IT wasn’t easy to select a Quinn-direct/UGAAWA Merit Award winner for September 2012 as any of the heroic Donegal players would have been a worthy recipient after their defeat of Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC final, at Croke.

The advice from some people was stick a pin in the panel, like choosing the winner of the Grand National, and no-one could argue with the result.

That as maybe, but making the selection more scientifically was a better choice and, definitely, no-one can argue with our selection of MICHAEL MURPHY. That explosive opening goal of his, during the early minutes, set the tone for the match and Donegal on the road to Sam Maguire Cup glory.

The spectacular score, which must be the Goal of the Year, was Donegal’s launching pad. Yes, there were other excellent performances throughout the Tir Connail team, but during the opening period, the game was really won.

Apart from his thunderous strike – the net must still be shaking – Michael Murphy played a real captain’s role. When the occasion called for it, he roved out towards midfield and throughout the game as he led by example.

“I can’t believe that I have really won this award,” enthused Michael. “Obviously, like everyone else, I enjoy getting awards and this, on top of getting the All-Ireland senior medal, really polishes off the victory.”

This is the DCU undergraduate’s third Monthly Merit Award. He was also a winner in April 2011, when Donegal won the NFL, and October 2011, when Glenswilly won the Donegal SFC. At the present time, he is busy helping his club defend that title.

Michael received his latest Merit Award, at a function in Quinn’s Corner, from UGAAWA Chairman JP Graham. He was presented with

an engraved Belleek Living vase,

specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon,

training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports and  a sports voucher from the UGAAWA.

He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee Banquet in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, on Friday, December 7.

John P. Graham, Chairman of the UGAAWA, makes the presentations to Michael Murphy, Donegal.

Michael with his award.

Michael with Paudge Quinn of Quinn’s Corner; John P.Graham, UGAAWA Chairman and Tony McGee, UGAAWA Treasurer.
All pics by Peadar McMahon