Cumann Peil Gael Na mBan Contae Aontroma
The senior team competed at junior level and again met Derry in the Ulster final hosted by St Josephs, Glenavy. Unfortunately Derry proved too strong on this occasion. Despite this defeat Antrim entered the All Ireland series and qualified for a semi final place after finishing second in their round robin group. Again they came up against Ulster neighbours Derry but were unable to reverse the outcome of their Ulster final encounter.
The profile of ladies Gaelic is without question improving. The 'Gaelic 4 Girls' initiative is generating interest and enthusiasm around areas of Belfast where the prospect or indeed interest in playing Gaelic football is deficient. This six week programme gives young girls the opportunity to sample the game and provides them access to clubs that offer ladies Gaelic. In May around 70 girls aged between 7-11years who had never played Gaelic before participated in the programme. The finals day was attended by Cumann Peil Gael na mBan an Uachtaran Geraldine Giles.
Antrim county board welcomed the arrival of new clubs Ardoyne Kickhams from North Belfast and Tir Na nOg, Randalstown. Both these clubs competed at Division 2 level with Tir Na nOg contesting the league title, a brilliant achievement in their debut year of competing in ladies football. It is hoped that these clubs will enter some juvenile competitions next season.
This year Antrim County Board worked in conjunction with South Antrim games development officers Kieran Megraw and Liam Mc Goldrick to run blitzes on a monthly basis for the u12s. The GO games format was applied and this seemed to be a great success. Approximately six clubs took part in the competition.
St Paul's continue to set the gold standard in ladies football as they dominate the county scene. They currently hold all juvenile titles.
Action from the Intermediate Final
In the Belfast area St Anne's emerged as front runners this year at primary school level capturing both league and championship titles.
St Genevieve's under 14s won Antrim secondary schools and progressed to the Ulster final against St Catherine Armagh. This was a tightly contested game with the Armagh school eventually overcoming St Genevieve's. Kirsty Mc Guinness of St Genevieve's was awarded player of the match.
The Antrim county Board wish to thank the sponsors of the county teams: