Brian Dillons Camogie Club Annual Awards Night was held at the Tank on Saturday December 13th and it was a great success. The night was sponsored by John O Leary of SE Systems which is greatly appreciated. There was a tremendous turnout from players, coaches, mentors, parents and supporters. Chairperson Mary O Sullivan opened the proceedings welcoming everyone to what is one of the most important events in club's diary each year. Our President Con Ahern then presented Seandun medals with coaches Niamh and Linda introducing the players. Linda Mellerick then introduced our Special Guest for the night Cork All Ireland Camogie star Ashling Thompson. Linda described her as an outstanding player for both her club Millford and for Cork. She is a role model on and off the pitch and her dedication and perserverance following a serious car crash was a credit to her. Linda concluded by saying Ashling should in her opinion have got an All Star Award this year. Ashling then made presentations to Dillons players who represented Cork this year, Essie O Connell, Niamh O Leary, Sinead Mills, Eve O Connor, Kate O Connell, Hannah Roche and Emer Keane. 'Yours truly' then gave a light hearted review of the year outlining some of the highs and lows of the season. Committee member Margaret O Sullivan then presented our Intermediates with their Championship runner up medals. Then it was time for the first of our player of the year awards which was for U14. Linda Bowen made the presentation stating that in her view everyone of the U14's were deserving of the award. She spoke passionately of the victory over the Barrs in the Seandun semi final which made her very proud. Linda described the winner of the award as being respectful to both players and mentors and being totally committed to camogie. The winner was Molly Garvin. Linda also made the presentation to the U16 player of the year. Describing the winner as bouncing from U16's to the Minors with training and matches, she spoke of the winners love of the game and how she has grown in confidence over the last two years. The deserved winner was Stephanie Mangan. Then it was time for me to make the presentation for the Minor Award. The criteria was attendance at training, respect for players and mentors and match performance. The winner was described as a special talent with a great future ahead of her. She is a credit to her family and our club. The winner was Sinead Mills. Chairperson Mary then presented the Intermediate award. Describing the winner as unassuming, quiet and shy, but extremely brave with an incredible hand in the air, she will undoubtedly play Senior for Cork, the winner was Niamh O Leary. Mary then proceeded to announce the Club Person of the Year. Describing the winner as helpful, supportive, loyal, inspirational with an unbelievable attitude, the award winner was Therese Deane. A clearly emotional Therese received her award to rapturous applause. Linda Mellerick then proceeded to what she described as the highlight of the night, the presentation of the Minor County medals. Linda introduced each player outlining their individual strengths and their commitment to a successful season. She spoke about the Minors confidence which was tangible in the championship run in with some of the moves and scores unbelievable. Ashling Thompson presented the medals. Linda then proceeded to present the Player of the Match Award for the county final. There was always only going to be one winner. Having scored 4-4 in the final and every full back in the county running scared of her, the winner was Caoimhe Rodgers. The Minors were then presented with Jerseys which were sponsored by Murjoy. Thanks a million to Paul Mills. Mary then made a presentation to Kieran O Sullivan who worked so hard in getting our girls in shape earlier in the year. Susan Kate and Emma Sharpe then made presentations to the mentors which was a nice touch. Secretary Mary Walsh then made a presentation to Chairperson Mary O Sullivan describing her as all things to everyone, her loyalty and dedication was undisputed and we would'nt have the success we have without her hard work. Mary then spoke about Special Guest Ashling Thompson who had travelled from Newtownshandrum with her mother. Describing her as a star player who always took time out to take photos with the kids at matches which was greatly appreciated. Linda then made a presentation to Ashling. The evening concluded with plenty of banter with music and fun. A sincere thanks to all who contributed in any small way to yet another successful Awards Night. Roll on 2015.
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