After winning the county senior football championship for the first time in 17 years, it is hardly surprising that Killoe Young Emmets have the biggest representation on the Brendan Gilmore Security sponsored 2012 Team of the Championship with seven of their players selected for the Longford version of the All-Stars Awards.
Killoe eventually captured the coveted Connolly Cup after a fierce struggle with the reigning champions Longford Slashers in the county title decider that finished in a draw and the sides ended up all square again in a most entertaining final replay before Young Emmets eventually emerged victorious after extra-time.
Nominated by the readers of the Longford Leader, the new county champions Killoe will have Sean McCormack, Michael Quinn, Padraig McCormack, Shane Dowd, Joe McCormack, Daniel Keogh and Daniel Mimnagh honoured at the annual Gala Awards Night in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday night week, December 8th.
The awards scheme was first introduced in 2006 and Longford Slashers defender Dermot Brady has the proud distinction of being the only player to be selected on the Championship 15 in each of the seven seasons which is a tremendous achievement.
Brady is one of four Slashers footballers to make the elite All-Stars fifteen and is joined on the 2012 Team of the Championship by Barry Gilleran, Paul Kelly and Michael Brady which is some measure of consolation for the bitter disappointment they suffered in the sky-blues narrow failure to complete a three-in-a-row of county senior titles.
After letting victory slip from their grasp in the drawn semi-final against Killoe and who eventually lost the replay by the slender margin of two points, Dromard came very close to reaching the 2012 county final and thus figured prominently in the voting process.
Three of their players, goalkeeper Damien Sheridan along with Diarmuid Masterson and Jamsie Martin, have been selected on the 2012 Team of the Championship after performing consistently well throughout the Connolly Cup campaign this season.
The remaining place went to Paddy Dowd who generally made a big impact for Clonguish on their path to the semi-final and he clocked up the tremendous tally of 2-11 (seven frees) against Sean Connolly’s in the group stage which was some achievement, regardless of the weak opposition.
In recognition of his commanding performances in the heart of the Killoe defence in this year’s championship, the inspirational Padraig McCormack has been nominated for the Senior player of the year award, along with his older brother Sean who received the man-of-the-match award for his scoring exploits (0-9) in the county final replay, while Longford Slashers midfielder Michael Brady produced some fine displays (particularly in the final replay) to earn a place in the prestigious top three for the main award.
Tickets priced at 40 euro
Tickets are priced at 40 euro and are available from Michael Carrigy, 087-2915072.
Selected in the Intermediate player of the year category are Stephen Lynch and James Hynes, key members of the Granard team that won the 2012 championship title, and the other nomination is Aidan Rowan who was one of the leading lights on the Cashel side that had to settle for second best against St. Mary’s (by a solitary point) in the Intermediate county final.
Legan Sarsfields won the Junior Championship title for the first time since 2000 and the most emphatic manner in which they overcame the challenge of Moydow Harpers in the 2012 county final is clearly reflected in the voting process with three of their players – Shane Cox, Barry Tierney and Conor Quaine - nominated for the Junior player of the year award.
The Killoe ladies are currently the dominant force in the senior club championship and they beat Clonguish in this year’s final to complete a three-in-a-row of county titles. Their players completely dominated the voting for the 2012 Ladies player of the year award and nominated for this particular honour are Sharon Treacy, Elizabeth Brady and Anne Marie Bratten.
Shortlisted for the hurling player of the year award are Joe O’Brien (Clonguish), Ciaran Finucane (Clonguish) and Eoin Donnellan, who hails from Lanesboro and now plays his club hurling with Wolfe Tones, Mostrim.
Special quests at the Gala Awards Dinner Dance in the Rustic Inn on Saturday December 8th is Kilkenny hurler Richie Power and the GAA President Liam O’Neill who will present the Longford All-Stars Award along with the 2012 National Football League Division 3 medals to the members of the successful county squad.
Tickets for the Longford GAA function are priced at 40 euro with proceeds to local charity St. Christopher’s and the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght. Music is by Breege and Startrack and tickets can be obtained by contacting the chief organiser Michael Carrigy on 087-2915072.
County Board Officer Carrigy from the Sean Connolly’s club, Ballinalee continues to be the driving force behind the annual GAA awards and this year’s selection process for the individual player of the year honours is set to follow a similar format to 2011.
Longford Leader readers are invited to text vote their preferred player for the coveted ‘Players of the Championships’ titles. Revenues from the text lines will go to the fundraising appeal – St. Christopher’s and the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght - and the five winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on Saturday December 8th.
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Texts cost 1 euro plus standard network charges. SP Sremium 0818220818. Lines close at 12 noon on Friday December 7th. Entries made after the close date will not count and you may be charged.