All Star event highlights local talent

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THE very best in local talent was unveiled today with the announcement of the 2011/2012 BT Ulster Colleges Football and Hurling All-Stars at an event in BT Tower. The selected sporting stars of the future attended the event to hear the announcement first hand and receive recognition for their talent and commitment to GAA.

A number of local talented teenagers earned themselves a place in the All Stars sides for both hurling and Gaelic football.

All-Star scheme, now in its 25th year, rewards excellence in skill and sportsmanship with players selected over the course of two trial games, following an initial nomination by their school.

And with around 200 pupils participating in this year’s football and hurling trials, competition for the 15 places in each category proved as fierce as ever.

Peter Morris, Consumer & Corporate Services, Director, BT said, “The Ulster Colleges All-Stars is an outstanding initiative and something that we at BT are extremely proud to be part of. The commitment and dedication required to even be nominated for an All-Star award is immense and I would like to congratulate all of the players that were selected to participate in the trials, as well as the 30 outstanding hurlers and footballers we are honouring here today. This passion for excellence is truly commendable and something that we in BT strive to achieve across our business.

Seamus Meehan, Chairman of the Ulster Colleges’ Council, congratulated the recipients in announcing the team at a reception hosted by the sponsors BT at their headquarters in Lanyon Place, Belfast.

“To achieve a BT Ulster Colleges All-Star Award is to rightly earn a place in hurling and football’s hall of fame. These awards recognise and reward these talented players’ commitment and endeavour on the hurling and football field.”

Local Football All Stars

Terence O’Brien (St Mary’s Magherafelt)

Anthony O’Neill (St Pius X)

Ryan Dougan (St Patrick’s Maghera)

Local Hurling All Stars

Ryan Farren , St Mary’s, Magherafelt Co. Derry

Brendan Rogers, St Patrick’s, Maghera Co. Derry