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Cumann Chluain Daimh - Clonduff GAA Club

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Senior Co Winners - 9 SFC - 1930, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1980, 2000, AI Football 7s 2009;
3 Senior Ladies FC - 2006, 2007, 2008; 2 Senior Camogie Championship - 2007, 2009, AI Camogie 7s Shield 2009; 2 Senior Handball Titles;
2 JHC; 41 County Scór Titles!

 

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Clonduff Ladies was the brainchild of Onagh Gribben, daughter of inter-county referee, John Anthony, in 2001. The inaugural meeting was attended by 25 girls and after receiving the go-ahead, but not without opposition, they started training in the Winter of 2001under the watchful eyes of Johnny McAleavey, (former Down and Clonduff goalkeeper), John Anthony (whose four daughters were regular players), Stephen Branagan (a Senior player, whose two sisters and four brothers all play for Clonduff team
Under the same management in 2003, the girls began training shortly after Christmas and how that paid off! They picked up the Junior League and Championship double, having gone through the league unbeaten!
In 2004, they took a step up to the Intermediate division and more than held their own. A year later they annexed the Intermediate Championship and League titles.
2006 saw the Ladies in the top division and some felt that the step up would perhaps be a step too far! Twenty-six girls started their training in January - they lost their first Senior League game to long-time Down kingpins, Bryansford. Clonduff played Bryansford in the Championship Semi Final and the game ended in a draw. In the replay Clonduff stepped up a gear and won by 8 points to set up a Final pairing with reigning Champions, Castlewellan. Clonduff, after just five years in existence were crowned Down Senior Champions following their three point win. They went on to win the Senior Championship in 2007 (League also) and 2008). Many of the girls also played Camogie and in 2007 here were eight dual players who were double-double winners have collected the Club's first Senior Camogie Championship!

The core of the team had been together since its inception but it was now time to rebuild and were consequently relegated to the Intermediate division in 2011 and reached the Championship Final in 2012.
The next step, therefore, in the development of the Ladies game in Clonduff was the institution of youth teams which have been in existence since 2004. A number of these girls went on to secure a place on the Senior team.

Paula Gribben played on the Down U16 team that won the All Ireland B Championship in 2006 and won 'Player of the Game' in the Down Senior Final. (Two days before the Down Senior Final she was one of five Clonduff girls on the Down Minor Camogie team that collected the All Ireland B Camogie cup - the Camogie team was coached and managed by Clonduff's Kitty Fegan). Paula was and still is Clonduff's only All Ireland Dual winner.

Michaela Downey became the first ever Clonduff player to be selected for International Rules team in 2006 and is 2009 is awarded an All Ireland All Star and later in the year won Newry & Mourne District Council's Sports Personality of the Year.

 

U12 LGFA UNBEATEN IN 2016

Congratulations to Clonduff U12 Ladies Gaelic Football team (above) with their mentors Sarah Bloomfield and Kieran Kelly who went through the entire 2016 season unbeaten. Back row (l to r) Sarah Bloomfield, Ella-Beth Rooney, Laura Close, Grace Clancy, Éabha McDonald, Rosie McCann, Evéagh Kelly, Ellen McKay, Grainne Smith, Una Fearon, Aoife Trainor, Eimear Cunningham, Cody Morgan, Caoimhe McKeown, Ceallagh Byrne, Kayla Kearney, Kieran Kelly; Front row (l to r) Dearbhla Devlin, Ava Morgan, Erin Byrne, Lily Rafferty, Brianna McClean, Orla McCann, Clodagh Kelly, Cara Savage, Aimee Murtagh, Erin Morgan, Niamh Gilbey, Clioghna Murtagh

 

CLONDUFF GIRLS WIN COUNTY INAUGURAL BLITZ TOURNAMENT SHIELD

Down LGFA Board ran an U13 7-a-side Development Blitz at the end of August - Clonduff entered two teams comprising the older U12 girls and the younger U14 and along with 16 other teams provided a great festival of Ladies Football. One of our teams (Clonduff) made it to the QF of the Cup whilst Clonduff Ógs went the whole way in the Shield competition. Well done girls and your mentors.

Back row (l-r): Aoife McCusker, Rosie McCann, Cara O'Hanlon, Grace Cunningham, Rhiannon McKeown, Orlaith McCusker, Eimear Cunningham, Grainne Smyth, Éabha McDonald, Tierna Savage, Aoife Trainor; Front row (l-r):

Ellen McKay, Una Fearon, Eve Mathews, Ella McCumiskey, Cody Morgan, Cealagh Byrne, Evéagh Kelly 

 

Clonduff U12 LGFA Tournament

Eight teams - 2 x Clonduff, Burren Rostrevor, Cumann Pheadar Naofa, Bosco, Bryansford, Castlewellan took part in the annual U12 tournament and many thanks to them for being part of it. It was a great festival of Ladies Football played in glorious conditions on Saturday morning. The teams played in two groups of four with the top two in each group playing in the semi finals of the Cup and the bottom two in the semi finals of the Shield. Clonduff Ógs defeated Cumann Pheadar Naofa in Cup Final; Burren defeated Bryansford in Shield Final. It was Wonderful morning of Ladies Football – everyone was a winner including the weather. Many thanks to Clonduff parents for providing and serving the lunch; the young U14 & U17 LGFA players who acted as referees umpires, runners and all those who helped in any way including Goretta and Noleen in the shop.

 

 

LGFA CO U16B CO CHAMPIONS 2015

2015 U16B Co Champions Clonduff 5-6 Kilcoo 1-8

Conditions underfoot were heavy in An Riocht on Saturday afternoon following the heavy morning's rain but thankfully it had cleared up for the meeting of Clonduff with the next door neighbours in the Final of the U16B Championship. Kilcoo got off to the better start and had three points on the board before Clonduff got off the mark with a free and this was followed by a rasper of a goal by Ciara O'Reilly. Kilcoo responded quickly and won a penalty which was duly converted and then they got a point to go in front by two - but Clonduff camped in the Kilcoo half for the remainder of the half and were duly rewarded with two unanswered points to leave the half time score 1-5 apiece. Clonduff were fastest out of the blocks in the second half and scored two quick goals but Kilcoo again responded with three points but they just couldn't 'buy' another score thanks mainly to great defending and very brave goalkeeping from Shannon O'Reilly. Clonduff added a further 2-1 to clinch the title. 
Captain Clara Cowan accepted the cup on behalf of the team from Francie Rogan of the Ladies Co Board.
A great crowd gathered in Clonduff Clubrooms to welcome the girls home where they and the U14 girls were treated to the traditional championship final appearance - The girls, by winning two championship titles (in the one week) are Clonduff History-makers - Clonduff had never won a juvenile LGFA Championship title before this week. Well done to all involved! Keep up the good work - the future is bright in Clonduff for Ladies Gaelic Football! 
Team: Shannon O'Reilly, Emma McGreevy, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Aimee Lowry, Erin Rafferty (1-2), Kayla Woods (1-0), Katie McGilligan, Clara Cowan (Capt), Ailish Fearon, Alanna Donnan (1-2), Sinead Woods, Isabella O'Hare, Laura Mackin, Tiarna Mullan, Ciara O'Reilly (1-2); Subs used: Lauren Kane (1-2), Caoimhe McKeown, Paddi Fitzpatrick; Other Panellists: Elena McGarry, Corshenna McCoy, Aoife Woods, Ali Magee, Fianna Burns, Caitlin Hughes, Molly Brown, Kayleigh McPolin, Elizabeth O'Hanlon, Aoife Brown, Ella McCumiskey, Rhianna McKeown, Tierna Savage; Mentor John Anthony Gribben, Niall Rafferty, Bronagh O'Reilly; Assistants: Ryan McShane, Darren O'Hagan, Paula Gribben, Joeleen Branagan, Johnny McAleavey

 

CLONDUFF GIRLS ARE U14B CO CHAMPIONS 2015 - CLONDUFF HISTORY MAKERS!

Playing under lights was a new experience for this group of girls and it had to be one of the most exciting finishes ever in a game! Clonduff started well with the post denying them their first goal but that eventually came and they scored 1-1 before Burren registered like scores. Burren lived up to their 'favourites' tag and quickly moved into a ten point lead. But the girls in 'yella' fought like tigers for every ball and were rewarded with an unanswered 2-1; one of the goals, a sweetly struck penalty by Amy Lowry. That left four points in it at the break. Burren got the first two scores of the second half but then it was Clonduff's ball - when Burren went on the attack the Clonduff backs and half backs put on a tremendous performance. Amy Lowry's point from a free drew the game which was just reward for a brilliant team effort. It could have gone either way with both sides pressing hard for the winning score - Clonduff backs held firm and super sub Caoimhe McKeown sent over the winning point from distance but the backs still had work to do and they did it masterfully!
 Team: Elena McGarry, Fianna Burns, Paddi Fitzpatrick, Aoife Woods, Emma McGreevy, Ailish Fearon, Kayla Woods, Sinead Woods, Amy Lowry (joint Capt), Lauren Kane, Alanna Donnan, Isabella O'Hare (joint Capt), Ally Magee, Corshenna McCoy, Caitlin Hughes; Subs used: Kayleigh McPolin, Caoimhe McKeown; Other panellists: Aoife Brown, Elizabeth O'Hanlon, Ella McCumiskey, Rhiannon McKeown, Tierna Savage
 Amy and Isabella accepted the cup from Co Board member Francie Rogan. Amy paid tribute to Burren for the best game she had ever played in, to her team mates who worked so hard at training to bring off this great result, to her mentors John Anthony Gribben, Niall Rafferty, Bronagh O'Reilly, Darren O'Hagan, Paula Gribben and Johnny McAleavey. She had a special get well message for John Anthony who is currently in hospital in Belfast.

The new Co Champions are pictured above with Bronagh and Niall.

 

U16B LGFA LEAGUE FINAL – CLONDUFF 4-3 ROSTREVOR 2-6

Clonduff started strongly and were soon 1-1 up but with both defences on top scores were hard to come by but the Yellas led 2-2 to 0-2 at the break having played with the advantage of a strong breeze. Would it be enough?
Rostrevor started the second half strongly but it was the home side that scored two goal and going into the last eight minutes Clonduff led 4-3 to 0-5 - game over? Not likely! The Clonduff goalkeeper Shannon O'Hagan was in sparkling form and brought of numerous point blank saves but Rostrevor got two chances in very quick succession and fired to the back of the net and then a point to leave just a goal in it. The Clonduff backs re-grouped and held on to collect the league title. It is unfair to pick out any single player but it would be remiss not to single out the immense contribution of Shannon in the Clonduff goals - an outstanding performance.
Many thanks to the supporters from both sides who turned out in big numbers for the game. Thanks also to the Clonduff parents for providing the sandwiches and serving the tea to both sets of players and supporters, washing and cleaning up after the game. Well done everyone particularly the mentors John Anthony Gribben, Niall Rafferty and assistants Bronagh O'Reilly and Joeleen Branagan
Team:Shannon O'Reilly, Emma McGreevy, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Kayla Woods, Erin Rafferty, Ailish Fearon, Amy Lowry, Sinead Woods, Clara Cowan (Capt), Alanna Donnan, Molly Brown, Isabella O'Hare, Lauren Kane, Tierna Mullan, Ciara O'Reilly, Katie McGilligan, Paddi Fitzpatrick, Aoife Woods, Ally Magee, Laura Mackin, Corshenna McCoy, Fianna Burns, Elena McGarry, Kayleigh McPolin, Erin O'Hanlon, Aoife Brown, Caitlin Hughes
(missing from the photo)
 

Clonduff U12 LGFA Tournament

Clonduff staged their annual U12 LGFA Tournament on Saturday 5th September– what a great occasion it was! Teams from Burren (2), Saval, Bosco, Rostrevor, Kilcoo, Castlewellan and Clonduff participated in a great little festival of Juvenile Ladies Football.

Teams were randomly placed into two groups with the top two in each progressing to knockout stages in Cup competition and the bottom two to the knockout stages in the Shield competition.

In the finals, the home side defeated Saval in the Cup having gone through the entire morning undefeated – the first time Clonduff has collected their own cup! In the Shield final Rostrevor defeated Burren.

A big thank you to the clubs and their mentors who participated, to Paula Cairns and the U16 players who refereed the games and acted as runners, the parents of our U12s who provided enough sandwiches, buns, etc to feed 5,000! and who made/served teas and helped clean up after, the club personnel who organised and administered the event and operated the club shop.

 

SURPRISE FOR CLONDUFF U12 LADIES FOOTBALLERS

Clonduff U12 LGFA team finished joint top in their league during the 2014 season. The club presented every child with a medal following their last training session in Clonduff Park on Friday evening (10th October 2014). What a surprise awaited the children and their parents when they entered the clubrooms - there to meet them was the Mary Quinn Cup with Down LGFA members Lisa Morgan and Niamh McGowan! Most of the children and their mentors had witnessed the Down girls lift the cup on 28th September in Croke Park. Thanks Lisa and Niamh and mentors Paddy McCumiskey, Sarah Bloomfield and Kieran Kelly for organising this wonderful end of season surprise for the girls!

 

U14 Ladies Footballers Win St Galls Tournament Shield

Clonduff U14 Ladies Footballers ended their season on a high with a well deserved and long overdue victory in the much acclaimed Culbert Brennan Tournament at St Gall’s Belfast. 
All girls deserve huge credit especially in the final against St Enda’s where extra time had to be played to determine the outcome of this very evenly matched contest. Winning by a single point when the final whistle blew the celebrations and relief was something this Clonduff team will remember for a long time. Just a pity there wasn't any family members there to see the effort their girls put into this victory. 
Joint Captains Alana Donnan and Shannon O'Reilly (both injured) were presented with the trophy in the clubrooms afterwards where the Clonduff Team and mentors were treated to a much appreciated meal.

Team. Niamh Fitzpatrick, Paddi Fitzpatrick, Kayla Woods, Amy Lowry, Sinead Woods, Tiarna Mullan, Erin Rafferty, Isabella O'Hare, Clara Cowan, Molly Brown, Ally Magee, Corshenna McCoy, Emma McGreevy, Aoife Brown, Fianna Burns, Caitlin Hughes, Tamzin Brannigan, Summer Brannigan, and Joint Captains Shannon O'Reilly and Alana Donnan. 
Mentor Bronagh O'Reilly, Coaches John Anthony Gribben and Sean Cowan and our No 1supporter / bus driver Tommy John McConville.

 

LGFA Intermediate Championship Final Down 6-16 Fermanagh 1-10

Down started the stronger, got an early goal and finished the first half 9 points up. The second half turned into an exhibition with the Down girls on top in every sector of the field and romped to a 21 point victory.

Well done to everyone concerned particularly the two Clonduff men,  Ryan McShane and Mark Copeland (blue bibs below), who guided the girls to this magnificent victory.

There was a massive crowd of Down supporters in Croke Park on Sunday and Clonduff organised a bus to give the youngsters and other (pictured below), not only the opportunity of visiting Croke Park but witnessing the Ladies game played at the highest level.

 

Clonduff U14 Ladies Football Championship Team 2014

Back row (l to r): Sean Cowan, Tamzin Brannigan, Clara Cowan, Summer Brannigan, Emma McGreevy, Molly Brown, Ellen Lively, Shannon O'Reilly, Erin Rafferty (Capt), Paddi Fitzpatrick, Sinead Woods, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Tiarna Mullen, Cara Boden,  John Anthony Gribben; Front row (l to r): Corshena McCoy, Niamh Fearon, Aoife Brown, Isabella O'Hare, Amy Lowry, Fianna Burns, Alana Donnan, Caitlin Hughes, Kyla Woods, Ally Magee

 

Lauren Kane Leads 'Dublin' to Victory in Croke Park

Congratulations to 11-year-old Lauren Kane our U12 Dual Player who was selected to play in the Cumann na mBunscoil Mini Games at half time in the Donegal v Dublin All Ireland Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday 31st August 2014. Lauren captained the Dublin side to a win - the only Dublin team to win on the day - Donegal beat both the Minor and Senior teams!

 

Clonduff LGFA Senior Team 2014

Clonduff Senior Ladies 2014 following win over Tullylish in QF Intermediate Championship. Back row (l to r): Gary Haughian (Manager), Onagh McClorey, Megan Brown, Lizzie Barry, Margaret McEvoy, Colleen McPolin Michaella McConville, Karen Haughey, Paula Gribben, Pauline McConville, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Therese McDonald, Orla Gribben, Niall Brown (Mentor); Front row (l to r): Laura Grant, Clare O'Hagan, Leanne McAleavey, Jackie Gilmore, Joeleen Branagan, Martina Cunningham, Noleen McAlinden

 

U12 Ladies Football - Burren Hospice Blitz

Due to the very bad morning on Saturday 2nd August 2014, only nine U12 girls turned up for the Burren Hospice Tournament. Despite that, the group  travelled on to Burren and what a great decision that was on the part of those nine girls and their mentors Paddy McCumiskey and Kieran Kelly. In the first match the girls beat a very strong Rostrevor team but were then beaten in a very tight match by the home side, the eventual Cup winners. This put Clonduff through to the shield final against Saval who came second in their group. Clonduff girls were winning 1-2 to 1-0 at half time. In the second half against the wind Clonduff really excelled, playing great football scoring another goal and a point to win 2-3 to 1-1. The nine girls, pictured above were: Aoife McCusker, Ellen Shields, Orlaith McCusker, Charlotte Woods, Lauren Kane, Kayla Woods, Ella McCumiskey, Clodagh Kelly, Eveagh Kelly. Well done to everyone involved - it was a demonstration of pure bravery to venture out in such conditions, never mind play football!

 

U12 Ladies at Warrenpoint Tournament 2014

A panel of mainly young girls participated in the annual tournament organised by Cumann Pheadar Naofa on a very hot Saturday 31st May 2014 in Liam O'Hare Park. They played against Burren, Rostrevor, CPN, Bosco and Ballymartin and gained valuable match experience. The girls on the panel (pictured above with mentor Paddy McCumiskey) were Elena McGarry, Caoimhe McKeown, Una Fearon, Codie Morgan, Paula McGarry, Kayla Woods, Lauren Kane, Aoife McCusker, Katie Cunningham, Evie Lyness-Feenan, Aoife Trainor, Orlaith McCusker Ella McCumiskey, Éabha Ní Dhomhnaill.

 

Two Clonduff Men at Helm of Down Senior Ladies Football Team

Ryan McShane (left) and Mark Copeland - the coach and manager (respectively) of Down Ladies Football team who brought the girls from Div III in 2013 and reached the semi final of Div II a year later. (wonder if Ryan is asking Mark for a wee piece of his orange!)

 

U12 LADIES FOOTBALLERS 2014

A very young Clonduff side entertained the Ballymartin girls in a thrilling game in Clonduff Park on Wednesday evening. It was end to end stuff for the most part and thoroughly enjoyed by all, spectators, players and mentors alike! Every child got some game time. Girls involved in photo below: Aoife Mccusker, Ellen Sheilds, Caoimhe McKeown, Erin Lively, Kayla Woods, Una Fearon, Ella McCumiskey, Paula McGarry, Ellen McKay, Orla McCusker, Eveagh Kelly, Clodagh Kelly, Erin Lively, Katie Cunningham, Charolette Woods, Blaithin Shields
Our own Mark Devlin refereed the game.

 

TWO CLONDUFF GIRLS ON NATIONAL LINESPERSONS REGISTER!

Congratulations to Paula Cairns and Sarah Bloomfield (2nd and 3rd from right front row) who completed the National Linespersons training course in Croke Park on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. They will now be assigned to officiate at inter-county Ladies Gaelic Football games across the country.

 

Down U14 Ladies win first ever Ulster Blitz!

Many congratulations to the Down U14 Ladies Football team who won their first ever Ulster Blitz title on Saturday 22nd March 2014 in the Garvaghey Centre of Excellence on Saturday 22nd March 2014.
They won all their group games, defeating Derry, Fermanagh and Armagh in the group games; Tyrone in Semi Final and Monaghan in Final. 
Clonduff had three girls on the team (pictured above) -  Erin Rafferty (half back), Shannon O'Reilly (goalkeeper), and Clara Cowan (half forward) were pivotal to the Down victory. 
Many congratulations not only to the girls but also their mentors Marty Brown, Liam Quinn, Ronan Barry and our own Sean Cowan.

 

U12 Ladies Football Tournament in Clonduff Park 2013

Clonduff GAA Club hosted their second U12 Ladies Football Blitz Tournament on Sunday 6th October in Clonduff Park. Six team participated and they provided a wonderful spectacle of colour. Teams from Burren, Rostrevor, Carryduff and Newry Bosco joined the two host teams in a great show of skills for ones so young. They played in two groups of three with the top two in each group progressing to the the Martin Woods Cup Semi Final and the two bottom teams going directly into the Marty Johnston Shield Final. Clonduff 2 were beaten in they semi final by Carryduff while Bosco defeated Rostrevor. In the Shield Final Burren defeated Clonduff 1 and in the Cup Final Bosco defeated Carryduff.

Marty Johnston presented the Shield to the Burren Captain, Martin Woods presented the Cup to the Bosco Captain and Sean Cowan presented the medals.

Onagh Gribben, on behalf of Clonduff GAA Club congratulated the winners and thanked all the teams for attending, She had a special word of thanks for our referees Paula Cairns and Mark Devlin who took charge of all the games; the senior and U14 Ladies who assisted with the smooth running of the event; the parents who provided the sandwiches and helped with the lunches and Goretta, Noleen and Shane in the shop. A very successful and enjoyable day was had by all.

 

Clonduff Youngsters in New World Record at All Ireland 2013 Ladies Football Finals

Sunday 29th September 2013 was Ladies Football Finals Day in Croke Park. Over 40 Clonduff youngsters who play U10, U12 and U14 Ladies football together with their adult mentors, many of them sporting pink jerseys and/or pink bandanas in the day's new world record attempt in association with The Irish Cancer Society for 'the most people in one place wearing bandanas'. The triple header of finals in head quarters provided a feast of football while setting the new World Record! The girls thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and allowed themselves to dream!

 

U12 Ladies Football Tournament in Bosco

Clonduff U12 Ladies Footballers participated in Newry Bosco Tournament on Saturday 31st August. The girls played exceptionally well winning all three games in their group to finish top. The girls fought very hard in the semi final but unfortunately were beaten by a very strong Clan Na Gael team who went on to win the Tournament. Up front Alanna, Paula and Sarah took some great scores and were well supported by Aoife Brown, Una and Caitlin. In defence Paddi, Emma, Elena and Ella were very solid making some great tackles and blocks. Aoife Woods, Amy and Sinead were superb working tirelessly all day. In goals Fianna made some terrific saves, even saving a point in the semi final! This was a great day of football. 
Well done girls

 

U12 Ladies Footballers in Cumann Pheadar Naofa (Warrenpoint) Tournament 2013

These young Ladies represented Clonduff in the CPN Tournament on Saturday 17th August 2013. They played five games, won three (Saval, CPN B and Rostrevor) and were narrowly defeated in the other two (CPN A and Burren who were eventual winners).

Back row (l to r) - Sarah Kelly, Kayla Woods, Sinead Woods, Fionnagh Burns, Alannah Donnan, Amy Lowry,  Paddi Fitzpatrick; Front row (l to r) - Aoife McCusker, Caoimhe McKeown, Isabella O'Hare, Ella McCumiskey, Paula McGarry, Aoife Treanor & Orlaith McCusker. Well done girls and to your mentors and to Orla and Onagh for accompanying you on Saturday.

 

Ladies Football Team Bonding

Clonduff Ladies Senior team taking a break from training with a wee trip to Burren Pitch and Putt on Saturday 20th July - Tara McNeill and the team mascot Cara Boden showed the rest how to do it! a great evening had by all!

 

U14 Ladies Football League

Clonduff U14 Ladies Football team that secured their first League win of the season with a very strong performance at home on Sunday afternoon against Teconnaght who had been unbeaten until this game. The final score was Clonduff 5-6 Teconnaught 0-8

Back Row (l to r): Margaret McEvoy, Summer Brannigan, Tamzin Brannigan, Laura Mackin, Clara Cowan, Shannon O'Reilly, Erin Rafferty. Molly Brown, Tierna Mullin, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Ciara O'Reilly, Gemma Dillon; Front Row (l to r): Caitlin Brannigan. Corshenna McCoy, Isabella O'Hare. Kyla Woods, Amy Lowry, Cara Boden (Missing from photo Sinead Woods)

 

Down Ladies are Division 3 Champions 2013

Congratulations to Down Ladies on their one point victory over Armagh in Parnell Park on Saturday 11th May in the Division 3 League Final. Down came from 0-4 to 0-9 down to win 2-6 to 0-10. The Down Ladies will be playing in Division two next season.

Many congratulations to all involved and particularly the Clonduff contingent (pictured below) - trainers Mark Copeland (l), Ryan McShane (r) and  team panellist Colleen McShane.

 

Clonduff U12 Ladies Football Team 2013

There's keen interest in Ladies Football among the young ladies of the parish. Pictured above is the U12 team and two of their mentors, Katherine Milligan (l) and Sarah Bloomfield (r). Also assisting with this young team is Paul O'Hare and Paddy McCumiskey. They will play their first game away to Rostrevor on Wednesday 1st May.

 

Clonduff Senior Ladies team 2013 - Down Ladies Intermediate League

Back row (l to r) Leona Killen, Paula Gribben, Orla Gribben, Jenna Boden, Paula Cairns, Bridget Quinn, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Aoife Brown, Caoimhe Morgan; Front row (l to r) Therese McStay, Michaella McConville, Petrina Lively, Roisin Mulholland, Leanne McAleavey, Tara McNeill (missing from photo Karen Gribben, Onagh McClorey, Louise Savage)

 

Colleen McShane on Down Ladies

Colleen McShane (centre) leaving the field after making a substitute appearance for Down Ladies v Wexford in their comprehensive win in Enniscorthy on Sunday 17th February 2013. Down ladies currently sitting joint top of NFL 3 with Armagh with whom Down drew in the first game. Next game away to Sligo. Ryan McShane and Mark Copeland are the Down Ladies Trainers.

 

New Tops for Ladies Footballers

The new half-zip tops were sponsored way back in September for the Championship Final but only arrived at beginning of December as the girls decided to wait for O'Neill's to release a new range of tops.  They were definitely worth the wait! The sponsors were Attracta Brown Yoga, Kids Yoga and Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd, Leode Quarries. The photo above shows team captain Onagh Gribben (Centre) with with Attracta Brown and Noel Fitzpatrick

 

Clonduff Inaugural Ladies U12 Football Blitz

The sun shone on Pairc Chluain Daimh on Saturday 29th September 2012 when eight U12 Ladies Football teams converged to compete for the Martin Woods Cup and the Martin Johnston Shield for the very first time.

It was a great festival of Juvenile Ladies Football! The teams were placed in two groups with each team playing the other. Following the group stage the teams went into knock-out stage - the two top teams in both groups competing for the Cup and the bottom two playing off for the Shield. Carryduff and Warrenpoint contested the Cup Final with Carryduff picking up the Martin Johnston Shield. Geraldine's (Dundalk) defeated Rostrevor in the Cup Final. Winners and Runners up in both competitions were presented with medals sponsored by Sean Cowan.

Rather than winners and losers, the day was all about fun, enjoyment and giving the young players a good experience. According to the visiting teams this ideal was surpassed.

Clonduff GAA Club are indebted to all those who helped in any way and particularly the parents of the Clonduff girls for providing a great spread of sandwiches, cakes and other eatables for everybody in attendance; Goretta Cairns for the tuck shop; Sean Cairns for collecting the scores; the Clonduff Senior Ladies - Louise, Joeleen, Therese - for their invaluable help; Marie Cowan for organising the kitchen and Angeline Rafferty for timings. A special word of thanks to our young referees Sarah Bloomfield and Natasha Boyle who took charge of the group games very efficiently and to Mark Copeland and Karen Gribben for taking charge of the Semi Finals and Finals.

The participating teams above are: back (l to r) Kilcoo, Bosco, Geraldine's, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint; Front (l to r) Carryduff, Clonduff, Bredagh.

Click here to view a short slideshow of the day.

Message from Clonduff U12 Ladies Football Mentors

We would very much like to thank the following for all their help towards hosting today's inaugural Clonduff U12 Ladies Football tournament:

Anita Brannigan: programme production, tannoy announcements, score board management Goretta and Sean Cairns for shop, and facilities management, Lorraine Bloomfield guidance and support in clubrooms kitchen, to all parents and players who supplied sandwiches, home-baked produce and treats, parents (Angeline Rafferty, Bronagh O'Reılly, Dee Fitzpatrick, Pauline Brown, Donna Woods, Shana Woods, Amanda Johnson, Debbıe Brown, Marıe Cowan) who helped serve food to visiting teams and mentors

Sponsors: Marty Woods (Cup), Marty Johnson (Shıeld), Sean Cowan (Medals)

Referees/umpires: Sarah Bloomfield, Natasha Boyle Karen Gribben, Mark Copeland, Paul Kelly, Senior Ladies footballers: Louise Savage, Joeleen Branagan and Therese McStay, and to Jerry and Maura Quinn for supplying tannoy.

 

Clonduff U12 Ladies win Drumıntee Tournament 2012

Sixteen Clonduff U12 Ladies Footballers travelled to Dromıntee on Sunday morning to compete in their annual Tournament.

Playing first against the home side, the game was a close affair with some excellent passages of play from both sides. However, Clonduff looked the more balanced outfit and eventually won through on a score of 2-3 to 1-0. Kılleavy was next and the young Yellas were playing with a confidence now, reeling off scores at ease to run out with a comfortable wın.  

 And so into the final and a replay against Dromıntee. Despite the heavy rainfall and the physical dominance of Dromıntee Clonduff were not found wanting and with the girls raising their game they stood firm to outplay the opposition. The battling qualities were epitomised by a face block by our heroic Captain on the day Kyla Woods. Time and again Kyla frustrated the opposition with timely interceptions while Summer Brannigan, Amy Lowry and Niamh Fearon marshalled the back line with total assurance always vigilant and disciplined on the tackle. This dominance was assisted throughout the three games by Sinead Woods, Tamzin Brannigan, Ellen Lively and Catlin Harper and gave Clonduff a platform to mount endless attacks. The midfield paring of Erin Rafferty and Clara Cowan in the 2nd half in particular took complete control, and Molly Brown finally got through for a goal and a well-taken point. However the predatory instincts of Amy Johnson the aerial supremacy of Tiarna Mullen and powerful attacks of Niamh Fitzpatrick and Cara Boden played a huge part in this Cup win. Finally, Shannon O'Reılly was at her usual best in goals to cap a completely memorable  team performance. Well done Girls! Few can go into the heart of South Armagh and come out the victors but this Clonduff outfit did just that.

Photo above shows Team Captain Kyla Woods accepting the trophy

 

Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final 2012

Clonduff Ladies gave away two early goals to Ballymartin in the Intermediate Championship Final on Saturday 1st September 2012 in Saval and it was basically these scores that separated the teams at the end. Clonduff were outplayed in the first half and trailed 3-9 to 1-2 at half time but had a great second half but had left themselves too much to do. Final Score Ballymartin 3-12 Clonduff 1-10. Team and scorers: Louise Savage Janine Branagan Coleen McShane Pauline McConville, Jackie Gilmore Jenna Boden Caoimhe Morgan, Paula Gribben (0-5), Onagh Gribben, Kelley Fitzpatrick Roisin Mulholland, Leanne McAleavey, Clodagh Nugent Orla Gribben (1-2), Michaela McConville: subs used: Joeleen Branagan, Karen Gribben (0-3), Tara McNeill, Petrina Lively.

The panel above are: Back row (l to r) Mary McPolin, Christine Grimes, Mark Copeland, Karen Gribben Colleen McShane, Orla Gribben, Pauline McConville, Michaella McConville, Louise Savage, Clodagh Nugent, Paula Gribben, Onagh Gribben (Capt), Kelly Fitzpatrick, Ryan McShane, Ciarán McGreevy; Middle row (l to r) Joanne Brown, Lizzie Barry, Sheenagh McConville, Tara McNeill, Janine Branagan, Leanne McAleavey, Therese McStay, Joelene Branagan, Roisin Mulholland; Front row (l to r) Laura Grant, Jackie Gilmore, Jenna Boden, Caoimhe Morgan, Petrina Lively (missing Aoife Brown)

Below left Team Captain Onagh Gribben is presented with a new set of jerseys by new sponsor Eugene Branagan of E Branagan Joinery. included in the photo are: Ryan McShane (Manager), Eugene Branagan (Sponsor), Jackie Gilmore, Joelene Branagan, Christine Grimes and Onagh Gribben; Below right Carol Curran proprietor Classique Hair Salon presents a new set of polo shirts to Onagh and Ryan.

Clonduff GAA Club thanks sincerely Eugene, Carol and everyone who contributed in any way to the Ladies Football team.

 

Clonduff U12 Girls Play in Croke Park

Six Clonduff girls played at half time in the All Ireland Qualifiers Down v Mayo on Saturday 4th August! Croke Park had asked the County to nominate a team of 11 boys and 11 girls to play in the half time games. Down Games Development Officer, Conor O'Toole asked Clubs on Tuesday to nominate six boys and/or six girls as they were giving four clubs the chance of being represented (two would have six girls/boys and two would have five boys/girls). Clonduff took the opportunity of nominating both boys and girls knowing that if one was drawn out the other would automatically miss out. Those who came out of the draw are as follows:

Ballyholland: 6 Boys, Atticall: 5 Boys; Clonduff: 6 Girls, Warrenpoint: 5 Girls

Each player was allocated 3 tickets for the match - 1 for the player themselves and 2 for their parents/guardians etc. In addition to this each club received 2 tickets to permit a coach/mentor into the stadium. Players were provided with a full playing kit on the day by Croke Park. 

This was a remarkable opportunity for all those involved. The six lucky Clonduff girls whose names came out of the hat were: Amy Johnston, Niamh Fearon, Clara Cowan, Erin Rafferty, Summer Brannigan and Shannon O'Reilly - what an honour! Our girls were accompanied on the day by John Anthony Gribben and Joeleen Branagan, two of the U12 Ladies coaches. Our girls are pictured above with the Warrenpoint girls (thanks to Liam Howlett, Warrenpoint for the Photo). Sean Cowan identified the girls as: Back row from left: Summer Brannigan, (WP),(WP),(WP), Erin Rafferty, Amy Johnston; Front row from left: Clara Cowan, (WP),(WP), Shannon O'Reilly, Niamh Fearon.

 

U12 Ladies Footballers 1st June 2012

Ladies Gaelic Football is the fastest growing sport in Ireland and so it's proving to be in Clonduff GAA Club, particularly at U12 level where numbers keep increasing on an almost weekly basis. Much credit to the mentors and the girls themselves who have won all their games so far in 2012. With the set-up at this level every girls is guaranteed meaningful game time

Back Row (l to r)  Seanin McGarry, Corshenna McCoy, Molly Campbell, Summer and Tamzin Brannigan, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Molly Brown, Amy Johnson, Tierna Mullin, Sinead Woods, Elena McGarry, Cara Boden, Clara Cowan, Erin Rafferty, Niamh Fearon and Emily Lively. Front Row l(l to r)

Amy Lowry, Kyla Woods, Isabella O'Hare, Aoife McCusker, Sarah Kelly, Alana Donnan, Orla McCusker, Caoimhe Hughes, Ally Magee and Ailish Fearon. 

On Friday evening past 24 Clonduff girls travelled to Castlewellan hoping to challenge their town counterparts. However, only 12 of our more senior players were in attendance. Insisting on all our girls getting relevant game time meant that the overall score became irrelevant. In the 1st and 2nd periods the younger girls were predominantly involved along with debutants Ailish Fearon and Emily Lively. Putting up a courageous fight their never say die attitude certainly asked questions of the seasoned campaigners of Castlewellan. Ultimately age difference showed in the end. That said, Clonduff left the final 3rd period to field their most senior girls as one unit and in so doing left the town field with their credibility intact. Matching them and at times out smarting this talented group of Castlewellan girls in every sector Clonduff excelled. Propelled by the appreciative travelling support the yellows finished on a high and with satisfied smiles on their faces. An excellent effort and showing good progress. Keep it up girls.  Full attendance at training is essential to develop your skill level, understanding of the game, and playing in a team.    

(Report and Photo Sean Cowan)

 

Ladies U12 Football - Newry Bosco 1-3 Clonduff 5-6

Clonduff U12 girls second outing of the year took them to St Colman's College Newry where they were convincing winners over St John Bosco. All 23 girls got good game time with a middle period used to give the younger players valuable experience.   In goals were Corshenna McCoy and later Cara Boden (1-0) who showed good hands under pressure. Summer and Tamzin Brannigan and Kyla Woods were strong and reliable throughout while Niamh Fearon and Erin Rafferty were outstanding in the half back line. Centre field and half forwards of Niamh Fitzpatrick, Clara Cowan (0-2) and Molly Brown (0-1) worked tirelessly with a steady supply of quality ball to the always available Amy Johnson (3-1), Caoimhe Hughes (1-0), and Tierna Mullin (0-2). An excellent team performance!        

The younger players continue to show steady improvement. Bosco were a stronger opposition than their last game but Clonduff stood up and showed good determination and team work. In backs Molly Campbell, Sinead Woods, Seanin McGarry, Aoife McCusker, worked heroically, while Emma McGreevy and Alanna Donnan showed off their natural talent, with Elle McCumiskey, Elena McGarry, Sarah Kelly and Orla McCusker fought well and all displayed good fist passing and kicking throughout. Well done all.  Training as usual at 7pm on Wednesday - all girls must attend to be sure of place on team.

The U12 Ladies Football team is pictured above in the beautiful surrounds of St Colman's College Newry.

 

U12 Ladies Football Panel 2012

The Clonduff U12 Ladies Football panel (Photo Billy Campbell): Back Row (l to r) Sinead Woods, Kayla Woods, Emma McGreevy, Shauneen McGarry, Clara Cowan, Molly Brown, Summer Brannigan, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Shannon O'Reilly, Tamzin Brannigan, Niamh Fearon, Tiarna Mullen, Amy Johnston, Erin Rafferty; Front Row (l to r) Corshenna McCoy, Elle McCumiskey, Alanna Donnan, Orlaith McCusker, Caoimhe Hughes, Aoife McCusker, Sarah Kelly, Roisin McPolin, Isabella O'Hare, Molly Campbell, (Front) Cara Boden.

 

Ladies' first official outing 2012 - Crossmaglen Sevens

Crossmaglen Ladies Sevens (Saturday 25th February 2012) - After beating Tempo in Round 1, the girls fell to Crossmaglen and then Gleneally (group leaders) and entered the shield. It took extra time to separate Clonduff and Moneyglass with the opposition clinching a goal in the 2nd period to progress! Excellent work rate from all the girls and in game one against tempo Megan O'Reilly was named 'Player of the Match' by the official. Every girl worked extremely hard and certainly done did Clonduff proud.

Photo: (Back row) Kelly Fitzpatrick, Therese McStay, Clodagh Nugent, Hannah O'Reilly, Michaella McConville, Leanne McAleavey, (front row: Megan O'Reilly, Caoimhe Morgan, Clare O'Hagan, Petrina Lively, Orla Gribben, Jolene Branagan

 

Young Clonduff Ladies Footballers wear the Red and Black!

During October and November 2011 four Clonduff Ladies footballers (members of the 2011 U12 squad) were invited to train with the Down Ladies U14 Development Squad. This series culminated in an all-Ulster blitz on 19th November  at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown, Co Tyrone when the girls had a chance to don the red and black of Down - (pictured Summer Brannigan, Ciara O' Reilly, Tamzin Brannigan and Clara Cowan) in the two Down teams.

Trials continued over three weekends in December to select a short-listed panel; which has just been announced. Clara has made it through this process and will begin training with the squad on 8th January 2012. This is no mean feat as Clara is still an U12 player in 2012 (as are the twins). Thanks to all four young ladies for representing Clonduff on 'the big stage'

 
Images from U16 Ladies Football Final

Before the throw-in with mentors Ciarán McGreevy, Paula Cairns Ryan McShane, Christine Grimes, John A Gribben and team mascot Cara Boden and below the team looking resplendent in their new training jackets. The panel of 18 girls are: Sarah Bloomfield, Bernice McAleenan, Cliodhna Crothers, Vanessa Wilson, Caoimhe Morgan, Jenna Boden, Clare O'Hagan, Leona Killen, Roisin Mulholland, Laura Grant, Leanne McAleavey, Petrina Lively, Cara McAvoy, Tara McNeill, Jane Smith, Jane McAleenan, Leona McGarry and Ciara O'Reilly.      

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(Above) Shane Cairns presents new socks to Leanne and Roisin (Above) Paul Bloomfield presents the new training jackets (Above) The familiar team huddle before the throw-in in Kilcoo

A Saul defender once again clears her lines when Clonduff were playing against the breeze

Leona Killen rises highest for the throw-in

Roisin Mulholland keeping an eye on the Saul player almost covered by the long grass
 

Clonduff Ladies in All Ireland Sevens 2011

Clonduff Senior Ladies travelled to Dublin on Saturday to take part in the All Ireland Ladies 7s at Naomh Mearnóg for the first time in their history.  They were placed in a very difficult group with Carrickmore (Tyrone champions), St. Brigid’s (Roscommon), Mountmellick Sarsfields (Laois) and Donaghmoyne (Monaghan champions).  Even though they failed to win any of their group games, the team put in some great spirited performances and its safe to say that the Clonduff team had the best 'craic' in Dublin on Saturday with performances of the All Yellas 'Haka' failing to put fear into the opposition. Attention for three of the panel now turns to the U16 Championship final on October 16th in Kilcoo

Team (above):  Back row: (left to right) Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), Paula Gribben, Clodagh Nugent, Colleen McShane, Orla Gribben, Onagh Gribben (VC),   Michaela McConville; Front row (left to right) Jolene Branagan, Leanne McAleavey, Janine Branagan, Jenna Boden and Roisin Mulholland

 

Clonduff U12 Ladies Gaelic Footballers

A big crowd of young ladies turned out for their first game (v Kilcoo) on Tuesday 17th May 2011. This young team has only got together recently and whilst they didn't win their first game they gave a great account of themselves. The girls are in the capable hands of John Anthony Gribben, Marty Johnston, Sean Cowan, Paula Cairns, Christine Grimes and Jolene Branagan.

 Back row (l to r) Emma McGreevy, Niamh Fearon, Colleen Brannigan, Margaret McEvoy, Laura Mackin, Aoibheann O'Hare, Claire McAlinden, Amy Johnson, Ciara O'Reilly, Elle Fitzpatrick, Amy Parr, Elana McGarry, Sinead Woods; Middle row (l to r) Sarah Kelly, Roisin McPolin, Isabella O'Hare, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Clara Cowan, Fionna Burns, Erin Rafferty, Shannon O'Reilly, Corshenna McCoy, Cara Boden, Summer and Tamzin Brannigan; Front row (l to r) Aoife Brown, Caoimhe Hughes, Alanna Donnan, Kayla Woods

 
U16 Ladies Footballers off to winning start in 2011

Back row: Tara Mc Neill (0-4), Jane McAleenan (0-2), Elaine Murphy, Leona Killen (5-2), Laura Grant (2-2), Sarah Bloomfield, Kieva Morgan (0-1), Clare O Hagan (1-1), Jenna Boden, Petrina Lively; Front row: Colleen Brannigan, Ciara O Reilly (1-1), Lenna Mc Aleavey - Capt (0-3), Jane Smith (0-2), Vanessa Wilson, Cara McAvoy.

 

Ladies Footballers Get off to Winning Start

Clonduff Ladies got their 2010 season off to a winning start with a narrow one point victory over Rostrevor on Saturday evening 3rd April. Clonduff found the going tough in the first half and went in trailing 0-1 to 2-2. The second half was a different story – they upped the work-rate and outscored the homeside by nine points to one leaving the final score Rostrevor 2-3 Clonduff 0-10.
Clonduff were without a number of key players for various reasons but the second half performance of the girls on the night indicated that with a bit more commitment and resolution the outlook is good. Team: Paula Gribben, Grace Brown (debut), Colleen McShane, Lizzie Barry, Janine Branagan, Leanne McParlan (Capt), Jackie Gilmore, Kelly Carvill, Karen Gribben, Jolene Branagan, Onagh Gribben, Michaela McConville, Hannah O’Reilly, Orla Gribben, Therese McStay. Subs used: Colleen McPolin, Christina McConville
In the meantime, Michaela Downey (left and above centre) was enjoying a well-earned trip to America with the All Star team - Michaela collected hers in 2008. She is pictured here in San Francisco on Saturday (3rd April) as her team mates in Clonduff were collecting the points in Rostrevor. Enjoy every minute of it Michaela! (Photo courtesy of Liam Reidy, San Francisco)
 
Clonduff U14 Ladies Footballers can count themselves very unlucky in the B Championship final v Loughinisland on Sunday 8th November in Downpatrick. Loughinisland were the overwhelming favourites.
The girls started off well but they missed a couple of good chances at the start of the game. Then they upped the pace and at half time the score was Clonduff 1-4 Loughinisland 2-0. Clonduff started off the second half well going 4 points ahead with minutes to go but Loughinisland came up to draw the game. Extra time was played 10 mins each way. Clonduff came up the field and got the first score - a point, but that was the signal for Loughinisland to up their game and in the second period of extra time and scored a goal and a point. When the final whistle was blown the Clonduff girls were really disappointed but each and every girl played her heart out and the best team was beaten on the day. A big contingent of Clonduff supporters travelled to the game and while the result was disappointing the performance certainly was not.
Final Score: Loughinisland 4-4 Clonduff 2-7
After the game everyone, including many of the parents and other family members, went to the clubrooms where they were treated to a lovely meal. The team presented Paula and Peter with gifts for all the hard work they had done with the team. They also gave Goretta Cairns flowers for washing the jerseys for them. Peter, Paula and Goretta would like to thank the girls very much for the gifts they would also like to thank the sponsors (names will be published next week) for the hoodies and socks names and the Club for the meal.
Clonduff team and scorers: Vanessa Wilson, Sarah Bloomfield, Niamh McGreevy, Jane Smith, Laura Grant, Leona McGarry, Bernice McAleenan, Roisin Mulholland (0-2), Leona Killen, Clare McGilligan, Jenna Boden (0-3), Nicole Lynch, Rachael Harper, Leanne McAleavey (2-1) Cliodhna Crothers, Petrina  Lively, Maria Murray, Elaine Murphy, Tara McNeil, Michelle Murray, Cara McAvoy and Cara Boden. The girls are pictured above with Club Chairman Brian McGreevy and their mentors Paula Cairns and Peter McAleavey at the presentation of hooded tops and socks on the evening prior to the game.
 

Clonduff Ladies Footballer Weds

Angeline McPolin, a member of Clonduff Ladies tied the knot in the lovely autumnal sunshine on Saturday 26th September in St John's Church Ballymaghery with her long-time beau Arthur Gribben. Angeline is pictured arriving at the church with her bridesmaids (left to right) Bronagh Gribben, and her sisters Colleen and Olivia, and her little daughter Eimear. Best wishes for the future Angeline and Arthur from all in Clonduff!
 
Paula Cairns is just one of a number of Clonduff's qualified referees who made a name for themselves in 2009.  Paula qualified in 2008 as a Ladies' Football referee and took part in the 'Gaelic for Girls' tournament in Croke Park in 2008. In 2009 Paula has taken charge of junior and juvenile games up to and including Championship Semi Finals and performed to a very high standard. On Sunday 20th September she took charge of the Ladies U16B Final  played in Clonduff Park. Paula is pictured (middle left) in Clonduff Park with her umpires for the day - sister Noleen, mother Goretta, former Clonduff referee Paddy Morgan and her father Sean. On the right she is pictured between the two opposing Captains from Shamrocks and Castlewellan. (Paula continues to play the Ladies game for Clonduff.)
 
Clonduff  U14 Ladies Footballers (above with team coach Paula Cairns) who played in (and won) the Championship Quarter Final on Saturday 5th September 2009. Included in the picture are: Vanessa Wilson, Cara McAvoy, Niamh McGreevy, Bernice McAleenan, Sarah Bloomfield, Leona Mc Garry, Jayne Smith, Roisin Mulholland, Leona Killen, Tara McNeill, Cliodhna Crothers, Laura Grant, Rachael Harper, Jenna Boden, Nicole Lynch, Leanne McAleavey and Cara Boden
 
   

These three Down girls were selected on the Bord Gais National League Division Two 'Team of the Year' (l to r) Aileen Pyers (Annaclone), Orla Fegan (Shamrocks) Michaela Downey (Clonduff). They accepted their awards from the Ladies' President Pat Quill on Tuesday 9th June 2009. 
     
   

    Clonduff Ladies took part in the Feis an Duin Sevens for the first time in 2009. They met and defeated Downpatrick in the Final on Sunday 7th June, without the County players. The successful team pictured above are: Back row (l to r) Lorraine Maginn, Kelly Carvill, Paul Gribben, Colleen McShane, Colleen McPolin. Front row (l to r) Pauline Trainor, Onagh Gribben, Jolene Branagan, Janine Branagan and Leanne McParlan. In front is team mascot Eimear McPolin
     
   

Clonduff Junior Ladies played with wind advantage in their championship game at home on Tuesday 5th May and led at half time 1-5 to no score.
Whilst the visitors did get three scores in the second half Clonduff were always in control and were much more accurate in their score-taking against the wind than in the first half.
Team and scorers: Angeline McPolin, Janine Branagan (0-1), Bridget Quinn (Capt), Christina McConville, Lizzie Barry, Michaella McConville, Orla Gribben, Onagh Gribben (1-3), Paula Cairns (0-1), Megan O'Reilly, Pauline Trainor, Sheenagh McConville (1-0), Ali Britton (0-2), Shauna McParlan (0-1), Cathy McParlan. Sub used: Niamh McGreevy.

The team pictured left are: Back row (l to r) John A Gribben (Manager), Paula Cairns, Shauna McParlan, Michaella McConville, Onagh Gribben, Christina McConville, Pauline Trainor, Bridget Quinn (Capt), Cathy McParlan, Niamh McGreevy, Frank Holland (Trainer). Front row (l to r) Megan O'Reilly, Angeline McPolin, Alice Britton, Lizzie Barry, Sheenagh McConville and Orla Gribben.

     
    Michaela Downey wins All Star award
MICHAELA Downey was absolutely delighted to receive a 2008 Ladies Football All Star, becoming the first ladies footballer from Down to be receive this high-profile award.
On Saturday evening (20th November 2008) the Clonduff footballer won a place in the half-forward line at a glittering spectacular at Dublin’s City West Hotel, attended by Irish president Mary McAleese and Geraldine Giles, president of Cumann Peil na mBan. The event was hosted by RTE broadcaster Marty Morrissey and TG4’s Daithi O’Se.
The Newry girl was nominated alongside her namesake and county defender Eliza Downey.
She was presented with her award by President Mary McAleese and outgoing President of Cumann Peil Gael na Mban, Geraldine Giles.
But although Michaela might well be surprised at her award, few who saw her play would question the wisdom of the judging panel.
For example in the 2008 All Ireland Qualifiers, that was televised by TG4, the supremely talented Downey won the Player of the Match as her Down side narrowly lost by a single point to the mighty Kerry.
The former Newry Bosco dynamo, who also excels at camogie, basketball, hockey, squash, badminton and swimming, has star quality written all over her. She plays football with skill, speed and strength, specialising in lung-bursting solo runs, sometimes almost the length of the park. Michaela tackles hard, has a steely will to win and is a prolific goal-scorer. (Report Courtesy of The Newry Democrat)
Michaela was also Down's Joint Player of the Year (2008) along with her namesake, Eliza Downey.
     
    Michaela Downey.Michaela Downey completes Africa Treadmill Run
CLONDUFF and Down Ladies Football All-Star Michaela Downey ran the Down element of the Run To Africa charity on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th October 2008 in Tesco, Banbridge.
Treadmills were placed in Tesco stores throughout Ireland, with Crossmaglen and Armagh's Alma O'Donnell running in Portadown, with the aim of running the equivalent miles to Ethiopia and raising much needed funds for children's charity projects in the beleaguered African state.
Michaela, along with former Down star Mickey Linden, Ulster GAA President and Mullaghbawn's Gerry Doherty helped raise some much needed funds by running a few miles. She was also supported by a number of Clonduff Club members..
In thanking all those involved, Michaela said  "I thank anyone who contributed in any way to the success of the weekend, including patrons of Tesco for their generosity, runners who took part over the weekend, sponsors and contributors.
Run For Africa was founded by Tracey Piggot, and along with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Tesco Ireland they held a Run for Africa in every county in Ireland. The charity aims to use sport to help children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Michaela was designated co-ordinator for the charity in Co Down and the top fundraisers for the project will have the opportunity to travel to Africa to see the impact of their efforts in person.
    Left - Mickey Linden and Michaela with support runners

 

 

Right - Sheenagh McConville (Clonduff) and Mickey Linden strut their stuff

     
   

Clonduff Ladies win the Down Senior trophy to make it Three-in-a-row in 2008!

   

   
Back row (l to r) Karen Gribben, Fionnuala Carr, Lorraine Maginn, Lisa Gribben, Catherine Rooney, Elaine McCourt, Bridget Quinn, Shauna McParlan, Paula Gribben, Onagh Gribben, Cathy McParlan; Middle row (l to r) Aoibheann Downey, Sara-Louise Carr, Colleen McPolin, Clodagh Nugent, Colleen McPolin, Jolene Branagan, Leann McParlan, Jackie Gilmore, Michaela Downey; Front row (l to r) Sheenagh McConville, Lucia Morgan, Angeline McPolin, Christine Grimes, Janine Branagan, Kelly Carvill, Michaela McConville, Pauline Trainor
CLONDUFF 4-09 BREDAGH 1-05
Believing that a good start is half the battle the Clonduff girls set about an early blitz which literally blew Bredagh out of the water and left the Belfast girls with no way back after an opening quarter which had yielded three goals.
Lorraine Maginn had the ball in the Bredagh net after two minutes and with the wind in their backs Karen Gribben (2) and Michaela Downey added points to put Clonduff 1-03 up after five minutes.
With the Downey sisters dominant at centre-half and midfield respectively the Clonduff forwards enjoyed a good supply of the ball.
The champions stretched their lead when the Bredagh 'keeper could only deflect a Jackie Gilmore lob to the net and two minutes later Lorraine Maginn got her second following a good run by Michaela Downey and, with the half-time score: Clonduff 3-06, Bredagh 0-3, the challengers had a mountain to climb.
Bredagh certainly enjoyed a lot more possession in the second half and they contained Clonduff to three points, all from frees until Michaela Downey found the net direct from a free kick in stoppage time. The Clonduff 'keeper Elaine McCourt in great form. Elaine and the Downey sisters have now collected eleven Down SFC medals!
The photo above shows Vice Captain Colleen McShane and Captain Karen Gribben with the 'Century Electrical Wholesale' County Senior trophy and Lorraine Maginn (right) with the Player of the Match trophy.
This win gave Clonduff their third Senior title in a row.  They easily disposed of the Fermanagh champions in the Ulster Quarter finals but found the Donegal Champions (Moville) too hot to handle
Clonduff team and scorers: Elaine McCourt, Clodagh Nugent, Colleen McShane, Coleen McPolin, Leanne McParlan, Aoibheann Downey, Joleen Branagan, Jackie Gilmore 1-00, Michaela Downey 1-04, Kelly Carville, Paula Gribben 0-2, Sara Louise Carr 0-01, Christine Grimes, Karen Gribben 0-02 and Lorraine Maginn 2-00. Subs used: Janine Brannagan for Coleen McPolin, Michaela McConville for Kelly Carville, Lisa Gribben for Karen Gribben Bridget Quinn for Clodagh Nugent and Pauline Trainor for Jackie Gilmore.
 
     
   

    Down Ladies' Captain (and Clonduff kingpin) Michaela Downey accepting a set of new kit bags prior to the Down v Clare League Semi Final, from Amy Nicholson (Bonny's Caravan Park), Newcastle. Also in the picture is Down and Bryansford player Natasha Ferris.
     
   

    Clonduff Ladies and their Mentors before the Championship Final 2007 - the Ladies not only did back-to-back championships, they also won the Senior League for the first time.
Back Row: Austin Ward, Karen Gribben, Bridget Quinn, Kelly Carvill, Lorraine Maginn, Paula Gribben, Elaine (Dot) McCourt, Aoibheann Downey, Janine Branagan, Colleen McShane, Lisa McPolin, Paul McShane, Gerard McShane. Middle Row: Johnny McAleavey, Cathy McParlan, Onagh Gribben, Michaela Downey, Leanne McParlan, Colleen McPolin, Fionnuala Carr, Jolene Branagan, Catherine Keenan, John A Gribben. Front Row: Lisa Parr, Lucia Morgan, Mary McPolin, Michaela McConville, Lizzie Barry, Jackie Gilmore.
     
   

    The Clonduff U14 Ladies Football team that reached the County B Final in 2007. The team was coached by Paula Cairns and Peter McAleavey. Back row: left to right - Laura McGarry, Sarah Bloomfield, Katherine Milligan, Christina McConville, Catherine Rooney, Aoife Brown, Tanya McAleenan, Grace Brown. Middle row: left to right - Chelsea Brennan, Alice Britton, Carrie Smith, Megan O'Reilly, Roisin Mulholland. Front row: left to right -Laura Grant, Ciara Kelly, Leanne McAleavey, Jenna Boden, Orlagh Gribben, Niamh McGreevy
     
   
    Down Ladies U16 Footballers won the All Ireland B Championship when they defeated Roscommon 5-7 to 2-13 in Navan on Saturday 16 September 2006. What a fortnight for 16 year old Paula Gribben!
    On Friday 1 September Paula was an integral part of the Minor Camogie team that won the All Ireland B title; on Sunday 3 September she picked up 'Player of the Game' when Clonduff Ladies won Down Senior Championship; on Saturday 16 September she played for Down U16 Ladies when they annexed the All Ireland B Championship
 
Karen Gribben Clonduff Ladies Captain 2006 with the Down Senior Trophy Younger sister Paula who won the 'Player of the Game' award during the Down Senior Final! There was other Gribben Family involvement in Clonduff's success in Down! Three sisters are playing members (Left to Right) - Karen, Onagh and Paula, with their father, John Anthony (one of the Team Mentors)
Down Senior Football Champions 2006! Clonduff Ladies and their mentors before collecting the Senior Football title at the first time of asking when they overcame reigning champions Castlewellan on Sunday 3rd September 2006! Pictured back row L to R - John Anthony Gribben, Lucia Morgan, Aoibheann Downey, Lorraine Maginn, Jackie Gilmore, Liz Barry, Bridget Kearney, Kelley Carvill, Louise Savage, Elaine McCourt, Colleen McPolin, Colleen McShane, Sheenagh McConville, Lisa Parr, Michaela Downey, Catherine Keenan, Rita Kearney (Nurse), Paul McShane (Trainer). Front row L to R - Johnny McAleavey, Mary McPolin, Jolene Branagan, Janine Branagan, Christine Branagan, Paula Gribben, Karen Gribben (Capt), Angeline McPolin, Paula Cairns, Lisa McPolin, Leann McParlan, Onagh Gribben, Austin Ward.
 
Down Intermediate Champions 2005! Back row (l to r) Karen Gribben, Liz Barry, Paula Cairns, Andrina O'Hare, Catherine Keenan, Ursula Walls, Colleen McPolin, Bridget Kearney, Kelley Carvill, Louise Savage, Maria Carvill, Lisa Parr, Onagh Gribben. Front row (l to r) Karen Simpson, Paula Gribben, Mary McPolin, Christine Branagan, Jolene Branagan, Colleen McShane, Janine Branagan, Sara-Louise Carr and Maria Maginn.
 

Seamus McParlan (Mac's Bar) presenting kit bags to the Ladies Intermediate team prior to the Down Final 2004. The Ladies (l to r) are:  Angeline McPolin, Lorraine Maginn (Captain), Marie McParlan and Christine Branagan
 
The Junior Ladies pictured in Owen Roe Park, Kilcoo prior to their comprehensive Junior Championship Final win. They were a little less sedate after the game! Back row (l to r) Karen Gribben, Andrea Gribben, Lisa Parr, Lorraine Maginn, Onagh Gribben, Bridget Kearney, Olivia McPolin, Grainne Brogan, Fionnuala Walls, Lucia Morgan. Middle Row (l to r) Colleen McShane, Colleen McPolin, Jackie Gilmore, Rita Kearney, Louise Savage, Angeline McPolin, Jolene Branagan, Michelle McPolin, Caroline McCumiskey. Front Row (l to r) Siobhan McShane, Janine Branagan, Sarah Devlin, Paula Gribben, Sara Louise Carr (missing Paula Cairns)
 
    Onagh Gribben accepts the Down Ladies Junior Cup following their 3-17 to 0-3 win over Teconnaught in 2002.
The girls had a magnificent run in 2002. They also went through the Junior League unbeaten and beat the Donegal Champions, Termon in the preliminary round of the Ulster Club series. Unfortunately they succumbed by 4 points to the Derry Champions in the next round. What a marvellous achievement in only their second year in existence!
 
Eamon Rooney of E Rooney Coach Hire handing over a set of jerseys to Onagh Gribben (Captain). Also in the picture is Club Chairman, John McPolin before the first home game.
 
The First Ladies Team to take the field! This picture was taken before their first home game in 2002. Front row (l to r) Paula Gribben, Kylie Doherty, Sara Devlin, Leon Doherty. Middle row (l to r) Lucia Morgan, Jackie Gilmore, Colleen McPolin, Siobhan McShane, Maria Savage, Christine Branagan, Janine Branagan, Jolene Branagan, Bridget Morgan. Back row (l to r) Lorraine Maginn, Marie McParlan, Linda Gilmore, Maria Wilson, Bridget Kearney, Sarah Grant, Onagh Gribben, Karen Gribben, Michelle McPolin, Olivia McPolin, Marina Gilmore, Noleen Cairns.

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