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2018 Season RECAP
The Pittsburgh Banshees once again had a very successful season in 2018. Beginning early in the year, they showed the dedication that was to become the hallmark of their season with well attended preseason fitness sessions at Pittsburgh Fit. Recruitment efforts continued to bring in athletic new players eager to learn the greatest game on Earth. The core of veteran Banshees, with a special nod to player/coach Janice Masters, helped develop the talents of these women and taught them the nuances of the game. The future is certainly bright for women’s Gaelic football in Pittsburgh.
The 2018 summer was truly a selfless show of sportsmanship by the Banshees. They spent the season traveling around the Midwest with massive panels and lending players to teams from other cities, ensuring quality women’s football matches for everyone in the division. With games in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Buffalo, the travel schedule certainly wasn’t light, but the benefits of growing the game in the Midwest was more than worth the miles. The noticeably higher level of play seen from all the teams at the Midwest Championship weekend in August was testament to dedication shown by the women in black and gold. This will no doubt benefit the entire division for years to come.
At the Midwest Championship in Buffalo, the Banshees were finally able to use the full compliment of players available to dominate the (much improved) competition on their way to a fifth Midwest Championship and the Donald L. Sapienza Memorial Cup. After playing in the Philadelphia division the last few years, it meant that much more to come back to the division where it all started and lift the trophy again. The next two weeks were spent training hard for a run at their second national title at the USGAA Finals in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, they ran into an old nemesis in the Seattle Gaels and lost a heartbreaker in the final moments of their quarterfinal match. The loss didn’t prevent these ladies from enjoying the weekend though, as there was plenty of craic (good times) had by all.
Despite falling short of the ultimate goal of winning another USGAA national championship, the 2018 season was an unequivocal success for women’s Gaelic football in Pittsburgh and the entire Midwest division. The Banshees recruited promising new players, developed young players into standout footballers and won yet another Midwest title. Above all though, they showed the true spirit of the GAA with their efforts to help build up teams from cities they will compete against each season for years to come.
The Pittsburgh Banshees 17th season of Gaelic football is now in the books. There were friends made, injuries battled through and experiences enjoyed that will never be forgotten. 2019 promises more of the same. Expectations are high on and off the field. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
Up the Banshees!