Saturday, November 27, 2021

By Denis J. Croke

THE top Laois GAA players for 2020 and 2021 have been recognised. The achievements of these players over two very difficult years make them very significant holders of the annual Laois GAA awards.

Unfortunately, for both sets of winners, there was none of the usual razzmatazz associated with the awards night.

The Covid-19 pandemic, as we are all too aware, played a huge part in the 2020 season with even some of the championships not being completed until earlier this year.

This meant that the awards did not take place last year and while it was hoped to hold this year’s awards ceremony as usual on Friday night, this too had to be scrapped. Instead the winners were announced via a prerecorded program on Laois GAA’s Facebook live.

The selection committee for the awards comprised the four local media outlets – The Laois Nationalist, Laois Today, Leinster Express and Midlands 103 while Laois GAA was represented by Peter O’Neill (Chairman), Tom Clear (Vice-Chairman), Paul Dargan (PRO) and Pat O’Sullivan (Laois GAA TV).

Given the fact that Portarlington and Clough/Ballacolla won back to back senior titles they took both awards in both categories. Portarlington then went one better when the Referee’s award went to Clifford Ward.

Six other clubs – Park/Ratheniska, Ballyroan Abbey, Clough Ballacolla, Camross, The Harps and Abbeyleix – also won two awards each.

2020 AWARD WINNERS

SENIOR FOOTBALL

Jason Moore (Portarlington)

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL

Niall Corbet (Clonaslee)

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

Kieran Delaney (Park/Ratheniska)

 

MINOR FOOTBALL

Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan Abbey)

SENIOR HURLING

Stephen Maher (Clough/Ballacolla)

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING

Conor Dunne (The Harps)

INTERMEDIATE HURLING

Ray Bowe (Rathdowney/Errill)

JUNIOR HURLING

Ross Young (The Harps)

MINOR HURLING

Lawson Obulor (Abbeyleix)

2021 AWARD WINNERS

SENIOR FOOTBALL

Jake Foster (Portarlington)

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL

Padraig Dunne (Park/Ratheniska)

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

James McWey (Ballyroan Abbey)

MINOR FOOTBALL

Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen)

SENIOR HURLING

Willie Dunphy (Clough/Ballacolla)

PREMIER INTERMEDIATE HURLING

Cha Dwyer (Ballinakill)

INTERMEDIATE HURLING

Niall Sinnott (Trumera)

JUNIOR HURLING

Mike McKeogh (Ballypickas)

MINOR HURLING

Cathal Cuddy (Camross)

SCÓR AWARD

Kilcavan GAA

HALL OF FAME

Tom Prendergast

SERVICE TO LAOIS AWARD

Mick Carroll (Abbeyleix)

REFEREE AWARD

Clifford Ward (Portarlington)

LAOIS LGFA AWARDS

LAOIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jane Moore (St Brigid’s)

SENIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alannah Havill (St Conleth’s)

INTERMEDIATE CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Andrea Moran

(Ballyroan Abbey)

JUNIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Edel Finn (Ballyfin)

LAOIS CAMOGIE AWARD

INTERMEDIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Aedin Lowry (Camross)

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