On Sunday Aug 20th, 2017, the Doora-Barefield girls Under 12 Football Team represented Clare in the All-Ireland Community Games Finals. This was the first time in over 30 years Clare was represented at this level in the competition. The team, coaches and parents travelled with great hope and anticipation to the All-Ireland Finals following success in Munster. The tournament was held in the National Sports Campus, in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin.
The opening match was a close, hard-fought semi-final against a determined Cavan team. The Clare girl’s ability coupled with their determination and dedication, especially in the final quarter, saw them secure a win by a goal and a point. The final against the Leinster representatives Kinnegad, was the toughest encounter of all. The girls were left in no doubt that they had reached a match where they were contesting at the top level. Doora-Barefield’s high level of skill, fitness and tenacity was matched by Kinnegad. The Westmeath girls added a goal scoring ability to their list of talents which saw them establish an early lead. Doora-Barefield played their hearts out for every minute of the match never short of determination or effort. But this was a match for Kinnegad and they won making history for themselves too.
After the match, the team’s proud coaches reassured the girls that bringing home silver to “The Parish” was an incredible feat. This team of girls were a credit to themselves, their families, their clubs, their parish, their county and their province. In particular the parents and players wish to thank and highlight the wonderful coaching and support of the mentors, Martin Lillis, John Torpey, Breda O’Driscoll and Enda O’Flaherty .They gave their time and experience without hesitation, míle buíochas !