This Saturday in Croke Park there is a unique occasion for Dublin supporters as the Dublin senior ladies and men’s football squads both of whom are the current All Ireland Champions will play on the same bill.
Yes it’s not the first time both sides have played in Croke Park recently as they played on the same day during last season leagues. But the Senior ladies back then were still to win the All Ireland Championship.
So Saturday is an occasion to savour for Dublin supporters having two county teams who are current All Ireland title holders playing one after the other in the one venue. And it’s time also for Dublin followers to not only support the men’s team but also the ladies team.
Plenty of Dublin fans are very active across social media and like and share plenty of posts professing backing for the ladies footballers.
It’s time for those same fans to turn those likes and shares into tangible support and turn up in their droves to get right behind the Dublin senior ladies footballers against Cork.
Thousands of fans flocked to a wet and cold Healy Park last Saturday night to roar on the Dublin men’s footballers against Tyrone, surely those same supporters can attend in the same numbers in GAA headquarters this Saturday for the Dublin senior ladies team, the counties other All Ireland winning squad.
The topic of equality between female and male teams rightly comes up in conversations, debates and articles, but that should not be just confined to pitch availability, facilities, funding etc etc, it is also very much about attendance figures at games.
Tens of thousands of fans both male and female can travel the length and breath of the country following men’s football and hurling teams but won’t bother, bar All Ireland Finals, to attend the ladies games even in their own county.
That has to change and Dublin supporters have the opportunity this Saturday to buck the trend and be the pioneers and ambassadors of support for our ladies teams and bring fan attendances at these matches into the 21st century.
So this Saturday evening Dublin GAA followers need put down the phones, climb out from behind the laptops and pack out Croke Park at 5pm and shout, cheer and roar the Dublin Senior Ladies Footballers to victory over their fiercest rivals Cork, they deserve your support.