MIKEY LEE MINOR HURLING
MIKEY LEE captained Wicklow's minor hurlers to All-ireland glory in 2011.
This success did not come a moment too soon as fears were beginning to emerge that hurling in Wicklow might be in terminal decline, particularly at under-age level. We had found it difficult and sometimes impossible to even field a county minor team in preceding years.
Mikey, who plays his hurling with Bray Emmets, is one of those young hurlers who herald a vigorous new growth taking root in the garden county. A classy and skilful forward, who is deadly accurate from play and frees, he scored 2-6 for Wicklow in their defeat of Sligo in the All-ireland C final.
He has been playing senior hurling with Bray for the last couple of seasons, invariably ending up as their top scorers, while he was on the Bray minor teams of the last couple of years, winning the A title in 2010, and just beaten by a point by Glenealy in 2011 after a replay and one of the best minor hurling finals seen in the county in years.
In the drawn match Mikey scored six of Brays eight points, while in the replay he scored 1-10 of their 3-13 total, which was just one point shy of Glenealy.
Mikey Lee did not exactly lick his hurling off a stone either. He comes from good hurling stock with his dad Pat a talented corner-forward for Kilcoole and county in his playing days and now a leading mentor in the Bray Emmett's club, including serving as manager of their senior team. His granddad Mick Lee served for over two decades as a selector of the county team which included two All-ireland junior wins in 1967 and 1971.
Shooting to hurling prominence at the age of 14 years, Mickey won U-14 and U-16 championship medals twice followed by three minor medals between the years 2006 and 2010. He is indeed a worthy recipient of the award.