Leinster win livens mood
MORE THAN 190 people attended Wicklow Rugby Club’s dinner dance in the Grand Hotel, including the Presidents of neighbouring clubs in Rathdrum, Arklow and Greystones.
Most of the guests were already in jubilant form even before the start of the dinner dance after watching Leinster’s nail biting victory over Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup held earlier that afternoon in Bilbao.
There was further reason to celebrate with the recent announcement of Wicklow RFC as the Leinster Rugby 2018 ‘Junior Club of the Year’.
The club also had the honour of hosting this year’s Towns Cup Final between Tullow RFC and Enniscorthy RFC which was held at Ashtown Lane in April.
Michael Doyle and Eimear Fleming were in attendance after their recent engagement.
Noel Green was celebrating his 40th birthday, while Alex Porter was marking his 21st birthday.
President Bert Nicholson also spoke about future plans for the club.
In the women’s section the young player of the year was Caitlin Griffey. The award for most improved player went to Megan McConnell. Amy O’Neill was the player of the year.
The young player of the year for the men was Jonathan Hopkins. The most improved player of the year was Neil Dickenson.
Neil Kearney was presented with the award for second team player of the year.
Shane Farrar was the player of the year.
The Clarke Auctioneers ‘Club-person of the Year’ trophy was presented to deserving winners Lynn and Cyril Armstrong. Noel Green collected the Peter Duffy Memorial Trophy for outstanding service to the club. The Mervyn Morrison Memorial Cup for coach of the year was won by Frank Roberts and Mark Kinlan.
Eddie Downes, Dennis Higgins, Jason Byrne and Timmy O’Dovovan.
Duncan and Catherine Duke and Therese Porter.
Harry Nonan, Cormac Murray, Paddy McKenzie, Cormac Fenton, Adam Cullen, Luke Thompson and Scott Burleigh.
Mark Nicholson, Cyril Armstrong and Conor Vize.
Alex Porter and Megan McConnell.
Victoria Rice and Kate Byrne.