IBANE ladies football club recently held a social evening in the Grange Tavern, which recognised the success their various teams enjoyed during the 2019 playing season.
The progressive football club, who are an amalgamation of Timoleague, Barryroe and Ballinascarthy honoured their successful U14 and U16 teams at a pleasant function.
Club secretary Paul O’Callaghan was delighted with the successful function.
“The celebration of Ibane ladies achievements went off very well.
“There was a great turnout with the players, coaches and family members all there enjoying the celebrations with great food being provided by Mags O’Brien and all the staff in the Grange Tavern,” revealed the club administrator.
Newly appointed LGFA Development Officer Miriam Forbes acted as the guest of honour on the night. Paul was thrilled with the contribution the Dohenys club member provided.
“Miriam came and presented the medals to the U14 C West Cork winners and the U16 C West Cork runners-up.
“Miriam spoke in great detail. She highlighted how far the club has come in five years to be competing and winning silverware at such an early stage in the club’s development.
“Miriam is a great ambassador and coach. It was very generous of Miriam to speak to the club on such an important night for the club.”
Ibane ladies football club were established in 2015 following great interest from local footballers within the three parishes who were keen to play ladies football.
The U14 and U16 teams possess a lot of very talented footballers who the club are hopeful will continue to progress in the coming years. Paul paid tribute to their dedication and strength of character.
“This U16 team were the first team in the club when they togged out at U12 level five years ago.
“To see them getting medals is only testament to the commitment these girls have shown. This group have stuck together since the start. They suffered a lot of heavy defeats in the early days. They never gave up however. They worked hard at training and they are now beginning to reap the rewards of all their efforts.
“This U14 team have done well over the past two years and they are a very talented group aiming to continue their development this year moving up to U16 B.”
Such is the success of ladies football within the club, they recently decided to establish a junior football team.
Paul acknowledged the hard work so many coaches are investing in the various teams.
“Some of our talented underage players have already togged out on our recently developed junior team.
“In 2019 Ibane ladies first ever adult team was formed. The spread of ages and football background was diverse.
“Between the U16, minor and junior teams there would be up 40 people training every week. We have very dedicated and committed coaches.
“The four junior coaches never saw anything but enthusiasm. They have a great team morale and a willingness to learn from all the players.
“As a coach one of the greatest things to see was the way the various age groups worked together.”
The club field teams all the way from U6 up to junior level.
A number of their players are already playing for Carbery developing teams where they continue to hone their skill levels.
Their playing numbers continue to grow on an annual basis. Peter is delighted with the success of the club.
“Last year we had 150 players and coaches registered in the club with teams from U6 all the way to junior.
“It is great to see the level of interest and commitment that people in the areas of Timoleague, Barryroe and Ballinascarthy have in football.
“Aside from the U14 and U16 teams achievements over the last year, on the fields of play itself, the U10 and U8 teams did very well in blitzes.
“Our U12 team last year were the first team in the club to play in the A grade and they managed to get to a West Cork semi-final.
“Our minor team performed very well in their league and our junior team got to the league and championship semi-finals.”
The team play the majority of their games in Timoleague and Barryroe, with the occasional game played in Ballinascarthy.
There is great co-operation between all three clubs. The name Ibane and their colours were carefully chosen revealed Paul.
“We chose the name Ibane ladies, as Ibane is the peninsula of the area. Ibane ladies catchment area is the whole parish of Timoleague, which includes Ballinascarthy, and Barryroe parish.
“The colours of the jerseys are maroon which represent Timoleague, sky blue for Barryroe and white for Ballinascarthy.
“From the start the club has been greatly supported by Argideen Rangers, Barryroe and Ballinascarthy with all clubs contributing financial support or club facilities.
“It has been immense how well the clubs have supported the ladies club in the area. Our collaboration with the camogie clubs in the area has also been great.
“Working in collaboration with these clubs ensures that we continue to offer a variety of sports for the girls in the area.
“Our aim is to encourage them to take part in as many sporting opportunities as their male counterparts.
“We have a great committee driving the club on. We have also received great support from the businesses in the area who have assisted in a variety of ways.
“Their support has been vital.”
It has been immense how well the clubs have supported the ladies club in the area