Ladies Football All-Stars Escape to Alcatraz
24 March 2010
Details Announced for the 2010 O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Football All-Stars Tour
The final details of the 2010 O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Football All-Stars Tour have been announced. The centre piece of the tour will be the game between the 2008 All-Stars team and the 2009 team which will be played on Saturday, April 3 in Gaelic Park on the aptly named Treasure Island. In the past, the O'Neills/TG4 All-Stars have travelled to New York (2004), Singapore (2006) and Dubai (2008).
The big day on Easter Saturday will kick off with games featuring the many local children playing Gaelic Games in San Francisco. This will be followed by the All-Stars exhibition match and then a game involving players selected from three Ladies Football clubs in the city, Saoirse, Fog City Harps and Clan Na Gael.
Ladies Football is thriving all over the globe and San Francicso is no different. Fog City Harps and Saoirse are North American Senior and Intermediate champions respectively. The games will be followed by a barbeque and music ion the Treasure Island clubhouse and will be a major event for the large Irish community living in California.
The Ladies Football All-Stars travelling party depart from Dublin on Wednesday March 31st and will spend six days on the west coast of America. The teams will take in several coaching clinics while also taking trips to famous landmarks such as Alcatraz.
Ladies Football stars from Cork's brilliant five-in-a-row team such as Angela Walsh, Juliet Murphy, Nollaig Cleary and Briege Corkery will all be present as will well known stars such as Cora Staunton and Emma Mullin (Mayo), Ciara and Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan), Denise Masterson and Cliodhna O'Connor (Dublin) and Anne-Marie McDonough and Una Carroll (Galway).
The O'Neills/TG4 All-Stars tours bring the country's best players to GAA heartlands overseas and the growth of Ladies football in places like Asia, Great Britain, Australia, Europe and of course North America has been one of the most important and memorable achievements of Ladies Football over the last three decades.
Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association said; "It is only right that the stars of our game be honoured and the All-Stars Tour every two years is just reward. The last few years have been truly memorable years for Ladies Football and last September when we had three classic finals in Croke Park with well over 25,000 people in attendance."
"One of the most outstanding achievements of Ladies Football has been the growth of the game overseas and the work being done in North America is truly phenomenal. The All-Stars tour gives us an opportunity to visit Ladies Football clubs all over the world and to help provide further promotion.
"We look forward to what should be a super trip and the big day on Saturday, April 3rd when the All-Stars game takes centre stage in an action packed day."