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Queen's Ladies Gaelic Football Club 1997/1998 Season

All-Ireland Freshers Blitz
This was undoubtedly a high point of the year with Queen’s capturing their first All-Ireland title. Defeated by eventual champions UCD, the Freshers qualified for the Ulster dominated Shield competition. A tight match against St. Mary’s saw them through to a final showdown with hosts Jordanstown. Tired legs did not show as Queen’s convincingly claimed the Shield.

Northern Colleges League
Division I: Queen’s Ladies got the year off to a great start with victories over our Ulster Rivals, St. Mary’s College, UU Coleraine and Jordanstown. However a new entry to our league, Sligo RTC pipped Queen’s at the proverbial post in extra time at the Dub in a much publicised League Final. As League runners-up QUB qualified to meet All-Ireland champions University of Limerick in a game from which valuable lessons were learnt (and we lost). Division II: The seconds got off to a super start in their career with a thrilling comeback to beat UU Magee at the Dub. The ‘Poly’ proved too strong and ended the League campaign.

Dowd Cup 1998

The Dowd Cup draw exactly what Queen’s did not want; a QUB I V QUB II quarter final on the Friday. Saturday saw Queen’s seconds exit the Plate competition, defeated by eventual winners UUC. QUB I took on the hosts Jordanstown in the Cup semi-final and proved their superiority by a four point margin. The final on Sunday saw first time finalists St. Mary’s versus the holders Queens, and hold on to the Cup we did, becoming the first college to retain the title Dowd Cup Champions.

O'Connor Cup 1998
Receiving a bye to the quarter-finals, Queen’s too on UUC and booked a place at the O’Connor Cup Championship weekend with relative ease. Staged at UCD, our semi-final encounter with rivals Sligo RTC was anything but easy and for the second year running QUB fell at this hurdle. Again we qualified for the Shield final, which was a repeat of last years with Queen’s and UCD. Unfortunately the result was also the same - a one point defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

Lynch Cup 1998
After defeat by Dublin IT, the QUB seconds failed to book a place a the Championship finals weekend. As an alternative, the seconds team organised a trip to Scotland with Challenge games against Scots based teams.

Club and Personal Achievements
QUB Seconds Born
With such overwhelming registration of playing members, the Club very quickly made the decision which could not be put off any more. Despite the huge strain on resources, a seconds team would have to be established. One year on and the Queen’s second team has been a huge success, finishing the year with more members than it started with.

QUB go On-Line
Information technology student Hayley Boyle along with Men;s Gaelic Committee member Diarmuid Cahill established a website dedicated to the Ladies Gaelic Club.

Blues Awards
After two years of receiving Half-Blues, the Club applied to the University Blues Committee for the Full-Blue award for members. The committee not only granted the award, but allowed us to keep Half-Blue standard also. Full-Blues were presented to recipients at the Blues dinner, which was a tremendous occasion for the Club, in our short, but proud tradition.

Ulster and All-Ireland Combined Colleges
A squad of twenty players were chosen to represent Ulster of which nine were from QUB: Lisa McGirr, Hayley Boyle, Pauline McCloy, Denise Martin, Orlaith Kirk, Jennifer Agnew, Caitriona Brady, Caroline Kelly and Ciara Holland. In a testimonial match against the Leinster Colleges, Ulster secured a convincing victory for the second year. We were also proud to congratulate Lisa McGirr, Hayley Boyle, Pauline McCloy, Orlaith Kirk, Jennifer Agnew and Caitriona Brady who were chosen to play on the All-Ireland Combined Colleges side.

Player of the Tournament Award
Queen’s captain Pauline McCoy and Antrim player was awarded the highly prestigious accolade at the All-Ireland Championship weekend in Dublin, fighting off tough oppostion form Irish soccer international Ger O’Shea. Aishling Creighton who started her football career with Queen’s seconds claimed the MVP award at the New York county final as she finished top scorer for the champions Cavan.

County and Club Success
Outside the Colleges scene, QUB Ladies have been busy around the counties and further afield and have had some notable achievements including; Jennifer Agnew and Orlaith Kirk who starred in the winning All-Ireland Junior Final representing Louth. Lisa McGirr and Ciara Daly were members of the Tyrone Championship winning side St. Macartans. Caitriona Brady is a member of the Monaghan Senior Ladies team who are bidding for their third All-Ireland senior title in a row.

Award winners 1997/98 Season:
1st team player of the year: Orlaith Kirk and Jennifer Agnew
Fresher of the year: Caroline Kelly
Most Improved player: Cara Franey
2nd team player of the year:
Clubperson of the year: Sharon Daly

Managers (Firsts Team)
Name: Colly McAllister
Club: St. Galls, Co. Antrim

Name: Martina McCafferty
Club: Bredagh, Co.Down

Manager (Seconds Team)
Name: John McCreesh

Ulster Combined Colleges Representatives:
Lisa McGirr, Hayley Boyle, Pauline McCloy, Denise Martin, Orlaith Kirk, Jennifer Agnew, Caitriona Brady, Caroline Kelly and Ciara Holland.

All-Ireland Combined Colleges Representatives:
Lisa McGirr, Hayley Boyle, Pauline McCloy, Orlaith Kirk, Jennifer Agnew and Caitriona Brady.

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