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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
My end of season awards
Jerome Quinn
BBC NI's Jerome Quinn takes a look at the good, the bad and the downright ugly of this year's Gaelic Football Championship

The curtain came down on an historic All Ireland Football Championship on Sunday with Galway beating Meath at Croke Park.

The first 'Back Door' champions emerged victorious after the 63rd game of the Championship, with attendances and gate receipts hitting an all-time high.

There's more to come, with the Australian trip, the Club Championships and the All Stars, but I thought I'd look back at the highs and lows of the intercounty Championship.

Who were the winners and losers, the saints and sinners, and what about next year.

Here goes.

THE MEDIA
Best Commentator - Darragh Maloney
Best male pundit - I'm biased, but the McHugh-Burns double act
Best Female pundit - Eilish Gormley/Lisa McGirr, the first female TV pundits
Best Tipster - Colm O'Rourke (he got most of them right)
Worst Tipster - Jarlath Burns (he got most of them wrong)
Best Interview - Paul McFlynn directly after losing to Galway
Best TV Moment - Eugene McKenna: "I've got two words for the BBC!"
Best TV Audience - Westmeath v Meath (RTE), Derry v Tyrone 2 (BBC)
Best TV Cameraman - the one who kept getting shots of good-looking women on Sunday

Jarlath Burns (left) and Martin McHugh
Jarlath Burns (left): Worst tipster

THE PAPERS
Best story - Terry McLaughlin with Frank Dawson on the demise of Ulster hurling. Frank said: "The Back Door system has pushed the prospect of getting through to an All-Ireland final, let along winning one, to the margins of Mars.

"We have no mission. We are going to be perpetual beaten dockets. And the sooner the GAA in Ulster grasp that bullet the better".

Worst story - Tommy Conlon slating RTE's Brian Carty

THE PLAYERS
Best goalkeeper - Cormac Sullivan
Best defender - Darren Fay
Best midfielder - Rory O'Connell
Best forward - Ollie Murphy
Best overall player - Ollie Murphy

THE PERFORMANCES
Best - Meath v Kerry
2 - Galway v Meath
3 - Tyrone v Armagh
Worst - Kerry v Meath
2 - Sligo v Dublin
3 - Leitrim v Antrim

THE MANAGERS
Best - John O'Mahoney
Runner-up - Eamonn Coleman
Maddest manager - Tommy Carr when he lost it with Mick Curley

SCORES AND MISSES
Best goal - Ollie Murphy for Meath v Westmeath
2 - Enda Muldoon for Derry v Galway
3 - Martin Penrose for Tyrone minors in Ulster Final
Best point - Maurice Fitzgerald's equaliser for Kerry v Dublin
Worst miss - Dessie Farrell (Dublin v Kerry)
2 - Gavin Diamond (Derry v Laois)
3 - Trevor Giles (Meath v Galway), which incidentally which ruined our TV Quiz - 'Who will score the first goal?'

BEST PIECE OF SKILL - Fitzgerald's pick-up in Kerry v Dublin replay
ONLY GOALIE TO SAVE A PENALTY - Mickey McVeigh for Down v Cavan
DEFINING MOMENTS
Stephen O'Neill's body check on Kieran McGeeney, Colin Corkery scoring a point off Seamus Moynihan, Hank Traynor being sent off against Westmeath, Ciaran McNally getting injured against Galway.

Tyrone's Peter Canavan (left) and Johnny McBride
Peter Canavan (left) earns an unwanted award

THE REFEREES
Best - Pat McEneaney, even though he let Johnny McBride off the hook when sending off Peter Canavan.
Worst - don't really want to go there, but for a clue see Tommy Carr above.

THE BACK DOOR
Best bit - Westmeath beating Mayo after extra-time
Worst bit - Repeats of so many Ulster games
WORST LOSER - Mickey Moran (or me!)

WORST 'TACKLE'
Sean Ward on Oisin McConville
2 - Peter Canavan on Paul McFlynn
3 - Tomas O'Se on Ciaran Whelan

WORST ACTING
John McDermott (diving for a penalty) and Frankie Dolan

BIGGEST EEJIT
Sorry Finbarr, but this is all yours!

NEXT YEAR
Watch out for Joe Kernan's Armagh, Dominic Corrigan's Fermanagh, and Mattie Kerrigan's Cavan (you heard it here first!).

Send your thoughts to: jerome.quinn@bbc.co.uk

 

See also:

18 Sep 01 |  BBC Pundits
My final memories
31 Aug 01 |  BBC Pundits
Fans have their say
27 Aug 01 |  Northern Ireland
Trap door for Derry
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