Rugby fans all across the island tuned into the first virtual Energia All Ireland League Rugby Awards tonight to celebrate the 2019/20 season and honour the top award winners for this year, with four awards for Limerick clubs.
Fiona Hayes of UL Bohemians was voted as Women’s coach of the year as she helped her side to a 100% record after 12 games.
Shannon’s Pa Ryan was voted as Division 1B’s Rising Star after a string of top performances for his club. His teammate Kelvin Brown scooped the Men’s Try of the Year while Ul Bohs’ Alana McInerny picked up the Women’s Try of the Year.
The Try of the Year Awards were shortlisted and voted for by the fans to select their top try of the year. The Men’s Try of the Year votes came down to the wire with 568 votes for Brown, closely followed by Conor O’Brien from Nenagh Ormond RFC with 528 votes.
Kelvin’s try was awarded for an excellent team display of being able to read the game and keep the ball alive, his great step, ability to find space and spot the gap, allowing him to take full advantage and get through to score this epic try for Shannon RFC in their game against City of Armagh RFC.
The Women’s Try of the year winner received even more public votes than the Men’s winner with a whopping 599 votes for McInerney followed by Stephanie Nunan from UL Bohemian RFC with 402 votes. Alana’s try was described as displaying an importance of teamwork and positioning on the pitch, while always keeping an eye on the try line.
Full list of Energia AIL Awards winners include
Energia AIL Player of the Year Awards
- Energia Men’s AIL Player of the Year – Brian Hayes, Cork Constitution
- Energia Women’s AIL Player of the Year – Hannah O’Connor, Blackrock College
Energia AIL Coach of the Year Awards
- Energia Men’s AIL Coach of the Year – Brian Hickey, Cork Constitution
- Energia Women’s AIL Coach of the Year – Fiona Hayes, UL Bohemian
Energia AIL Try of the Year Awards
- Energia Men’s AIL Try of the Season – Kelvin Brown, Shannon RFC
- Energia Women’s AIL Try of the Season – Alana McInerney, UL Bohemian
Energia AIL Rising Star Awards
- Energia Men’s AIL Division 1a Rising Star – Jack Crowley, Cork Constitution
- Energia Men’s AIL Division 1b Rising Star – Pa Ryan, Shannon RFC
- Energia Men’s AIL Division 2a Rising Star – Michael Orr, Queens University
- Energia Men’s AIL Division 2b Rising Star – Oran McNulty, Galway Corinthians
- Energia Men’s AIL Division 2c Rising Star – Nick Doyle, Enniscorthy
- Energia Women’s AIL Rising Star – Neve Jones, Malone
Energia AIL Positive Energy Award
- Energia AIL Positive Energia Award – Railway Union RFC & Suttonians RFC
Energia AIL Club Scene Award
- Club Scene Award – Ballynahinch