Na Magha’s Grant receives Christy Ring All Star

26 October 2012; Alan Grant, Derry, is presented with his 2012 Christy Ring Champion 15 Award by Liam " N�ill, left, Uachtar�n, Chumann L�thchleas Gael and Donal Og Cusack, right, Chairman, Gaelic Players Association. GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2012, National Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

26 October 2012; Alan Grant, Derry, is presented with his 2012 Christy Ring Champion 15 Award by Liam " N�ill, left, Uachtar�n, Chumann L�thchleas Gael and Donal Og Cusack, right, Chairman, Gaelic Players Association. GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2012, National Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

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IT WAS a weekend of mixed emotions for Na Magha hurler Alan Grant who picked up a Christy Ring Champion 15 Award at the GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2012 in National Convention Centre, Dublin before losing out to Bredagh in the Ulster Junior Championship Final

Michael Wilson reports

It has been a quite a few days for Grant who picked up a Neal Carlin Cup medal with Sean Dolans last Wednesday, received his All Star on Friday, celebrated Dolan’s 70th Anniversary on Saturday and ultimately missed on Ulster success with Na Magha on Sunday.

Despite the disappointment in Casement Park, Na Magha manager Dee Doherty said everyone at the club was delighted at what was a richly deserved award for Alan.

“I watched Alan a couple of time with the county and like he is with us, he was superb, explained Doherty, “They play him at wing-half forward which suits him and he is well able for hurling at that level. In fact, on form, he was one of the top players in Ulster last season.

“Even on Sunday, the way he was able to leap and take catches no-one else was even thinking about was superb. It is a well deserved honour for Alan and also great for the club because the underage players all look up to him. They can see Alan and other like Breandan (Quigley) Barry (Robinson) and Leigh (Hawkins) playing for the county and winning awards and see that the club’s underage programme works. I’m delighted for him because with Alan you always know what you are getting. He does his training, gives 100% and works very hard at his game.”