Avoca claim two leagues and three promotions from 2010/11 season

Avoca’s ladies continue to climb the leagues as they claimed both division nine and 12 while their fourth team are set for promotion from division 13.

Allied to the introduction of their fifths squad in October and their fourth teams consolidation following relegation to division four a year ago, it is being looked on as a season of serious achievement.

The Blackrock club’s seconds, new to Division 9 with George Roberts still at the coaching helm, again proved to be the team to beat.

They notched up a massive league goal tally of 57 goals, with just four conceded, remaining unbeaten in their 17 games to date with 15 wins to their name.

A double was denied at the last, however, as they made it to the final but met division ten side, Corinthians V who pulled off an impressive 4-3 win.
Avoca’s Rachel Murphy was the top goalscorer, hitting the backboard 12 times since Christmas to help her side up to the heights of division eight.

Division 12’s 3rd XI had similar success, taking the league title and gaining promotion for the second year running since the squad was introduced. Again, the side notched a massive league goal tally of 62.

Katie Moore is currently the squad’s top scorer with 14 and still a game to play. The side – under the reins of coach Kate Rushe – made it as far as the Division 11/12 cup semi final lost out to Navan.

In Division 13, the 4ths squad were under the reins of first team top-scorer Ruth McDonagh and they went unbeaten to top of the league at Christmas.

They were eventually overhauled by Skerries IV who took the title but, with Victoria Kelly and Milly Barnwell sharing the scoring duties, they finished in the promotion spot in second.

The club’s first team, with former UCD and Genesis coach Ronan Hickey taking the coaching duties, the side grew into the season after a slow start.

They gained momentum after a 2-0 win over pre-Christmas table toppers Weston. With confidence growing, results began to go their way making it to the Division 3/4 Cup quarter finals and finishing sixth in Division 4, with an equal goal difference of 0.

Ruth McDonagh claiming top goal-scorer after hitting the backboards eight times out of the total of 18 scored. Their goalkeeper Danni Cummins, meanwhile, took the Hook Junior Women’s Player of the Year Award at last week’s end of season celebration.

Newcomers to the Blackrock club and the Leinster Leagues, Avoca’s fifths were under the helm of Declan Ryan. Again, Milly Barnwell also took top goalscorer for this squad with her pre-Christmas run in the team. The fifths will stay in Division 14 next season, after finishing in 6th place.

Finally, Avoca ladies also entered an indoor squad in the National Indoor Trophy for a second time with YM’s Will Powderly taking on the role of coach/manager.

Their squad consisted of players from Avoca’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd squads and were unlucky not to make it through the qualifying round after a narrow last minute loss against Division 1’s Trinity. A draw in this game would have given Avoca a place in the finals even after losing 1-5 to eventual Trophy winners Armagh.

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