GAA: Doherty hoping for recognition to reflect progress
The TG4 All Ireland Ladies' Football title may have gone to Cork again - but there is still hope that Ulster will be favourably recognised when the Allstar awards in the ladies' code are handed out.
Gerry Doherty, chairman of the Ulster Ladies' Football Council, certainly hopes so anyway.
"I would like to think that the progress made here in Ulster by teams like Tyrone for instance will be reflected in the allocation of the Allstars. Obviously the two teams who reach the All Ireland final can expect to figure strongly in the honours but I think that Ulster deserves a slice of the action," points out Doherty.
Cork just pipped Armagh to win last year's senior crown and it had been hoped that an Ulster county might go all the way this year.
But in an all-Ulster derby, Tyrone, inspired by sharpshooter Gemma Begley, ended Armagh's ambitions before being ambushed by a Mayo side inspired by Cora Staunton.
Yet against Cork in the decider Mayo's most explosive finisher was effectively shackled for the most part although she did manage to pirate a late goal from a free.
"There are a lot of talented individual players here in Ulster and obviously it would be a boon for the sport overall here if they were to be recognised. I am optimistic that maybe this will prove the case," adds Gerry Doherty.
Derry, Monaghan and Down have all made firm strides in the ladies sector but Cork remain the undisputed queens. Indeed, there is every prospect they could extend their dominance at the top even further.
"Ulster teams have to respond positively to this challenge," adds Doherty.