TENNENT'S/UGAAWA MERIT AWARD for NOVEMBER 2003


During a busy month of November new boys on the block Loup caught the imagination not only their own ardent supporters but many others, as well. After a wait of 67 years Loup emerged as Derry champions and so start a chain of events that would see them eventually be crowned Ulster champions by defeating Antrim kingpins St Gall's in the final, at Clones.

Leader of the team and the inspirational figure throughout the whole

campaign was captain JOHNNY McBRIDE whose marvellous displays set the marker for others to follow. For his performances in the semi-final and final the Sales Manager with Meteor Controls International in Cookstown is named as our 'Tennent's Merit Award' winner for November.

"This is a terrific boost for not only for myself but all the players and the whole club. It sets off a marvellous year" enthused Johnny who actually was in bed when contacted having had two teeth extracted -nothing to do with the Ulster final!

Johnny captained Derry minors when they lost to Westmeath in 1995 and two years later he skippered Derry to the All-Ireland U21 title. Two NFL medals, one Ulster SFC in 1968 and a host of internal Derry club medals including two SFL and one Derry SFC awards are added to that All-Ireland U21 trophy. In fact, apart from U12 level Johnny McBride has won Derry trophies in all other age groups and also won an Ulster MF Tournament with his club..

He made his senior debut intercounty in 1995 in the NFL against Kerry. He has been a utility player with Derry having played in both defence and attack. He has played in every line, apart from goals, in the team.

Johnny McBride edged out Brian McEniff and the Ulster Railway Cup winning team for the November honour, as well as, Antrim player Jane Adams the only Ulster person to win an Allstar Award.

Johnny received his award of sports vouchers from Tennent's Ireland and

ProStar Sport plus a specially engraved Belleek China vase and cuff links from Omeath firm Cloicín at a reception in the Ulster Brewery. The presentation was made by Regional Sales manager Seamus Horisk on Tuesday December 9

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