The 2017/18 Connacht Rugby Awards Ball takes place at the Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway on Sunday (6th May) and the 42 nominees for the various awards have been confirmed. 

There are 16 awards ranging from under 18 through to referees, coaches, junior, club, academy and pro player level.

Jarrad Butler, Jack Carty and Thomas Farrell are in contention for the Connacht Fans Player of the Year.  And Butler is on for a double as he’s up against Matt Healy and Tom McCartney for the Players’ Player of the Year prize.

Niyi Adeolokun, Carty and Ultan Dillane are in contention for the Try of the Year Award.  While Alison Miller, Grainne Egan and Nichola Fryday will battle for the Women’s Player of the Year.

Two further awards that will be presented on the night include the Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award, and the Connacht Rugby Unsung Hero Award.

Tickets for the Black Tie event are on general sale at a cost of €100 per person. To book call 091 561568.


The nominees are as follows: 

Connacht Rugby U18 Player of the Year – Darragh Murray (Buccaneers), Nial Carney (Corinthians), Conor O’Shaughnessy (Galwegians)

Connacht Rugby U19 Player of the Year – Colm Reilly (Ballinasloe), Niall Murray (Buccaneers), Cian Huxford (Corinthians)

Connacht Rugby U18 Girls Player of the Year – Aine Galvin, Kayley Mannion, Lily Brady

Connacht Rugby Referee of the Year – Karol Collins, Mark Fitzgerald, Gerry Geraghty

Connacht Rugby Coach of the Year – Dave Newman and JP Leonard (Ballina), Ross Mannion (Sligo), Greg Glynn (Loughrea)

Connacht Rugby Women’s Club Player of the Year – Karen Douglas (NUIG), Edel McMahon (Galwegians), Ursula Sammon (Castlegar)

Connacht Rugby Women’s Player of the Year – Alison Miller, Grainne Egan, Nichola Fryday

Connacht Rugby Junior Player of the Year – Fergal Tully (Ballina), Ian McDonagh (Connemara), Aidan Leech (Creggs)

Connacht Rugby Senior Club Player of the Year – Martin Staunton (Buccaneers), Manu Parkin (Sligo), John Maloney (Galwegians)

Connacht Rugby Club of the Year – Ballina RFC, Sligo RFC, Creggs RFC

Connacht Rugby Academy Player of the Year – Cillian Gallagher (Corinthians), Kieran Joyce (Corinthians), Paul Boyle (Buccaneers)

Connacht Rugby Try of the Year – ULTAN DILLANE vs Ulster (23rd December), JACK CARTY vs Brive (9th December), NIYI ADEOLOKUN vs Cheetahs (4th November)

Connacht Rugby Fans’ Player of the Year – Jarrad Butler, Jack Carty, Tom Farrell

Connacht Rugby Players’ Player of the Year – Tom McCartney, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy

Don’t Forget!  You Can Vote for the Galway Daily Player of the Year This Week with quarter-finals (Monday & Tuesday), Semi-Finals (Wednesday & Thursday) and the Final (Friday & Saturday).  Just go to our Twitter Page and cast your vote.