QUINN Building Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For August 2016

August proved to be a turning point in the fortunes of the Monaghan ladies' football team. After travelling a bit of a rocky road, the Farney females slipped back into gear to drive forward to this month's All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Cork.

That hurdle may have been a little too high to clear, particularly in front of goals, but that takes nothing from the August endeavours of the team and their manager PAULA CUNNINGHAM.

While the players did the work on the field during the games, the driving force of their manager played a major role in the success trail. Her sideline leadership and her words of wisdom and encouragement, at training and during preparations, played a vital part in bringing Monaghan back to challenge for major honours, once again.

“I can't take the credit solely for the successes during August,” protested Paula. “Adrian Lyttle, our trainer, did a wonderful job with the team and the girls put in an enormous amount of hard work,” added Paula who gets the Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit Award for August.

“It has been a rebuilding progress this year with 12 or 13 new players in the panel. It has been a team in transition but they all worked extremely hard for the success they got. Sheer hard work was the ethic and that usually pays off. My job was made easy by the attitude of the players and the work of Adrian,” she stressed.

Paula disclosed that the object of the team this year was to maintain their Division One status and they achieved that with a goal win over Tyrone. From there the championship came into focus and when they beat Armagh in the semi-finals things looked good.

“We beat Cavan in the Ulster final and then had six weeks to prepare for the game against Kerry. In that game the girls came out at 100 miles per hour and achieved a great win. It was all down to the players,” insists the manager.

Paula Cunningham was presented with her August Merit Award by Quinn Building Products Area Manager, Terry Fay, at a function in Quinn's Corner on September 5th, when she received an engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand-made jewellery from Carlingford Design House, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports and a medical kit bag from 3FiveTwo, on behalf of Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast.

Paula Cunningham, Monaghan Senior Ladies Football team manager, winner of the August Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award is presented with her award by (on right) Terry Fay, Quinn BUilding Products Area Manager, and (on left) John P Graham, Vice Chairman of the Ulster GAA Writers Association. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Paula Cunningham, Manager of the Monaghan Senior Ladies Football team, receives her prise as Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers August Merit Award winner from Terry Fay, Quinn Building Products Area Manager. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Terry Fay, Area Manager Quinn Building Products, presents the August Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award to Paula Cunningham, Manager of the Monaghan Senior Ladies Football team.
Pic: Peadar McMahon

Paula Cunningham after receiving her Belleek Vase as part of her prize as winner of the August Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Merit Award. Pic: Peadar McMahon