Excellence in an International Field Award
Excellence in an International Field Nominees
Casey Howe, Soccer
Howe has enjoyed a sensational year at club level, smashing in goals for Linfield at youth and senior level. Internationally, she started the year netting twice for Northern Ireland against Kosovo in a UEFA Development Tournament. Then in September she was part of the u17 squad which travelled to Estonia where she played a role in all her side’s goals.
Robert Baloucoune, Rugby
Baloucoune is now very much a starting 15 contender with Ulster, but 2018 also saw the Enniskillen man seeing plenty of game time in the green jersey. In May he was helped the Irish 7s win gold at the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series in Moscow back. Then in June he played a key part as Ireland won bronze at World Rugby 7s Series in London.
Kieran McKenna, Soccer Coach
Headhunted from Spurs to oversee Manchester United’s youth set-up, Kieran McKenna was promoted to head coach by Jose Mourinho. After a difficult run of results for the Red Devils, the Enniskillen man survived the Portuguese man’s departure to help oversee a rejuvenation in the Old Trafford side’s fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Claire Boles, Rugby
In June Boles was on the Irish 7s team in May as they got their best ever finish as a core team in a World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament in Canada. Then in September she played a central part as Ireland won 7s bronze in Kazan, featuring in all six games and scores tries against Scotland and England.
Gerry Murphy, Rowing
Gerry Murphy was part of a 60 strong Irish team which competed at the European Masters Rowing Regatta in Munich. The Fermanagh man more than pulled his weight, winning double gold in the men’s light weight over 50 and over 55 categories, seeing off opposition from GB, Germany and France on Munich’s 1972 Olympic course.
Please note: One vote per IP address. Your vote does not determine the overall winner but helps create awareness of the shortlisted nominees.
Deadlines: For ‘public view’ of votes: 5pm, Friday 18th January 2018
Final voting deadline is: 10am, Monday 21st January 2019.