OFFALY’s Christine McDonald has picked up her award after being selected on the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies Football Division 4 Team of the League. The ceremony took place in Croke park last week.
This is the third year that Bord Gáis Energy have sponsored the Ladies Football National Leagues and these awards honour those players, across all four divisions, that delivered on a consistent basis for their counties over their respective league campaign.
In total 26 counties are represented in the 60 players selected and each player was presented with a specially commissioned kit to mark their achievement.
Westmeath had four places on the Bord Gáis Energy Team of the League but six other counties also received recognition, including league finalists Roscommon with three and Derry, Louth, Offaly, Carlow and Antrim.
The selection process is led by team managers and referees who were asked to nominate players after each round of league matches – naturally enough managers are precluded from voting for their own players. Speaking at the announcement Pat Quill, President of Ladies Gaelic Football said, “It is a great personal honour for the players to be selected. All counties have talented players and these awards may be the only opportunity that players from counties who do not reach the final stages of competitions get to be recognised.
Speaking at the event, Ger Cunningham, Sports Sponsorship Manager at Bord Gáis Energy, said, “I’d like to congratulate all the players who have been recognised here tonight. The Teams of the League has become a set piece event in the Ladies Football calendar at this stage and I know the announcement is eagerly awaited once the finals are complete.”
Bord Gáis Energy Division 4 Team of the League
1 Gemma Leahy (Westmeath) 2 Nuala O’Hagan (Derry) 3 Tríona Durkan (Westmeath) 4 Clare Kelly (Roscommon) 5 Sandra Lynch (Louth) 6 Sinéad Cooney (Roscommon) 7 Christine McDonald (Offaly) 8 Tracey Kelly (Derry) 9 Ruth Kearney (Westmeath) 10 Jenny Higgins (Roscommon) 11 Leah Mullins (Carlow) 12 Mairéad Cooper (Antrim) 13 Karen Hegarty (Westmeath) 14 Ailisha Wilkinson (Derry) 15 Maria Reid (Louth)