Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For October 2017

All codes in the GAA were fully active during October 2017 which meant there was a long list of probable candidates for the Monthly Merit Award. Both men and women's games were in full swing at club, county, provincial and All-Ireland levels, so sorting through the plethora of names thrown up took some time.

The list had to be trimmed and in the end one name shone through – that of Slaughtneil double doyen Brendan Rogers and for his excellence in both hurling and football during the month the 23-year-old wins the award for a second time. It seems that Brendan revels in the autumn action as it was for November last year that he first collected the honours.

“It is just a few weeks earlier this year,” he said at the presentation in Quinn's Corner. “It was a tough month for the club with no let up as hurling and football was played end-to-end. However, we managed to handle the situation and winning the hurling final again was superb. Now we are into the football semi-final and, hopefully, we can go all the way, again, and retain the Ulster treble.

“The hurlers have retained the title and so have the camogs so it is up to the footballers to match last year's Ulster run. There is no pressure on us, however.”

Whether at full-back in football or full-forward in hurling, Brendan Rogers is comfortable, it seems. He turns in the same wholehearted display in both codes. “They complement each other,” he explained. “The different scenery at the opposite ends of the pitch helps.”

The dual star likes to get forward in football as he sets up scores for team mates but points out: “It is dangerous to roam too far up as you can't leave the back door open when playing at full-back.”

Brendan Rodgers got the nod for last month's award ahead of Fermanagh footballer Shannon Hamilton, who shone in the All-Ireland Junior Championship final replay, with Louise Doogan, who was outstanding for Slaughtneil in winning the Ulster senior camogie title, Patrick McBrearty, who hit eight points in Kilcar's victory over Scotstown, and top Eglish player Ciara Donnelly being others who deserve special mention.

The presentation was made by Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon. The winner receives an engraved Belleek Vase, training gear from O'Neill's Sportswear, silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and two tickets to our next annual presentation function on Friday, February 2, in Monaghan.

Slaughtneil chairman Sean McGuigan with October Merit Award winner Brendan Rogers, Picture by Jim Dunne

Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon, Slaughtneil chairman Sean McGuigan, Brendan Rogers, UGAAWA chairman John Martin. Picture by Jim Dunne

UGAAWA October Merit Award winner Brendan Rogers. Picture by Jim Dunne.