lucan sarsfields gaa club
2019 Adult Awards Night
February 04, 2020
Hall of Fame Award - Kathleen Roche (cover photo)
Each year, the club recognises the long term work that an individual has put into the club and enrols them in the Hall of Fame. This year we want to recognise someone who has never played for any team in the club, never coached or managed a team and never served on the Executive. So, an ideal candidate for the award.
Kathleen has given huge commitment and time to the club, both in team support, and, in fundraising. She has continued in these roles year after year for more than 30 years with little recognition or acknowledgement. This person is a do-er rather than a talker and indeed some have said that she does not suffer talkers idly. A conservative estimate would be that Kathleen has spearheaded fundraising of over 1 million euro over the years, from White Collar Boxing, Strictly Come Dancing, The Cube, Annual Dinner Dance, Lotto and last but not least the Christmas Draw, Kathleen has pushed each event to extract maximum funds for the club.
Congratulations to Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club’s 2019 enrolee in the Hall of Fame; Kathleen Roche.
Club Person of the Year Award – Jackie Foley
Jackie works tirelessly to promote and enhance our club and she does so in a very quiet manner. Most people are unaware that Jackie is responsible for the fabulous decor in the function room or the establishment and running of the Cafe. Jackie has sourced and negotiated with various suppliers for the club including a caterer. Jackie is a precious asset to our club and should be rewarded accordingly.
Adult Management Team of the Year - Junior B Hurling
PJ Finnerty, Christy Boylan, Kevin O’Toole, Paul Kyne
Juvenile Management Team of the Year – GAA for All
Colette Condon, Triona Leonard, Jo Mahon, David Moran, Joe Leonard, supported by a group of teenage volunteers
Players of the Year 2019
Minor C Football - Cormac Porter
A solid and reliable half-back throughout his schoolboy years, Cormac excelled in 2019 after a switch into corner back. A tight and sticky marker, he has a huge engine and pace to burn.
He was excellent throughout both League and Championship in snuffing out his immediate opponents, covering across the full back line as required, and bursting forward when the opportunities arose.
Minor C Camogie -Aisling Ni Ruairc
Aisling consistently performs at a high level and leads from her position in goal. As Minor C Camogie found their feet in the adult grade she excelled to keep the team in games in their run to the semi-final.
Minor B Football - Danny Tyrrell
For his commitment to training and matches, Danny has shown great tenacity, brilliant teamwork and was solid in any position that he was asked to play. He has a positive attitude and willingness to take advice and improve and will be a huge asset to the club.
Minor B Hurling - Cathal Shanahan
Cathal has had a very successful year. He was a regular at training and was always led by example in games, right from the first game of the season against Castleknock, where he scored 2-3 from play, up to our Championship semi-final which resulted in a narrow two-point exit to Clanna Gael. All of the panel responded to his leadership and he is a worthy winner of player of the year for Minor B hurling in 2019.
Minor B Camogie - Maria Kelly
This year’s Minor B Camogie player of the year has been without doubt the most consistent player throughout both the League and Championship. Maria leads by example in both training and in matches, her tenacious tackling and clearances from dangerous situations are the norm. Even when injured she would help out at training sessions, and was the standout player in the Minor team which reached the league final and continued to excel in the Championship which ended at the semi-final stage.
Minor B Ladies Football - Lauren Finnan
Minor B Ladies football player of the year, as voted by her team-mates, Lauren has been a mainstay in the team since she started playing competitive football back in 2015, her attitude and commitment not only in games but in training over the years has paid dividends as she has developed into a fabulous player. Lauren is highly rated by both the Minor & Junior B Ladies football teams. She was made captain in our Championship run and had the honour of lifting the Shield in our final game of 2019. Our team are lucky to have Lauren and hopefully 2020 will be another successful year for Lauren.
Minor A Football - Cian Buckley
Cian had an outstanding year and played a big part in our League and Championship campaigns. Cian operated effectively in a number of different positions, has great attitude and work rate and we are sure he will be a great addition to the adult section this year and going forward.
Minor A Hurling - Luke Finnerty
Goal Keeper Luke has been one of the most consistent members of this squad of players since they began playing together as kids. His place on match day has always been guaranteed while he has continued to challenge himself to improve year after year. It is no coincidence he only missed two training sessions in 2019, both of which were missed through an injury he suffered while playing the game. I have no doubt because of his talent and even more so his commitment to improve, this player has a big future in the game.
Minor A Camogie - Aoife Mahon
This year’s Minor A Camogie team was made up of a wonderful group of players, their attitude towards training, matches and most especially to each other was outstanding. As we must pick only one player we believe Aoife summed up the spirit of the whole team, her effort at training and during a match was exceptional, when things weren’t going well she would rally the team, lead by example and never give up, even playing the minor final with fractured ribs.
Minor A Ladies Football - Emma Fallon
Emma was one of the more experienced players having played minor and Adult football for a number of years, with a near perfect attendance at training. She led by example from the start of the year and was great in helping with the integration of 2001 and 2002 girls. She seemed to always have a smile on her face even when doing the dreaded stamina runs. A leader both on and off the field of play, always encouraging her team mates. we wish Emma luck in the years ahead in her already well established adult football career.
Under 21B Hurling - Evan Lombard
The U21B hurler of the year is Evan Lombard, Evan guided the hurlers to a semi final in 2019 as captain. His brilliant performance in the 1/4 final was matched by his never give up attitude in the semi-final despite playing against very strong opponents who went on to win the competition. Evan will continue to hurl this year and is an absolute pleasure to coach and mentor.
Under 21 Football - Mikey Robinson
Looking back on the short term of the u21 season it was clear to everyone who the stand out leader was. Mikey's overall performances were outstanding. His drive, determination and willingness to push his team mates on was clear to see. His leadership from the goalkeeping position was second to none. Cluxton watch out. Well done Mikey Robinson.
Under 21A Hurling - Ben Coffey
In a year where the team brought home the U21A Championship for the third time in the club’s history, it was difficult to pinpoint one single player. To a man, everyone stood up when required throughout the short season be it in training, challenge games and championship games. The final saw huge performances and contributions from every player that played. All of these factors made it a difficult choice for the Player of the year.
Based on his overall contribution, coupled with what one person described as "as good as I ever saw from any player in any game ever" about his performance in the semi-final fightback, the U21 player of the year is Ben Coffey.
Mamma Mia's - Colette O’Sullivan
Colette has played football for years and at a very high level. She is determined and driven on the field and gives great scoring power to the forward line. She is a player that moves to ball quickly and supports others on the field. Her sense of humour and the fun element she brings with her adds to the team’s enjoyment of games and training sessions. She is known for going through rather than round players.
Junior B Football - Justin Kilduff
Justin has been a very consistent performer for this team over the last few years.
Always has a great attitude, in training and during games and never lets the side down.
He has been a constant in the Full back line over the last few years, gaining valuable experience from more seasoned players, but now he is the position to pass this on the new members of the squad.
Junior B Hurling - Luke Finnerty
Luke Finnerty has been immense in goal for us this year, only missing one game through illness. The junior b hurlers had a very successful 2019 and Luke had a big part in that success with some vital saves and his distribution of the ball kickstarting so many attacks. The fact that Luke also played minor hurling in 2019 shows his dedication to the club and hurling. He has a bright future between the sticks.
Senior 6 Camogie (Junior 4) - Ashling Smyth
Ashling has showed great attitude & application throughout 2019. She proved what a fantastic finisher she is and scored in every single game during both the successful winning League and Championship runners-up campaigns. She trains with the same enthusiasm and works extremely hard at improving all aspects of her game. More importantly she encourages and helps her teammates during both training and matches.
Junior A Football - Cian Gaire
Cian was not sure he was meant to be on the panel at the start of 2019, but by the end of the year he was first name on the team sheet. A joy to see him grow and grow as the year progressed. An example to any young player graduating to adult football. If you work you will be rewarded. He does it all with a smile…..even with a cracked bone in his leg.
Junior A Hurling - Tiernan Swords
Tiernan is a very dedicated player who rarely misses a training session, is first there on the pitch, is a real team player and very much liked by all around him. He can often be seen on the footpaths running to and from training sessions! During last year he showed leadership – calling situations as they were and encouraging commitment which resulted in a positive end to our year. During the year he got married - we wish Debbie and Tiernan a very healthy, happy and long life together.
Junior Ladies Football - Aoife O’Kane
This year was a particularly hard year to select a player of the year as we had so many outstanding performances in a season that produced our first silverware.
But Aoife deserves the award because of the fantastic commitment she has shown all season. She has played in the forwards and the backs but her best position is midfield and she really showed it this year. From midfield she drove her team forward and worked tirelessly on the pitch. A very popular team player and a fantastic young lady both on and off the pitch.
Senior 5 Camogie (Junior 3) - Shauna Conway
Shauna has had an outstanding year playing in our defence. She has a great positive attitude with a strong record of attendance at our training sessions. She helped to anchor our defence throughout the year in league and championship and was one of the key players that helped us to win our league. She is a pleasure to coach, always smiling and always positive.
Intermediate Football - Jordan Delmar
Jordan only came back to the club in mid 2017. He came with a high reputation from his earlier juvenile career and did not take long to settle in as a regular starter for the team. Last year, he started in all 15 league matches and delivered 4 - 17 almost all from open play. He is a really committed player and always gives 110% without complaint. As a reward for his excellent year in 2019, has has now moved up to the senior squad.
Senior 2 Camogie (Intermediate) - Faye Murphy
This year’s intermediate Camogie team had a great blend of youth and experience, and they had many memorable performances throughout the year. Faye is very unassuming, always giving her all in training and matches; she is one of our quieter players but always leads by example. One of our younger players, her performances in our Minor team were also outstanding, she is always in good form and an absolute pleasure to coach.
Intermediate Ladies Football - Avril Quinn
The Intermediate ladies footballer of the year goes to Avril, who, it’s probably fair to say, is verbally quiet but certainly leads by example. She's a regular and committed trainer who is serious about her club. She is brave tenacious and extremely determined in all games and this year has been even known to kick the odd point!
Senior Football - Alan Murphy
Having come onto the panel after a strong recommendation from his coaches last season, Alan integrated into the Senior panel seamlessly. With his usual understated manner he quickly went about working diligently, listening to his coaches on how to improve on his game play and applying these methods in an effective manner. After a stand out rookie season, and a large majority vote by his peers, Alan is the Lucan senior football Player of the year
Senior 1 Camogie - Claire Rigney
Claire spent endless months of hard work getting back to fitness after her 2018 ACL injury.
She leads by example both on and off the field and was a regular sight at training and matches all throughout her injury. She made it back on to the starting 15 of the Lucan Sarsfields senior team in 2019 and became an important scoring midfielder for both League and Championship.
Senior Hurling - John Bellew
The unanimous choice of every member of the management team, John Bellew is Mr Consistency – everyday; whether on the training field or on the pitch. Solid, tough, says little but lets his hurling do the talking. If there is a job to be done on any given day, it is testament to the respect that the management team has in the player that invariably, it is he that we turn to.