Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Team of the Year prizes just too close to call

Game over: Crusaders skipper Colin Coates lifts the Gibson Cup after David Cushley scored the goal that sealed the Premiership title
Game over: Crusaders skipper Colin Coates lifts the Gibson Cup after David Cushley scored the goal that sealed the Premiership title
Winners: the NI netball team with the 2017 gold award
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

With so many team successes over the last year, deciding who will win the two Team of the Year awards on offer at this year’s Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards will be a tough proposition.

Another of our dual awards that are split into professional (platinum) and gold (amateur) prizes, the Team of the Year, sponsored by Revive Active, will be a difficult call.

The accolade will go to a side who have achieved extraordinary success in 2018 as a squad, with some very worthy nominations coming in this year.

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Indeed, there could be a double for a platinum team, with all three of the sides nominated being coached by someone in the running for the platinum Coach of the Year award.

In the Irish League, both Crusaders’ Stephen Baxter and Coleraine’s former manager Oran Kearney are up for the individual awards, with the teams in the running for their equivalent.

Crusaders had a brilliant campaign, pipping the Bannsiders to the Gibson Cup on the final day of the season — their third title in four years — while Coleraine also took home silverware by triumphing in the Irish Cup.

Meanwhile, it’s been a fantastic year for the Belfast Giants, who ended their four-year trophy drought by winning the Challenge Cup in March, and they also reached the end of 2018 top of the Elite League table this season, with head coach Adam Keefe in the mix for the Coach of the Year award too.

In the gold award, are Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth Games stars your pick after they won 12 medals in Australia? Or how about Waringstown’s cricket team, who won an amazing four trophies across the year in a stunning run for the club?

Slaughtneil’s senior camogie team will also have their eyes set on the award after they successfully defended both their Ulster and All-Ireland Championship titles in 2018, while bowls duo Sandra Bailie and Chloe Watson had success at both the National and British Isles Championships.

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