Sportstar Awards

PICK OUR MAGIC SPORTS MOMENT OF THE YEAR AND WIN A TRIP TO LONDON

To help refresh your memory of the year’s outstanding sporting achievements, the Irish Independent will list our Sportstar of the Week winners. We also want you to vote for the Young Sportstar of the Year and Team of the Year. The contenders for Young Sportstar of the Year can also be found in the Irish Independent, where full details of the exciting competition and categories are explained, while Team of the Year is your own choice.

The nominees for Sports Magic Moment of Year have been chosen by our top team of writers and can be viewed below. It’s your votes that will decide who is crowned the 2017 Sports Magic Moment of the Year in association with The Croke Park Hotel.

To be in with a chance of winning this superb trip for two to London, we’re asking you to answer the following question and nominate your Magic Sports Moment of the Year, this must be made from the list of contenders below.

The prize consists of a weekend for two in a Doyle Collection hotel in London, with return flights to London, Heathrow compliments of Aer Lingus along with a special invitation to our 2017 Sportstar of the Year awards, which will be presented at the Croke Park Stadium on Wednesday, December 20th, where the results of our various awards categories will be announced. This prize also includes an overnight stay in The Croke Park Hotel on the night of the awards.

Who was awarded the 2016 Irish Independent Sportstar of the year?

A. Paul O'Donovan

B. Seamus Callanan

C. John Muldoon

* Please provide your answer and selction for magic moment in the form below.

MAGIC MOMENTS SHORTLIST

1. JOE CANNING

All-Ireland hurling semi-final point v Tipperary

Cometh the hour. Joe Canning's career always seemed destined for a moment like this and as soon as it arrived, he seized it with both hands. With one second of injury-time left, the Portumna man barely looked up as he struck a sensational match-winning point straight between the posts from the right touchline to send Galway into the All-Ireland final.

2. DEAN ROCK

All-Ireland football final point v Mayo

Even with the attempted distractions that came his way, the nerveless Dean Rock never looked like missing what was the most important free of his career. Into the seventh minute of injury-time in the All-Ireland final, the Dublin sharpshooter arrowed the ball over the bar from 40 metres out to claim his side's third title in-a-row.

3. JAMES MCCLEAN

Goal v Wales

A goal of real quality that left Ireland within touching distance of making it to next summer's World Cup, James McClean once again stepped up when his country needed him. After Jeff Hendrick's excellent cross and Harry Arter's clever dummy, McClean's strike sent the Ireland supporters into raptures as he snatched what proved to be the winner in Cardiff.

4. COLM COOPER

Winning the All-Ireland club final with Dr Crokes

The evergreen Colm Cooper was unlikely to hang up his boots until he won the one piece of silverware that had evaded him throughout his illustrious career. The Kerry legend kicked 1-2 in the St Patrick's Day decider as Dr Crokes saw off Slaughtneil to win the All-Ireland senior club football championship.

5. KATIE TAYLOR

World title win

Katie Taylor's meteoric rise through the professional ranks continued as she was crowned world champion after just her seventh professional fight. The unanimous points victory over Anahi Esther Sanchez meant that Taylor secured her sixth world title after winning five during her glittering amateur career.

6. PAUL DUNNE

Chipping in at 18th in British Masters

Paul Dunne would have settled for a tap-in par to seal victory at the British Masters but to chip in from the edge of the green on the last was the stuff of dreams. Holding a two-shot cushion over Rory McIlroy going down the stretch, the Greystones native showed remarkable bottle to wrap up his maiden European Tour win.

7. PAUL O'DONOVAN

Retaining his crown at World Rowing Championships

A world-class performance from Paul O'Donovan saw him destroy the field and reclaim his lightweight men's single sculls world championship gold medal. The former Olympic silver medallist made a typically relaxed start to the race before opening up and finishing more than three seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

8. SEAN O'BRIEN

Try in first Lions Test v All Blacks

The Lions needed a bit of magic to get them back into the game during the first Test and it arrived when Sean O'Brien finished off one of the greatest tries in the tourists' history. Liam Williams ran the ball from deep inside his 22 and the speed that O'Brien showed to keep up with the pacey backs was incredible as he dived over the whitewash.

9. RYAN BURNETT

Winning world bantamweight belt

Ryan Burnett made history as he became the first man to unify world titles on Irish soil. The 25-year-old came out on top in a gruelling contest with Zhanat Zhakiyanov in Belfast as he added the WBA title to the IBF belt he won earlier this year.

10. JULIA WHITE

Injury-time winning point in the camogie final

Seven minutes of stoppage-time had elapsed when Cork's Julia White stepped up to the plate and won the All-Ireland camogie title for the Rebelettes. Under severe pressure, White showed tremendous skill, not to mention nerves of steel, to claim a memorable victory at the death.

11. AIDAN O'BRIEN

World record-breaking 26th Grade One win with Saxon Warrior

Aidan O'Brien's astonishing career hit yet another milestone when Saxon Warrior won the Racing Post trophy at Doncaster to hand the Ballydoyle man a world-record 26th Grade One win. O'Brien eclipsed the mark set by Bobby Frankel in 2003 as Saxon Warrior, under jockey Ryan Moore, maintained his unbeaten three-out-of-three record.

12. JOSEPH O'BRIEN

Winning Melbourne Cup

Not to be outdone by his father's record-breaking feat, Joesph O'Brien created history of his own when, at 24, he became the youngest winning trainer of the Melbourne Cup. Rekindling was an impressive winner as O'Brien pipped his father's horse Johannes Vermeer close to the line to deny him a first victory in the Australian showpiece, a mere 18 months into his training career.

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PRIZE DETAILS

WIN A WEEKEND TRIP FOR TWO TO LONDON

The prize consists of a weekend for two in a Doyle Collection hotel in London, with return flights to London, Heathrow compliments of Aer Lingus along with a special invitation to our 2017 Sportstar of the Year awards, which will be presented at the Croke Park Stadium on Wednesday, December 20th, where the results of our various awards categories will be announced. This prize also includes an overnight stay in The Croke Park Hotel on the night of the awards.

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