Seven Corofin players chosen on AIB GAA club team of the year

Defeated All-Ireland finalists and Ulster champions Kilcoo recognised with four awards

Corofin defender Gary Sice  and Kilcoo forward Paul Devlin were both selected for AIB GAA Players awards.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Corofin defender Gary Sice and Kilcoo forward Paul Devlin were both selected for AIB GAA Players awards. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 

They went where no club team had gone before – Corofin’s historic three-in-a-row All-Ireland football run further rewarded with seven players named on the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards football team.

It was hard-earned too, Ulster champions Kilcoo forcing them to extra-time in Croke Park back on January 19th, before Corofin emerged as champions. Crossmaglen (twice), St Finbarr’s and UCD had previously won back-to-back football titles too, but Corofin are the first to pull off a treble.

With a presence on every line of the field, the Galway and Connacht champions have now won 20 of these awards since they were first presented three years ago, with defender Liam Silke and forward Martin Farragher have been honoured in each of the three years.

It is that sort of consistency which enabled Corofin to see off Kilcoo in an extra-time. As a result, they dominate a selection that draws on players from five clubs from across the provinces after the recent campaign.

Goalkeeper Bernard Power, full-back Kieran Fitzgerald, the midfield partnership of Daithí Burke and Ronan Steede and wing forward Gary Sice complete the Corofin contingent.

Ulster champions and beaten All-Ireland finalists Kilcoo are recognised with awards for defenders Aaron Branagan and Darryl Branagan and forwards Paul Devlin and Conor Laverty.

There are awards for Robbie McDaid and Colm Basquel on the back of their work with Leinster champions Ballyboden St Enda’s, while there is also a an award for Nemo Rangers defender Kevin O’Donovan, along with Seán Gannon who starred for Éire Óg in their run to the Leinster final.

The awards will be presented at a special banquet at Croke Park this Friday night. In addition to the football and hurling teams being honoured, there will also be awards announced live on the night for the overall AIB GAA Club Footballer and Hurler of the Year.

(The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards are selected by a panel of GAA media from across print, radio, TV and digital, and is chaired by GAA president John Horan). The hurling team will be announced on Wednesday).

AIB GAA CLUB PLAYERS’ AWARDS – FOOTBALL 2020

1. Bernard Power (Corofin) * Previous winner in 2019

2. Aaron Branagan (Kilcoo)

3. Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin) *Previous winner in 2018

4. Liam Silke (Corofin) *Previous winner in 2018 & 2019

5. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)

6. Robbie McDaid (Ballyboden St. Endas)

7. Darryl Branagan (Kilcoo)

8. Daithí Burke (Corofin) *Previous winner in 2019

9. Ronan Steede (Corofin)

10. Gary Sice (Corofin) *Previous winner in 2019

11. Paul Devlin (Kilcoo)

12. Seán Gannon (Éire Óg)

13. Colm Basquel (Ballyboden St. Endas)

14. Martin Farragher (Corofin) *Previous winner in 2018 & 2019

15. Conor Laverty (Kilcoo)

AIB GAA CLUB FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

Darryl Branagan (Kilcoo), Liam Silke (Corofin), Ronan Steede (Corofin)

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