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GAA: Role models on call in Allstars

By John Campbell

YOUNG players from the various counties currently participating in the Northern Bank Ulster Club Minor Tournament, being hosted by the St Paul's club in Belfast, need look no further than the current Vodafone Allstars team in their search for role models.

The three Ulster players selected in the elite side - Barry Owens (Fermanagh), Karl Lacey (Donegal) and Ronan Clarke (Armagh) - have all played in the competition in the past.

And organising committee spokesman Billy McLarnon believes that this in itself should prove an extra spur to those teams with ambitions of success.

"We are currently receiving nominations for the Allstar team that will be selected from all the players who have played in the tournament over the past 25 years," said Billy, "The fact that some of the most outstanding players ever to have emerged in the province have taken part underlines its ongoing value."

Members of the Ulster GAA Writers Association will choose the team of the tournament since its inception, and selection will be based on their success throughout their playing career, not only their contribution at minor level.

Nominations received to date from Tyrone include: Christopher Lawn, Mattie McGleenan, the late Cormac McAnallen, Colm Donnelly, Colm Doris, Marc Cunningham (all Tyrone) and Collie Curran, Shane King, Paul Brewster, Tom Brewster, Ryan McCluskey, Barry Owens and Ciaran O'Reilly (all Fermanagh).

From the full list of nominees received by January 1, when nominations close, the writers will select 45 players from which they will finally select the Allstars team. Nominations should include a player's name, club, year they played in the competition, club achievements, county achievements, honours won and any other relevant information.

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