Cork clubs will pick up a host of prizes at Basketball Ireland awards

Cork clubs will pick up a host of prizes at Basketball Ireland awards
Andre Nation in action for Tradehouse Central Ballincollig against Ulster Elks. Picture: Larry Cummins

CORK will be well represented at the Basketball Ireland awards next month.

A host of Leeside-based players, coaches and officials will collect prizes at the ceremony, which is currently scheduled for May 30 at Croke Park.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig pulled off a clean sweep of Division 1 baubles, Andre Nation retaining the Player of the Year, with Kieran O'Sullivan the Coach of the Year and Dylan Corkery the Young Player of the Year. 

Kieran, Ciarán and Francis O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Kieran, Ciarán and Francis O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The Village will step up to the Super League next season after going unbeaten in this campaign, including a third President's Cup in a row.

Dazzling American guard Shrita Parker was the women's Super League MVP for her electric displays with Ambassador UCC Glanmire.

Edel Thornton will collect two awards after her return from the States with Trinity Meteors, the Division 1 Player of the Year and the NBCC Colleges Division 1 honours.

Edel Thornton.
Edel Thornton.

Derek Hegarty of Rebel Wheelers has been named the Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Player of the Year for the second year in a row, which is no surprise after his brilliance in the cup final. 

Derek Hegarty.
Derek Hegarty.

Popular local referee Stuart Joyce has also been acknowledged, along with cup-winning U18 Neptune coach Keith Daly and Skibbereen Community School, who dominated the C grade this season.

Neptune coach Keith Daly speaks to his players. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Neptune coach Keith Daly speaks to his players. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Women’s Super League:

Player of the Year: Shrita Parker (Ambassador UCC Glanmire).

Shrita Parker.
Shrita Parker.

Wheelchair Men’s Player of the Year: Derek Hegarty (Rebel Wheelers).

Men’s Division 1:

Player of the Year: Andre Nation (Tradehouse Central Ballincollig).

Young Player of the Year: Dylan Corkery (Tradehouse Central Ballincollig).

Dylan Corkery.
Dylan Corkery.

Coach of the Year: Kieran O’Sullivan (Tradehouse Central Ballincollig).

Women’s Division 1:

Player of the Year: Edel Thornton (Trinity Meteors) IWA:

Referees:

NRC Referee of the Year: Stuart Joyce (CCBOA).

Paul Keohane, Martin Murphy, Denis O’Gorman and Stuart Joyce at the Parochial Hall.
Paul Keohane, Martin Murphy, Denis O’Gorman and Stuart Joyce at the Parochial Hall.

NBCC Colleges:

Division 1 Female Collegiate Player of the Year: Edel Thornton (TCD). 

Post Primary Schools:

Boys C School of the Year: Skibbereen Community School (Cork).

Skibb won the U16 C title.
Skibb won the U16 C title.

Underage coaches:

Men’s: Keith Daly (Neptune BC).

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