They may not be the most competitive contests this year though with history made in a number of ways the Women’s Hockey team will put it up to Dublin for the team contest.
The RTÉ production team, led by Elaine Buckley will be putting the finishing touches to video montages that will outlast the memory of a win or a loss and capture the year that was for all of the Managers and teams.
It’s an opportunity in Primetime to celebrate the best of the best in sport.
Darragh Maloney and Joanne Cantwell will present the RTÉ Sport Awards 2019 live on RTÉ One this Saturday 14 December at 9.20 pm.
The Sportsperson of the Year award as well as the Young Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year and Manager of the Year awards will be presented and there will be a new inductee to the RTÉ Sport Hall of Fame.
The nominees for RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year 2019 are:
Dublin Ladies manager Mick Bohan led the Girls in Blue to their third All-Ireland title in a row. Dublin had won just one All-Ireland before Bohan returned as manager but are now enjoying a period of huge success.
Boxing trainer Ross Enamait has been instrumental in the success of undisputed featherweight and two-weight World Champion Katie Taylor. This year the American has been in the corner of the Bray boxer’s three World title victories.
The former Dublin Football manager oversaw an unprecedented five-in-a-row All-Ireland titles and in doing so took a place in GAA history.
Galway Camogie Manager Cathal Murray won their third ever All-Ireland title and first since 2013 with a 6 point win over Kilkenny.
The 26-year-old became the youngest winning trainer at US racing’s showpiece, The Breeders’ Cup. Only he and Frenchman Freddy Head have both ridden and trained a winner at the event. The result caps a stellar year for the young trainer with numerous successes throughout the flat and national hunt seasons.
In his first season in charge of Dundalk, Perth secured a League and League Cup double, continuing the Lillywhites’ era of dominance of domestic soccer, whilst being named ‘PFAI Manager of the Year’.
The Tipperary manager returned to the Premier County hot seat this year and won the All-Ireland Hurling Championship in style with a 14 point victory over rivals Kilkenny.
The nominees for the RTÉ Sport team of the Year 2019 are:
Dublin made history in September, winning an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland title in-a-row. After two epic final encounters with rivals Kerry, the Dubs have now taken their place as one of the greatest teams ever.
DUBLIN LADIES FOOTBALL
The Dublin ladies capped a remarkable weekend for GAA in the county by claiming their third All-Ireland Senior Championship in-a-row. A record crowd of 56,114 watched Dublin beat Galway in testing conditions.
Dundalk continued their era of dominance of Irish soccer with a domestic double, securing the League Cup and Premier Division title.
Galway won a first O’Duffy Cup since 2013 in a free scoring final to beat Kilkenny by six points. The Tribeswomen also claimed the League title earlier in the year.
IRELAND HOCKEY TEAM
The Irish Women’s Hockey team qualified for the 2020 Olympics following the most dramatic of finishes against Canada in front of a record crowd for a women’s international team event in Ireland. The shoot-out win guaranteed a first women’s hockey team appearance at the Olympic Games.
IRISH SHOW JUMPING TEAM
Ireland’s show jumping team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics next year, winning a thrilling Nations Cup final in Barcelona, qualifying a show jumping team for the Olympics for the first time since Athens 2004.
PAUL O’DONOVAN & FINTAN McCARTHY
Ireland’s lightweight double sculls crew cruised to glory, winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Switzerland.
TEAM TIGER ROLL
Tiger Roll raced into the history books as he became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back renewals of the Grand National at Aintree. The Gigginstown owned horse is trained by Gordon Elliott, with Davy Russell in the saddle.
Free-scoring Tipperary put on a dominant display against old rivals Kilkenny to claim a third Liam McCarthy this decade, beating the Cats by 14 points in the All-Ireland decider.
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