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Forde Cup Final 2016

It was a terrible day - August 14th 1964, when Val Forde, Main Street, Emyvale, lost his life in a drowning accident in Emy Lake. A young man who was strong, fit and healthy and had established his name as a great footballer. A kind, quiet, thoughtful and loyal friend, who lived for his sport, was sadly taken from us and his loss was felt over a huge area but among his family most of all. The Forde family, when the pangs of loss become more bearable, decided to donate a Cup in his name to Emyvale GFC and asked that it be awarded to the winning team of a Parish League for National School children each year. The inaugural competition was held in 1978 and was continuous until a couple of years ago when problems in getting a suitable time caused it to be postponed. However it was organised again this year and over the past few weeks the League section was held at the weekends. The semi-finals and final were held on Sunday, December 11th in Tully and what a spectacle it turned out to be. A big crowd of family supporters attended and each game, but the final especially, induced great shouting and cheering from the sidelines. The final was a fantastic game and, not taking away from the excellent talent displayed be all the teams, there were some mighty performances in the final. One team was leading by two points for a major part of the game and it was point for point with every player giving his utmost to win. However in the final minutes, with hearts thumping on the sideline and mothers' blood pressure rising, the other team scored three unanswered points to win by a single score. There was great rejoicing and celebration at the final whistle and Gerard Forde presented the Cup to the winning team and medals to the players on the four teams. Well done to Martin O'Brien and his team for organising the competition and all who helped. It was a terrific final day and indeed a great showcase of the talent on its way and all the players are to be congratulated on their displays. It proves the importance of this competition. Our first photo shows Gerard Forde handing over the Val Forde Cup to Martin O'Brien. Also in picture is Paul Forde.

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