Two Home-Grown Players Receive Top Honours as Club Celebrates Annual Gala Night
18th November 2017
Village Hotel Glasgow
It was glitz and glamour 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 Year Video that has become an integral part of the night, this year featuring the hard graft of the year and the celebrations of the Junior double double, League and Championship wins.
Interim Youth Coordinator Jennifer Treacy then spoke about the developments at underage level, reviewing the progress of the year and thanking recently inducted Hall of Fame member, Ronan McDermott for all of his service to the club and the underage set up over the past number of years. She also discussed the club’s involvement in the Clydebank Sports Hub Project and its progress over the past year.
Next up was the Ladies’ awards- given out by managers Paul Gallagher and Paul Maher. In Gallagher’s 12th year as ladies manager, he reviewed the season congratulating the team on being the first team in the club to compete at Intermediate level in Britain. He thanked the players for the dedication and commitment to continuing to drive the team forward. The Ladies Most Improved Award went to club stalwart Bronagh Bogues. A rock in the full-back position this year, Bronagh showed consistent dedication to training and matches and impressed everyone with her work ethic. The Ladies Player’s Player of the Year went to newcomer Roisin Murphy. An award voted on by all of the players, Roisin was the clear choice. She brought an intensity to training and was an integral member of the Gaels upon arrival. Her experience at County level and her fun-loving personality off the pitch fast made her a club favourite. The final ladies award, Managers Player of the Year, went to home-grown player Monica Cohen.
Paul remarked on her ability to mark and frustrate the best players in Britain, all with a smile on her face. Monica has been an integral member of the club for a number of years, winning Most Improved in 2015 and has improved again to be a well-deserved winner of this award.
Following the Ladies awards, 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 was frustrating for all involved, however Jimmy was gracious and highlighted the dedication of the players throughout the year. In particular, the Managers Player of the Year went to defender John Paul Langan. Jimmy highlighted JP’s dedication to training over the year, mentioning his holiday work-outs and his improvements from last year. JP was a rock in the back and his shoulders and tackling proved often to be a rallying call in the back line. The Senior Men’s Players Player of the year went to midfielder Paul Duffy. New to the club this year, although you wouldn’t know it, Paul made an impact immediately. The intensity that Paul brought to each and every match was inspiring for all to watch. Paul quickly embraced the Gaels spirit and often took the game by the scruff of the neck, making him a very difficult man to stop, earning him the nickname “The Bull”.
The next awards were the Junior Men’s awards with second year manager Declan Murtagh. Declan recapped another historic season for his side, congratulating all of the players on the unprecedented Double Double. He thanked all of the players who togged out for the team throughout the year, discussing the turn over in players this year and the feat it was to win the Championship against a very tough Dalriada team. Junior Men’s Manager’s Player of the Year went to home-grown player Matthew Donnelly. Matty was an integral player for the Junior squad throughout the player, one of the most consistent trainers and performers. Often travelling from Stirling during term-time, Matty embodied the Gaels spirit and showed a dedication and commitment that impressed all of the managers and players alike. Junior Player’s Player of the Year went to captain and long time club member Paul Scully–a very deserved winner. Paul’s leadership in the back line and welcoming nature is an example for all. The junior squads also collected their league and championship medals.
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 Dave McGovern. Dave, a crucial member of the men’s team brought a level of expertise and professionalism to the side that helped them reach new heights this year. His advice and training programmes were no doubt one of the main reasons for yet another historic year. Dave also acts as physio for many of the players and helps put together prehab and rehab programmes for all the players. Dave is always willing to help with any aspect of the club, taking on kit co-ordinator and underage coaching responsibilities throughout the year. Dave truly 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 Jimmy Treacy. Jimmy’s commitment to the entire club can be seen through his expert salesmanship, securing funding, sponsorship, kit deals, etc… He truly goes above and beyond the remit of his title ‘manager’ and contributes significantly to the running of the club off the pitch.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors of the night as well as those who have sponsored us throughout the year. We could not have been as successful without your generosity. Congratulations to the committee who also put together another fantastic night of celebrations. It was another brilliant celebration of a club like no other and we are looking forward to another fantastic year in 2018.