Gaels Gala Night
November 24th 2018
Village Hotel Glasgow
It was once again a fantastic evening at this year’s gala night with over 100 club members attending the annual awards night. The Village Hotel staff members were brilliant hosts again and the club is really grateful for their hospitality.
The night began with the chairperson’s address, where the kilt clad Davie McCaig spoke about the year past and thanked the managers and committee for all of their hard work making it possible as well as all of the support we’ve received from sponsors. Davie’s leadership has taken the club forward throughout the past year.
The awards began with the annual End of the Year that has become an integral part of the night, this year featuring the Ladies League Win and the Juniors 3-in-a-row Championship Win
Youth Coordinator Jennifer Treacy then spoke about the developments at underage level, reviewing the progress of the year and thanking all of the parents and volunteers for their support over the course of the year. She welcomed all of the parents who attended this year’s dinner dance. She also discussed the opening of the Clydebank Sports Hub and its pivotal role in the development of the club in the coming years.
After the youth awards, Senior manager Jimmy Treacy began the Senior Men’s awards, recounting some of the highlights of the year. Being oh-so-close to both a League and Championship once again was frustrating for all involved, however Jimmy was gracious and highlighted the dedication of the players throughout the year. Jimmy thanked Malones Glasgow for their generous sponsorship and support throughout the year.
In particular, the Managers Player of the Year went to vice-captain David McGovern. Jimmy highlighted Dave’s dedication to training over the year, mentioning his endless work on individual improvement as well as lending his expertise to improving the rehab and preparation of all the players involved. Dave is truley a role model for all players. The Senior Men’s Players Player of the year went to forward David Comiskey. David’s penalty in the County final earned him Man of the Match, however, everyone was confident when we stepped up that day. He has been a great player for the Seniors throughout the entire year.
Next up was the Ladies’ awards- given out by manager Stephen Treacy. In his first year as ladies manager, he reviewed the season congratulating the team on what was a very successful season–winning the League and coming so close to a British Semi-Final. He thanked the sponsor Wills Brothers for their generous support throughout the year and he thanked the players for the dedication and commitment to continuing to drive the team forward in particular Annette and Anne-Marie the ladies captains who took the reigns at the start of the year. The Ladies Most Improved Award went to Catherine Collins. Catherine has impressed everyone with her attitude towards training, consistent attendance and improvement in the forward position. She earned a starting place in the League match against Edinburgh. The Ladies Player’s Player of the Year went to newcomer Amy Carberry. An award voted on by all of the players, Amy was the clear choice. She brought an intensity to training and was an integral member of the Gaels upon arrival. The final ladies award, Managers Player of the Year, went to Anne-Marie Monaghan. One of the most talented and humble players on the pitch, Anne-Marie has made the mid-field position her own. All very deserving winners.
The ladies then received their League medals. One of the many highlights of the Gaels year.
The next awards were the Junior Men’s awards with first year manager Donie Jackman. Donie recapped another historic season for his side, congratulating all of the players on the unprecedented 3-in-a-row. He thanked all of the players and comended them on their dedication to the squad. Junior Men’s Player’s Player of the Year went to forward Brian Sharkey. Donie remarked on the comments from players who sent in votes saying that his ability to secure scores and confidence was a role model to all. Brian scored 10 of the 11 points the Gaels totalled in the County Final. Manager’s Player of the Year went to Barry Gannon. Remarking on his superb performance in the County Final, Donie remarked on Barry’s versitility and positive attitude. The junior squad also collected their championship medals. An unprecented 3-in-a-row was a great achievement from all involved.
The club-wide awards are the most coveted throughout the year. The first award, the John Morkan award, is the club’s ethos award, awarded to an individual who has exemplified the club ethos throughout the year.
This award went to Brian Morton. As part of the fundraising team, Brian helped to drive one of the most important funraisers of the year. He emobies and exemplifies the Gaels ethos.
The Club Person of the Year is the most prestigious yearly award and is voted on by the entire club. This year’s nominees included many worthy winners. The award recognises an individual’s contribution to the club off the pitch throughout the year. This year’s award winner was a very deserving Annette Lloyd. Annette’s commitment to the driving the ladies team forward, especially during the start of the year when the ladies team were without a manager, herself along with other members of the team took training, organised meetings, etc… She truly went above and beyond the remit of her title ‘captain’ and contributes significantly to the running of the club off the pitch.
It was an other historic year for the Gaels, one which will be remembered for year’s to come.