On Friday 22nd September, the Craigavon Cowboys American Football Club held their annual Awards Night at Portadown Golf Club. A 3 course dinner was followed by a speech from club President Jo Buchanan, who spoke of how successful 2017 was and gave thanks to sponsors, members of the club as well as the golf club for hosting the evening. 10 awards were presented as well as speeches from junior team head coach Manny Bell and senior team head coach Greg Loughran. Congratulations to all the awards winners!
The Cowboys will take to the field with new sports equipment thanks to a donation of £200 from the Asda Foundation, through its Green Token Giving scheme. With three teams in the club – junior, senior and flag – the club caters for both male and female players aged 16 and over, and is one of only seven American football teams in Northern Ireland.
President of the club, Jo Buchanan, explains what the team hopes to achieve using the donation:
“Our goal as Craigavon Cowboys is to bring the community together through American football. We are open to new players of all abilities joining the team, and support from the Asda Foundation will allow us to help more people enjoy American football in the Portadown and surrounding areas.
“We would also like to thank Asda Community Champion, Elaine, for all her help – from organising bag-packs in store to allowing us use of the Asda community meeting room, she is a very important fan of our club!”
Elaine Livingstone, Asda Portadown Community Champion, added:
“Craigavon Cowboys and Asda have a common goal to make a difference, on this occasion through sport, to the lives of people living in our community.
“I look forward to cheering on players from the Cowboys in the coming months!”
We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Senior Team Awards 2017 as follows:
Overall Player of the Year
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Ben Fallon | Jo Buchanan | Jonny Doyle-Martin | Peter Loughran | Shayne Mone
Offensive Player of the Year
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Ben Fallon | James Loughran | Jonny Doyle-Martin | Josh Marchbanks | Peter Loughran
Defensive Player of the Year
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Gareth McShane | Gavin McConnell | Jakub Kowalczyk | Jo Buchanan | Shayne Mone
Rookie Player of the Year
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Anthony McArdle | Anton Nulty | Ben Fallon | Carmine Ficetola | James Rolston | Jason Duddy | Ryan McKenna | Sean Byrne | Shayne Mone | Thomas Pollock | Tiarnan Cuddy
Balls of Steel
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Carmine Ficetola | Gavin McConnell | Jo Buchanan | Peter Loughran | Shayne Mone
Terry Lynch Offensive Line Award
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Brain Comaskey | Carmine Ficetola | Emmanuel Bell | James Loughran | Jonny Doyle-Martin | Jonny Magee
Clubman of the Year
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Emmanuel Bell | Greg Loughran | Jason Duddy | Jo Buchanan | Mark Beattie | Niall Quinn | Scott Buchanan | Sean Byrne
With the Clubs Awards Night just over a week away, we will be announcing the shortlisted persons for each award. Today, we start with the Junior team and the shortlists for their 2016 season:
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Anton Nulty | Jamie Wilson | Matthew Kelly | Scott Buchanan
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Anton Nulty | Jonny Hood | Reuben Larmour | Scott Buchanan
Bartholomew Burzynski | Jamie Wilson | Matthew Kelly | Tiarnan Cuddy
Best of luck to all and many thanks to the sponsors! Senior team shortlists to be announced soon.
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