C.T.I. (Central Technical Institute) Clonmel Ladies Footballers are through to the Senior E Munster Ladies Football Final on this Thursday and the semi-final of the Junior E Munster Ladies Football. This is an amazing achievement for a team who only entered competitive competitions for the first time last year. A combination of Colaiste Chluain Meala and Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn students make up the teams. With just over 70 girls to choose from there are 32 girls playing football, which is very encouraging.
The girls have won all their games in both competitions this year, winning three out of three in the Junior and both games at Senior level. Most of the girls that are playing are in First, Second and Third Years, with only three TY students and four girls from the Sixth Year class, so it is a predominantly young group and the future of Ladies Football in the school is bright. The school is fortunate to have four Under 14 county players on the panel, three from Tipperary and one from Waterford.
The girls played their first match on 14th November last, beating Comeragh College in Senior by 6-6 to 1-4. They went from strength to strength while training hard and learning to work together as a team. Some of the girls have never played football prior to this year and they are working hard and the girls who have been playing for a few years have brought the new girls along brilliantly.
They went on to record victories over St. Paul’s from Waterford, Scoil Ruain, Killenaule and Comeragh College again. They will now take on Killenaule in the Senior final on this Thursday, 8th March at 1.30pm in the Clonmel Sportsfield.
In the Junior competition the girls await the result of a play-off between Fethard and Castletroy College, Limerick, to see who they will face in the semi-final. The Junior semi-final is scheduled for next week. All support would be greatly appreciated for both games.