Joint GAA/GPA/ESRI research project aims to support welfare of inter-county players

first_imgThe commissioned research gives players the opportunity to engage in confidence with an independent research project. The evidence provided from the research will then be used by the joint working group to inform the design of measures aimed at assisting inter-county players to achieve more balance between their playing, personal and professional lives.All 1,962 players from the 2016 inter-county championship panels will be contacted to participate in the research. For the first time, players will have the opportunity to portray the demands of senior inter-county football and hurling, and give their views on how best to support player welfare.The project will commence immediately and the research findings will be published in December 2017. In addition to examining the demands of inter-county football and hurling, this research will also provide the first profile of senior inter-county footballers and hurlers against which future generations of players can be compared with.GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “I welcome the announcement of this initiative. A lot has been said and written about the well documented challenges associated with playing our games at the highest levels and the commitment involved.“Involvement in our games at inter-county level should not come to the detriment of the personal development of our players and we have committed to working with the GPA to establish a clear view of the situation using the expertise of the ESRI.“I look forward to their findings and to working to improve a crucial area of player welfare.”GPA Chairman Seamus Hickey added: “The establishment of a joint working group between the GPA and GAA to review the challenge of life style balance for inter county players was an important agreed objective in the new GAA/GPA Recognition Protocol.“This research study will be a vital first step in establishing a comprehensive picture of all the issues that impact on players life style balance.“The deliberations of the joint working group, informed by this research study, should lead to concrete recommendations that can help address the challenges faced by players both on and off the pitch.”ESRI Director Alan Barrett said: “The Institute is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute its research expertise to this important project. Gaelic games play a central role in Irish society. Our engagement with the GAA and the GPA is an exciting new route through which we aim to fulfil our broad remit of developing insights into various aspects of life in Ireland.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The new agreement, unveiled last July, committed to establish a joint working group comprised of players, administrators and others to draft proposals with the intention of assisting amateur inter-county players to better manage their personal and professional lives.  This research work by the ESRI is an important first step in that process. As part of the new working arrangements between the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the two organisations have commissioned the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) to examine the challenge of life style balance in the lives of senior inter-county players.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball: Feb. 22 Scoreboard

first_imgThe University of Central Arkansas women’s basketball team became the first school to clinch a postseason berth to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 13-16. The Sugar Bears defeated Oral Roberts in league play while Lamar beat Sam Houston State to give UCA the postseason bid. In other league action, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won its fifth consecutive game with a win over Houston Baptist while Nicholls completed the season sweep of McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin won at home against Northwestern State. UIW stepped out of conference against NJIT and fell to the Highlanders.Central Arkansas 62, Oral Roberts 54CONWAY, Ark. – Courtney Duever turned in one of the most memorable performances in Central Arkansas history on Saturday, scoring 24 of her career-high 36 points in the second half to propel the Sugar Bears past Oral Roberts 62-54 to keep UCA alone in first atop the Southland Conference standings and clinch the Sugar Bears’ spot in the Southland tournament in Katy, Texas.  |  Read More  |  ORU RecapNicholls 76, McNeese State 66THIBODAUX, La. – Sophomore Emani White matched her career-best with 33 points and the Colonel defense held McNeese State scoreless over the final five minutes as the Nicholls State University women’s basketball team defeated the Cowgirls 76-66 on Saturday afternoon at Stopher Gym.  |  Read More  |  McNeese RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 74, Houston Baptist 62HOUSTON, Texas – Shola Adebayo scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s basketball team to a 74-62 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday. It marked the fifth straight victory for the Islanders, who moved into seventh place with the win.  |  Read More  |  HBU RecapLamar 81, Sam Houston State 64BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University women’s basketball coach Robin Harmony wasn’t happy with the way her team started Saturday. But she sure was happy about the way the Lady Cardinals finished.  |  Read More  |  Sam Houston RecapStephen F. Austin 68, Northwestern State 51NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin built a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 in defeating Northwestern State 68-51 at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks improved to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in Southland Conference play, remaining tied for third in the conference standings. |  Read More  |  Northwestern RecapNJIT 57, UIW 48SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Senior Day did not go quite as planned for the University of the Incarnate Word women’s basketball team.  They lost to visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at the McDermott Center, 57-48.  |  Read Morelast_img read more

Leicester aim for top spot, Chelsea need a lift

first_imgBy Martyn HermanWhen Leicester City lost at home to Chelsea in late April it briefly stalled their dash for Premier League survival and left their opponents one victory away from claiming the title.Chelsea went on to claim the crown and Leicester, with a stunning sequence of results, stayed up.But not even Leicester’s most optimistic followers could have envisaged then that, a few months later with Claudio Ranieri now at the helm, they would be hosting Tottenham Hotspur with a chance to top the table with a maximum nine points.Likewise, Chelsea’s fans could hardly have expected their club to be mired in an early-season trough that, with a certain sequence of results this weekend, could leave Jose Mourinho’s side bottom of the table.That is the unlikely scenario in store, however.Wins against Sunderland and West Ham United mean Leicester have collected 28 points from the last 33 available – the best tally of any side in the top flight.With confidence surging, goals flowing and a stuttering Tottenham visiting on Saturday (5pm), Leicester have every reason to expect their form to continue for another week at least.Algerian Riyad Mahrez leads the league scoring charts with three goals while the likes of James Vardy and midfielder Marc Albrighton have excelled.This week’s signing of Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler from Italian club Napoli has added to the feel-good factor sweeping the east Midlands.Not that Ranieri is letting the players get ahead of themselves.“I put the ice on their heads to keep them cool so we maintain a low profile,” the Italian said.“That is important for us.”Champions Chelsea are still looking for their first victory, having conceded five goals in their opening two games – including a chastening 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last week when skipper John Terry was substituted at half-time.It is their worst start for 17 years and they will hope to get back on track on Sunday at West Bromwich Albion (3.30pm) who themselves only have one point.After the distraction of Mourinho’s public dressing down for club doctor Eva Carneiro and speculation about talismanic Terry’s ‘demise’, Chelsea could do with a big statement of intent at the Hawthorns where they lost 3-0 in May having already secured the title.Manchester United and City will both be seeking to maintain their 100 per cent starts to the season, with United, who host Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kick-off (2.45pm), buoyant after taking a huge step towards the Champions League group phase with a 3-1, first leg victory over Club Brugges at Old Trafford on Tuesday.City, ahead of Leicester on goal difference at the top, face a trip to Everton (Sunday, 6pm).After two 1-0 defeats, newcomers Bournemouth visit West Ham (Saturday 5pm) looking for their first ever top flight points. Only Sunderland, who host Swansea (5pm), are also without a point after two games.last_img read more

Varney Sherman Drops Presidential Quest

first_imgGrand Cape Mount County Senator Varney G. Sherman has told his Unity Party (UP) executives that he “no longer has interest in being president of Liberia.”The UP National Chairman once contested the presidential election in 2005 on the ticket of Liberia Action Party (LAP), and has since been concentrating on becoming Liberia’s next president until he surrendered his ambition over the weekend.According to sources close to UP, the Liberian lawyer told party executives in a meeting called by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that he no longer intends to contest the nation’s top post.Sherman is of the conviction that the senatorial seat he now occupies on Capitol Hill is “enough for him,” and as such, serving the Western region of the country remains his focus at the moment, our sources said.“I am very satisfied with the position I have now and I have no intention to be president,” our sources quoted the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman as saying.He further stated, “If the Unity Party is looking for a presidential candidate for the next elections, count me out.“I have no interest in the presidency, so as we move on let’s look somewhere else,” Sherman indicated.Political analysts have interpreted Sherman’s comments as a “green light signal” to fellow partisan and Vice Standard Bearer Joseph N. Boakai.The Vice President accepted a petition from his kinsmen in Northern Lofa County to contest for the highest position in the Republic, which analysts maintain has the endorsement of the national chairman of the party.Judging from the personal and political relationship between the vice standard bearer and the national chairman, coupled with the division affecting the party, Sherman’s withdrawal is to perform his side of the political harmony, according to analysts.Analysts believe that the disunity that has led to the exodus of partisans from the party constraining Madam Johnson Sirleaf to call a meeting at her house to reunite members, is one major factor that has cemented the vice standard bearer and National Chairman politically.Meanwhile, when telephoned in order to get his side of the story, Senator Sherman declined to take the calls and even refused to reply to a text message sent him on the subject.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US boxing captain fights back after bout with obsessive-compulsive disorder

first_imgMOST READ Fuchs is back in the ring at the Pan American Games in Peru’s capital less than six months after she received in-patient treatment for a bout of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.“Boxing is the peace, the easy part of my life,” Fuchs told The Associated Press after she won a fight on Tuesday and advanced to the final in the flyweight category. “I know that sounds funny, but yeah, outside the ring is the challenge in my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 31-year-old spent February at a hospital. It could have been longer, she says, but the Pan Am Games were in her sight since she began boxing 10 years ago.In the ring in Lima, she has felt light, at ease, at last standing on a solid base. She moved quickly and threw sharp punches against Venezuela’s Irsimar Cardozo, and after the fight, she raised her arms in victory while The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA” blared from the arena’s speakers. She even stopped to high-five the crowd in the stands and take selfies. Sometimes, though, she still feels pain. Virginia Fuchs of the United States, right, takes a punch from Irismar Cardozo of Venezuela during the second round of their women’s fly, 51 kg, boxing semifinal bout at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)LIMA, Peru — Ask U.S. boxing team captain Virginia Fuchs about her toughest fight and she’ll tell you it was far from a ring.She felt the knockout in her mind and it was a long count. In boxing it’s only 10 seconds that can sometimes seem like a lifetime. Here, it lasted a whole month, and it was only at a hospital where she regained her feet.ADVERTISEMENT “Even though I won the Olympic trials there’s that second qualification process … the International qualification process and that’s why I came short,” she said. “That was really devastating because I came so close.”Last year, she won the bronze medal at the world championships and at this year’s Pan Am’s, she regarded as the U.S. team’s top boxer. Now she’s going for more: “Since I haven’t made it to the Olympics yet, I decided to go for Tokyo.”Boxing remains her salvation and joy.“I feel so relaxed here,” she said smiling. She wiped sweat from her face and later fixed blue socks embroidered with the American flag and the letters of her alma mater of LSU.“When I’m in the ring, all those OCD thoughts, all the struggle in my life outside the ring is gone,” she said. “That’s why boxing brings me happiness, and I really don’t know where I would be without it.”Fuchs also credits the support of her family and her teammates, who lovingly call their captain “the pirate” when she tells them that they’re all on a journey to find gold.“My parents are so excited. I’m sure they’re going crazy right now. They knew that I came here to get gold – everybody knows I’m going to get gold. I’m the pirate! Silver is ok, but I need gold in my treasure chest!” she said laughingly.On the road to Tokyo 2020, she said she also wants to fight to help break the stigma associated with OCD and other mental illnesses.“There are people who are struggling with OCD and any mental health and they should know that they’re not alone,” she said.“You can still be successful, conquer your dreams and do anything. You just got to remember that every day is not going to be easy. You’re going to have hard days, but if you always believe in yourself, you’ll make it through.” “I’m still struggling with my OCD today. But the treatment did help in teaching me some skills just to help when I’m in a really tough situation. It kind of brought me back so I could get a hold on it,” Fuchs said clenching her fists covered with tape.Fuchs grew up in Houston and tried all sorts of sports. Her dad taught her how to water ski and she joined the swim team. She also played softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball. She got into running in high school. On her first track meet in freshman year, she broke her school record in the one mile and two mile race. She then ran cross-country for Louisiana State University. In her freshman year, she met a professional boxer who took her to a gym to practice her first punches. The coach saw potential and knew she’d go far.When the International Olympic Committee announced in 2010 that they were including women’s boxing in the program for the London Games in 2012, she moved back home.“I started training for my Olympic dream and built my way up to becoming number one,” she said. To focus fully, she moved to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The training paid off when she won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.Then, she took her winning streak to the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, where she won gold, and nearly made it to Rio 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU Bullpups bag back-to-back championship crown; volleyball girls nip silver in 2019 ASEAN School Games Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Schneiderlin hopes for end to Utd drought

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard (R) takes an unsuccessful shot at goal during the Premier League match against Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)LONDON, November 2 – Manchester United’s goal-shy players tackle CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday determined to end a goal drought that now stretches to 295 minutes.Since Anthony Martial’s diving header earned United a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, Louis van Gaal’s side have registered successive 0-0 draws against Manchester City, second-tier Middlesbrough, who beat them on penalties in the League Cup, and Crystal Palace. It is the first time since 2005 that United have gone three games without scoring, which Van Gaal admits is a “big concern”, and Morgan Schneiderlin has urged his team-mates not to allow the issue to become a fixation.“It’s frustrating when you don’t win games,” the French midfielder told MUTV.“We have the players to score goals and we will score goals. It’s not a worry for me. We’ve had the chances and sometimes it’s just a matter of taking the time to make a good choice.“It will come if we keep believing. We will keep clean sheets, that’s not a problem, and we will win games, but we need to make sure it comes quickly.”United’s latest stalemate saw them held by Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, where the visitors mustered just a single shot on target.United’s drop in productivity has coincided with Van Gaal’s decision to move Martial, the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September, to the left flank and utilise Wayne Rooney as a lone striker.Rooney’s dismal form has prompted calls for the United captain to be either dropped or withdrawn to a number 10 role and Van Gaal’s tweak in the latter stages at Palace, when Martial went up front and Rooney moved out to the left, suggests the Dutchman may be thinking along similar lines.Whichever attacking configuration he settles on, Van Gaal will hope it enables his team to register a first ever home victory against Russian opposition.– Tosic cautious –United drew 3-3 with CSKA when the sides first met at Old Trafford in November 2009 and their two previous home games against Russian teams ended in draws — 0-0 against Torpedo Moscow in 1992, 2-2 against Rotor Volgograd in 1995 — that led to early exits from the UEFA Cup.In total, United have won only one of their eight matches against Russian teams and with the two sides level on four points in Group B, two points below leaders Wolfsburg and just a point above fourth-place PSV Eindhoven, it is a statistic they will be eager to improve on.CSKA geared up for the trip to northwest England by beating struggling Ufa 2-0 on Saturday to preserve their unbeaten record in the Russian Premier League, which they lead by nine points.But victory came at the cost of a muscular injury to Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, scourge of Manchester City in last season’s group phase, who was substituted at half-time and is now a doubt for Tuesday’s game.Playmaker Roman Eremenko is also doubtful, while full-back Vasily Berezutsky has been ruled out with a thigh problem.CSKA’s former United winger Zoran Tosic, who curled in the second goal against Ufa, suggested that his side would approach the trip to Old Trafford with caution.“Of course CSKA want to win every single match that we play, but when you face Man United at Old Trafford, you can’t expect an easy trip,” said the Croatian, who was on United’s books between 2008 and 2010.“In case we have a chance to win we’ll definitely try to capitalise on it, but I believe nobody will be upset in case of a draw.”United have doubts over Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson, all of whom missed the trip to Palace, while defenders Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair are long-term absentees.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch: Man City and Man United target Kevin De Bruyne’s best goals

first_imgIs Kevin De Bruyne the one that got away for Chelsea? His performances this season might suggest so.The Belgian international left Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg last January and has excelled in the Bundesliga this season, contributing 15 goals and 25 assists in all competitions.Unsurprisngly he is attracting interest from several European heavyweights, including Manchester City and Manchester United, and this video highlights why.last_img

Gerrard asks Gers fans to behave themselves following UEFA punishment

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “That’s what being a fan is all about. We’ve got one of the best fan bases in the world.“They follow us in large numbers home and away and they have got a reputation for being the best supporters in the world.“So when you hear stuff like this it damages the fans’ reputation.”The decision to order a partial stadium closure was made by UEFA’s control and disciplinary body.The offending chants came during Rangers’ 6-0 home victory over St Joseph’s of Gibraltar on July 18.UEFA confirmed the punishment and added that Rangers must display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it, in the closed section.Rangers responded to the news with a stark warning to fans.A statement read: “Our supporters have been asked repeatedly by the club to refrain from indulging in this, and other forms of unacceptable behaviour.“Sadly, the warnings have fallen on deaf ears and the actions of this minority will cause the club and the majority of good and decent Rangers supporters to pay a heavy penalty.Rangers added: “The area, or areas, to be closed will be announced in due course and the club will do its best to restrict the impact to supporters. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 on target OFF stalemate “Unfortunately a significant number of supporters, innocent of any wrongdoing, will be unable to attend next week’s match.“This is deeply regrettable to all at the club and we hope that the guilty parties, who attracted the attention of UEFA, might reflect on the damage their unacceptable behaviour is causing Rangers and their fellow supporters.“If any individual supporter is unable to behave in a civilised manner then please stay away from Ibrox and our club. You are harming Rangers and that is something a genuine supporter would never wish to do.”Chairman Dave King reiterated the club’s message to fans, saying: “Rangers has players and supporters from many religions, cultures and backgrounds but we are one and the same when we gather to support our club.“If any supporter cannot accept that then Rangers is not the club for them.”Rangers were fined 40,000 euros (£36,000) and banned from taking fans to a Champions League qualifier in Malmo after supporters were found guilty of sectarian singing in a 2011 Europa League match at PSV Eindhoven.The club was also given a three-year suspended sentence that included a total stadium ban should the ugly scenes be repeated. Rangers chairman Dave King has also expressed his disgust at the behaviour rookie error getty images – getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ deals LATEST Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 latest Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steven Gerrard has pleaded with Rangers fans to behave themselves after UEFA ordered a section of Ibrox to be closed for this week’s crucial Europa League showdown with Legia Warsaw.Europe’s governing body made the ruling after deciding a number of the Gers faithful were guilty of racist behaviour – specifically relating to ‘sectarian chants’ – during their opening qualifier against St Joseph’s. The Light Blues will now have to close off a section containing 3,000 seats – which will come as a blow to Gerrard as he plots a return to the group stages.He urged the Rangers support to ensure Ibrox was “rocking and shaking” for next week’s do-or-die second leg after claiming a decent goalless draw with Legia in Poland on Thursday night.But the former Liverpool and England skipper has now warned fans their global reputation is at risk if they persist with the illicit chants.“I back the statement that the club has made,” he said. “It’s disappointing when I think about the effect it’s going to have on innocent fans who go to the game and behave properly.“They are going to miss out on the chance to watch the second leg which is all set up for an incredible match.“I still think the crowd will be important next week. It’s a small section but it’s still not helpful.“We do still want to send a clear message to our supporters that we’re going to need them with us in the second leg.“We need the stadium to be rocking and jumping because as you saw last night they are tough opponents.“We’ve been here before and I hope it’s the last time we have to deal with questions on fan behaviour. We want our fans to go to the games, enjoy it and get behind the team. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images Steven Gerrard has been ‘disappointed’ with the behaviour of a minority of Rangers fans last_img read more

This is how Celtic can win the league in a fortnight

first_imgOROROROR OR Aberdeen’s 2-0 win over Hearts on Saturday means Celtic are no longer able to seal the Scottish Premiership title this weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ side will now have to wait until after the international break to extend their dominance to six-in-a-row. It now comes down to three key matches and ironically Dundee and Hearts are the opposition on each occasion.This is how Celtic can wrap it up on either Friday, March 31 without kicking a ball or Sunday, April 2 at Tynecastle.This is what needs to happen for Celtic to win it at the first time of asking after the break. SNSlast_img read more

McBrearty named on club team of the championship

first_imgDonegal sharpshooter Patrick McBrearty is been named on the first ever AIB GAA Club Players’ football team of the championship.The new GAA initiative has reviewed the outstanding performances at provincial and All-Ireland level in the AIB Club Championships with select media voting on a final 15.McBrearty helped Kilcar bridge a 24-year gap in winning the Dr Maguire Cup in Donegal, but they were beaten in the Ulster club semi-final by eventual winners Slaughtneil, who have four players named on the 15.All-Ireland champions Corofin have been rewarded with six players selected.McBrearty is the only player selected from a club that did not win their provincial championship.Galway and Connacht champions Corofin had to show plenty of resilience en route to Croke Park, but cut loose on St Patrick’s Day where they produced a sensational shooting display against Nemo Rangers to capture the club’s third AIB All-Ireland senior club football title.The result is that Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Dylan Wall, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke and Martin Farragher have all been awarded a place on the inaugural football team of the championship.In an additional coup for the club, Corofin also completely dominate the short list for AIB GAA Club footballer of the year with Ian Burke, Michael Farragher and Liam Silke providing the short list.Inspirational dual club Slaughtneil have the next highest representation with four footballers from the Derry club selected. Antóin McMullan, Karl McKaigue, Chrissy McKaigue and Chris Bradley all feature after their exploits over the season.Stylish half back James Murray and sharp shooter Eanna O’Connor represent Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield.Despite their misfire in the All-Ireland final, there was still much to admire about Nemo Rangers, particularly in a typically tough Munster campaign, and midfielder Alan O’Connor and full forward Luke Connolly represent the Cork and Munster champions.Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said: “It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.“The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that.“Every year the club campaign is responsible for some of the high points in the GAA season and it is fitting that we salute the star performers who go to such lengths for the pride of their club jersey. In recognising these outstanding performers we also pay tribute to the clubs who produced them.”Coman Goggins, AIB Sports Programme Manager said: “AIB is very proud to celebrate its 27th year sponsoring the club championships and we are delighted to partner with The GAA for the introduction of the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards. The awards honour some of the greatest club players across Ireland, who have shown immense passion and commitment to their club throughout #TheToughest competition.Coman continued: “On behalf of AIB I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the winners and to thank the national and regional sports media for taking the time to cast their votes and for their continued support for the AIB GAA Club Championships.”Specially commissioned awards by Jarlath Daly will be presented to the players at a banquet at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21 where the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year will be announced live on the night.The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards for Hurling will be announced on April 18.The team in full is:AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – FOOTBALL 2018Antóin McMullan (Slaightneil)Liam Silke (Corofin)Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin)Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil)James Murray (Moorefield)Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil)Dylan Wall (Corofin)Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)Michael Farragher (Corofin)Eanna O’Connor (Moorefield)Christopher Bradley (Slaughtneil)Ian Burke (Corofin)Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)Martin Farragher (Corofin)FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEESIan Burke (Corofin), Michael Farragher (Corofin), Liam Silke (Corofin)last_img read more