under 18 squad in action and the delivery of a referee’s course.
The 2019 season began in earnest with two Intermediate League fixtures and one Junior Cup fixture down for decision.
Round Towers and Kingdom Kerry Gaels renewed their rivalry in Towers home ground of Poulter Park. The team recently faced each other in the Paidi O Se tournament semi final, with the Kingdom coming out on top on that occasion. With Storm Freya bringing some dangerous winds to part of the UK, Round Towers used this to their advantage in the first half, building up a eight point lead at the end of the first half. With the help of the wind, KKG clawed back the deficit to the narrowest of margins, but a few crucial scoresbut the home side held out for a one point win.
Round Towers: 3-5 KKG: 2-7
In the other intermediate game, it was a battle between the Intermediate League winners of 2018 Parnells and newly promoted Junior League Winners of 2018 Tir Chonaill Gaels. Over the course of the hour, the sides shared a massive 32 scores between them, with Parnells experience guiding them to the win.
Parnells: 8-13 TCG 5-6
The weekend’s only Junior Cup game, in the Tom O Connor cup competition, Dulwich Harps travelled to Sunbury to face Tara in the home of London Irish. The visitors made the journey worthwhile, recording a dominant win to get their season up and running.
London County Board were hosts to British Universities Gaelic Games tournament in Tir Chonaill Gaels ground in Greenford. The London Under 18 Panel, under the management of Liam Moffatt and John Lynch also took part in the tournament, which included teams from Coventry, Birmingham and St Marys University, Twickenham. Despite playing against teams older that themselves, our London girls acquitted themselves excellently. A huge thank you to the management and the girls parents, as well as all the referees and TCG for the use of their facilities.
15 referees, both new and existing, completed a LGFA referee course on Saturday morning in Ruislip. Having referees is crucial to being able to hold our games, and we are delighted that there were a number of new referees who qualified from the course. The Board extends its gratitude to Claire from the LGFA who came over to facilitate the course, Anne for providing the much needed coffee and sandwiches and to London GAA for allowing us the use of the facilities at McGovern Park, Ruislip.
LGFA Annual Congress
Once again, London were well represented by our Chairperson Lucia Butler at the LGFA Annual Congress 2019, which this year was held in The Brehon & Angsana Spa in Killarney, Co Kerry. A number of new rules will come into play next month, included an extension of the age requirement rule from inter county to club level, limiting underage club players to playing at their own age group and two age groups above it. A full list of changes will come out from Croke Park in due course and will be forwarded to all the clubs.