All Stars ready for battle on Stateside trip
THE O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Football All Stars left Dublin yesterday for a six-day tour of San Francisco.
The highlight of the trip will be the game between the 2008 All Stars and the '09 selection, which will be played today at Gaelic Park on Treasure Island.
The big day will start with games featuring the cream of local ladies' footballing talent, before the visiting stars take centre stage. The All Stars clash will be followed by a game involving players selected from three ladies football clubs in the city -- Saoirse, Fog City Harps and Clan Na Gael.
This is the fourth ladies All Stars tour, following on from previous excursions to Dubai, Singapore and New York.
Ladies football chief executive Helen O'Rourke, who visited San Francisco last month to finalise arrangements, expects the trip to be a great success.
"There is a huge number of young kids out there in the six-to-18 age bracket and we'll be doing some coaching with them over the Easter weekend," she said. "They have picked two All Star teams themselves for an exhibition match. It's a big set up out there -- there are five or six ladies clubs around San Francisco and (they) have beautiful grounds on Treasure Island."
CURRENT LADIES FOOTBALL ALL STARS SQUAD -- E Harte (Cork), A Walsh (Cork), L Barrett (Cork), S Courtney (Monaghan), B Stack (Cork), N Woods (Tyrone), J Murphy (Cork), A Casey (Monaghan), N Cleary (Cork) M Downey (Down), N Kindlon (Monaghan), N Tierney (Mayo), C Staunton (Mayo), E Hanley (Tipperary), C O'Connor (Dublin), G O'Flynn (Cork), M Carter (Mayo), S McGrath (Dublin), N Kelly (Cork), N Earley (Kildare), S Aherne (Dublin), K Conway (Derry), C McAnespie (Monaghan), A McAnespie (Monaghan), N Comyn (Dublin), D Toal (Armagh), D Masterson (Dublin), A McDermott (Tipperary), L Henchy (Clare), E Mullin (Mayo), A Marie McDonagh (Galway), A Kelly (Clare), P Dennehy (Kerry), U Carroll (Galway), J Donnelly (Tyrone), C Little (Fermanagh), E Downey (Down), R McPhillibin (Galway), S Mc Laughlin (Tyrone), B Corkery (Cork).
Players put on the right path
Play, train and retain is the message from the Camogie Association's new coaching manual, 'Player Pathway'.
The manual provides a comprehensive guide to coaching players throughout their playing careers and crucially, retaining them within the association, once they cease to participate in competitive action.
It's broken up into six specific stages: Get a Grip, Clash of the Ash, Get Hooked, Solo to Success, Strike for Glory and Shifting the Goalpost.
Each category has age-appropriate skills and competitions. The coaching manual will be distributed to clubs nationwide.