Kilcock Intermediate footballer David Duke was awarded player of the year at the the club’s annual Christmas party and awards night at Kilcock Gaa on Saturday night.
Duke had an impressive year at wing-forward where he chipped in with some really important scores and put in a serious amount of work every game as his side reached the championship final before losing out to Raheens.
Tom Geraghty was crowned hurler of the year by his teammates after an impressive year with the junior side.
Lorna Murray was awarded Camogie player of the year after captaining Ciaran Heneghan’s team to Kildare Junior Camogie Championship glory with a victory over Clane.
Sheena Byrne was awarded Ladies Player of the year after a super year with the women’s team. She drove her team on and they were unlucky to be beaten in the county Semi-Final against Carbury, where 2 late goals from Byrne weren’t enough to poach victory from their old foes.
Kildare Intermediate football finalists Kilcock have had four players named on the ‘Kildare Nationalist Intermediate team of the year 2017′.
Declan Gibbons’ team are represented by defender Jason Gibbons at wing back, Daniel Courtney at midfield, David Duke at wing forward and Ciaran Murray at full forward.
The team was compiled by the Sport’s Editor of The Kildare Nationalist Ger McNally and also includes eight players from champions Raheens, two from Clogherinkoe and one from Monasterevan.
Gibbons enjoyed a fine full first season at adult level, having gained some experience in 2016 after helping the Kildare minors to Leinster championship glory in the summer. Courtney was pivotal in Kilcock’s run to the final from both half back and midfield, with his powerful runs through the middle a regular sight in every round. He has since been called up to train with Cian O’Neill’s Kildare.
David Duke had an excellent season after converting to wing forward and chipped in with some fine points, especially against Raheens in round 2. Murray really came to prominence when the competition reached the knock out stages and was the vocal point for every Kilcock attack, netting his 4th goal of the championship in the final. Had the referee rewarded his hard work with some frees in the showpiece, Kilcock may well have taken the cup home!!
McNally’s side is a fair reflection on what was another very enjoyable Kildare IFC and if I was to make any additions from the men in green and gold I would have to go for Fearghal O’Brien and Conor Caulfield.