Donegal Town RFC held their annual Youth Awards Night in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday evening of last week. Given the wide range of commitments players already had with school trips etc the event was very well attended.
Chairperson of the Club’s Youth Section, Colm Cannon, took the opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout the year – the players themselves for their commitment to the game and to the club with particular emphasis on their efforts with our yearly ”Bag Packing” fundraiser at Super Valu; parents were thanked for their contribution in and outside of the clubhouse and especially their support of our IRFU Draw and Fantasy League won this year by Ernan Cassidy and Reuben Morrow jointly, with Helen McPartlin a very close second. Dom’s Pier Bar, our hosts for the evening, were also thanked for their generous sponsorship throughout the year.
A special award on the night went to u-18 coach Nigel Trimble who has given of his time unstintingly for the last 12 years at both Mini and Youth Section. Colm acknowledged the club’s debt of gratitude to both himself and fellow coach Brendan Woods for their great contribution over the years. Brendan unfortunately had previous commitments on the night.
Under 14s: Captains Award Liam Doherty; Most Improved Player Seamus Óg Byrne; Player of The Year Edward Moss.
Under 16s: Captains Award Dan Meehan; Most Improved Player Joe O Rourke; Player of The Year Paddy Forde.
Under 18’s: Captains Award Jason Conway; Most Improved Player Mark Connaghan; Player of The Year Peter Breslin.
Ladies Youth Section: Player of the Year Niamh McGroarty
Fantasy League Winners
This year was the closest ever in the Donegal Town RFC Fantasy League and it went right down to the wire. It was also the first time we ever had joint winners - a sign of the closeness on the run in. Reuben Burns and Ernan Cassidy shared 1st place while just a fraction behind Helen McPartlin took third. Youth Treasurer, Robert Morrow, congratulated the winners and competition organiser in-chief Paul Timoney.