Liam Harte, Darragh Greene, Diarmuid Masterson, Cian McPhillips, Tadhg McNevin and Tre Roberts are all looking for your vote
There are six contenders for the 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star of the Month Award for March, in association with Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader.
Read below to find out why each person has been nominated.
Voting closes at 9pm on Wednesday, September 19.
Rugby: Liam Harte
In producing a tremendous team effort St Mel’s College achieved a most notable rugby triumph when they beat Patrician College, Newbridge in the Leinster Schools Senior Development Cup Final at Donnybrook Stadium. Inspired by captain Liam Harte (Killoe) who scored the first try with an excellent finish, mighty St Mel’s powered their way to a wonderful 20-12 win over the fancied Co Kildare opposition to capture the Anne McInerney Cup.
Swimming: Darragh Greene
Darragh Greene produced a world class swim at the Edinburgh International Meet. Flying into Scotland from his training base in Spain, Darragh finished third in the 50m Breaststroke Final which was won by the current Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty. In second place was a current Commonwealth Gold medallist James Wilby and behind the outstanding Longford athlete in fourth was a current Olympic silver medallist.
GAA Football: Diarmuid Masterson
A win over Westmeath is always a sweet thing and there was a lot to admire about the so determined manner in which Longford recovered from a very poor start (0-5 to 0-0 behind after 15 minutes) to eventually beat the neighbouring rivals.
1-16 to 1-12 was the final score in the National Football League Division 3 clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park and particularly impressive in producing a commanding performance in the half-back-line was powerful Dromard man Diarmuid Masterson.
Athletics: Cian McPhillips
Ardagh’s Cian McPhillips, representing Longford Athletic Club, broke the Irish record in clocking 3:57:28 on his way to winning the U-17 1500m at the National Indoor Juvenile Championship Finals (Day 1) at the Athlone IT International Arena. Class act Cian smashed the existing record by over six seconds and in doing so gained the qualifying time for the European Outdoor Junior Championships in July. And McPhillips completed a magnificent All-Ireland double when he also won the Gold medal in the 800m on Day 3 of the National Indoor Juvenile Athletics Championships.
Basketball: Tadhg McNevin
Longford's Tadhg McNevin, a student at St Mel's College, was among twenty-one players selected on the Irish U-17 basketball squad. It was a tremendous achievement for Tadhg, son of Longford Swimming Club Head Coach Ronan McNevin, to get the opportunity to represent his country on the international stage. A very talented basketball player and certainly one to watch out for in the years ahead.
Boxing: Tre Roberts
Longford boxer Tre Roberts, a student at St Mel's College, enjoyed great success as he was crowned a Leinster boxing champion, while representing the local Rudiarius club.
By virtue of his excellent provincial success in the Youth 2, 91 +kg category, Tre qualified for the All-Irelands in March and he also performed with distinction there.
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Have your say - award nominees sought !!
If you wish to nominate anyone for a monthly award, you can do so by emailing newsroom@longfordleader
Please include Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards in the subject line of your email and the reason for nominating the sportsperson and the date of their achievement.
There will also be Hall of Fame inductee, along with awards for Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year and Sports Ability Award.
Longford Sports Partnership is also actively seeking nominations for these four awards (please note the criteria below) and you can email nominees, along with the reason for nominating that person, to Longford Sports Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exceptional Service to Sport & Recreation – Hall of Fame: Open to any individual who has made a major contribution to sport or physical activity and who has displayed excellent leadership skills.
Community/Club Volunteer of the Year: Open to those who organise community events, that promote physical activity or people who give of their time voluntarily to train teams, run clubs, maintain facilities etc
Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Outstanding performance by a junior athlete in his/her chosen field
Sports Ability Award: Open to any individual with a disability, who has excelled as an individual or as part of a team