The U18 London Development girl’s squad made history when it travelled to Dublin to take part in a National Development Blitz for the first time.
The 14 players enjoyed four challenging games of football against Donegal, Tipperary, Roscommon and Kerry at the excellent facilities at the GAA National Games Development Centre in Abbottstown.
London were making their first appearance at the blitz, which is in its fourth year, but plans are already afoot for the Exiles to return again next year.
“It was an invaluable learning curve for the London girls,” said London Ladies Chair Lucia Butler.
“The day was set up for player development and all of our girls will take away a vast amount of experience by playing various counties in Ireland.
“With a young squad many of the girls will get the opportunity next year to again be involved, and they will develop further as players.
“The girls showed great commitment and played their hearts out and improved with each game.
“The commitment of managers Liam Moffatt and John Lynch to this group of girls has been brilliant, and the girls have really enjoyed the fantastic coaching and support along the way.
“Thanks also to Development Officer Claire Towey and Children’s Officer Colleen Lynott for all their hard work, and to Alan Murray, Neil Gallagher and Gerry O’ Shea.
“A special thanks also to Neil and Alan from Hertfordshire for bringing the two girls to join the London squad.”
London were one of two overseas teams taking part, with New York being the other, with Limerick, Clare, Dublin, Laois, Meath, Wicklow, Galway, Mayo, Cork and Kildare also involved.
“We will continue to work with these girls to develop them as players and invite other girls from London who are interested to come on board,” added Butler.
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