Aodh Ruadh celebrate a year of underage football

Aodh Ruadh looked back over a year of underage football in the Abbey Centre on Saturday afternoon, with a little help from county legend Michael Murphy. The theatre was packed when Michael entered to a rapturous reception. The first half of the evening saw a reflection on each team's year. All players present received medals to recognise their exertions all year on behalf of Aodh Ruadh. There were also county medals for the girls under 12 and under 13 teams and the boys under 12 reserve county champions and under 12 Southern Divisional champions.

After that compere Michael Daly put Michael through his paces, that saw Neil McGee, Brian Roper and a few other getting a fair touch of the Glenswilly maestro's tongue.

Following that we were in to the individual awards for each grade. The under 13 ladies were up first. Players' player of the year was Caitlin McGarrigle, Manager's player of the year was Ella Clancey, most improved player of the year was Eilish Gallagher. Next up were the under 16 girls. Players' player of the year was Saoirse McDevitt, Manager's player of the year was Mary Flora Sott, most improved player of the year was Andrea McGlynn. They were followed by the under 12 girls. Players' player of the year was Katie O'Brien, Manager's player of the year was Emer O'Brien, most improved player of the year was Cara Davitt.

Then it was the turn of the boys teams, starting with the under 8s. Players' player of the year was Corey Sheridan, Manager's player of the year was Joe Gibbions, most improved player of the year was Fionn Hartin. Next up were the under 10 boys. Players' player of the year was Barry Campbell, Manager's player of the year was Killian Bradshaw, most improved player of the year was Matthew Fox. They were followed by the under 12 boys. Players' player of the year was Aaron Cullen, Manager's player of the year was Shane Delahunty, most improved player of the year was Séimi Campbell. Then it was on to the under 14 boys. Players' player of the year was Kyle Murray, Manager's player of the year was Mark McGlynn, most improved player of the year was Nathan Owens-Kelly. We had the under 16 boys after that. Players' player of the year was Shane Gillespie, Manager's player of the year was Michael McKenna, most improved player of the year was Odhran McGarrigle. The final awards of the evening went to the under 18 boys. Players' player of the year was Shane McGrath, Manager's player of the year was Jason Granaghan, most improved player of the year was Patrick McCaffrey.

The evening was a great success with Michael Murphy superb in every regard. The respect and appreciation all present had for him was palpable. Michael Daly did a great job of keeping the evening ticking along nicely. Thanks are due to the Bord na nÓg and Ladies officers and managers who pulled the event together. Thanks to the Abbey Centre for making their wonderful facility available and to Chris Dykes and Martin Ferris for assisting with the technical aspects of the evening. Finally a very special thanks to all the players who lined out for Aodh Ruadh all year and turned up on the evening and behaved themselves so well, helping to make it an event to remember. Thanks also to the parents who lifted and laid all year, helped out with refreshments, did lotto shifts, bought gear and generally supported Aodh Ruadh any way they could. It is hugely appreciated and we look forward to going out and doing it all over again in 2017!

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