Sunday 23 July 2017

Nominations for awards revealed

Connacht Rugby have unveiled the nominations for their annual end-of-season Awards Ball, which takes place this year on April 30 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Connacht Rugby have unveiled the nominations for their annual end-of-season Awards Ball, which takes place this year on April 30 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht Rugby have unveiled the nominations for their annual end-of-season Awards Ball, which takes place this year on April 30 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

In total, 18 awards will be given out at the ceremony, celebrating achievements at underage, club, schools, women's and professional level.

The Players' Player, as voted by the Connacht senior squad, will be announced on the night, as well as the Team Man of the Year and a volunteer's award for Outstanding Contribution to Rugby.

Aside from the awards for the professional squad, one of the most eagerly anticipated awards will be the Connacht Cub of the Year.

After their victory in the Connacht league, Ballina RFC are nominated, along with Sligo RFC, who experienced a fine season in Division 2C of the Ulster Bank League, while Division 1B champions Buccaneers are also in the frame.

Following a bright season for Ballina, Mickey Murphy is in the running for Junior Club Player of the Year, where is he joined by Dan McCabe of Monivea RFC and John O'Brien of Connemara RFC.

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In the women's game, Emma Clery of Galwegians RFC, Shannon Lane from NUIG RFC, and Anne Marie O'Hora from Castlebar RFC go head-to-head for the Club Player of the Year award.

Grainne Egan, Ciara O'Connor and Anne Marie O'Hora are nominated for Connacht Women's Player of the Year.

Jordan Conroy's heroics for Buccaneers have been recognised with his nomination for Senior Club Player of the Year, an honour which has also been bestowed on Lise Soloa of Corinthians RFC and Sligo's Michael Wells.

Patrick Durcan, David Newman and Brett Wilkinson are up for the Club Coach of the Year prize.

Good luck to everyone.

Irish Independent

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