Jermyn is men’s hockey player of year

CORK Church of Ireland’s John Jermyn has been named men’s hockey player of the year.

The goal machine was one of nine award winners honoured at the inaugural ESB Howard Holdings Irish Hockey Awards at the Mansion House on Saturday night.

Jermyn had an exceptional season for Ireland, not least in the BDO World Cup Qualifier and established himself as a consistent goal-scorer and attacking threat for his country.

There was a double men’s celebration for Cork with junior player of the year going to Jason Lynch after the talented Irish international starred at the U18 Nations Championship in Poland last year.

At schools level, he led Bandon Grammar to the All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships in Cork.

Irish vice-captain Bridget McKeever was named ESB Women’s player of the year. The Ballymoney defender was a rock of consistency at the European Nations Championships in Dublin last year, also performing with distinction in the Samsung World Cup Qualifier, despite having sustained a fractured cheekbone a matter of weeks beforehand.

But Cork was again in the limelight as Cork Harlequins’ Julia O’Halloran, the 2005 Irish Examiner Junior sports star for hockey, was named junior women’s player of the year.

O’Halloran turned in outstanding displays for the Ireland U18 girls in the Euro Championships in Poland, in which she scored one of the goals of the tournament.

On the strength of these performances, Julia forced her way into the senior squad for the Malaga training camp in January 2006.

The Anglo Irish Bank coach of the year award went to Lisnagarvey’s Peter McCabe, the Christies’ umpire of the year award to Colin Hutchinson and the Dawson Travel club of the year, not surprisingly, to Hermes after their haul of Irish Senior Cup, ESB Club Championships, Irish Junior Cup, Euro Hockey Cup Winners Trophy and Leinster Ladies League.

However one of the most popular award winners was the Moynes- Thurles club from Tipperary, named emerging club of the year (sponsored by Ronan Daly Jermyn). The squad arrived at the Mansion House in a stretch limousine and returned in the same fashion yesterday to the Munster hurling final in Thurles!

Connacht’s Catherine Moore was also honoured as Gate Cinemas volunteer of the year.

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