THE Ulster Colleges Football All-Stars were released this week, and the big story was that St Louis Ballymena landed what was only their second award.
Dermot McAleese, whose club is Portglenone, was named at centre half-forward. The only previous recipient from the school was Paul Doherty in 2003, who went on to play county football.
McAleese’s sister Louise, who plays senior Camogie for Antrim, is a double colleges All-Star winners.
The Loup’s Anthony O’Neill is only the third player from St Pius X to make the All-star selection, following James Scott (2006) and John Carron two years ago.
It is the first time in the history of the Ulster Colleges’ All-Star awards that 14 different schools have been represented in the selection. The only school with more than one selection is St Mary’s CBGS who have Patrick McBride at corner-back and Kevin Quinn at corner forward. Quinn won a MacLarnon Cup medal back in March, and was also on the Lamh Dhearg side that won the St Paul’s Minor Football Tournament at the start of 2011.
There are six counties represented in the team – three each for Down, Antrim and Derry and two each for Armagh, Tyrone and Monaghan.
Overall, St Patrick’s Maghera stay ahead of Abbey CBS with 45 football awards over the 25 years. The Newry school have received 43 All-stars since 1988.
Mel Boyce, who won an All-Star at midfield, plays his club football for Tyholland. As well as playing minor football for two years, Boyce has also represented his province in underage rugby.
2012 BT Ulster Colleges’ All Stars
Cathal Arnold (St Patrick’s Downpatrick)
Patrick McBride (St Mary’s CBS)
Tomás McCarron (Omagh CBS)
Jason Murphy (Our Lady’s Castleblaney)
Ryan Johnston (St Colman’s Newry)
Ciaran McCartan (Abbey CBS)
Conor White (St Patrick’s Armagh)
Ryan Dougan (St Patrick’s Maghera)
Mel Boyce (St Macartan’s Monaghan)
Terence O’Brien (St Mary’s Magherafelt)
Dermot McAleese (St Louis Ballymena)
Barry Coyle (St Patrick’s Keady)
Kevin Quinn (St Mary’s CBS)
Anthony O’Neill (St Pius X)
Stefan Lavery (St Patrick’s Dungannon)