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Gloria Corrigan Blitz 2010.

The Girls 7-a-side football Blitz organised by Emyvale Club in memory of Gloria Corrigan took place on Sat July 31 2010. Gloria is fondly and sadly remembered by her colleagues and friends in the Emyvale club for the work she did to promote ladies football and her participation in so many aspects of social life in the North Monaghan area. Her untimely death as a result of a tragic accident while she was helping another victim of a road accident robbed Emyvale of a wonderful person and she will never be forgotten.
On Friday evening the organisers gathered in the Clubhouse to hold the draw for the four sections on the Blitz. 16 teams entered and the draw was held with Corrigan family members participating. Final details of the needs for Sat were discussed and decided on and all was ready.
At 9.30am the teams began arriving. St. Laurence’s from Kildare had travelled the previous night and stayed locally. A team from Tubbercurry made the long journey and arrived just in time for their first game. We have a pictorial taken on Friday night and Saturday morning and this will be followed with the details of outcomes later.

It was a great day of football with excellent displays of skills and sportsmanship. Eventually it was down to the Cup and Shield semi-finals and all teams gave of their best. However Magheracloone faced St. Macartan’s in the final of the Shield and went on to win that section of the Competition. In the Cup Scotstown won their way through and had to contend with the very strong team from Kildare - St. Laurence’s. The Kildare side won by one point - 8 to 7. Scotstown gilrs put on a great performance and it looked at one stage that they would get victory but the outcome was uncertain till the final whistle. John Corrigan presented the Gloria Corrigan Memorial Cup to their captain, Emma Wheeler. Player of the Blitz went to from Magheracloone.
Congratulation to St. Laurence’s on their fine win and we look forward to them returning next year to defend the title.  They had played in Feile in Emyvale a few weeks ago and had stayed overnight with local families. They came to this competition on Friday night and stayed over with the same families and all of the locals have nothing but praise for the lovely people the team and mentors are. On the next page you can click on the photo of Eoin Wheeler, their manager, and hear a short interview I did with him.
After the final an exhibition match was played between Tyholland and Killeevan ladies and they got a great surprise when it was Tommy Bowe who presented the medals to the teams. Tommy just called in to show support to the event but he was absolutely mobbed. However much he is accustomed to the tackles on the Rugby field this was different but it just showed the high esteem and respect that the people of Monaghan have for him. We have a short interview with him later too.
Well done to John Cuddy, Brenda McAnespie and the big band of committed workers who put all this together, planned it, organised everything and saw it through to a very successful conclusion. A great deal of hard and time-consuming work goes into an event like this and much of it goes unnoticed but thanks to them and well done.

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