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tower's are aiming high

BANGERS – one of the most striking nicknames in ladies football. It belongs to Maria Kavanagh.

She was one of the top defenders of her era. She's an All-Star. And an All-Ireland winner.

She also decorated the Round Tower jersey. She is highly regarded in Clondalkin.

These days, Dublin have a Super Hoop in Hannah Tyrell. She's a talented athlete. And versatile.

IDEAL

She has played in attack. The ideal target woman who can bring colleagues into the play or ring the bell herself.

Now she is playing in goals. And she has done well as Dublin stand tall in Division 1 of the Tesco Homegrown National League.

Maria and Hannah are two role models for Tower's. Suzanne Murray is another one. Her dedicated deeds have encouraged others to follow. And they have.

There's quality young players at the club like Amy Conroy, Sinead Collins, Yazmin O'Neill and Riona McTavish.

And, overall, the sport is doing well in the village. The U13s have impressed all. There's teams at U8, 10, 13 and minors, plus three at adult level – senior, junior and the Gaelic4Mothers.

"At the start of the season we organised a gathering for our lady footballers, and it was a big success," explains Marie Crotty.

"We had players there from minor level to senior, and it was a chance for everybody to mix and to get to know each other better.

"We played a friendly game and then we went back to the club after. It was a nice social occasion.

"There was a great spirit and camaraderie surrounding the event, and this is something that we want to build on."

A big plus are the facilities on the Monastery Road. "They are state-of-the-art," states Marie. Anthony Daly and Jim Gavin would agree.

FAVOURITE

The annual Dubs Stars match was held there on New Year's Eve, and the club's favourite son got a welcome that was fit for a king.

Now, Marie wants more people to join the Tower's lady footballers.

"It's a chance to develop skills and fitness.

"It's a good way of making friends, and there is pride in representing your club and community against other teams from Dublin.

"We'd love to welcome more girls. We'd encourage parents to bring their children along. There's health and social benefits to be gained."

Ring Marie on 087-6774556. It could well be the call that could lead to another delicious helping of bangers and mash.


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