The Irish league awards have been announced and the big news is that Colin O’Reilly has been named as both league MVP and coach of the year in the men’s Premier League.
O’Reilly led UCC Demons to an unprecedented perfect season, going 18-0 in the league, 4-0 in the cup, and 2-0 in the playoffs for and overall 24-0 record to cap a remarkable treble. The perfect season meant O’Reilly was always a lock for the coach award but he faced stiff competition on his own side for MVP with Lehmon Colbert having a solid case for the title but even the big American will be happy to see his coach and mentor take the double. O’Reilly will be player coach of the Irish league select side that travels to China later this summer. The young player of the year award went to Ciaran Roe of Killester.
In a slight upset, the women’s MVP award went to Niamh Dwyer of Team Montenotte Hotel. Dywer’s stiffest competition came from her sister, team-mate, and reigning Irish sportswoman of the year Grainne. The coach of the year award went to Mark Scannell, also of TMH aka Glanmire, while the young player of the year award went to Edel Thornton of Brunell.