Aodh Ruadh celebrates a year of underage football

Aodh Ruadh looked back over a year of underage football in the Abbey Centre on Saturday evening, with a little help from county legend Frank McGlynn. The theatre was packed to the rafters when Frank entered to a rousing 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 13 team and the boys under 13 and under under 14 Southern Divisional double champions and the under 16 Southern Divisional and County B champions.

After that compere Michael Daly put Frank through his paces as he gave an insight into what it takes to make the grade at the very top of the inter-county game, not to mention what it's like to play with Wayne Rooney.

Following that we were in to the individual awards for each grade. The under 10 ladies were up first. Players' player of the year was Orlaith Gallagher, most improved player of the year was Niamh McNulty. The under 12 Players' player of the year was Annie Keon, most improved player of the year was Kelly Irwin. Under 13 Players' player of the year was Grainne Maguire, most improved player of the year was Clodagh O'Connor. The under 14 Players' player of the year was Grainne Maguire, most improved player of the year was Katie McMullin. Next up were the under 16 girls. Players' player of the year was Caoimhe Keon, most improved player of the year was Shóna Slevin.

Then it was the turn of the boys teams, starting with the under 8s. Players' player of the year was Daragh McCready, most improved player of the year was Markko Branley. Next up were the under 10 boys. Players' player of the year was Dara McGloin, most improved player of the year was Alan Vaughan. They were followed by the under 12 boys. Joint players' players of the year were Shane Delahunty and Robbie Murphy, most improved player of the year was Kenzie Lee Ayres. Then it was on to the under 14 boys. Players' player of the year was Aaron Cullen, most improved player of the year was Damian Weber. The final awards of the evening went to the under 16 boys. Players' player of the year was Shane Gillespie, most improved player of the year was David Doherty.

The evening was a great success and 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 all who helped 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 2018!

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Last modified: Monday, 27 November 2017 at 11:07pm