Clann na nGael
Player of the Year - 2010
Our Senior Player of the Year for 2010 first came to prominence playing on the club’s under-age teams in the late 1990s. A controversial refereeing decision denied him a county medal at under-12 level in 1997, when a late Clann goal was disallowed because the ball had been headed to the net. However, he made up for this disappointment at under-14 level, winning championship medals in 1998 and 1999. In those years Clann also won the Féile competition in the county and represented Roscommon on the national stage in Donegal (1998) and Clare (1999). This was a very talented side with many skilful players but this year’s Player of the Year played a big part in its success, notching many vital scores. He won a further county medal at under-16 level in Millenium Year.
Continuing to show good form at minor and under-21 level, he quickly progressed to senior ranks and is now a vital cog on our flagship team. Although league and championship rewards have so far eluded him, his determination to rectify this situation was obvious in his displays in the season gone past. Noted for his high fielding ability, he has operated effectively during the past year at midfield, wing-forward and full-forward. Our award-winner comes from a noted sporting family. His father and namesake played in goal for Athlone, Westmeath and Leinster. His sister Fiona is an international basketball player. Now a further honour comes their way as our Senior Player of the Year, and winner of the Paddy Nicholson memorial Cup for 2010 is: