Holloway Gaels annual 7 a-side Ann Dunning Tournament will take place on Saturday 2nd March in Greenford with the first kick off at 11am. This annual tournament is held in memory of one of the founding members of Holloway Gaels, Ann "Stunning" Dunning Mc Cann. Ann first came to London on 1st March 1993 with her very good friend Joan McEvoy to begin their nursing training at the Whittington Hospital in Archway, North London. As they missed the whole Gaelic scene at home Ann and Joan decided to set up a ladies' football team. Never one for standing in the background Ann soon cajoled and persuaded, with her very own inimitable charm, friends and acquaintances to agree to take part in this ambitious project.
So began the Holloway Gaels and the club reached the London Junior Championship in 1994 and 1995, and came very close in 1996 and again in 1997 before Ann finally captained the team to its first Championship win in 1998 with Tom "Tosh" Kilcommons at the managerial helm. This year's tournament will host teams from all over London and the Emerald Isle in what is set to be an exhilarating day of football not to be missed.
The annual Ann Dunning memorial tournament held on Saturday the 2nd of March, was once again a superb day of football all round. Six teams braved the freezing conditions to compete for the Ann Dunning memorial cup and shield with some tightly fought contests. Holloway Gaels Teams 1, 2 and 3, Dulwich Harps, Tir Chonaill Gaels and Kingdom Kerry Gaels all put on some show stopping displays of football despite it been the first tournament of the 2013 season. The final of the Ann Dunning memorial cup saw Holloway Gaels team 1 , who remained unbeaten throughout the competition take on the skillfull Tir Chonaill Gaels side. This was a tightly fought contest with Tir Chonaill Gaels firing home some fine goals to put them ahead in the first half. However the second half was to be one dominated by the skillfull Holloway Gaels side who at the final whistle came out deserved winners. Final score: 4-03 to 2-02. The final of the Ann Dunning memorial shield saw Dulwich Harps take on Holloway Gaels team 2 in what was a tightly fought contest to the very final whistle. Dulwich Harps hit the back of the net first with some fine goals from the South London side. Holloway Gaels soon replied, hitting the back of the net with some fine displays of football. At the final whistle, Dulwich Harps came out triumphant winning by one point. Final score: 4-03 to 4-02. Holloway Gaels would like to sincerely thank everybody who helped organised this wonderful event in memory of Ann Dunning, the referees, all the fantastic teams who took part, Tir Chonaill Gaels for the use of their pitches for the day and the club house in Greenford for putting on the food. This is a tournament which we, at Holloway Gaels hold very closely to our hearts and we hope that its success will continue for many more years to come. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of Holloway Gaels. In order to mark this historic occasion, Holloway Gaels will be holding a dinner dance in the Corrib Rest in Queens Park North West London on Saturday the 8th June 2013. Please keep this date free with more information to follow in the coming weeks.