This year, 21 counties are represented among the 30 clubs, with inter-county stars Aimee Mackin (Armagh) and Jenny Higgins (Roscommon) on board as official 2020 Gaelic4Girls ambassadors.Six clubs from three counties in Connacht will participate in the 2020 Gaelic4Girls Programme, while Leinster will be represented by eight clubs from six counties. In Munster, seven clubs will represent five counties, while the Ulster presence amounts to nine clubs from seven counties.Vincent Whelan, LGFA National Development Officer with remit for Growth and Participation, commented: “This year we had unprecedented interest in the hugely successful Gaelic4Girls programme.“The programme aims to increase participation in 30 specifically selected clubs nationally, who have met the requisite criteria.“Clubs will undertake an eight-week programme engaging with the local community, local schools and LSPs (Local Sports Partnerships) to reach out to the wider community and throw open their club gates to new members at certain age groups.“In addition this year, coaches will get the opportunity to avail of two coach education days to support them as they continue their journey through the programme.“As with every year, the famous Gaelic4Girls jersey will be sporting new colours and the participants will be off to a colourful start to their Ladies Gaelic Football lives.“Fun Cluster blitzes, where the new players will get to execute their newly-acquired skills, will close the programme out and help to reinvigorate, grow and sustain the clubs well into the future.”The full list of participating clubs for 2020 reads as follows:Connacht: Loughrea (Galway), Kilmeena, Mayo Gaels, Claremorris, Ballyhaunis (all Mayo), St Mary’s (Sligo).Leinster: St Anne’s (Carlow), St Nicholas (Louth), Wolfe Tones (Meath), Athlone (Westmeath), Clonard (Wexford), Clann Na Gael, St Nicholas, Newtownmountkennedy (all Wicklow).Munster: Clarecastle (Clare), Whitescross (Cork), Finuge St Senans (Kerry), Croom, Askeaton-Ballysteen (both Limerick), Clashmore-Kinsalebeg, St Oliver’s (both Waterford).Ulster: Naomh Seamus (Antrim), Pontzpass, St Michael’s (both Armagh), Naomh Ultan, Naomh Muire (both Donegal), Aghaderg (Down), Belcoo (Fermanagh), Ballybay (Monaghan), Castlederg (Tyrone).G4G is a 10-week programme incorporating coaching sessions with fun non-competitive blitzes aimed at increasing participation in Ladies Gaelic Football. The programme targets girls aged between 8-12 years who are not currently registered with a Ladies Gaelic Football club.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce details of the 2020 Gaelic4Girls Programme – with 30 clubs from across Ireland set to benefit. This is the 12th year of the Gaelic4Girls initiative, which has proven hugely-successful since its inception in 2008.
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State freshman Kateryna Piatakova has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Piatakova had an impressive outing in her first regular-season collegiate match at the Florida Gulf Coast Lady Eagle Classic last weekend. The freshman from Kharkiv, Ukraine (Kharkiv N131) posted a 3-0 doubles mark and added a 2-1 showing in singles, dropping her last match of the weekend in a third-set tiebreaker. Her performance enabled her to win her flight in doubles. She fell in the final of her singles flight. Honorable mention this week goes to Nicholls junior Maire Aubert. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.
No. 4 Northwestern State 62, No. 2 Stephen F. Austin 44: The Lady Demons completed their three-game sprint to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament title with an oppressive defensive effort that keyed the way to a 62-44 win over Stephen F. Austin at Leonard E. Merrell Center, giving the school its first trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. The Northwestern defense was most impressive at denying SFA from the 3-point line. The Lady Demons forced the Ladyjacks into missing their first 12 attempts from beyond the arc, holding them to just 2 treys in 18 attempts (11.1 percent). Co-coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr arrived in 2011, and after the team missed the conference tournament for only the fourth time since joining the Southland Conference in 1987, the Lady Demons won 12 games last year and entered this season picked to finish eighth. Building upon their strong defensive effort in the last nine minutes of Saturday’s semifinal win over top-seed Lamar, the Lady Demons harassed SFA with a zone that kept constant pressure on the Ladyjacks, who shot just 32.7 percent from the field. News & NotesConference Sends Four Teams to the Postseason: Northwestern State headlines four Southland Conference teams that will be participating in the 2014 postseason. The Lady Demons won their second Southland Conference title with a 62-44 win against Stephen F. Austin to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Northwestern earned a No. 16 seed and will face the region’s top seed Tennessee Saturday at 3 p.m., Central, on ESPN2. Lamar guaranteed itself of a second consecutive postseason trip after winning the conference regular season along with Stephen F. Austin. The Lady Cardinals will participate in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament and face Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss., Thursday at 7 p.m. SFA and McNeese State are also in the postseason after accepting bids to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Ladyjacks will host former Southland foe Texas State Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Nacogdoches. The Cowgirls are making their fourth consecutive postseason trip after appearing in the NCAA tournament in 2011 and 2012 and advancing to the WBI championship game in 2013. McNeese will travel to Highland Heights, Ky., to face Northern Kentucky Thursday at 6 p.m. Southland in the WBI: In the four years of the Women’s Basketball Invitational, the Southland has always had at least one team invited. This postseason marks the third consecutive season that two teams from the conference will appear in the WBI with Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State. Last season, McNeese State and Lamar represented the league while Sam Houston State and SFA were in the tournament before that. In the inaugural year in 2010, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made a run to the semifinals before falling to Memphis. Three seasons ago, Central Arkansas made its first-ever appearance in the postseason and drew eventual champion Alabama-Birmingham in the first round. Last year, Lamar picked up a first round win against Presbyterian College before falling to South Dakota in the second round. McNeese State made a run to the championship game, picking up road wins at Mercer, Elon and South Dakota before falling at Detroit-Mercy. UIW’s Mora Named Academic All-America Third Team: University of the Incarnate Word senior guard Ifunanya Mora was named Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Third Team on Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mora, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, is a biology major with a perfect 4.00 GPA. She is a four-year starter for the Cardinals and become the 11th player in school history to score 1,000 career points this year. She is the school’s all-time leader in blocks, free throws made and attempted. She is among the top 10 in school history in points, rebounds, assists and steals. She is a two-time First Team Academic All-District selection. A program that had recorded 10 seasons of at least 19 wins from 1991-2004, Northwestern hit a slow yet gradual decline after winning the 2004 Southland tournament. Co-coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr arrived in 2011, and after the team missed the conference tournament for only the fourth time since joining the Southland Conference in 1987, the Lady Demons won 12 games last year and entered this season picked to finish eighth. Last Year – Sam Houston State Loses Tight Battle with Tulane: With a 10-0 surge midway through the second half, Tulane broke open a close game to end Sam Houston State’s 2013 women’s basketball season with a 65-57 Green Wave win in the first round of the WNIT Thursday at the Devlin Center in New Orleans. The contest was tied nine times with 12 lead changes as neither team led by more than four points for the first 30 minutes of the game. Seniors Britni Martin, Sequeena Thomas and Chanice Smith closed out their careers Thursday after leading Sam Houston to its first Southland Conference regular season championship, its first Southland tournament final and its first WNIT appearance. Martin led all scorers with 18 points. Thomas totaled 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Smith tallied three points and grabbed six rebounds. Courtney Duever Earns Player of the Year: Duever, a native of Austin, Texas (Westlake H.S.), helped lead the Sugar Bears to a third-place finish in the conference and was a vital part in the league’s top scoring defense. Duever led UCA with 15.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which ranked ninth and fourth, respectively, in conference. Duever recorded 14 double-doubles on the season, including a 36-point, 12-rebound performance against Oral Roberts on Feb. 22. The 36 points is the second most points scored by an individual against a conference opponent this season. Duever helped UCA on the defensive end, allowing opponents to shoot only 39.4 percent and average a league-low 55.5 points per game. The UCA center led the Sugar Bears with a block per game, which is seventh in the conference, and she led the league with 7.2 defensive rebounds per game. Duever is only the second Central Arkansas player to be selected as the Southland player of the year, joining former teammate Megan Herbert, who won the honor three times from 2011-13. Duever is making her second all-conference appearance, having been named to the third team a season ago. No. 4 Northwestern State 69, No. 5 Nicholls 65: Northwestern State’s season came perilously close to slipping away, that is, before Kourtney Pennywell helped save it. Pennywell’s basket with 40 seconds left gave the Lady Demons the lead for good, while three late free throws helped secure fourth-seed Northwestern’s 69-65 win over fifth-seed Nicholls in Friday’s women’s quarterfinal at Merrell Center. Thanks to Stoehr’s innovation and Trudy Armstead’s pinpoint pass to Pennywell, the Demons will advance to play top-seed. Nicholls trailed 63-53 with 5:42 remaining before mounting together a 12-0 run that was capped off by a 3-pointer from first-team All-Southland guard Emani White that gave the Colonels a two-point lead with 1:49 left.No. 7 McNeese State 66, No. 3 Central Arkansas 62: The two-time Southland women’s tournament champions are still in the building, one step closer to a possible third title. No. 7 seed McNeese overcame a seven-point deficit, rallying to defeat Central Arkansas 66-62 in a second-round game at Merrell Center. It was McNeese’s last run that proved to be the difference. Trailing 60-56 with 1:02 left, the Cowgirls came out of a timeout with a play for second-team All-Southland guard Allison Baggett, whose 3-point attempt took one long bounce before falling in to cut the margin to one with 56 seconds remaining. Things got better when guard Jayln Johnson (19 points, six assists) scored on a fast-break basket and then converted the ensuing free throw to give the Cowgirls a 62-60 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Last Year – Oral Roberts Falls to Tennessee in First Round: Oral Roberts knew it would take a near-perfect game for the 15-seed beat the second seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Knoxville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. A dominant defensive performance in the first half gave the Golden Eagles a chance, but a scoring drought was too much to overcome as Tennessee claimed the 83-62 victory and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The loss brings to a close the careers of seniors Savanna Buck, Kevi Luper and Jaci Bigham. While Tennessee moved to 51-0 in home NCAA Tournament games. Luper led the offense for ORU, posting another 20-point effort, the 82nd of her illustrious career and moving into 14th place on the NCAA’s career scoring list with 2,867 career points. Savanna Buck and Taylor Cooper each had 15 points, while Sarah Shelton aided the cause in other ways with 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. Women’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF) | Regional Coverage MapPostseason ScheduleThursday, March 20McNeese State at Northern Kentucky, 6 p.m. (Women’s Basketball Invitational)Lamar at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. (Women’s National Invitation Tournament)Texas State at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. (WBI) Brianna Mullins Tabbed as League’s Top Freshman: Mullins was second on the Sugar Bears with 10.2 points per game, which was third overall among conference freshman. The Rosston, Ark. (Nevada H.S.), native, was the second-best freshman from the charity stripe, shooting 79.2 percent (61-for-77), which was tops on UCA. She also finished second on the team in assists (2.2) and 3-pointers made (0.9), third in field goal percentage (42.5), and fourth in rebounding (3.6) and steal (0.7). Mullins is the second Sugar Bear to earn freshman of the year honors joining Herbert (2010). The Northwestern defense was most impressive at denying SFA from the 3-point line. The Lady Demons forced the Ladyjacks into missing their first 12 attempts from beyond the arc, holding them to just 2 treys in 18 attempts (11.1 percent). No. 7 McNeese State 78, No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73: Allison Baggett will never be confused as one of the nation’s premier shot blockers, yet the heart and soul of McNeese State women’s basketball delivered on perhaps the biggest rejection of her well-decorated career. Baggett’s block of Brittany Mbamalu’s potential game-tying 3-pointer helped seal the Cowgirls’ hard-fought 78-73 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Thursday’s opening round game at the Merrell Center, propelling the No. 7 seed to Friday’s quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Central Arkansas. The block eventually led to Baggett shooting the game-clinching free throws for McNeese, which rallied from a 57-49 deficit at the 14:25 mark of the second half. Southland Conference in the NCAA Tournament· The Southland Conference is 18-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament· This marks the third time a Southland team has been a No. 16 seed. Northwestern State was also a No. 16 seed when it claimed the league’s automatic bid in 2004.· Northwestern State is one of the highest seeds to ever win the conference tournament. The Lady Demons were the No. 4 seed. Former member Texas State also won as the No. 4 seed in 2003.· The Southland has had one team appear in the Final Four. Former member Louisiana-Monroe accomplished the feat in 1985.· Since 2000, the highest seed a Southland team has received was No. 11, when Stephen F. Austin made it to the second round in 2000.· The best-ever seed a Southland team received was in 1985 when former member ULM was a No. 2 seed. That year, ULM advanced to the Final Four before falling to Old Dominion.· The current members of the conference are 13-30 in the tournament. SFA has won 10 times while Lamar has earned the other three wins. Northwestern State in the NCAA Tournament: Northwestern State is making its third overall appearance to the NCAA tournament and first since 2004, when the Lady Demons fell to Duke, 103-51. That year, the Blue Devils advanced to the Elite Eight. The Lady Demons are 0-2 all-time in the NCAA. Northwestern State is looking to give the Southland its first tournament win since 2000 when Stephen F. Austin upset Xavier, 73-72. First-Team All-Conference Announced: Duever, a two-time all-conference selection, is joined on the first team by Roberts, another two-time selection, Nicholls sophomore guard Emani White, Lamar senior guard Gia Ayers and Houston Baptist junior forward Shanice Steenholdt. White leads the league in scoring (19.5) and steals (2.2). She also ranks fourth in minutes played (34.4) eighth in free throw percentage (78.5) and 3-pointers made (2.1), 10th in 3-point percentage (36.0) and 15th in assists (2.9). Ayers leads the conference in assists (5.5) and ranks second in steals (2.1) and minutes played (35.5), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), fifth in scoring (16.1) and 11th in 3-pointers per game (2.0). Steenholdt, who earns first-team honors in her first season in the league, ranks second in scoring (18.2), third in rebounding (9.8), blocks (1.8) field goal percentage (54.9) and eighth in steals (1.8). About the Lady Vols: Tennessee, 27-5 overall and the SEC’s tournament champion, is making its 33nd all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship and is the only school to earn a berth every season of the tourney’s existence. The eight-time NCAA champion Lady Vols are 115-24 in NCAA play, posting the most victories and games in tourney history as well. The Big Orange women are 50-1 all-time in NCAA First or Second Round games, including a 40-0 record (20-0 in first round/20-0 second round) at home. No. 4 Northwestern State 61, No. 1 Lamar 60: Northwestern trailed top-seed Lamar for 19:56 of the second half, yet Janelle Perez made sure the Demons held the lead for the most important four seconds. Perez’s third basket in the final 57 seconds was the game-winner as the fourth-seed Demons advanced to Sunday’s Southland Conference tournament women’s title game with a 61-60 win over the Cardinals, capping off a furious rally that appeared unlikely in the final 66 seconds. The victory carries the Demons into their first tourney title contest since beating Texas-Arlington for the 2004 championship. Perez’s end-game heroics were set up in part by a Northwestern defense that kept Lamar to just a field goal for the final 9 minutes of the contest. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jasmine Shaw Honored as Newcomer of the Year: Shaw made an immediate impact for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after transferring from Marshall. The senior guard from Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods H.S.), led the Islanders and was seventh in the Southland in scoring with 15.2 points per game. She was also tops in the league in 3-point percentage, making 40.7 percent (74-for-182) of the shots. Her 2.6 made 3-pointers per game was second in the league. Shaw also led the Islanders with 44 steals and was 11th in the league with 1.5 swipes per game. Shaw is the first A&M-Corpus Christi player to be named the league’s top newcomer. No. 2 Stephen F. Austin 80, No. 7 McNeese State 54: No. 2 seed Stephen F. Austin was in no mood to let No. 7 seed McNeese State even entertain the thought of an upset. An stout defensive effort set the tone for the Ladyjacks’ 80-54 rout of the Cowgirls in the women’s semifinal, putting SFA into the tournament finale against Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks, who have won 9 of their last 11, never trailed in the contest and used a 14-3 run near the end of the first half to put away the Cowgirls, who were playing their third game in as many days. First-team All-Southland forward Porsha Roberts led the SFA charge with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while front-line cohorts Dayln Harris and Tierany Henderson combined for 19 boards to help spearhead the Ladyjacks’ dominant effort. UIW’s Mora Twins, Nicholls’ Nash Earn Academic All-District Honors: UIW twin sisters senior Ify Mora and junior Kosy Mora were two of only five players selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Women’s basketball Team and Nicholls junior Jenny Nash was one of five players named to the All-District 6 Team by the voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Southland in the WNIT: The Southland Conference has sent a team to the WNIT for eight consecutive years with Lamar receiving its second-ever invitation this season. The Lady Cardinal also received the invite in 2011 when they lost to Arkansas 91-65 in the first round. Since 2007, the conference has only picked up one WNIT when former member Texas State defeated Prairie View A&M in the first round before falling to Texas Tech in the second round. Northwestern State has appeared in the WNIT championship game twice. In 1986, before the Lady Demons were conference members, Northwestern State fell to Idaho, and in 1995, the Lady Demons lost to Texas A&M. Nicholls’ KK Babin Becomes League’s All-Time Minutes Played Leader: Nicholls’ senior guard KK Babin become the league’s all-time leader in minutes played when she eclipsed former Central Arkansas’ Megan Herbert’s mark of 4,143 minutes. Babin reached the milestone in the first half of the Colonels’ win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Jan. 18. Babin, who leads the league in minutes played this season, averaging 39.1 per game, has ranked in the league’s single season top 10 for minutes played every year she has been at Nicholls. Currently, Babin has played 4,661 minutes in her career. Saturday, March 22Northwestern State at Tennessee, 3 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) The Lady Demons completed their three-game sprint to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament title with an oppressive defensive effort that keyed the way to a 62-44 win over Stephen F. Austin at Leonard E. Merrell Center, giving the school its first trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. Islanders’ Chadwick Selected as Coach of the Year: Chadwick earned his second coach of the year award after guiding the Islanders to an 18-11 overall record and an 11-7 conference mark to tie for fourth in the final league standings. A&M-Corpus Christi had a 14-game improvement from last season after it finished 4-25 overall in Chadwick’s first season. The 14-game differential is the best turnaround in the country this season. The Islanders had won only eight total conference games the previous three seasons before notching 11 league victories this year. Chadwick is the first Islander coach to be named the coach of the year, and he is the first coach in league history to win the award at two different institutions (Stephen F. Austin, 1997). McNeese State’s Jones Named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team: McNeese State senior center NeTanya Jones became the first player, male or female, in McNeese history to be named to the Allstate Good Works Team when she was one of five Division I student-athletes selected to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. The native of Oakdale, La., will join nine other women’s basketball student-athletes to be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, and will also participate in a local community project benefitting the city. In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others. A Look at the 2014 Tournament…No. 5 Nicholls 77, No. 8 Oral Roberts 66: Nicholls turned its opening round matchup against Oral Roberts into their own version of Throwback Thursday. The fifth-seeded Colonels tied their own Southland Conference tournament record with 14 3-pointers has they held off the eighth-seeded Golden Eagles 77-66 at Merrell Center to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Northwestern State. Nicholls tied a mark they set during an opening round upset win over Central Arkansas in the 2012 tournament. The backcourt duo of senior K.K. Babin and sophomore Emani White combined for 11 of Nicholls’ treys, combining for 42 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Northwestern State Claims Second Southland Conference Tournament Title: Two years after a 6-23 campaign, Northwestern State will get to put their dancing shoes on. Southland’s All-Tournament Team: Four of the five spots on the all-tournament team were made up from players in the championship game. Northwestern State placed two players, including Trudy Armstead and Janelle Perez. Stephen F. Austin also had two representatives with Porsha Roberts and Kali Jerrell. Nicholls’ Emani White completed the five-member team. Armstead, who was named tournament MVP, had 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the championship game and averaged 17.3 points in the three Northwestern State wins. Perez helped the Northwestern State offense by scoring 10 in the championship, but really carried the Lady Demons in the semifinals, hitting the game-winner with less than four seconds in the game. Roberts averaged 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Ladyjacks in Katy to earn a spot while teammate Jerrell had 13 points in both of SFA’s contests. In two games for the Colonels, White averaged 21.0 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. Stephen F. Austin’s Porsha Roberts Named Defensive Player of the Year: Roberts led Stephen F. Austin to its league-leading 16th overall Southland regular-season title. It is the first time SFA has claimed the regular-season honors since 2010. Roberts, the junior from Waco, Texas (La Vega H.S.), led the Ladyjacks in rebounding (9.4) and blocks (2.1). Roberts’s 2.1 blocks per contest ranks second in the league and her rebounding is ninth best. Roberts recorded seven double-doubles on the year. Roberts finished the season with a league-high 64 blocks and grabbed 235 total rebounds, including a conference-high 19 rebounds against Lamar on Feb. 13. Roberts is the second SFA player to earn defender of the year honors, joining Nikki Carr (2008).