Kilcock Ladies will host a 5km ‘Santa Dash Christmas Fun Run’ on Sunday next, the 16th of December. The event, which will see the competitors meet in Kilcock GAA at 12:30 for a 1pm start close by and takes in the famous local walking route around Laragh (Sli Na Slainte), is to help raise funds for the many ladies teams that the girls from Branganstown continue to field year after year. For this to be made possible, fess such as the entry to leagues for all teams, referees and registration must be paid along with many more outgoings on a weekly basis, so whether you are a seasoned runner/walker or someone that needs to dust off them old runners that have been lying dormant at the bottom of the press for the past few years, the ladies of Kilcock welcome you to come along and get into the festive mood on the day. If it is the competitive side of things you are after, prizes will be available for First, Second and Third in the Men, Women and Underage categories. Hot Refreshments will be provided in the GAA club afterwards and each participant will receive a goody bag and Santa hat on the day to get into the ‘Christmas Spirit’. All age groups are welcome so if it is a family day out you are after, don’t hesitate to wrap the kids up well and get some exercise in to make room for the turkey!!
Online Entry available: Adults €12, Under 16’s €5 & Under 5’s free of charge.
Special Student Rate: €10
Special Online Family Rate now available also: 2 adults and 2 kids €20.
Registration available on the day in the club house from 10 – 12:30.
The Kilcock Ladies who are a vital part of the community, provide football for all age groups in the town, whether you are a five year old starting out at nursery level, in your early twenties looking for a competitive edge or someone simply looking for a hobby or to keep fit and meet new people with the newly formed G4M (Gaelic for mothers). If you are interested in joining at any level, please ask one of the many girls that will be helping out on the the day. New members are always welcome.
When the girls on the Senior Team are not fundraising or training an underage team, they work extremely hard on the field and that work has certainly showed in the past few years under the guidance of manager Shane Stone. This year alone saw the girls in green and gold win the Senior League Division Three title and narrowly miss on out on the double when losing by a point in the Junior A Championship final against Naas. While in 2011 the roles were reversed when they lost the League Final but made up for it in capturing the Junior B Championship with a famous win over Kilcullen. Stone was also in charge this year when the minor team captained by Laura O’Neill won the final of the Shield against Na Fianna back in February and that side was represented at county level by Caoimhe Fagan who won a Leinster B title with the Lillywhites. Others to don the Kildare jersey in 2012 were Aisling O’Connor at u-14 and Saoirse Shannon and Katie Devine at u-12 level.
Kilcock Ladies: 20 years 1992-2012
2012 was also a very special year for the Ladies section of Kilcock GAA club as they celebrated the 20th year since their foundation back in 1992 and what a twenty years it has been too, they have had their ups and downs but have done so much on and off the pitch and in and out of the county to help with what has become the fastest growing sport in the country in that time. They along with Eadstown are the two oldest Ladies’ clubs in the county and their first assembled team won the Kildare Senior Championship in that memorable first year. With more teams joining soon after, Kilcock went through a bit of a barren spell in terms of trophies but never failed to field a team and their numbers continued to expand throughout the 90’s with the help of managers such as Martin Kiely and Martin Brennan. However it was not until the turn of the century that the team started to kick on again, thanks mainly with the help of a large number of younger girls starting to take a keen interest in the sport. Names such as Sheena and Linda Byrne, Bernie Durkan, Fiona Campion and Therese Macken were all involved when the Kilcock lost narrowly to Carbury in the 2001 Junior B Championship Final under the guidance of Shane Stone. And those names above must be given great credit as some still still pull on the green and gold at the top level to this day and Stone himself is back at the helm for his second stint in charge. 2003 again brought with it final appearances, this time two. And though the Junior B Championship final saw them lose to Na Fianna, there was some solace found in defeating Moorefield in the Division 3 League Final, with Eileen Collins in charge. With the league trophy following the 1992 silverware into the trophy cabinet, it had not been a bad first ten years or so and though the team was young, some members of that team took it upon themselves to ensure the future of the club would be safe and took the most important step in their young club’s history. They set up an underage section of the Kilcock Ladies in 2004. One can not imagine how important this has been to a club, who at times struggled to find fifteen girls to don the jersey in years past. And where as now days there is a constant conveyor belt of girls as young as fourteen for the senior team to pick from, past managers such as Eugene Kearney in 2005 and Robert cox 06-09 must be admired for their work done with such limited resources. The setting up of the underage began to bear fruit after only a year, when senior players Linda Byrne and Grainne Gormley guided an u-15 side to final success in 2005.That successful side was captained by current senior player Shanon Byrne. Manager Sheena Byrne took her u-11 and u-12 teams to consecutive finals but unfortunately they were beaten in both. 2008 brought the start of what has been a great last few years, with then senior manager Robert Cox along with Linda Byrne winning at minor level for the first time, in a championship final against Athy, they were fortunate enough to manage a very talented side that included names such as Shona and Orla Cagney, Aoife Divily, Noelle Conlon and Emma Robinson. An u-16 runner up spot had to suffice in 2009, with the minor class of 2010 suffering the same faith, with Athy gaining some revenge for times past. At this stage you might be saying to yourself that there is a bit of a trend starting to appear with so many teams just falling short and with the u-15 side of 2011 been added to that list you have a right too but all the hard work at underage level has recently just paid off with the above mentioned minor success in February. For many of this side it was long overdue, as for all their work over the years, they just seemed to fall at the final hurdle.
So with Robert Cox stepping down in the middle of 2009, John Mulligan took over the reigns at senior level for remainder of that year and 2010 and can be happy with his time here as he led the ladies to a championship final v Carbury in 2010, only to be beaten by a single point. A league runner-up spot was also gained in that year.
2011 saw Stone back with Cox as selector alongside David Hynes and Seamus Kane and finally things started to click in all departments as the ladies bounced back from a league final loss to Ballykelly, to beat Kilcullen in The Junior B Championship final. It was long overdue after so much heartache in the previous twenty years. The introduction of the underage has to be put down as the pivotal moment in that time and has insured that the current crop of girls can fear nobody in the future. Alan Hansen once said ”you win nothing with kids”. Try telling that to those of who now reap the benefits of having kids that compete on all underage teams as well as the senior team.
Last year also saw another landmark for the Ladies of the club when the Gaelic For Mothers team was set up and trained by Calvin Murphy. They hosted and took part in a Gaelic For Mothers Blitz late last year and continue to train away twice a week.
Speaking to club secretary Sheena Byrne at the launch of the Santa Dash last week, she said. ”As with all of the ladies teams within the club, new players and members are always welcome. Training for the Senior team restars indoors on January 17th while the Gaelic For Mothers continues on a weekly basis in the hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9pm. Girls aged 5 up can attend the nursery training that takes part indoors every Thursday from 6-7. There are too many people to thank for getting us to where we are today, so if you have helped us in anyway over the past twenty years, we thank you very much. We welcome people of all ages to attend what we hope to be a memorable ‘5km Santa Dash’ on Sunday. On behalf of all within Kilcock Ladies I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.