Awards at Ballycran GAC

Awards at Ballycran GAC

7 April 2021

BALLYCRAN GAC recently announced the prizewinners of their annual senior presentation.

The presentation was hindered to take place virtually due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, but that did not stop recipients enjoying a photo shoot at Cloughey beach last Saturday to commemorate their awards.

On this occasion, Liam Savage was the successful recipient of the Hugo O’Prey senior player of the year and the Martin O’Flynn player’s player of the year memorial cups. 

Liam commented: “This is such a great honour to receive both of these awards. It closes out something personal for me. I have been the recipient of the thirds, seconds and now the senior’s player of the year awards”. 

It was something of a personal grand slam for the club’s dedicated and stylish hurler.

The Michael Brennan memorial trophy went to Connor Dorrian. Connor was clearly delighted to have been nominated by the management for the award and had this to say: “When you look at the other names that have received this trophy in the past, you know that you are in good company.”

“I see this as a stepping stone to take Liam’s trophies off him next year” he said with a smile.

The Gerald Hiles memorial perpetual trophy went to Jack Lennon as the 2020 junior player of the year. 

Jack said: “This is a great step in the right direction for me as I have my eyes on playing at senior level. This trophy has gone to some great players in the past and I hope to be taking the same route to the senior team as no doubt they have in the past”.

This year there were joint players’ player of the year winners with Corrie Smyth and Sabrina McCullough picking up the award. Ballycran GAC were grateful that Corrie managed to turn up for the photo shoot, considering that she is about to have her second baby in a week’s time. 

Both Corrie and Sabrina were grateful for being nominated by their peers for this award. 

Corrie said: “Totally delighted and glad to have come along on this lovely day” and Sabrina added “It’s always nice to get a mention for your contribution throughout the year and I’m delighted to be joint winner along with Corrie”.

After nearly 20 years of playing camogie for Ballycran, Emma Keith picked up the Charles Bell camogie player of the year award.

Prompted for a few words, Emma confessed: “I’ve been playing senior level camogie in Ballycran for over fifteen years and this is the first time I’ve picked up this trophy for myself. I might now be tempted to retire to be honest”.