BALLINASCREEN'S Ashelene Groogan is one of nine coaches across Ulster nominated in the GAA Coach of the Year Awards.

Members of the public are now being called upon to get behind the finalists and vote to decide who the overall winner will be.  The scheme is a joint venture between Translink and Ulster GAA and the winner will receive free coach travel for one year for their club team and specially commissioned Coach of the Year gear.

Voting is now open at  Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, November 19

Clubs from across every county in Ulster were invited to submit entries.  A judging panel including All-Ireland Champion and Armagh Football Manager Kieran McGeeney and Irish News Sports Correspondent, Neil Loughran, selected one person from each county to go through to the online public vote.

"Ashelene Groogan is a true unsung hero of ladies football in Ballinascreen and her unwavering passion, drive and enthusiasm for the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football, Gaelic4Girls, Ballinascreen Club and our children is simply infectious," commented Teresa McKenna.
"Ashelene is fair, completely dedicated, works tirelessly for our children and has built Ballinascreen Ladies Gaelic into one of the largest club registered for the Gaelic4Girls programme.
"As a mother of two children who play Ladies Gaelic Football in Ballinascreen I just cannot express how much we appreciate everything Ashelene does both on the pitch and behind the scenes for our children, McKenna added.

The finalists are: Kevin Gough (St John's, Antrim), Anthony Farrell (Derrynoose, Armagh), Brendan Connolly (Cavan Gaels), Ashelene Groogan (Ballinascreen, Derry), Glen Campbell (St Naul's, Donegal), Gerard Loughran (Aughlisnafin, Down), Eunan O'Flanagan (Devenish, Fermanagh), Martin Burns (Killanny, Monaghan), Martin Curry (Eglish, Tyrone).


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