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McCurtains hand out awards as new season nears

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 March 2016

Richard Ellis (right) is presented with the footballer of the year award by former coach Jim McDermott (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

Richard Ellis (right) is presented with the footballer of the year award by former coach Jim McDermott (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

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Goodmayes club celebrate successful 2015, but hope for more trophies this year

Catherine Barrett (left) is presented with women's player of the year award by Beano Collins (pic: Thomas McCurtains)Catherine Barrett (left) is presented with women's player of the year award by Beano Collins (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

Thomas McCurtains hosted their annual dinner dance last weekend at the Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell with the event well attended by past and current members.

Dignitaries from the London county board were among those present, while there was music and traditional Irish dancing to keep the guests entertained.

Dave Enright (left) is presented with the hurler of the year award by coach Liam Griffin (pic: Thomas McCurtains)Dave Enright (left) is presented with the hurler of the year award by coach Liam Griffin (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

It was a night that allowed the club to celebrate the fantastic success of their various teams over the past 12 months and the women’s team were presented with two medals having won the Tom O’Connor Cup and London Championship year.

Catherine Barrett, the side’s inspirational captain, took home the women’s footballer of the year award, with team-mate Claire Costello taking most improved player honours.

Claire Costello (left) is presented with the award for most improve player by Beano Collins (pic: Thomas McCurtains)Claire Costello (left) is presented with the award for most improve player by Beano Collins (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

The men’s hurling team were given their medals having lifted the McCullough Cup in 2015 and could add to that with a league final to look forward to in April.

After an impressive season which saw him switch positions to goalkeeper, Dave Enright was named as the team’s player of the year.

For the men’s football team, Richard Ellis picked up the award for best player after an impressive season with a side who narrowly missed out on silverware.

Alan Power (left) is presented with his clubman of the year award by London GAA vice-chairman Eddie Naughton (pic: Thomas McCurtains)Alan Power (left) is presented with his clubman of the year award by London GAA vice-chairman Eddie Naughton (pic: Thomas McCurtains)

Alan Power has been associated with the club for a number of years and was rewarded for his service to McCurtains in the past 12 months by winning the award for clubman of the year.

With the awards night taking place just as the new season begins, McCurtains sides could be inspired to even greater things this season including the men’s footballers who make their seasonal bow on Saturday when they play Shalloe Pearse in their opening match of the McArdle Cup.

The McCurtains men have been drawn in Group One of this year’s competition, alongside Crawley & Brighton Gaels, Tara, Eire Og and Shalloe Pearse.

Their opening match of this year’s tournament will take place at their Goodmayes Hospital base, with a 3.30pm start on Saturday.

While the footballers are about to start their season, the club’s new camogie team are already underway.

Last weekend saw the side that was formed over the winter travel to Birmingham to compete in the All-Britain Nines tournament.

McCurtains started the day well, winning all three of their group matches to top the standings and qualify for the next round.

Sadly, the team were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Croydon, but after a solid opening the team can look forward to the season with real promise.

“Congratulations to all involved, particularly our coaching staff on their managerial debut and captain on the day Michelle Dolan,” said a club spokesperson.

The club are always on the lookout for new players to join their club, with teams running from under-eights right up to adults.

For more information on how to join, email thomasmccurtains@hotmail.com.


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