lucan sarsfields gaa club
2017 Adult Award Winners
January 21, 2018
Adults Award Winners
Minor C Camogie
This was a first experience of Minor Camogie for this youthful panel. One player stood out, displaying a great attitude and commitment to training and matches. She leads by example on the pitch and works extremely hard on all aspects of her game, improving year on year.
Our Minor C Player of the Year is Jodie Chalkley.
Minor B Camogie
Throughout this year this player has shown a great attitude at training, in matches and around all of the squads that she has been involved with. Her can do attitude is an example to all of her team mates. This was underlined when picked to play out of position in the Minor campaign in mid-field. Katie got on with the job at hand, worked closely with the management team to understand what was being asked of her and gave a great account of herself in an influential mid field role.
Katie Hegarty is this year’s Minor B Camogie player of the year.
Minor B Hurling
He’s a real workhorse when on the pitch that gives everything from the start of a match till the end. Came from the 16A team but never complained about playing for the minor Bs very good with the other lads always encouraging them. And to top it all would always leave for game or from training with a thank you to the mentors.
Cillian Hogan is our player of the year
Minor B Football
This award was chosen by the team. He was very reliable all year at both training and matches, constantly encouraging his teammates whenever it was required. He played in numerous positions during 2017 filling in when others were unavailable but he has made the centre back position his own over the years. He was captain during 2017 and excelled in the role. He has been very popular with his teammates and mentors alike.
Cillian Murray is our Player of the Year
Minor Ladies’ Football
With every match she played be it league or championship this player has shown what it it to be a team player and as captain she lead by example. During every match this player gave her all, you couldn't ask for more from a player, she never dropped her head and kept battling to the end. It is hard to pick one match to give you an example because in all her games she brought the same level of determination and fight. In training it was the same. While we had many fabulous players on this panel and on occasion one or another shined this player always preformed at the same level. Her consistence and hard work make her our player of the year.
Avril Quinn is our Player of the Year
Minor A Camogie
Throughout the year this player has led by example both in training and in matches. This player has played outstanding camogie during the year and is a worthy winner.
Aoife McKearney is the Minor A Camogie player of the year for 2017.
Minor A Hurling
This player played a key role in success of the Minor A hurling team finishing 3rd in the A league, and reaching the A Championship final 2017.While being quiet and very unassuming, he has in abundance the skills that make a good goal keeper great. Such skills include being; Visionary, Reactive, Brave, a Decision Making, a Communicator, Confident, Committed, Positive and the list could go on. During the year this player suffered one setback, last July, when his nose was broken in a football game and although he was unable to play or train for 6-week he showed-up at training most evenings to give support to the teammates. He is a pleasure to work with and has an incredibly positive attitude to anything that may improve the team. He is very well liked and gets on well with his peers. He completed his leaving certificate last June and has progressed through to college and we wish him the very best in his chosen career. I can see him progressing through to our senior hurling team where it’s just a matter of time before he becomes our number 1 hurling keeper. On behalf of the 2017 minor A hurling management team I’d like to wish him the very best in sport and his career going forward.
Cillian Murray is our Player of the Year
Minor A Football
This year's Minor A footballer of the year is an example to everyone that hard work and dedication, can lead to great results. This is a man of few words, but he displays great leadership qualities by his actions on the pitch, both during training and matches. He is an extremely dedicated player who genuinely never misses training, and whilst he might not be the tallest player in the squad, his dedication to training and to his conditioning has meant that he is able to meet all challenges head on, and his physicality on the pitch and willingness to put his body on the line has to be seen to be believed. This player also brings great footballing ability to fore, and his ability to defend, win the ball and retain possession from his wing back position makes him one of our most consistent players.
This year’s Minor A footballer of the year, as voted by the players, is a magnificent young man and an example to all, Eoghan Seery.
Under 21 Football
Courage and commitment, dedication and drive, energy and enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard, and above all the ability to lead, by word and deed. These are the qualities that made Daire Shanahan U21Football Player of the Year.
Under 21 Hurling
U21 hurler of the year was our captain Ronan Smith who led by example from midfield.
Senior 6 Camogie
This year’s player of the year showed great commitment throughout 2017 and was always a pleasure to coach. She continues to improve as a player with every passing year. Having always played as a B player on juvenile teams she is an example of how practice, hard work and commitment can bring a player on.
This year’s player of the year is Dani O’Connor
Junior B Football
This year’s Junior B POY was a consistent performer at training and in games all year, always willing to listen and learn for the more experienced players. He grew in confidence and consistency as year went on, and was an ever present in a fairly youthful full back line. All looking good for the future.
Eoin Tighe is our Player of the Year
Senior 5 Camogie
The player chosen as Senior 5 camogie player of the year has produced some great performances in 2017, in probably the most difficult position to play. She instils confidence throughout the team, in particular, throughout the defence. She continually strives to improve her own skills and fitness and is an excellent role model for the younger players who have moved from juvenile to adult level.
Our Senior 5 Player of the Year is Laura Connolly.
Our Mamma Mias Player of the Year is Louise McSweeney
Junior B Hurling
The Junior B Hurling player of the year for 2017 has been one of the most dependable players on the team. He has hurled with the club at juvenile, minor and adult levels and has always been a committed hurler. He has hurled with the Junior B hurling Team since it was reconstituted in 2010. In 2017 in particular he stood out as the player who has lead by example on the field always working hard and played in almost every game throughout the year.
It gives us great pleasure to present this award to Keith Masterson.
Junior B Ladies Football
It is very hard to summarise our ladies footballer of the year in a little paragraph but here it goes. This lady took up football with the club just over 20 years ago. Small in stature but big in heart. Very quickly we saw how good she would be as she was as tough as nails from the very beginning. She went on to play for Dublin while also featuring very prominently on the Lucan Camogie team. Over the last few years, family and 3 boys came along so football took a little bit of a back seat. Thankfully as family life has eased a little, she came back to the football with the ladies B team. And we are the better for it. The inter ladies would love her to play with them and in the past she has helped them out. This award could go to this lady every year but this year in particular she has been outstanding . She plays centre back on our team and gives the centre forward a torrid time with her tacking , her determination, her passion. She is a role model for the younger girls on our squad with her never say did attitude.
Having played with her for most of her footballer career, it is with great pleasure that we award our footballer of the year to Audrey Murtagh.
Junior A Hurling
A very topsy-turvy season overall for the Junior A team, with possible fears of relegation from League and Championship, we started very strongly and after topping our Group in Championship, very much felt we could at least get promoted if not win the Championship, unfortunately we were disappointing in the Quarter Final and were toppled by the underdog, and then league relegation followed after an All Star performance by a St Judes star, luckily Pat Gilroy is looking at AHL4 matches. However throughout the year one line on the field constantly performed above all the rest and their ability to dominated their men built the platform of our best performances, so it was no surprised when the people ion that line topped the Players Vote. The Elder statesmen of the full back line and usually the one egging Anto on to do something mad or generally ignore me, our player of the year is my good friend but I didn’t vote for him, Niall (Brendan) McGarry!
Junior A Ladies Football
This award goes to a player who for many years has shown a great dedication to, not only Ladies Football, but to the club as a whole. The award represents an appreciation for the service she has given the team, this year and in previous years. A quiet spoken player who lets her football do the talking. Full of determination and full of ability every time she plays, she is an excellent role model for any member of this club.
The Junior A Ladies Player of the Year for 2017 is Emma Flanagan.
Junior A Football
Apparently good wines get better with age. Poor vintages turn into vinegar. This player combines both features. Definitely getting better, but still gives a bit of a kick. Consistent all year. Filled holes wherever needed. Even managed a few handy scores. His early, injury enforced departure, from the Championship Final, was a huge loss on the day. Could have done with a steady hand in the final 10 mins. What might have been!
Our player of the year is Paul Sloan
Senior 2 Camogie
Our Senior 2 camogie player of the year for 2017 had shown great leadership both on and off the field, she has shown the real meaning of being a team player, she had helped, guided and encouraged her teammates. She always plays with honesty, commitment and determination.
Our player of the year is Aisling O’Toole
The intermediate footballer of the year showed huge commitment during 2017. He missed some matches due to injury and his absence on these occasions, more than anything else, demonstrated his crucial role within the team. He committed to the team for the year at a time in his life where others would have used their circumstances as an excuse not to play. He had a huge influence on the young players around him and they will have learned greatly from his displays and behavior on the pitch. Despite a serious nose break during the season, he returned within weeks for a number of key matches.
The Intermediate football player of the year is Shaun (Chas) White
Senior 1 Camogie
Despite our lack of success in 2017 it was a rewarding year in many respects for our Senior 1 Camogie Team. With a number of players committed to County duties a number of younger players were drafted into the squad and performed well. Despite a serious hand injury this player led by example both in training and on the field of play and is a worthy recipient of this year’s award. The more established players helped management to instil confidence and improve overall standards and this was exemplified to a great degree by our Player of the Year, Sinéad O Toole.
The commitment and dedication of this player has been exemplary over the past two seasons. In that short time he has propelled himself from joining the Lucan senior team to receiving a call-up from Pat Gilroy to the Dublin Senior hurling squad. This is largely due to the players own focus, dedication and attitude to get the most out of himself. His tenacious style, enormous energy levels and leadership provide a platform for the style of play that has become associated with the current team. For a young player to display such ambition shows great example to those not so many years younger, that working the hard hours on your own will reap a just reward. He played a particularly inspiring role in the closing games of 2017 to help regain Division 1 status for the team in the coming year.
The 2017 Lucan Senior Hurler of the Year is Ronan Smith.
Congratulations and continued success to Ronan on being the latest player to have their name put on this prestigious trophy from all your team mates along with Tom, Darragh and Bernard and all the 2017 backroom staff at Lucan Hurling.
This player is one of the most Senior members of the squad and is a great inspiration to the upcoming young forwards we have on the panel. His fitness levels and strength on the pitch are a credit to him. He amassed a total of 2-9 last year in our 2 championship games along with a multitude of scores in our league matches. 2 outstanding memories from 2017 are his equalising point v Sylvestors in our 2nd round championship match to bring us into extra time described by grassroots GAA as follows:
"On a dirty night forty yards out, the free would be a nightmare for somebody with nerves made of anything less than steel. However this player nailed it with a technically perfected curling strike that was going over as soon as it left his left boot".
The second outstanding memory was his equalizing goal in the 5th minute of injury time to win our league game by a point out in Sylvestors a league win that would prove vital in keeping us from league relegation playoffs.
The player of the year is Tommy Brennan
Juvenile Management Team of the Year
There are many teams across all codes that could have received this award.
This team has improved one year to the next and the commitment of the players and management have led them to winning the Div6 league. One of the teams objectives this year was every player playing in every game which develops the entire team and this is one of the reasons that this team was successful.
This team received many nominations which in itself demonstrates the high regard with which they are held
Congratulations to the u14b Hurling team and wish you all more success over the coming years.
The Juvenile team of the year is U14b Hurling.
Management Team Ger Cooper, Christy Boylan , Dave Norman
Adult Management Team of the Year
They had a successful year having reached an 'A' Championship Final for the first time since 2005. Whilst not winning the Championship final was a huge disappointment, getting there was a great achievement. They also finished third in the League.
Adult Management Team of the Year are Minor A Hurling
Mentors: Dermot O'Brien Tony Moulton Dermot Donnelan Vincent O'Connor Joe Whyte
Hall of Fame award:
Club Person of the Year: