Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1, Round 1 Previews
Donegal v Galway, Bundoran, 2.00, (J Niland)
Donegal will be keen to back up last year’s Division 2 success with a solid campaign in 2011 and while playing at home in their first match is how they would have wanted to start, beating last year’s Division 1 Finalists is a tough ask. Galway were very consistent last year under Gay O’Brien remaining unbeaten throughout the League until coming up short against Cork in the Final and they will be hoping for more of the same this year.
Laois v Kildare, Park Ratheniska, 2.00, (K Tighe)
Under Joe Higgins in 2010, Laois had a more than solid season. A consistent league campaign was backed up by a Leinster Final appearance and eventual All Star Awards for Lorraine Muckian and Tracey Lawor. Facing last year’s Division 2 runners up Kildare at home won’t faze them but they will need to keep a close eye on Tracey Noone in particular.
Cork v Mayo, Mallow, 2.00, (K Delahunty)
Both teams have high ambitions for 2011 after a disappointing 2010 for both. Mayo were of course rocked by controversy off the pitch and while Cork won the Division 1 title last year they were later rocked by Tyrone in the Championship. 2011 will be all about redemption for both and it should make for a fascinating duel.
Monaghan v Tyrone, Emyvale, 2.00, (G Corrigan)
Monaghan have been very patient lately – stars of the 90’s but no Division 1 title since ’99 and will be hoping to go at least one step further than last year’s Semi-Final. Tyrone and their attack in particular were one of the stand out stories from 2010. Gemma Begly and the Donnelly sisters, Cathy and Joline terrorised all around and Tyrone will be hoping for more of the same in 2011.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 2, Round 1
Dublin v Armagh, Fingallians, 12.00, (P Kehoe)
Sligo v Cavan, Coola Shamrocks Gaels, 2.00, (T McShea)
Waterford v Meath, Walsh Park, 2.00, (M Doherty)
Kerry v Tipperary, Beaufort, 12.30, (M.J O’Keeffe)
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 3, Round 1
Clare v Down, Cooraclare, 2.00, (R O’Connor)
Limerick v Fermangh, Croagh, 2.00, (K Martin)
Leitrim v Wexford, Ballinamore, 2.00, (L McDonagh)
Longford v Wicklow, Leo Casey Park, 2.00, (M Farrelly)
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 4, Round 1
Roscommon v Louth, Kiltoom, 2.00, (M Moran)
Carlow v Offaly, Tinryland, 2.00, (D McKittrick)
Derry v Antrim, Faughanvale, 2.00, (E O’Kane)
Kilkenny v Westmeath, Urlingford, 2.00, (J Flood)