The Gaelfast football All Stars received their awards last week at a great night at St Mary’s University Belfast. Players who had been selected from the highly successful Year 8 and Year 10 football tournaments back at the start of the school year were honoured for the top class performances on the field.
County chairman Ciarán McCavana addressed the players and their parents before St Mary’s Prinicipal Peter Finn welcomed all who had attended and praised the work that Gaelfast had done in organising such a great tournament.
Antrim Games Development manager Alfie Hannaway spoke about ‘The Story So Far’ and about the work the Gaelfast team were doing to build our games in Belfast and throughout the county and about the great success of the Antrim Schools Cup and Shield competitions for Year 8 and Year 10 students. Overall 22 Schools took part at 10 different venues which culminated in the finals at Dunsilly.
St Mary’s CBGS won the Year 8 competition, while Edmund Rice College were winners of the Shield. St Malachy’s College took the honours in the Year 10 tournament with De La Salle winning the shield. Overall 1123 players took part with 526 All Star nominations, which gives some indication of the task the Gaelfast staff had in selecting those who went forward.
John McGuckian from the Saffron Business Forum wrapped up the speeches before making the presentations to the winning captains of the Cup and Shield competitions and the Year 8 All Star jerseys were handed over by county star Pat Shivers and the Year 10 awards which were done by Pat’s county colleague Paddy McAleer.
Overall I highly successful evening which will leave a great impression on all who attended.
Bert Trowlen was there for the Saffron Gael to capture some historic images.
John McGuckian of Gaelfast presented the team trophies to the four winning captains
Pat Shivers presented the Year 8 All Star jerseys