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Ger: Vinnies are happy to take plaudits

The worst kept secret in club football was confirmed last Friday afternoon with the announcement of Diarmuid Connolly's Footballer of the Year award.

The guests assembled at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Golden Lane were hardly taken by surprise as Master of Ceremonies Des Cahill paid tribute to the current All Star before asking his club manager Tommy Conroy to accept the award in Connolly's absence.

Connolly's brilliance dominated much of the conversation last Friday and there was a similar, albeit less than complementary, focus placed on him by Rhode in Navan two days ago.


As he chatted with Cahill, Conroy paid tribute to his whole panel with the nine Dubs Stars awards secured by his charges a fair reflection on a team that defended the Dublin Senior Football Championship for the first time since Kilmacud Crokes managed that same feat back in 2005.

"The lads have put in a serious amount of effort," said Conroy, whose team have been on the road for a lengthy period of time, given their provincial and national successes they garnered earlier in the year.

On those award winners, Ger Brennan, was also fulsome in his praise for his colleagues with the Vinnies captain delighted with the recognition bestowed on the team.

"It is a great achievement for the club but also a great achievement for the team as well," said Brennan.

"We are all delighted to be here accepting our awards and everyone is really enjoying the day and appreciates winning such a coveted award," he added.

As for his own plans, Brennan is naturally reticent to look too far ahead with his focus directed solely on the club with inter-county concerns very much in the background.


"I have thought about the Dublin situation but you have to leave that behind you to a degree and my focus is very much on the club at the moment.

"I'd love to progress on with the club and, please God, get back to Croke Park on Saint Patrick's Day and then go back with the Dublin panel and worry about getting back in then.

"Ideally, you would love to be playing for your county again. We will be looking to win the provincial championships and whatever happens then after that is a bonus."

Sunday's comfortable win over Rhode took Brennan and St Vincent's a step closer to reaching their back-to-back ambitions and another classy showing from the pivotal centre-back position could not have done Brennan any harm whatsoever.