The Four Seasons Hotel was the setting for the presentation of the Annual Awards
by Blackwater Steelers basketball club. It was a terrific year for the club with
two All-Ireland titles coming their way and even though it is only their first year
in the North East League they have proven that they are a match for the best. Reports
on the two wins can be accessed HERE but they were given further exposure at the
Awards night. However all eight teams entered in competition this year had winners
and the youth academy for the players of the future were mentioned and thanks was
directed at those responsible for running the training and games for the huge number
of young boys and girls who attend. The coaches for the various teams summarised
the year for each age group and then announced the winners of the Most Improved Player(MIP)
and the Most Valued Player (MVP) during the past year. There to present them with
their awards was Gregory Devlin, Marketing Manager at Silver Hill Farm, the main
sponsors of the Blackwater Steelers. Sean Gallagher, chairman of the club, gave an
overview of the year's activity, which was a very busy and demanding one, and expressed
thanks to all involved. Going forward, he stated, the club needs more coaches as
there are so many young people wanting to play the game but coaches are badly needed
to take extra teams. He had great praise for the parents who supported the club throughout
the year in so many ways and urged other parents to get involved. You can hear an
interview with Sean by clicking his image below. Delma Mulligan, Tommy O'Connor,
Sean Ó Mairtín, all expressed appreciation to assistants - Deirdre Smyth, Fionnuala
Gallagher, Brenda Trainor, Valerie Ross, Tegan McCormack, Fiona Boyd, Kellie McCabe.
The parents and teams showed their appreciation by making presentations to coaches.
The winners were: U12 Girls - MIP = Gormlaith MacConghail, MVP = Katie Trainor; U12
Boys - MIP = Fionán Ó Gallchoir, MVP = Cian Murphy; U14 Girls - MIP = Alex McKenna,
MVP = Ava Ross; U14 Boys - MIP = Kacper Ostrowski, MVP = Rio Corrigan; U16 Girls
- MIP = Lara Ó Mairtín, MVP = Alex Mulligan; U16 Boys - MIP = Sebastiaglis, MVP
= Karl Gallagher; U18 Girls - MVP = Amy Mulligan; U18 Boys - MVP = Killian McAdam.
After the presentations there were refreshments and this was followed by a Disco
to the music supplied by DJ Sean.
Click on the image of Sean Gallagher, Chairman of the Blackwater Steelers Basketball
club, on right here to hear a short interview with him.