Energia All-Ireland League champions Clontarf capped off a memorable season after winning the Player and Manager of the Year awards presented by Ireland head coach Andy Farrell.
Cormac Daly was crowned Player of the Year after his performance as Man of the Match in Tarf’s most recent AIL win over Terenure, while Andy Wood was named Manager of the Year for another fine season at the helm.
Player of the year Aoife Doyle had a superb season at Railway Union and the flying winger is now back in the Ireland squad having featured during the Six Nations.
Blackrock boss Ben Martin was named Women’s Coach of the Year after leading his side to third place in the regular season.
Clontarf brothers Ivan and Alex Soroka have been recognized by winning the AIL Positive Energia Award for their fundraiser in Ukraine (where their parents were born).
“On behalf of the IRFU, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the winners of each award and thank everyone who attended the evening and donated to the Irish Heart Foundation,” said IRFU President Des Kavanagh.
“I would also like to thank Energia for their support and encouragement of the Energia All Ireland League as title sponsor. We look forward to continuing to work together in the years to come and really appreciate their efforts in presenting the Energia AIL Awards after a two-year Covid hiatus.”
Energia AIL Player of the Year Awards
Women Division Division Players: Aoife Doyle, Railway Union
Men’s Division 1A Division Players: Cormac Daly, Clontarf Rugby Club
Men’s Division 1B Division Players: JJ O’Dea, Old Wesley
Men’s Division 2A Division Players: David Whitten, Queen’s University
Men’s Division 2B Division Players: Cathal Forde, Galway Corinthians
Men’s Division 2C Division Players: Niall Parker, Enniscorthy
Energia AIL Trainer of the Year Awards
Energia Men’s AIL Coach of the Year: Andy Wood, Clontarf Rugby Club
Energia Women’s AIL Coach of the Year: Ben Martin, Blackrock College
Energia Men’s AIL Moment of the Season: Stephen O’Neill, Terenure College RFC
Energia Community Hero Award: Conall Fitzpatrick, Water Park RFC
Energia AIL Positive Energia Award: Alex and Ivan Soroka, Clontarf Rugby Club
Energia AIL Club Scene Award: Terenure College RFC
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