The 2017 Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards take place in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre this evening and Sport for Business will be there to host them and celebrate a momentous year for the sport.
Full Test Status was achieved in the summer, following on from a first-ever One Day International at Lords Cricket Ground in May. Turkish Airlines was secured as sponsors of the men’s International Team and the grassroots campaign to Make Cricket Mainstream continued to gather steam.
There are now 50,000 players involved in Cricket across the island of Ireland, a vibrant club and provincial scene and with the first ever full test coming up in May 2018 against Pakistan there is a lot to look forward to.
William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling all in the running for the Turkish Airlines Men’s International Player of the Year Award.
Gaby Lewis, Rachel Delaney and Isobel Joyce have been short-listed for the Hanley Energy Women’s International Player of the Year Award.
The Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award sees Jacob Mulder, Aoife Beggs and Rachel Delaney vying for the prestigious award.
Youth cricket will be well recognised this year with the Flogas Male Youth Player of the Year, the Devenish Female Youth Player of the Year as well as the Shapoorji Pallonji Academy Male and Female Players of the Year awards.
In domestic and club cricket, there are plenty more prizes up for grabs, for both playing and coaching.
The Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year Award will go to either George Dockrell, Kevin O’Brien or James Shannon.
There will also be an award for the Toyota Super 3 Player of the Year with the awards panel looking to separate the short-listed trio of Kim Garth, Laura Delany and Mary Waldron.
The Clear Treasury Coach of the Year award has proven yet again to be a hotly-contested category with shortlisted nominees Julie Logue, Kamal Merchant and Ryan Eagleson emerging from a pool of excellent candidates.
After an exciting season in club cricket across Ireland, three clubs have been shortlisted for the Tildenet Club of the Year Award and they are Waringstown CC, Ballyspallen CC and Limerick CC.
The O’Neill’s Club Player of the Year accolade see representatives from three Provincial Unions, with Leinster Cricket Club’s George Dockrell, Bready’s David Rankin and Nigel Jones of CIYMS all worthy nominees. All three enjoyed exceptional campaigns and this will be another hard-fought category.
Recognising the incredible hard work that has been achieved in the area, this year sees the introduction of a new category, the Notts Sports Groundsman of the Year. The inaugural nominees are Dale McDonough, Matt Reed and Trevor Hamilton.
In addition to the categories with nominations, there will also be presentations for the Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket, in honour of John Wright, the Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame induction as well as one of the most competitive categories, the Oasis Volunteer of the Year, which this year and going forward will be in honour of the late Derek Scott.