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Connacht Rugby nominees revealed for Awards Gala

Monday, 2nd May, 2016 3:17pm

Connacht Rugby has today unveiled the nominations for the annual end-of-season Awards Gala, taking place this year on 7 May at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

18 awards will be given out at the ceremony celebrating the year's achievements at all levels of the game including underage, club, schools women's and the professional squad.  

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

The nominees are....

CONNACHT U18 PLAYER OF THE YEAR 
Mark Balaski
Corey Reid
David Robb

CONNACHT U19 PLAYER OF THE YEAR  
Matthew Burke
Cillian Gallagher
Simon Meagher

CONNACHT U20 PLAYER OF THE YEAR  
Peter Claffey
Stephen Kerins
Conan O'Donnell

CONNACHT WOMEN'S CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR 
Elizabeth McKeever, NUIG RFC
Emer Power, Portumna RFC
Emma Clery, Galwegians RFC

CONNACHT WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 
Laura Feely
Sene Naoupu
Mairead Coyne

CONNACHT CLUB OF THE YEAR 
Westport RFC
Ballina RFC
NUIG RFC      

CONNACHT COACH OF THE YEAR 
Steve Parkinson, Colaiste Iognaid (the Jes)
Brian McClearn, NUIG RFC
JP Walsh, Westport RFC

CONNACHT REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Jason Cairns
Paul Cronin
Shane McElwee

CONNACHT JUNIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sean Tobin, Westport RFC
Kevin Corcoran, Westport RFC
Mickey Murphy, Ballina RFC

CONNACHT SENIOR CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rory O'Connor, Buccaneers RFC
David Panter, Corinthians RFC
Anthony Ryan, Galwegians RFC

CONNACHT RUGBY ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR  
James Connolly
Sean O'Brien
Peter Robb

CONNACHT RUGBY FORWARD OF THE YEAR  
Denis Buckley
John Muldoon
Finlay Bealham

CONNACHT RUGBY BACK OF THE YEAR  
Bundee Aki
Matt Healy
Tiernan O'Halloran

CONNACHT RUGBY FAN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR*
John Muldoon
Aly Muldowney
Denis Buckley
Ultan Dillane
Bundee Aki
Tiernan O'Halloran
Matt Healy

Fans can vote for their Player of the Year here - https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/form/daikvs

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