The second annual awards for the Meath Primary Schools' Hurling and Camogie Generali Spirit of the Finals awards were presented this morning in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan.
The awards, organised by the Meath Chronicle in conjunction with support from Generali Pan Europe and Cimann na mBunscol, recognise a player from each of the five hurling and three camogie finals that were played last month and at the end of October.
Introduced to acknowledge a player from each final who displays a positive attitude on the pitch as well as character and determination, each recipient collected a trophy, a certificate and a voucher.
The recipients were: Oisin Baker-O'Reilly (Robinstown NS), Tadhg Dowd (Dunderry NS), Kerrie Cole (Baconstown NS), Kyle Ennis (St Michael's, Trim), Peter McMyler (St Paul's, Navan), Caoimhe Keyes (Boyerstown NS), Patrick Jordan (Baconstown NS), Sinead Cooke (St Seachnall's NS).
The details about each player's performance are listed.
Generali Spirit of the Final Awrads - Cumann na mBunscol 2017 Hurling & Camogie
OISIN BAKER-O'REILY (Robinstown NS)
Goals were a vital commodity for Robinstown and just when they needed them most Oisin Baker-O'Reilly stepped up to the plate.
His introduction as a substitute was crucial in turning the tide in Robinstown's favour.
Oisin's presence at the edge of the square was too much for Moylagh to handle as he grabbed two vital goals.
KYLE ENNIS (St Michael's, Trim)
Kyle Ennis was the player who drove St Michael’s, Trim forward at every opportunity.
He made a vital contribution in the opening half when his team was struggling, but after the break he hit top form.
His goal seconds after the resumption provided the platform for victory, but he was also cool enough to convert five frees when it mattered most.
PATRICK JORDAN (Baconstown)
Baconstown midfielder Patrick Jordan made a huge contribution to his team’s victory and was instrumental in creating many scoring opportunities, especially in the opening half.
Despite some wayward finishing, all the Baconstown players maintained a high tempo and Patrick’s contribution was significant.
He finished the game with a flourish that included a fine goal.
PETER MCMYLER (St Paul's, Navan)
St Paul’s defender Peter McMyler ended up on the losing side, but his performance was full of spirit and character in the full-back line.
Under enormous pressure in the closing stages as St Paul’s defended a two-point lead, he cleared the danger frequently with some excellent play.
Not a lot he could do about the match-winning goal that the opposition scored with the last puck of the game, but he can be proud of his contribution to an exciting decider.
TADHG DOWD (Dunderry)
On a stormy morning it needed a cool head in defence to keep Kilbride at bay and Dunderry's Tadhg Dowd certainly fitted that bill.
After missing much of the year with a horrific hand injury Tadhg showed no ill effects of the lay-off.
Tadhg displayed some excellent wrist skills and lots of determination that helped boost his side to victory.
KERRIE COLE (Baconstown NS)
Kerrie Cole epitomised the drive, hunger and commitment of the Baconstown players.
She produced a non-stop, all-action display that yielded an amazing personal return of 4-7.
Kerrie also drove her team on to dominate midfield and she secured plenty of possession that enabled her team to dictate the game.
CAOIMHE KEYES (Boyerstown NS)
Midfielder Caoimhe Keyes is a worthy recipient of the accolade.
She was the outstanding performer, especially in the second-half when Dangan were applying all the pressure.
Her first-half free produced a goal chance and in the second-half she found the net at a time when Dangan were posing a lot of questions.
Caoimhe also got back to defend and made some crucial clearances. An excellent overall display.
SINEAD COOKE (St Seachnall's)
St Seachnall’s captain and midfielder Sinead Cooke is the recipient of this accolade.
This was a tough game, but despite the low scoring, there was lots of skill on display.
The St Seachnall’s captain covered an enormous amount of ground and is certainly a girl who has a bright future playing camogie.