McLaughlin named in Division 1 team of the year

TERMON’S Geraldine McLaughlin has been named in the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies Football Division 1 Team of the League at a ceremony in Croke Park. This is the third year that Bord Gáis Energy have sponsored the Ladies Football National Leagues and these awards honour those players, across all four divisions, that delivered on a consistent basis for their counties over their respective league campaign.
In total 26 counties are represented in the 60 players selected and each player was presented with a specially commissioned kit to mark their achievement.
The selection process is led by team managers and referees who were asked to nominate players after each round of league matches – naturally enough managers are precluded from voting for their own players.
Speaking at the announcement Pat Quill, President of Ladies Gaelic Football said, “It is a great personal honour for the players to be selected. All counties have talented players and these awards may be the only opportunity that players from counties who do not reach the final stages of competitions get to be recognised.
“I thank the county managers and referees for their diligence in their nominations. These are also coveted awards by the managers in recognition of their team building skills. It has been a wonderful evening of interaction and friendships and I thank Bórd Gáis Energy for their foresight in honouring these talented members of our Association.”
Ger Cunningham, Sports Sponsorship Manager at Bord Gáis Energy, said, “I’d like to firstly congratulate all the players who have been recognised here tonight.  The Teams of the League has become a set piece event in the Ladies Football calendar at this stage and I know the announcement is eagerly awaited once the finals are complete.
“Bord Gáis Energy’s sponsorship of ladies football is an association we are very proud of and we are delighted to be able to support you in developing the game and raising its profile with initiatives like this that recognise the dedication put into the organisation across the country.”
Cork, who secured an impressive fourth league title in a row this year, not surprisingly lead the way with five players selected on the Division 1 Team of the League, including their inspirational captain Amy O’Shea. League finalists Laois are well represented with three players, as are Kildare who managed to build on last year’s promotion from Division 2 with a very solid maiden campaign in the top flight.
The strength of Ladies Football in Ulster in also well represented with two players selected from Monaghan – the McAnespie twins – and one player each from Tyrone and Donegal in Cathy Donnelly and Geraldine McLaughlin.
Geraldine,  who  is  a  final  year  student  at  Loreto  Convent  Letterkenny  and who  celebrated  her  18th birthday  last  Saturday  night,  has  been  a  top  performer  for  Termon  teams  for  many  years.
Deirdre  Galligan  Termon’s  ladies  chairperson  when  spoken  after  the  award  was  announced  in  Crokepark stated that Geraldine  was a  fitting  recipient  for  such  a  prestige  award. She  has  been an  inspiration to  the  younger  Girls in  the  club.  She  has  the   ability  to  lead  by  example, and  her  heroics on the  field  of  play  for  Termon  team has  been  tremendous  considering  that  she  is  just  18  years  of  age .
Christy  Gillespie  from  Scoil  Colmcille  An  Tearmainn  who  some  would  attributed to  maturing Geraldine  skills when  spoken  to  after  the  award  was  announced  stated  that  he  was  very  proud  to  be  associated  with  Geraldine  Mc  Laughlin.  She  was  the  perfect  example  of  a  very  successful footballer  because she in  very  talented and  she   puts in  a huge effort  to  improve  her  game.  Gillespie  added she  was  a very  good  listener  and  a  great  team  player  when  she  played  on several   Scoil  Colmcille  teams. To  sum  her   up ” Goals  won  games  and  Geraldine  has  the  ability  to  score  Goals  at  the  highest  level” .
Geraldine  who was  on the  Termon  senior ladies  team  that  lifted the  only  adult  Ulster GAA   title  that  came  Donegal’s  way  in 2010,  has  played  on  the    Donegal  All  Ireland  winning team in  2010.  She  also  holds an All   Ireland  Ladies  Gaeltachta  title  which  Termon  won  in  Belmullet  Co  Mayo  in  2010
Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 Team of the League
1. Elaine Harte (Cork) 2. Aisling Quigley (Laois) 3. Gráinne Dunne (Laois) 4. Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan) 5. Briege Corkery (Cork) 6. Bríd Stack (Cork) 7. Aisling Holton (Kildare) 8. Joanne Timmons (Kildare) 9. Tracey Lawlor (Laois) 10. Cathy Donnelly (Tyrone) 11. Valerie Mulcahy (Cork) 12. Amy O’Shea (Cork) 13. Geraldine McLaughlin (Donegal) 14. Noelle Earley (Kildare) 15. Ciara McAnespie (Monaghan).


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