Monday 20 November 2017

Tower tuned to reality TV

THE Super Hoops are coming to the silver screen. And it's sure to be a box office smash.

Next Monday night, the Round Tower ladies footballers will be on Setanta (9.30pm). The station has filmed a six-part series on the team.

The television cameras followed the Clondalkin Colts around last season and they couldn't have picked a better campaign as Tower won the Tesco Dublin Intermediate Ladies Football Championship.

The programme is called 'The Club', and its director is Mairtín De Barra, who certainly enjoyed the experience.

"The show on Tower's will run for six weeks and it will offer an insight into what makes the team tick, as well as capturing the different personalities within the squad," explains Mairtin.

"We were involved with the group so long that it was hard not to get involved and caught up in the emotion of it all, especially on the night of the final in Parnell Park.

"I think the programme will raise the awareness of what teams like Tower's sacrifice and achieve all over the country. As a crew, we appreciated the dedication of the girls and their skill levels. The series will open up ladies football to a wider community."

In the Intermediate final, the Clondalkin club defeated Clontarf in a memorable game, 2-8 to 1-9. Paul Burke and Aidan Dardis managed Tower's to glory.

Paul says the victory was a reward for hard graft.

"All the effort they put in paid off," he stated.


"They did a lot of extra stuff like 10k runs, basketball drills, spinning classes, et cetera. The season went very well for us. We were in Division 1 and now it's terrific to be back in the senior championship with all the top sides.

"The intermediate was a good standard. Ladies football is improving every year.

"The standard of football and coaching keeps on getting better all the time. You can see all the coaching work coming through. It's also been evident in the success of the Dublin sides. And that is reflected right throughout the club scene."

Dublin's 2010 All-Ireland-winning hero, Maria Kavanagh, was a key part of the Tower adventure. "She's an inspirational figure to all the girls," noted Paul.

And like all in the village, he'll be putting the feet up next Monday night, with a big plate of bangers and mash, to watch the opening episode.

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