Linda Mellerick, Coach of our Camogie Intermediates received the the North City and Districts Sports Award for the month of November at the Maldron Hotel on 19th January, 2016. Those present included Lord Mayor of Cork, Sports writers from across the City and representing Dillons were our vice chairman Veronica Deane, Mentors Paschal Luby and Tom Myers and players Saoirse Rodgers, Amanda Dorgan and Captain Caroline Craughan. Also present were Linda's parents and extended family. The event was sponsored by Singleton's Supervalu and Red FM and the MC for the event was Sean O'Sullivan. In his address, Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris O'Leary spoke very highly of Linda and Brian Dillons Camogie Club and said that Linda was an inspiration both as a player and now as a coach.
On behalf of Brian Dillons, I said that Linda had brought a professionalism to Brian Dillons and that our success was primarily down to her commitment and dedication and that we were very fortunate to have her coaching our Intermediates which brought the County Championship to our Club in 2015.
Sean O'Sullivan then outlined Linda's achievements in her own career as a player which included six senior All Ireland Medals, three senior Club All Irelands, Camogie Player of the Year 1993 and 1998 and being named in the Team of the Century in 2014. Accepting her award, Linda said that she was honoured and that she was accepting it on behalf of Brian Dillons Camogie Club. She said that she took up coaching four years ago with a great managment team behind her which brought success to both the Minors and Intermediates and the Club is now rejuvenated. Linda spoke about the immense satisfaction in seeing the skills improve on the pitch. She spoke about our successful victory dinner last weekend and now understands why coaches coach. Linda spoke about the great group of girls in the squad who met for training and matches on 110 occasions which shows what it takes to be Champions. It was a lovely occasion which protrayed our Club once again in a very positive light.
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