VOTE NOW: Choose the Offaly Sports Star of the Month for September 2018
September saw Offaly athletes gain success all over the world, from Venice to Croke Park; Russia to Leah Victoria Park. We have compiled a list of nominees for you to vote for in our Offaly Sports Star of the Month award for September 2018.
The vote, sponsored by Guy Clothing in Tullamore, aims to reward sporting excellence and achievement throughout the county across all sporting arenas, from the showjumping ring to the GAA pitch.
The winner of the September vote will receive a specially commissioned glass trophy from title sponsors Guy Clothing. They will also go forward as the September winner to compete in the overall Offaly Sports Star of the Year 2018 vote in January next year.
Here are September's nominees:
Megan Burns - Ireland Rugby Sevens - Tullamore teenager Megan Burns was a tryscorer for Ireland as they claimed a bronze in the European Sevens Series in Kazan, Russia in early September. Megan was one of four new caps in a much-changed Ireland squad. All four of the new caps are graduates of the IRFU Women's Development pathway. Megan scored her fine individual try against Scotland when she saw space in the defence to sprint over the line.
Brian Francis - Tullamore Town FC - Francis was a star in attack for Tullamore throughout September, culminating in a brilliant goal and assist in a 3-0 home win against TEK. Francis led from the front and created multiple chances for his teammates as well as streaking clear of TEK defenders late on to nab a goal of his own.
Mairead Kavanagh - Limerick GAA - Offaly native Mairead Kavanagh pulled on the green of the Treaty county in Croke Park in September and with a personal tally of 2-2, she was instrumental in Limerick claiming the TG4 All Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship title on a 5-6 to 0-8 scoreline against Louth.
Kevin Keyes - Motorcycle Racer - Having won the Offaly Sports Star of the Year in 2017, Kevin returns to the running in 2018 after a spectacular September. Despite a fall and broken wrist early on, Kevin put in stunning performances in Oulton Park and Silverstone. Having been forced to start from the back of the grid in Silverstone, Kevin made up 18 places before taking the line, while he earned a podium finish the following week at Oulton Park.
Jordan Doran - Kickboxer - The Oaklands Edenderry student made history in Italy in September as she fought in three Kickboxing World Championships finals, taking home a gold and two silver medals. The Kildare native was the toast of Team Ireland as she made history in Jesolo by reaching the final in Pointfighting, Light Contact and Kick Light. She took gold in Light Contact.
Cian Johnson - Ferbane GAA - The Offaly starlet showed composure beyond his teenage years as he notched a personal tally of 0-3 in Ferbane's hard-fought Offaly Senior Football Championship semi-final win over Clara. Johnson was a thorn in the side of the Clara rearguard and kept the scoreboard ticking from the corner before Oisin Kelly came with the late heroics to seal victory.
Oisin Kelly - Ferbane GAA - Dual star Oisin Kelly, who is more often seen lining out for the Belmont and Offaly hurlers, produced late heroics to secure victory for Ferbane in their Offaly Senior Football Championship semi-final win over Clara. The imposing forward powered home two goals in injury-time to ensure his club's passage to the count decider with Rhode on October 14.
Katelyn Farrelly - Tullamore Harriers - Edenderry girl Katelyn Farrelly, competing in the junior girl's section, claimed gold in September at the Leinster Combined Championships. Katelyn impressed in the five-event competition, earning gold and qualification for the All Ireland Schools Championships. Katelyn's results were as follows: Long Jump 510 cm, Hurdles 928 secs, Shot Put 878cm, High Jump 143cm and 800m 2:55; Shauna – Long Jump 469 cm, Hurdles 960 secs, Shot Put 1034cm, High Jump 150cm and 800m 2:40.
Voting remains open until Sunday, October 14, at 11pm.