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Buccaneers RFC - Youth and Mini Player of the Year Awards

Thomas O' Neill

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

David Henshaw, Craig Milling, Thomas McGann, Under 17s player of the year Paul Byrne
David Henshaw, Craig Milling, Thomas McGann, Under 17s player of the year Paul Byrne

Sunday, April 26 saw the official end of the rugby season for Buccaneers Rugby Club with presentations for Player of the Year and Most Improved Player at Youth and Mini level for both boys and girls.

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It as a particularly successful event attended by over 250 players, parents and coaches who enjoyed an outdoor BBQ, music and slide show in The Bounty, Dubarry Park.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was Joe Browne, president elect, assisted by Brian Tallon (mini co-ordinator), Paul Brosnan (youths co-ordinator) and the managers of each team, who gave a brief account the teams' progress over the year, introduced the nominees and announced the winners. They were as follows-

U-13 - Ruaidhri Fallon, whose team reached the Cup semi-final but ruled out due to a technicality and joint 2nd place in the league.

U-14 - Shane Greene and Eoin Slevin, fielding two teams in the league and reached the Cup final played in the Sportsground.

U-15 - Mathias O' Neill and Cathal O' Grady, fielding two teams in the league where both reached the semi-final stages and the Yellow team went on to become Connacht Champions

U-16 - Shea Henry, team reaching Cup quarter-final

U-17 - Thomas McGann, team reaching Cup quarter-final and second place in the league, finishing behind by just one point!

U-18 - Luke Carty, team reaching Cup quarter final.

Presentation of prizes was made by club president Ray Fagan and Jude Lennon, newly appointed Director of Rugby.

On a personal note, may I extend my sincerest gratitude to those coaches/managers who after a game, usually over the weekend and often away, put pen to paper late into the night and wrote match reports particularly Brian Tallon (U-15s and minis), John Waters (U-13s) and Ian Scouler (U-14s). Sublime efforts ensuring our players' achievements are duly recognised and making my job as mini/Youths PRO an easy one, thank you.

For all you parents who would like your child to be involved in an active, healthy team sport our season will begin next September and Tag Rugby will continue throughout the summer months.

Irish Independent

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