Jason Monaghan and Harry Callaghan were the big first team winners at the Ardee Rugby Club 2016/17 awards night on Saturday evening, as the club honoured players from Under 18 up to first team level at the end of another impressive campaign.
20-year-old Monaghan was named as the first team’s Player of the Year at the event at the club’s end-of-season shindig at their Townparks base, at the end of a season in which his consistent performances played a major role in helping Ardee compete on league and cup fronts – especially as the club reached two end-of-campaign cup finals last month, winning the Jenkinson Cup.
The winger has kicked on in the last 12 months and has become an integral part of the Ardee RFC side. Last year, he won the club’s Best New Player accolade. He scored both tries in the club’s McGee Cup final loss to North Meath and has been a constant threat scoring threat throughout season for his side.
The other first team winners on the night were Cillian O’Neill who received his Most Improved Player award from club president Ronan O’Brien, first team coach Ronan O’Brien Jnr and club captain Joe Austin while it was Callaghan who won Best Young Player.
Shane O’Brien was honoured for his contributions to the club throughout the year as he was named Club Person of the Year at the event, a award that – as they all did – went down especially well with the club members, players and family members in attendance.
Conor Hennessy, last year’s Under 17 team captain, won the Under 18 Player of the Year award while for the second year running Taylor Diamond took home a gong – the Under 19 Most Improved Player award. Earlier in the week, Hennessy took home the Sports Leadership Award at the annual Ardee Community School awards.
He featured heavily for the senior team this year on their run to the big cup finals in April.