Friday 31 October 2014

Trio answer Ireland's call for Brit test

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:28

Left to right, underage internationals Christine Farrelly, Megan O’Kelly and Kellianne Maguire.

DROGHEDA's latest batch of junior internationals move centre stage next weekend when the Irish Under-17 girls squad travel to Walsall to take part in the British Regional Championships.

Making her international debut will be Christine Farrelly, daughter of club chairman Ciaran. The Woodgrange native is also the captain of the Drogheda Under-16 girls team who are on schedule to be crowned Irish league champions for 2014, having all but secured the title with a fantastic run of form.

Joining Christine on the trip will be two former Kells players, Megan O'Kelly and Kellianne Maguire, both of whom have played several times for the country in the past few seasons. Megan and Kellianne made the move from Kells to Drogheda at the end of last season, and both have settled very well, performing at a consistently high level in both the junior and senior set-ups at the club.

The latest trio join Caoimhe Gradwell and Chloe O'Connor in the club's ever-growing bunch of girls internationals.

Meanwhile, the club will be also represented at a completely different level on the same weekend when Stevie O'Brien travels to Florence as one of four referees officiating at the final-four stage of the Ladies LEN Trophy.

This competition is the water polo equivalent of the Champions League and it is a great honour for the club and indeed Irish water polo to have Stevie chosen to referee at such a high level. Competing for the trophy will be the local team Pallanuoto Firenze, along with Greek side Olimpiacos Piraeus and Russian teams Kirishi and Kanty-Mantsisk.

Drogheda Independent

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