Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Joe Kernan: GAA needs Oisin McConville to play on for another season

Oisin McConville

There are good players and then there are great players. Oisin McConville certainly fits into the latter category.

In winning his fifth All-Ireland Club championship medal with Crossmaglen Rangers, Oisin reached another notable milestone in what has been a fabulous playing career.

I don’t think his record of participating in 112 club championship matches and scoring in every one of them will ever be surpassed.

Nor will his impressive array of triumphs — 14 Armagh championship medals and eight Ulster championship gongs in addition to those five All-Ireland club honours.

In a colourful career with Armagh, he won an All-Ireland medal in 2002 and complemented this with a National League medal as well as six Ulster gongs.

Even though he is a gifted individual, Oisin has always been a team player. Whether it be in club or county colours the team has always come first with him.

Not so long ago people were sniping at Crossmaglen but they have answered those cynics in the best possible manner by winning the silverware that really matters.

There are some 2,500 clubs in this country and the Rangers are top of the heap. While much of their success is down to teamwork, cohesion, spirit and skill, a lot of credit for the scoring which won them so many matches must go to the living legend that is Oisin McConville.

It is my sincere hope that he will continue to play for another season at least.

And there is another reason why I am keen to see him continue. The GAA can ill-afford to lose such a class act just now.

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