Rugby fans all across the island tuned into the first virtual Energia All Ireland League Rugby Awards on Friday last to celebrate the 2019/20 season and honour the top award winners for this year. Brian Hayes from Cork Constitution and Hannah O’Connor from Blackrock College were awarded the highly sought after Energia Men’s and Women’s AIL Player of the Year Awards.

Leinster Women’s No 8 Hannah O’Connor enjoyed a tremendous season for Blackrock College, winning her first cap for Ireland and kicking the most penalties of any player in the Women’s AIL.

The Men’s Player of the Year, Brian Hayes, finished the season as the joint-top try scorer in Division 1A this season and was part of a Cork Con side that were the only team across the five men’s divisions to go through the season undefeated.

These awards, along with Rising Stars for each division, were voted for by the Head Coaches and Directors of Rugby across the league.

The Try of the Year Awards were shortlisted and voted for by the fans. The Men’s Try of the Year votes came down to the wire with 568 votes for Kelvin Brown from Shannon RFC, closely followed by Conor O’Brien from Nenagh Ormond RFC with 528 votes.

This year’s new and prestigious Positive Energy Award was awarded to two clubs, Railway Union RFC & Suttonians RFC from Dublin. The clubs embraced the positive energy mentality and set local club rivalries aside to collaborate and aim to stage the highest ever paid attendance at an Energia Women’s All-Ireland League match.

Energia AIL Player of the Year Awards

  • Energia Men’s AIL Player of the Year – Brian Hayes, Cork Constitution
  • Energia Women’s AIL Player of the Year – Hannah O’Connor, Blackrock College

Energia AIL Coach of the Year Awards

  • Energia Men’s AIL Coach of the Year – Brian Hickey, Cork Constitution
  • Energia Women’s AIL Coach of the Year – Fiona Hayes, UL Bohemian

Energia AIL Try of the Year Awards

  • Energia Men’s AIL Try of the Season – Kelvin Brown, Shannon RFC
  • Energia Women’s AIL Try of the Season – Alana McInerney, UL Bohemian

Energia AIL Rising Star Awards

  • Energia Men’s AIL Division 1A Rising Star – Jack Crowley, Cork Constitution
  • Energia Men’s AIL Division 1B Rising Star – Pa Ryan, Shannon RFC
  • Energia Men’s AIL Division 2A Rising Star – Michael Orr, Queens University
  • Energia Men’s AIL Division 2B Rising Star – Oran McNulty, Galway Corinthians
  • Energia Men’s AIL Division 2C Rising Star – Nick Doyle, Enniscorthy
  • Energia Women’s AIL Rising Star – Neve Jones, Malone RFC

Energia AIL Positive Energy Award

  • Energia AIL Positive Energia Award – Railway Union RFC & Suttonians RFC

Energia AIL Club Scene Award

  • Club Scene Award – Ballynahinch RFC