Cork hoops stars from Ballincollig and Fr Mathew's are honoured in Basketball Ireland awards

Cork hoops stars from Ballincollig and Fr Mathew's are honoured in Basketball Ireland awards
Coach Kieran O'Sullivan, giving instructions to Cameron Clark, during a training session. Picture: David Keane.

THERE were four Cork winners in the Basketball Ireland Player and Coaches of the Year awards, voted for by the head coaches in each division.

Ballincollig duo Kieran O’Sullivan and Dylan Corkery and Fr Mathew’s Hollie Herlihy and James Fleming were honoured for their excellence in the 2017-2018, which saw Collig land a National Cup and Mathew’s the double.

Dylan Corkery defends his net. Picture: Gavin Browne
Dylan Corkery defends his net. Picture: Gavin Browne

In the Men’s Division 1, Corkery scooped the Young Player of the Year prize and head coach O’Sullivan was selected as the Coach of the Year. League winners Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin ace Daniel Jokubaitis won the Player of the Year.

In the Women’s Division 1, the Young Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year awards are winging their way to Cork, to Hollie Herlihy and James Fleming respectively. Kelly O’Hallahan was picked as Player of the Year after driving Marble City Hawks to promotion to the Women’s Super League.

Fr Mathew's Hollie Herlihy shoots under pressure. Picture: David Keane.
Fr Mathew's Hollie Herlihy shoots under pressure. Picture: David Keane.

DCU Saints star Dee Proby is the Men’s SuperLeague Player of the Year after averaging 32 points and 19 rebounds per game, while UCD Marian’s Ioannis Liapakis nabbed the Coach of the Year. The Men’s Young Player of the Year award went to Eoin Rockall of Maree.

In the Women’s Super League, DCU Mercy’s Sarah Woods is the Player of the Year, Courtyard Liffey Celtics’ Sorcha Tiernan the rising star and their head coach Mark Byrne was also rewarded.

Fr Mathew's coach James Fleming. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Fr Mathew's coach James Fleming. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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