Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Halloran earns players' top award

Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Connacht full-back Tiernan O'Halloran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

After another stellar campaign where he topped the charts across the Guinness Pro12 and Champions Cup, Connacht and Ireland full-back Tiernan O'Halloran was voted the Connacht Rugby Players' Player of the Year at the annual awards ball at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Galway last Sunday night.

The 26-year-old Connemara native has played 19 Pro12 games and scored two tries in 2016-'17, and he also dotted down three times in five Champions Cup appearances this term.

In the Pro12 he also holds the season's best with the most metres gained with 1,942, and the most carries with 280.

O'Halloran won a second award when he was crowned the province's back of the year ahead of stiff competition from fellow international Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty.

Elsewhere, flanker Jake Heenan won Connacht Rugby Team Man of the Year. James Connolly's try against Ulster in the Pro12 was voted as the try of the year. John Muldoon was voted forward of the year in a season where he passed 300 caps with the province, while Conor McKeon won the academy player of the year prize.

Chris Davies was awarded with the outstanding contribution to rugby award, while Karol Collins was voted the referee of the year in the province.

Buccaneers' coach Brett Wilkinson won coach of the year and Ballina were presented with the club of the year.

U-18 player of the year was Niall Murray, Sean Masterson won U-19 player of the year, Sarah Dent won U-18 girls player of the year and Emma Cleary won Connacht women's club player of the year. Gráinne Egan was the Connacht women's player of the year.

The junior club player of the year was John O'Brien and the senior club player of the year was Jordan Conroy.

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