Irish Hockey held their 6th Annual Awards evening at the Burlington Hotel at the weekend. ; Gwen Doherty, Violet McBride, Mark Burns, and the OCI’s Chief Executive Stephen Martin were inducted into Hockey’s Hall of Fame.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: 1980 – 1992
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 135 Ireland and 94 GB
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: 2011
A defender of the highest calibre Stephen Martin won a Silver Medal at the 1978 European U21 Championships in Dublin and finished 8th at the first U21 Junior World Cup in Versailles in 1979.
He made his senior debut in 1980 and played in the 1983, 1987 and 1991 European Championships as well as the 1990 World Cup in Lahore.
He went on to win 135 Ireland Caps in a distinguished hockey career, and 94 Caps for Great Britain, a Bronze Medal in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and Gold in Seoul in 1988.
He captained Great Britain to sixth place in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and played in 12 Champions Trophy Tournaments winning bronze and silver medals.
Pictured; Violet McBride and Stephen Martin
The Awards evening was attended by many who support Irish Hockey including Liam Molloy, General Manager of ESB Electric Ireland, Darragh Maloney (MC), guest speakers Brian Kerr and Tommy Bowe, and representatives from a number of sporting bodies including the Irish Sports Council, Sports Council of Northern Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland.
Many clubs and hockey supporters joined to celebrate outstanding talent which was displayed throughout the season.
The Award Shortlists and Winners are highlighted below:
Senior Men’s Club Player of the Year
Shortlists included: Mark Black (Cork Harlequins HC), Fran Lee (Monkstown HC),
Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne HC), Mark Raphael (Lisnagarvey HC).
Winner: Mark Raphael
Ireland Senior Women’s Club Player of the Year
Shortlists included: Elaine Bromell (Catholic Institute HC), Aisling Campion (Loreto HC), Kate Dillon (Railway Union HC), Emma Stewart (Armagh LHC).
Winner: Katie Dillon
Volunteer of the Year
Shortlists included: Alice Garrad (Ulster Elks), Helen Johnston (Railway Union LHC), Cliona Kennedy (Greenfields HC), Geraldine O’Carroll (Catholic Institute HC)
Winner: Helen Johnston
Umpire of the Year
Shortlists included: Malcolm Coombes, Fiona Davitt, Davy Foster, Carol Metchette.
Winner: Davy Foster
U18 Male Player of the Year
Shortlists included: Mathew Allister (Annadale HC and Sullivan), David Cole (Monkstown HC and St. Andrews), Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne HC and The High School), Ian Sloan (Cookstown HC and Cookstown High).
Winner: Ian Sloan
Ireland U18 Female Player of the Year
Shortlists included: Leah Ewart (Armagh LHC and The Royal School Armagh),
Katie Mullan (Ballymoney HC and Dalriada), Gillian Pinder (Hermes HC and St. Andrews), Roisin Upton (Catholic Institute and Crescent Comprehensive).
Winner: Roisin Upton
Coach of the Year
Shortlists includes: Mary Logue (Hermes HC), Mick McKinnon (Railway Union HC)
Michelle Rainey (Pegasus HC), Graham Shaw (Glenanne & Loreto HC).
Winner: Michelle Rainey
U18 Coach of the Year
Shortlists includes: Alison McNeill, Catherine Moore (Greenfields HC), Mona Sexton (Fermoy), Miles Warren (Alexandra College/Irish U-16 Boys)
Winner: Alison McNeill
Club of the Year
Shortlists includes: Catholic Institute HC, Lisnagarvey HC, Monkstown HC, Railway LHC.
Winner: Lisnagarvey Hockey Club
Youth Club of the Year
Shortlists includes: Greenfields HC, Lisnagarvey HC, Monkstown HC, Pembroke Wanderers HC.
Winner: Monkstown Hockey Club
Developing Club of the Year
Shortlists includes: Diocesan HC, Newbridge HC, North Kildare HC, Portrane HC.
Winner: Newbridge Hockey Club
School of the Year
Shortlists includes: Banbridge Academy, Crescent College, Lurgan College, Alexandra College.
Winner: Lurgan College
Players Player of the Year
Players Player of the Year