Awards: Club of the Year

December 22, 2017

Club of the Year contenders Simonstown and Wolfe Tones

2017 saw Simonstown maintain a firm grip on the coveted Keegan Cup while Kiltale copper-fastened their status as the kingpins of Meath hurling when pulling off a Jubilee Cup four-in-a-row.

It was also a year that the players, mentors and supporters of Curraha and Meath Hill won't forget in a hurry after their IFC and JFC successes respectively. Kildalkey are well on the road to be a power house in Meath hurling once again and they fielded three adult teams in championship hurling during the year.

The club is the lifeblood of the GAA and it's no different here in Meath. Here is the short-list in our Club of the Year awards category:

Kiltale: Under the guidence of Cathal Sheridan they proved to be the masters of the Meath senior hurling championship for the fourth year in a row when beating Kildalkey in a tense final at Pairc Tailteann. The club reached the Junior 2 hurling championship final and also fielded a team at Intermediate level along with putting senior league titles back to back.

Kilbride: The Dublin border club has made serious progress at underage level in recent years and the hard work was evident for all to see as they reached a number of underage finals. Their adult team may have lost out to Gaeil Colmcille in the JFC B decider but expect to see them climb the ranks in the coming years.

Simonstown: Having waited 51 years, Colm O'Rourke's side proved that their maiden Meath SFC success in 2016 was no fluke by successfully defending their crown. They did it style by winning all their games in Group B before claiming the scalps of St Peter's, Dunboyne (quarter-final), Wolfe Tones (semi-final) and Summerhill (final).

Wolfe Tones: After the disappointment of losing their SFC semi-final to Simonstown, Wolfe Tones finished the year in a blaze of glory. They gained a small measure of revenge against their neighbours in the A FL Division 1 final while their MFC Division 2 and U-21 FC wins augur well for the future of the Oristown parish club. 

And the award goes to... Wolfe Tones!

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