by Sean Moriarty
The Parnell’s Ladies football club will travel to Galway this weekend for a series of challenge games ahead of their All Ireland quarter final against the yet to be announced Munster Champions.
The London-based club is in its second season as a senior side after winning the All Ireland Intermediate title in 2012.
However there are no other senior grade ladies teams in London and apart from run outs with the London county team squad members do not get any meaningful games.
This prompted the team to seek-out challenge games in Ireland and given the clubs string links to county Galway they chose to go west on Friday evening for games in Corofin and Claregalway.
Team manager Tommy Donoghue said: “We don’t get enough competition over here so when we come up against an Irish team we could end up chasing the game for 15 or 20 minutes and that could be difference in winning or losing.”
Parnells will play COrfin on Friday night and Claregalway on Saturday.
Donoghue added: “We cannot go to Munster but wanted to find a place where we could play under lights on Friday. All the girls have paid for their own flights – they are that determined this year. Our secretary, Mary Daly, is from Corofin and she was able to set this up.”
Parnells will face the Munster ladies champions, most likely at Ruislip, on the first weekend of November.