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The youth awards night on 8th February saw our up and coming stars of the future being rewarded for their efforts throughout the year. All our players received medals and most improved players and players of the year for each age group received trophies for their achievements on the field.
At under 8's Caonhan McCann received the most improved player award while Jack Mulgrew got the player of the year award. At under 10's Charlie McCullagh was the most improved player and Declan McDade the player of the year. Most improved player for the under 12s was Luke Montgomery and the Dominic McClure Memorial Trophy went to Niall Marsden for the player of 2012. Well done to all winners.
A special mention was given to our under 10s who won the shield at the Aghagallon Blitz in 2012. We hope this is a glimpse of what these young players can achieve in the future. Well done boys and girls.
Thanks to all the parents for attending. Thanks to everyone who supplied and helped serve the food and tidied up at the end. Thanks also to Fr Brown for the use of the Parish Hall.
24th April 2010 – Under 10 Blitz at Annaclone
St. Michael's Under 10's were very much up for their first blitz of the season, winning 2 out of their 3 matches. Every player done really well and was given time in both the forward and back lines, therefore able to apply both their defensive and attacking skills.
John Paul McKeown and Ethan Henderson played well in all areas of the pitch. Ellen McAtarsney played particularly well in defence protecting the goalkeeper and marking her opponent tightly. Shannon Hamill was most notable in the forward lines showing good catching ability and quick accurate passing whilst under pressure. Shea McCabe showed composure in both attack and defence, which give confidence to his other team mates. Owen Lavery and Matthew McAtarsney were very quick to get the ball and in possession of the ball, lending support to the midfielders.
I think the preparation required and rules on the day are simple but effective. One late rule introduced was the zones, which give the players a good sense of positional play.
In general, the event achieved the county's objective of providing youth development and a family day out in a safe environment, with minimal organisation required. I think all the kids from all the clubs enjoyed themselves.
St. Michaels would like to thank the U10 Catering division – Ursala's diner, their hosts – Annaclone, the organisers – Fionntan O'Dowd & Tullylish, and the other clubs that took part. St. Michaels U10s look forward to the remainder of the season.
By Sean Toman
By Sean Toman