So its only just over 24 hours before the double header in o Connor Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly with two of the Cork ladies football teams in action.
The senior ladies of Cork take on Monaghan at 3.15 pm in their All Ireland Qualifier to keep the 2017 year on track towards victory and another All Ireland Win to add to the huge cabinets.
Then at 5pm the younger ladies take on Galway in the All Ireland Minor A Final.
Yes an All Ireland Final!!!
How many of you reading knew this?
Whether you have an interest sport in general or not we should all row in behind any team, in any sport who represent their County at any grade.
The senior ladies have given us decades of success under Eamon Ryan
and are now in transition with the experienced players retiring and the younger newer players learning the ropes.
That said ,the success of the senior ladies football team is still somewhat behind in terms of support!
Ladies sports for some reason seem to fall behind their male counterparts in terms of support.
The LIDL chain has come on board in recent years and has transformed the support it had previously been shown through sponsorship, advertising and giveaways at the grassroots level.
We commend you for this LIDL.
Last week current secretary of the Cork LGFA Marian Crowley sent a very open and heart felt email to the secretaries of Cork to drum up support for the 2 teams tomorrow (Monday 6th August 2017)
She took a step to try and get the grass roots to generate more support for the 2 teams.
Marian spoke to me earlier this week and said
“It’s just how I felt personally”.
She continued to say that
“while the Cork Support has grown in recent times we still need to appreciate the work these teams put in all year round”.
“The players and managers deserve the same support as any other team”
Read Marian’s email below. And let us know your views on Facebook,Twitter or email.
YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
There are 2 important inter county matches being played on Monday, 7th August, in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.
The Cork Senior team are going through a transition phase at the moment having had some retirements.
This is a very young team who against the odds won the Division 1A League final against Donegal.
Since then some players have incurred injuries which has affectedthe team’s performance. They have a crucial qualifier match against Monaghan, Throw in 3:15pm. It is possible that if Cork lose this match, they could face relegation.
This match will be followed by the Minor All Ireland Final v Galway at 5:00pm.
Cork have been very successful at this grade but they will face a very strong Galway team who are aiming to make a clean sweep of all Championship titles this year having already won the U14 and U16 All Ireland titles.
Cork people are very poor at supporting our teams. Every match that I attend, the Cork attendance is comprised of mostly the parents & friends of the players and the very few strong supporters who attend almost every match.
We were well outnumbered in the U16A All Ireland final in Nenagh. The Maroon and White colours were out in force. That match was played on a Wednesday evening so there was some excuse for the lack of support.
Next Monday is the August Bank Holiday, so most of us will not be working that day. The entry prices are very reasonable, €10:00 per adult, €5:00 per student/OAP and U16s are FREE. What a great day out for a family without incurring a huge cost.
Think of the players of both teams and their managements, the hours of training they attend, the sacrifices they make foregoing holidays and family events and come out to support them.
Think also of our former great players, (below)
How many of you will travel to Croke Park on 13th August to support the Cork Hurlers?
And if the Cork Senior men’s football team were doing well, you probably would support them too.
Why can’t we extend the same support to the Ladies Football. We have 76 clubs in Cork with over 10,000 members.
Why will we possibly only have a few hundred turning up in Tullamore next Monday?
Remember too that 40 of our U12 players are playing in the Mini Games at half time of both matches.
So I wish both teams and managements the very best of luck on Monday. I only hope against hope that I won’t come away from Tullamore on Monday, lamenting the lack of Cork support.
Secretary Cork LGFA