The ladies gaelic footballers across Britain will this year compete in the first ever GAA National League outside Ireland
The idea is the brainchild of Provincial Council President Tommy Donoghue who sees this as an ideal opportunity to further promote the game and to provide meaningful preparation for the championship.
“For years our teams have entered the All Ireland series without any serious competitive matches and this League will hopefully help our representatives to be much better prepared when the championship comes around”.
Five county teams will compete in the inaugural competition namely London, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Scotland and a Gloucester/ Hertfordshire amalgamation who will all play each other with the top two playing the final at the end of April. Donoghue hopes this is only the first step to a lasting and bigger League in the future.
“For this season the five competing sides will meet once and to balance the cost of travelling for Scotland they will have three home fixtures and will travel the extensive distance to Coventry only once. Ladies football is on the crest of a wave at the moment and it is important that we seize the chance to grow the game across this country.
“We would hope to be able to expand the League in future years to have a full home and away fixture list with semi finals and a final”.
The former London manager also makes a special point of thanking Gerry Gardner of G&G plant hire “whose generous sponsorship has made it possible for us to launch this competition”.
Although the League kicks off this weekend the official launch will take place on Saturday, March 27 at St Finbar’s in Coventry where there will be a double header with Warwickshire v Lancashire and Glo/Herts v Scotland.