Will the scoring spree of LIAM WATSON in the All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship
ever be broken or even repeated? His 0-16 in the semi-final looked likely to stand
the test of time but the man, himself, was equal to the task and hammered home 3-7
in the final against Coolderry to make certain that the trophy returned to Loughgiel
Shamrocks after a 29 years’ absence.
That stunning show on St Patrick’s Day was, undoubtedly, the highlight of March 2012
and it earns him the Quinn-direct/Ulster GAA Writers’ Monthly Merit Award.
“Maybe my first goal was a little lucky but, I doubt, if anyone could have saved
the other two,” enthused Liam when told of his award.
“I hit them hard and they flew in. Obviously, we were delighted with the team performance
and we are still celebrating. This award is lovely, too.”
Watson is also delighted that he decided to pack in soccer and concentrate on hurling
this year. “You may get a few pounds for playing soccer but that, in no way, compares
with winning an All-Ireland medal.”
It is doubtful if there is a hurler anywhere who hits a sliothar as hard as the livewire
Shamrocks’ attacker who, at full-forward, gave the Coolderry defence a roasting at
Croke Park. After his heroics in the semi-final it was on the cards that he would
get special attention in the decider but he shook that off.
UGAAWA chairman JP Graham, Liam Watson, Quinn-direct Commercial new business & renewals
Team Leader Pauric McGovern. Pic: Jim Dunne
Watson’s super show, both from a scoring aspect and from general play, is certainly
one for the record books and one that will be difficult to match. It definitely graced
the biggest day in the club hurling championship on the Croke Park sod.
Making the presentation to Liam Watson, on April 10, at a function in Quinn’s Corner
was Pauric McGovern, a Commercial new business & renewals Team Leader with Quinn-direct.
The winner received an engraved Belleek Living vase, training gear from O’Neill’s
International Sports, specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett
Mallon and an UGAAWA Sports Voucher. He will also receive two rickets and overnight
accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee Banquet, at the Great Northern Hotel,
Bundoran on Friday, Nov. 16.
Liam Watson with Loughgiel trainer Joe McGuirk and Mary McGuirk. Pic: Jim Dunne
UGAAWA chairman JP Graham, UGAAWA secretary John Martin, Liam Watson, UGAAWA assistant
treasurer Matt Fitzpatrick, Quinn-direct Commercial new business & renewals Team
Leader Pauric McGovern. Pic: Jim Dunne