The schoolgirls section started in September 2007. It began slowly with training on a Saturday morning with about 15 to 20 girls aged between 8 and 12. Mervyn Greene got the ball rolling with great support from Diane Houston and the Underage section of the Club especially Owen Hackett and Conor Lynch.
Very soon afterwards Mervyn Greene, Diane Houston , Jack Walsh and Kevin Cooney were on board as parents / coaches.The first few months were spent showing the girls the basics,introducing them to the rules etc . In September 2008 we were approached to enter a team in the Cork Schoolgirls League which gave us very little time to prepare but we decided to go ahead. As our first league game quickly arrived we feared for our young team and hoped that they would not get disheartened if there was a heavy defeat.We faced Crosshaven in that first game at Madden Park on the brand new pitch, in our brand new outfits ,with a brand new team and bucket loads of enthusiasm.
The girls we put out that day were fantastic and did their very best against the odds.We were beaten 2 goals to 1 but our girls celebrated afterwards as if we had won.The honour of scoring our very first goal in league foootball went to Meadhbh O'Leary( although her father Pat has a better story!!!) who has been scoring regularly since.This, we felt ,was going to be some journey with these great kids.There were a few ups and downs along the way but we finished our first season in mid table which was a great achievement .
Our Under 12 Girls on their League debut September 25th 2008.
By the time the 2009/ 10 season came along we again entered a team at U12 and now an U 14 team as well.Both teams had a great year , in fact the U 12 girls narrowly missed out in a Cup Final place , losing on penalties to a team they had dominated for the whole game.They also finished in runners up position in their League.
While all this league action was happening, back at base camp in Eli Lilly's pitch,more and more girls were turning up each Saturday to play soccer.Tom Black, John Hayes ,Siobhan Connell Margaret Murphy and others were preparing the next crop of players from 6, 7, 8 , 9 and 10 year olds who participated in many Blitz competitions and were doing very well.Many have since progressed to the U 12 / U 14 teams and the benefits of starting young are being seen on the pitch.Who knows but we might have a few future Irish Internationals in the making!!
For the 2010 / 11 season we had teams at U 12 , U 14 and U 16 competing in the Cork Schoolgirls League and making a name for themselves.A number of girls have already represented Cork Schoolgirls at both U 12 and U 14 level.
Our wonderful U 12 team were Runners Up in the 2010/2011 premier division, which is a fantastic achievement considering this was just our third season in the League.
Not to be outdone, our U14 Girls became Division One Champions for 2010/2011, again a great achievement after just their second season in the League.
Our U16 Girls came third in Division One in their first year in the League.
What a fantastic season for all our teams and congratulations to all those involved.
Makalea Cooney,Clare Tyner,Maedhbh O'Leary and Ellen Murphy at F.A.I.winter training camp
Hayley Kiely & Leah O'Sullivan ;Cork & Kinsale;
In May of 2010 we entertained a Schoolgirls team from Sinsheim / Hoffenheim in Germany and had a wonderful week end of soccer, fun and friendship.They had such a good time in Kinsale they invited us to visit them in Germany .No time was wasted and the plan to invade Germany was hatched. In July 2011 we travelled with two teams on the return leg of this "fixture" to spend time in Germany and also took in two games of the F.I.F.A Womens World Cup Finals.
Our trip to Germany was a great success.A total of 41 travelled with the group comprising of 33 girls and 8 coaches / parents.The Hoffenheim club were fantastic and pulled out all the stops to ensure we had a memorable time. The highlights were the attendance at Womens World Cup games , a day at an amazing fun park ,Heidelberg ,and of course our game against the Hoffenheim Girls team. However ,the hospitality and generosity of our German hosts was something we will never forget, to Thomas Brunner and his crew a big , big thank you.
Mervyn Greene and Thomas Brunner of Hoffenheim before our Friendly international May 2010
The Girls section has come a long way in those three short years and the future looks very bright.A big thank you to the Underage section of the Club who were very supportive at the early stages , to the Coaches, the parents and especially the Girls.
For the 2011 / 2012 Season we will have the following teams;
Under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 competing in the Cork schoolgirls League
CONTACT NAMES AND NUMBERS
Mervyn Greene 086 8289063 and Frank Hill 087 2513311
Jack Walsh 087 9577359 and Kevin Cooney 087 9476899
Diane Houston 086 0603880 Siobhan Connell 086 3533794
John Hayes 087 6590931
We are lucky to have the facilities at Eli Lilly in which to train, with grateful thanks them.
Training takes place on Saturdays from noon to 1.30 p.m. at the Pitch at Eli Lilly.
The Academy( 6 to 10 year old) train every Saturday , weather permitting.
The League teams train on alternative weeks because of League games on Saturdays./ Sundays
The Under 14 , Under 16 and Under 18 squads also train at Saile all weather pitches.
The Under 18 girls on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and the Under 14 and Under 16 girls at 7p.m. on Wednesdays.
Kinsale &District Lions Club
The Kinsale and District Lions Club have very generously been our kit sponsors since
we started. Please support them in any of their many fundraising activities.