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Celebration and Awards 2011

Under 16 Girls

Player of the Year was Aisling McPhillips

Most Improved Player Alanah O Donaghue

Under 16 Boys

Player of the Year was Christopher Kerr

Most Improved Player was Anthony O Brien and his mother, Kathleen, collected the trophy

Under 13 Boys

Player of the Year was Michael O Brien

Most Improved Player was Oisin Campbell

Under 13 Girls

Player of the Year Verity O Connor

Most Improved Player Ellen Mulligan

Under 14 Girls

Player of the Year Rebecca Hughes

Most Improved Player Hannah Gallagher

All Star Teeshirt

James McKenna

Walter Patterson of Moran Travel who sponsored the Awards with Tom O’Connor and Enda O’Brien.

Rebecca Hughes who was awarded an Ulster All-Star and Ellen O’Brien who won Player of the Final. Amy Hamill also won an All-Star.

The Bus carrying the victors does a lap of the village

The team arrives with the Cup

Two team coaches arrive

The U14 team

The U13 team with coaches Delma Mulligan and Bronagh Hamill.


Donagh Basketball Club held its Presentation and Awards evening on Saturday 26th March 2011 in Emyvale Leisure Centre.  It was timed to coincide with the arrival of two of their girl’s teams who were returning from the Ulster Finals in Belfast.  (See match reports)  When refreshments had been served to a large crowd of children, parents and supporters the coaches proceeded to present the individual and team awards for the 2010/11 season.  


One of the coaches, Enda O’Brien commenced by thanking a number of people who have been very supportive over the year.  Firstly he thanked Glyn and Grainne Williams for providing great food and a warm reception for the homecoming.  At this stage we would also like to acknowledge Paul Hamill who helped to prepare the hall for the evening.  Enda then thanked Ryan O’Neill and Eamon Farmer for all their help in the Leisure Centre over the winter.  Raymond McHugh, Principal St Macartans and Seamus Meehan were acknowledged for their co-operation and support, as our home games and quite an amount of training takes place in the SEM.  Our home referees, Fiona, Michael and Brendan were thanked for their contribution over the season.  We would also like to thank all our young members who helped so often as table officials.  It is great to see our older players helping out.  Enda also acknowledged Peadar McMahon, and Ronan Kilmurray, Northern Standard for their extensive coverage.  

Enda thanked all the coaches for their efforts and commitment to the club.  Delma Mulligan and Bronagh Hamill have had a fantastic season with their U13 Girls only losing one league game.   This had been to the Ulster Elks by one point, which was enough to give the league title to the Jordanstown team.  The same girls had just taken the cup from Donagh.  So while Donagh had to settle for second place in both the league and cup it was a very enjoyable year. Verity O’Connor received the Player of the Year award and   Ellen Mulligan picked up the Most Improved Player award and Amy Hamill was honoured when she was presented with an Ulster All Star award at the finals.

Enda then thanked Sean Gallagher for his work with the U13 boys who had a brilliant season.  They had rubbed shoulders with the very best in boy’s basketball and managed to finish second in the league.  Unfortunately they didn’t reach the final in the cup but there will be much to come from these boys!  Michael O’Brien was awarded the Player of the Year award and Oisin Campbell received the Most Improved Player. James McKenna was awarded an Ulster All Star award.  

He then thanked Tommy and Elaine O’Connor for their work with the U16 Girls.  They had a wonderful season finishing joint second in the league.  They were however beaten in the semi final by Letterkenny.  The remarkable fact though is that twelve of the fifteen strong panel are eligible to play U16 basketball next year. Aislinn McPhillips was awarded the Player of the Year and Alanna O’Donoghue received the Most Improved Player. Two of the U16 Girls made a presentation to the coaches on behalf of the team to thank them for their work over the season.

Enda also welcomed our newest coach to the club, Pat Mohan who had worked with Tommy and Enda coaching the U16 Boys.  This had been a huge step up in class for the boys, most of whom had won the Division II double the previous season.  However, the gulf in class between division II and division I was too great and we finished mid table.   Realistically we should and could have done better. A top four place was well within our reach. However it was not to be but the steep learning curve and the experience gained will stand to the boys. Christopher Kerr received the Player of the Year and Anthony O Brien received the Most Improved Player.

 This brought Enda to the final team the, U14 Girls.  Bronagh Hamill had worked her magic along with Enda on this girl’s team who now were the toast of the club.  They had just returned to Emyvale having captured the second part of the Ulster Double, by beating Dungannon in the Cup Final by 4 points.  They had secured the League three weeks earlier by the narrowest of margins.  The girls got a rapturous reception which was well deserved and have cemented their place in the club’s history books.  A number of the girls on the team have now won four Ulster League and Cup Doubles while others have won three which is a phenomenal achievement.  We were very proud that one of our players Rebecca Hughes received an All Star on the day.  Another notable achievement was the awarding of MVP of the final to Ellen O’Brien who had an outstanding game. Rebecca Hughes who has been a great captain all year also received the Player of the Year and Hannah Gallagher received the club’s Most Improved Player.

We would like to particularly thank Moran Travel not only for their courteous service but also for sponsoring our league trophies.  To Gussie, Geraldine and Walter a huge thanks.  Enda thanked all the parents for their support both financial and moral and commented that without that support we would not have reached two Ulster finals that day.  He finished off by thanking the young players themselves for their effort and commitment all winter.  He pointed out that we are competing with largely populated towns and it is testament to their talent and character that we are so successful.

With that the evening was wrapped up and the players and coaches will now take a well deserved break.