St. Marys Vinny McDermott has been named on the Nicky Rackard Champion 15, following on a series of excellent displays for the County Hurlers who made history by reaching the knock-out stages of the Nicky Rackard Cup for the first time.
Vinny, who will be presented with his award on Friday next, December 19, in Croke Park, joins clubmates Clement Cunniffe and Breian Carroll as winners of the prestigious award and sees the Countys marvellous run in last Summers competition rewarded by McDermotts nomination.
In other news, Leitrim hurlers have been drawn against Fermanagh in the first round of the new Lory Meagher Cup for fourth tier counties in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. The competition will see all losing teams given one more chance to advance.
The Nicky Rackard Champion 15 Award winners are: VIncent McDermott (Leitrim), Keith Raymond, Liam Reidy & Mark Burke (Sligo), Diarmuid Murphy & Trevor Hilliard (Louth), Mickey McCann (Donegal), Dara de Búrca (Fingal), Stephen Donnelly (Tyrone), Mark Cassidy (Longford), Jason McManus (Fermanagh), Bernard OBrien (Monaghan), Kevin Downes (Cavan), Desmond Kelly (Warwickshire), John Brown (Non-Ards).
Lory Meagher Cup draw
Warwickshire v Longford
Fermanagh v Leitrim
Tyrone v Non Ards
Donegal v Cavan
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18-Dec-08 by LeitrimObserver.ie