Southern Star - 13th Feb - Underage Awards - 2016-02-15

It was a gala night for Bandon GAA Club on Friday night last when the Underage Club held their 2015 Awards night in the Pavilion.

It was a very successful year for the club at adult and underage level and this was evidenced by the 11 cups and trophies on display on the stage.

Teams from under 6 to under 10 participated in many football and hurling blitzes and their efforts were recognized with the presentation of medals.

The under 11's won the West Cork C Under 12 Hurling and Football Leagues.

The Under 12's won their West Cork Hurling League Final and finished runners up to a Clann na Gael side in the Football League decider.

The Under 13 hurlers had a league final success over a fancied Kilbrittain side.

The Under 14 Hurlers lost out to an Ahane Gaels selection in their league final.

Last and by no means least the under 16 hurlers were runners up in the West Cork and County Championship finals.

Ian Doyle Club Chairman was M.C. for the night ensured a lovely smooth running of proceedings from 8.30 to 09.30 p.m. followed by a Disco for the many young and not so young present.

He thanked the many players for their huge efforts in 2015, their parents without whose help and assistance there could not be a working club, the over 70 coaches involved with the underage club and his fellow officers.

Ian praised Caulfield's Supervalu for their continued valuable sponsorship of the club.

Special mention was given to the Rebel Og Gold Benchmark Award awarded to the club on Saturday 30th January and the fact that our club was one of only 6 clubs in the whole county to achieve such a coveted prize.

Special guests on the night were our own Pat Prendergast and Joe O'Mahony, Captains of the County Junior and Minor Football teams of 2015.

Pat was honoured to be invited to come and present the medals.

He recalled the great feeling he got when presented with his under 14 football west cork championship medal at this same venue in 1994 and noted how 4 fellow medal recipients on that occasion played or mentored Bandon to their historic county title in 2015.

Pat praised the underage club because their success was rubbing off on the adult club as evidenced by the Minors success last year.

Pat advised young players to listen to their coaches and to pay the utmost respect to their coaches, opponents and referees.

He finished by telling all children and teenagers present to wear the famous yellow and white jerseys of Bandon with pride because it is a great inclusive club and a great town full of great people.