Whitehall Rangers

Whitehall ladies were set up in 2003. Under the management of Wille O'Leary and Brian O’Reilly, the first training session was set for Sat 22nd March 2003 at Paddy Mahony park. Not quite knowing what to expect, 19 enthusiastic ladies turned up that afternoon. The original squad was largely made up of physiotherapists from nearby Beaumont hospital, a number of girls with a GAA background, 2 students from Margaret Aylward community school and just about anyone from Donegal. Confident we had a squad to compete Whitehall entered the DWSL and were placed in Intermediate Div 7. Whitehall played their first ever competitive match on Monday 19th May 2003 v Howth United. The ladies found the going tough for the first couple of seasons but very soon started to attract other players to the squad. The group grew, becoming close friends and soon gained the reputation of the club that others wanted to join. As seasons passed together with changes of personnel at management and within the squad Whitehall progressed up the leagues finishing 2nd on a couple of occasions but sadly silverware eluded the team. Many tough battles ensued with close rivals like Santry, Verona and Ballymun United but despite the lack of silverware Whitehall maintained its status competing in the DWSL to this day for 15 consecutive seasons. This in itself is a major achievement given the difficulties encountered by other teams to remain together. Whitehall continued to attract players and the talent pool grew as the competitive nature of the game increased. In the ladies' short history it is safe to say Whitehall has attracted players from almost every county in Ireland not to mention those from overseas. Girls from USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Hungary have donned the black and white colours. With Whitehall strongly placed in the Major division John Morgan returned for the 2017 season. Always having confidence in the group together with some key additions to the squad John instilled a belief in the group resulting in a historic year for the club. The girls achieved the treble in a signal season. With past and present members maintaining close friendships, through good times and challenging times Whitehall Rangers ladies are well placed to build on this success.
The Whitehall stars of the future are not too far behind either.

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