It’s Wednesday night so it’s once again time to name the winner of this weeks We Are Dublin GAA, Dublin Player Of The Weekend award.
For any of our new followers that have joined us over the last seven days and don’t know what this is, it’s an award we give to the Dublin star that feel was the standout player from the previous weekends intercounty action.
There were two games to choose from this week with both the Dublin Senior Ladies and Men’s Football squads in Leinster SFC semi final action and both teams recorded two high scoring wins.
On Sunday in Timahoe GAA club the Dublin Senior Ladies absolutely thumped their hosts Laois by 28 points and then later that afternoon in Croke Park the Dublin Senior Men’s annihilated Westmeath by 31 points.
There were so many top class performances from players from both squads that there were a huge number of players up for consideration for this weeks award.
Players like Sarah McCaffrey, Nicole Owens, Noelle Healy, Olwen Carey, Leah Caffrey, Niamh McEvoy, Martha Byrne, Niamh Collins, Jack McCaffrey, Niall Scully, Eric Lowndes, Jonny Cooper, Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny the list could go on and on there were that many excellent displays from both squads.
Which made it a very very difficult choice this week, we did narrow it down to two players, but after much deliberation we just couldn’t pick one over the other and we also believed it would be unfair to do so.
With that in mind, this week there will be joint winners of the Player Of The Weekend Award and they are SINEAD AHERNE and PAUL MANNION.
Sinead was in sparkling form on Sunday against Laois and was unmarkable as the O’Moore County were to find out.
Sinead’s clever movement into space made her ever available for a quick pass which she used brilliantly by either beating her direct opponent and picking off scores or by using her experience and passing ability to set up her fellow forwards in dangerous attacking positions.
Sinead was ruthless in front of goal and finished top scorer on the day with 3-04, her three goals were sublime including a cooly taken penalty in an all round complete performance.
Paul Mannion had his best game in a Dublin jersey against Westmeath, one that surely cemented his place in the starting team for the Leinster Final at least if not for the rest of the. championship.
Paul was a constant thorn in the Westmeath defences side with his pace, power and ability to pick scores off with both feet from various angles and distances.
His unselfishness to offload to a colleague in a better position seen his hands all over many of Dublin’s scores in Croke Park. Add in his willingness to track back and put in the hard yards and it was a performance to behold. Mannion finished joint top scorer with 0-08 and if Sunday’s display is anything to go by there will be plenty more to come from Paul for the rest of the season.
So congratulations to Sinead and Paul two very deserving winners of this weeks We Are Dublin GAA, Dublin Player Of The Weekend Award for their top class performances.