Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For May 2017

It is not likely that Monaghan, Donegal or Tyrone will be too worried that they were not recipients of many awards after their Ulster SFC wins over Fermanagh, Antrim and Derry. Victories were what they were after and with those achieved they must be happy enough.Happy, too, are Antrim minor footballers with their provincial championship win over Donegal and adding a little extra to that victory

is the news that Saffron's team manager HUGH McGETTIGAN gets the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Merit Award for May. It's a rare occasion when a minor team upstages senior championship.
“I'm delighted with the news,” beamed Hugh when told of the honour. “I'm personally delighted but also delighted for the management committee that we have and highly delighted, as well, for the players. Everyone connected with the team deserves a big slice of credit for the win over Donegal.
“We went in as underdogs against Donegal, last year's Ulster winners, but the lads buckled down to the task and turned in a fabulous display. It was a magical moment when Tiernan McAteer sent over the winning point in extra time.
“This Merit Award for May gives us a great boost before facing Derry, who will be hot favourites, in the semi-final. The Derry boys are favourites for the Ulster title so we will be underdogs again but that won't worry us.
“These monthly awards from the Ulster GAA Writers are really special and it gives us all a big lift before the semi-final.”

Hugh McGettigan and Brian Gribben have been working with many of these players for the past few years, honing their talents and planning the pattern of play. Their influence has, obviously, rubbed off.

To get the award, Hugh had to fight off strong claims from Armagh footballer Caroline O'Hanlon who starred with Ulster in the team's interpro win, after 'moving mountains' to be available to play. Ulster camogs were also in the mix, having had interpro success, as well.

The presentation to the winner was made at St Mary's CBS in Belfast by Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon. Hugh receives an engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand crafted Silver Cuff Links from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill International Sportswear plus two tickets to the next UGAAWA annual presentation function.

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