Good and bad news for Mayo LGFA

Women’s football within the county has been in the news over the last few days, for on-field and off-field reasons. The result is some good news and some not-so-good news.

Let’s start with the positive news.

Over the weekend Mayo LGFA issued a rather dramatic plea for people to come forward to fill a number of positions on its executive. Mayo LGFA Chair Des Phillips stated that the failure to fill these positions within the organisation at their AGM before Christmas meant that the existence of women’s football activities within the county was in jeopardy.

An EGM was called for tonight and it was reported in the Mayo News today (here) that the public appeal for volunteers had elicited “a brilliant response” with the result that it’s now expected that a full Mayo LGFA executive will be ratified tonight. Hopefully this will now mean a fresh start for the organisation.

On the field, however, the news isn’t as upbeat.

The Mayo News reports today (here) that five players who were in the Senior panel last year won’t be available this year, for a variety of different reasons. Only one of these has been named but it’s a significant one – Burrishoole’s Clodagh McManamon, who has opted out this year due to work and other commitments.

Two long-serving players, Lisa Cafferky and Fiona McHale, have, however, confirmed their intention to be involved once again this year, which is obviously good news. Liam McHale’s charges open their National League Division One campaign on the weekend after next, with a home game against Meath on Sunday, 21st January.

4 thoughts on “Good and bad news for Mayo LGFA

  1. Incredible player and servant. She can certainly leave with her head held high. A credit to club and county.

  2. McManamon sisters were great servants .Big loss for Management to lose so many from the panel .
    It’s such a pity so many of our top ladies footballers are playing in Australia but of course they are dead right to grab the opportunity

  3. Not a great start for McHale losing 5 players before a ball is kicked. Hopefully some of the promising younger players really step up this season.

  4. Wonder did the McHale appointment not go down well with some members of the panel.
    If so it’s a pity as I think he will be a great manager but will need everyone on side.

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