Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Young team of the Year winner: St Oliver Plunkett under 16 team

Winning St Oliver Plunkett Under-16 team with coach Stephen Lynch and Alistair Gillespie, sales marketing manager of sponsors Linwoods
Winning St Oliver Plunkett Under-16 team with coach Stephen Lynch and Alistair Gillespie, sales marketing manager of sponsors Linwoods
Ballyclare High School
Cheryl Mulholland and swimmer Bethany Firth
Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, Stephen Martin, Jenny Campbell, Jimmy Kirkwood, Rebekah Chambers and Gillian Chambers.
Mairead McCotter and Liam Watson from Loughgiel Shamrocks
Craig Peacock, Mark Brooks , Gemma Bell and Matt Towe
Laura McBurney and Michael McKillop
Brian Henning, Chairman, Sport Northern Ireland, Sycerika McMahon and Pat Jennings
Michael ONeill and Pat Jennings
Player of the Year - Ryan Farquhar. Ryan Farquhar receives his award from Wendy Houvenaghel
Gary McClintock, Wayne McBrien, Joe Robinson and William McClintock from Donnemanna Cricket Club
Michael O'Neill and Jim Shaw
Players from St Oliver Plunketts
Gerry Armstrong with his family at the awards
Gerry Armstrong with his wife Debby
Tommy Bowe, Johann Muller and Paddy McAllister
Paddy Barnes and Mari Burns
Craig Gilroy and Mark Anscombe
Darren Brown, Paddy Barnes and Tom Cunningham
Johnny Campbell, Liam Watson, Barney McAuley and Neil McGarry from Loughgiel Shamrocks
Gillian Hetherington, Jim Gracey, Ruth Gorman and Ailish Rutherford
Trevor Ringland, Jane Wells and Keith Crossan
Allan Ewart, Wendy Houvenaghel and James Tinsley
Bethany Firth
Gerry Armstrong
Janice McGeagh, Sarah Weir, Ruth Gorman and Wendy Houvenaghel
Anca Bejenaru and Claudia Ionescu
Newenham de Cogan, Hazel Busby and Leslie Busby
Brendan Gallagher, Rosaleen Gallagher, Catherine Maguire and John Maguire
John Palmer, Yvonne Craig, Margaret Tollerton and Ivan Davis from Lisburn City Council
Steve Beacom, Pat Murray and Declan Bogue
Joanne Armstrong, Gerry Armstrong Snr and Rosaleen Murray.
Mark Brown and Yvonne McKernan
Steve Beacom and Richard McCormick
James Tinsley, Pamela Ballantine, Margaret Tollerton, Ivan Davis, Yvonne Craig and Allan Ewart
Brian Henning, Chairman, Sport Northern Ireland
Local Heroes Award: Fiona Haldane. Fiona Haldane receives her award from Nick Harkness, Sport Northern Ireland
Sports Person with a Disability: Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop. Jason Smyth's grandfather, Robert Smyth, left, and Michael McKillop receives their award from John Spottiswoode, MD Disability Needs Ltd
Team of the Year: Ulster Rugby.
Team of the Year: Ulster Rugby Ulster Coach Mark Anscombe and Captain Johann Muller receives their award from Michael Gibson
Young Team of the Year: St Oliver Plunkett FC U16. Coach Stephen Lynch, Captain Josh Lynch and other team members from St Oliver Plunkett FC U16 receives their award from Alistair Gillespie, Linwoods
Hall of Fame  - Gerry Armstrong. Gerry Armstrong receives his award from Pat Jennings, Billy Hamilton and John Maguire, Group Managing Director of Belleek
Sports Star of the Year - Rory McIlroy. Eddie Harper receives the award on behalf of Rory McIlroy from Mike Gilson (Editor Belfast Telegraph) Brian Henning, Chairman of Sport NI and David Lawlor of Linwoods.
Manager/Coach of the Year: Coach P J O' Mullan from Loughgiel receives his award from Phil Simmons
George Best Breakthrough Award - Michael Conlon. Michael Conlon receives his award from Michael ONeill
Paddy McAallister, David Lawlor and Tommy Bowe
Michael Conlon, Steven Murphy from Tesco and Paddy Barnes
Neil Brittain, Pamela Ballantine, Claire McCollum and Steven Johnston
Bethany Firth and Andrew Bree
Tiffany Brien
Alastair Gillespie, Claire, David McMahon
Mark Beattie, Donna McGuinness, Ruth McQuillan and Andrew Bree from Swim Ulster
Rory Winters, Mark Gribben and James Harrison from Methody
Lauren Curley, Jessica West and Tori Wallace from Ballyclare High School.
Jackie Fullerton and Claire McCollum
Sycerika McMahon and mum Mary McMahon
lMike Gilson
Janice McGeagh, Wendy Houvenaghel and Todd Kelman

What a year it has been for the St Oliver Plunkett Youth 1997s football club. Managed by Stevie Lynch, the boys from Belfast have won trophy after trophy and now they have their hands on another one – the Belfast Telegraph Young Team of the Year.



They started 2012 in style by lifting the DB Sports All-Ireland title, defeating League of Ireland outfit Shelbourne in the final.

They retained their national league title and the NI Cup at the Ballymena Showgrounds against Cliftonville.

St Oliver Plunkett then won the Umbro Galway International Cup, defeating teams from all over Ireland, and followed that success by claiming the Rocara All-Ireland inter league title.

Such is the quality in the squad, six of the boys represented County Antrim in the Milk Cup during the summer and three players from the team were involved in Northern Ireland's Victory Shield squad, including captain Seanna Foster.

It is little wonder that so many scouts representing professional clubs from across the water have been looking at the talent in the St Oliver Plunkett under-16 ranks.

Former Northern Ireland skipper Jim Magilton has worked with the boys and gave this fitting tribute.

“All of the boys epitomise what is great about football and the qualities it can bring – honesty, respect, camaraderie, work ethic and joy. I feel fortunate to have worked with this group of young men,” said Jim.

Nominee - Donemana Cricket Club under-15

The future of Donemana Cricket Club looks to be in gifted hands if their under-15 team is anything to go by.

The boys savoured a superb year in which they had an unbeaten record lifting the North West League Cup, North West Cup and All-Ireland under-15 cup.

It's no surprise that locally they are known as ‘the Dream Team', having made a clean sweep of trophies since under-11 level. It's not just ability that has seen them record so much success but a real togetherness that is a huge compliment to all involved with the Donemana club.

Nominee - Ballyclare High School 1st XI Girls Hockey

In one of the most dramatic finishes of the sporting year, Zoe Wilson scored a fabulous goal for Ballyclare High School to beat Lurgan College 2-1 after extra time in the final of the Belfast Telegraph Schools Cup.

The victory over the defending Ulster and Ireland champions was the highlight of a fantastic year for Ballyclare High, who remained unbeaten at Ulster level all season and secured the silver medal in the All-Ireland Schools Kate Russell trophy, which they hosted. The Ballyclare girls also won the North East Antrim League for the fourth year in succession.

Nominee - Methodist College Rugby team

Methody won their 33rd Northern Bank Schools Cup in 2012 with one of the most dominant displays by any of their revered school teams. The Belfast-based college were simply too strong for Ballyclare High School at Ravenhill, taking a 17-0 lead at half-time thanks to tries from Rory Winters, James Harrison and Conor McKee.

Methody completed a 22-6 victory after the break with Chris Gracey scoring a try to ensure a fourth Schools' Cup success for coach Nick Wells in seven years in charge.

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