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GAA awards duo target titles

By John Campbell

The two Ulster winners of the AIB Provincial Club Player Awards 2010 share a championship title aim.

While Oisin McConville will be striving to help bring a fifth AIB All Ireland Club title to Crossmaglen Rangers on St Patrick’s Day, Loughgiel Shamrocks ace Liam Watson is targeting Ulster championship glory with Antrim’s hurlers.

McConville and Watson received their club awards at a ceremony in Dublin when both made it clear that they will certainly not be resting on their laurels.

McConville, who already has four All Ireland Club medals, said: “This is a new-look Crossmaglen side that has inherited the club’s spirit and commitment. We are looking forward to meeting St Brigid’s at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day and I know that this will be a really special occasion for our younger players.”

And Watson, currently taking a short break from hurling following Loughgiel’s defeat by O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) in the All Ireland Club semi-final, promised that he would be back firing on all cylinders with Antrim shortly.

“We have our eyes on the Ulster title and we also want to make a bigger impact in the Leinster championship. It is very important that Antrim push forward,” added Watson.

Meanwhile, Daniel Kille has won the Quinn-insurance Ulster GAA Writers’ Merit Award for February.

He got the nod after his superb display in helping Lisnaskea Emmett’s win the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Championship title, at Croke Park, with an extra-time win over St Joseph’s Galway. Daniel scored nine points.

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