Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mullingar ladies carry on up the divisions

Mullingar ladies first eleven claimed Leinster’s Division 11 last week as they claimed a vital 2-0 win away to Naas III.

Captained by Lorraine Scanlan, the side coped admirably without the services this season of Anne Stension, their influential centre forward who injured her cruciate ligament in the first game of the season.

With Stension's absence, players such as Sarah MacManus – a Westmeath ladies football and camoige star – stepped up to the plate and excelled all year.

It caps an impressive few years for the ’Gar’s ladies section who only returned to action in 2007 following a six year break from competitive hockey.

They re-entered the league after men’s club stalwart and, then club coach Colin Waters, persuaded them to give it another go in the Leinster league.

Since then, the ladies won the Division 13/14 Cup and Division 13 league in 2008, and were promoted from Division 12 last season.

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