There was a time when selecting the Ulster GAA Writers' Monthly Merit Award winner for the winter months was quite a problem as most action ceased after the All-Ireland SFC and SHC finals were decided. That's not the case anymore as top action continues right to the new year.

In the light of that, there was plenty of magical moments from which to choose when the selectors got down to naming the winner of the Quinn Insurance/UGAAWA award for October but after the usual arguments one light shone bright through the darkness.

That was Donegal and Termon footballer
Geraldine McLaughlin who had a month to remember as she helped her county to All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship success and her club to their first ever Ulster SFC title.

It was lively full-forward Geraldine (17) who was on the spot to blast home the winning score (3-6 to 0-13) for Termon in injury time as she stopped Donaghmoyne from collecting their sixth consecutive Ulster senior title

"I'm in shock at hearing I have won this award," enthused the Letterkenny Leaving Cert student. "In fact I wasn't really aware of the award and to be told I'm the winner takes my breath away."

This could be a good week for Geraldine as she has also been nominated for an Allstar Award at next Saturday night's banquet in the City West Hotel, Dublin.

The presentation was made at a function in Quinn's Corner by Rory Rafferty, Quinn's Commercial Representative. She receives a UGAAWA Sports voucher, an engraved Belleek China vase, jewellery from Garrett Mallon Omeath and training gear from O'Neill's International Sports. She also gets two tickets and overnight accommodation for the Ulster GAA Writers' banquet at the Slieve Russell Hotel on November 19.

By Tony McGee

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