|Castlebar Mitchels who played against Carnacon in the final of the Aisling McGing Memorial Cup Tournament in Clogher (Carnacon won the match). Photo Michael Donnelly|
Off and running
The season is beginning to take shape now with the U-12s, U-14s and seniors in competitive action and the U-10s gearing up for their shot at glory. The U-12s were very unlucky to go down by a solitary point to Westport in McHale Park recently after a storming performance. A few days later there was better news for the U-14s when they travelled to Breaffy. The visitors chalked up a very impressive victory, which sets them up nicely for the challenges to come.
The seniors began their Division 1 campaign with a comprehensive win over Claremorris with Karhryn Sullivan and Olivia Tolster particularly impressive.
They followed that with a very satisfying weekend at the Aisling McGing Memorial Tournament. On Friday evening the senior ladies defeated The Neale in the preliminary round, a victory that surprised many pundits. The next evening the red and yellows got the better of Louth¹s, Cooley Kickhams by a point after an epic struggle. The final saw Castlebar take on the home side Carnacon and the exertions of the previous two evenings told in no uncertain terms as the hosts won easily. Overall the weekend was a very successful venture for the girls and will boost team morale for the rest of the season. The U-10s are training hard every Friday evening, learning the skills and having fun. They begin their blitzes in a few weeks and cannot wait to get on the road.
A special word of congratulations to Noel Kearney, Tommy Walsh and Stephen Burke; the senior Mitchels management team from last year, who have taken on the role of Mayo senior team management along with Danny Fahey from Breaffy. They are also in charge of the Mayo junior team where Siobhan Lawlor and Rachel McGreal are prominent team members and will be very busy next weekend as Mayo take on Galway in both the senior and junior championship on Sunday in McHale Park.
The junior game throws in at 2pm with the senior match at 3.30pm. Linda Connolly and Claire O¹Hara will be two of the mainstays of the Mayo challenge and it¹s hoped that a good crowd will turn out to roar them on.
Michael Donnelly has more photos of the Aisling McGing Tournament Final