Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

GAA: Newington girls show the way

Five Alive ... now it's the girls' five-a-side

It's not often that gaelic football is transformed into a five-a-side sport - and for girls at that.

But then the Belfast Primary Schools sector is nothing if not innovative.

And that's why teams from all over Belfast headed to the St John's GAC complex at Corrigan Park to take part in the annual Allianz Cumann na mBunscoil Fives competition. The event spanned five days - ironically enough - and daily pool winners qualified for the finals.

In the round-robin stage the girls from St Kieran's PS, St Peter's PS, Holy Family PS and Holy Trinity PS competed for the Jubilee Cup, sponsored by Ironside Trophies.

Holders St Kieran's put up a spirited defence of their title but in the end succumbed to the teamwork and skill of the girls from Newington's Holy Family PS in north Belfast.

They went through the tournament undefeated, a superb achievement by a side rich in talent and enthusiasm.

"There was tremendous commitment from all the teams, though, and this certainly made for a very lively competition," said Cumann na mBunscol Aontrim chairman Paul Sloan.

Holy Family have now progressed to the all-county finals in the New Year where they will meet fellow champions from North and South-West Antrim. " The all-county finals will bring together the best sides from all areas and the standard certainly promises to be high," says Sloan.

Arrangements are now being finalised for the boys five-a-side competition, which will also be staged initially on a round robin basis.

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