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Players Awards Night

Ian Connaughton, Senior Men's assistant manager, received Union Shield from Mick Hearty, Director of Rugby

On Friday, 26th May, players, coaches, and supporters got together to celebrate another exciting season for Blackrock College RFC. The evening kicked off with a few rounds of tag rugby, followed by a good old-fashioned BBQ--then onto the awards. Around XXXX came out to applaud for some of the stars from our 2022/23 season.

The winners for the awards were selected by players, supporters and coaches.

Here were the winners from the night:

  • Men's 1st XV: Peter Quirke

  • Women's 1st XV: Beth Cretan

  • Men's 2nd XV: John Kirby

  • Women's 2nd XV: Mairead Ní Chathasaigh

  • Men's 3rd XV: Craig 'Gronk' Lynch

  • U20's XV: Spencer O'Hara

  • Women's Young Player: Alanna Fitzpatrick

  • Men's Players' Player: Peter Quirke

  • Women's Players' Player: Mairead Holohan

  • Coach: Ben Martin

  • Manager: Amy McKenna

  • Supporter: Jim Drew

  • Supporters Player of the Year (SPOTY): Brian Colclough

There were a couple of extra special awards given that night as well.

The Rosa Kelly Memorial Trophy is awarded to a young player in the club who has shown great commitment to the club. This year's recipient is Matthew McCarthy. Matthew excelled on the pitch, and when he wasn't playing, he was working tirelessly behind the bar. He also scored a superb solo try in the Harry Gale Final.

The Union Shield is awarded to a volunteer in the club who has gone above and beyond in their dedication to the club. This year's recipient is the Senior Men's assistant manager Ian Connaughton. Ian has gone above and beyond in his duties time and time again this season. He is an integral part of the Men's senior squad and a valued member of the club.

The Sue Garden Bachop Trailblazer Trophy is a new award this year. It will be given to a member who exemplifies the same trailblazer qualities as Sue Garden Bachop, a player in the first Women's Blackrock College RFC match and a catalyst in setting up the Irish Women’s Rugby Football Union. The first recipient of this inaugural award is Michelle Claffey, Women's Co-Club Captain, who is retiring this season.

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