Tyrone’s surge to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final can, truthfully, be put down to team work but still it takes individual performances to push a team over the winning line. The Red Hands have had a few of those displays during August with one man standing a tower of strength in face of all opposition.

That man is ENDA McGINLEY, who has ruled the roost in midfield against Dublin and Wexford, an axis on which the team revolved, and for his performances last month he wins our Tennent’s Merit Award for August.

“I’m not used to getting personal awards,” says the Errigal-Ciarán player. “This is a very nice honour to get before the All-Ireland final. It is a very important award.”

Enda may not have collected too many individual awards but he sure has a big collection of team trophies. Tucked away in his cabinet are two All-Ireland senior Celtic Crosses, two All-Ireland U21 medals, one national minor medal, an Ulster Club and three Tyrone Championship awards, two county U21, one minor and one U14 medal. Quite a haul.“Not bad,” agrees the 27-year-old physiotherapist, “but I would dearly like to add another All-Ireland senior medal this month.”

McGinley had stiff opposition for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Tennent’s Merit Award from a number of his Tyrone colleagues, most notably Sean Cavanagh and Colm McCullough. Also noted was the victory of Monaghan ladies over Mayo in the All-Ireland Ladies’ SFC semi-final.

As his award, Enda received a Tennent’s Sports Voucher, an engraved Belleek China vase, specially designed silver cuff links by Omeath jeweller Gareth Mallon and training gear from O’Neill’s International Sportswear. He will also get two tickets and overnight accommodation for the Ulster GAA Writers annual banquet in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, on Saturday, November 1.

The presentation was made by Joe McGrane -Regional Account Manager (Inbev Ireland) at a function in the Ulster Brewery on Wednesday, September 10.