The Portwest Moment of the Season Award is back for 2019/20, and this time it’s better than ever.
 
The Moment of the Season Award is a collaboration between Connacht Rugby and Portwest Ireland, and celebrates the special moments that take place every day across the province.
 
Last year’s awards acknowledged moments like Beibhinn Parsons’ record-breaking Ireland debut, CBS Roscommon’s historic breakthrough in Schools Rugby, a wonderful moment of inclusion from the Association of Referees Connacht Branch, and plenty more.
 

Now we’re on the lookout for the rugby moments that struck you the most this season, and this time around we’ve made a few adjustments to ensure *every* moment can be recognised.
 
Here’s how it works…

  • Between now and the end of April, we are accepting nominations from the public for potential winners of the Moment of the Season award. Nominations can be submitted in two ways.

    • Post a picture of the moment with a few lines about it to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, and tag @ConnachtRugby and @PortwestIreland in the post (make sure the account you post from is public to ensure your entry is seen).
    • Email the picture and a few lines about the entry to [email protected]
  • Every moment is eligible for entry as long as it occurred at some point during the 2019/20 rugby season.
  • This year we are encouraging entrants which capture the essence of Irish Rugby’s core values: Excellence, Fun, Inclusivity, Integrity and Respect.
  • When submitting your moment, make sure to tell us why you feel it encapsulates one or more of those five values.
  • In early May Connacht Rugby and Portwest will collate all the entrants and a judging panel will pick the moments they feel best embodies each of the five values. Representatives from each of these moments will then be formally invited to the 2020 Connacht Rugby Awards night on Sunday 31st May at the Galmont Hotel, Galway.
  • At the awards, the overall winner of the Portwest Moment of the Season will then be named.

All that’s left to do now is get your nominations in! The best of luck to everyone who enters.

The induction of Mikey Kerin into the Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) has been named as the second winner of the Portwest / Connacht Rugby Moment of the Season Award
 
Mikey is a regular visitor to the inclusion rugby mornings in Corinthians RFC every Saturday. While he is a keen player himself, in the past few years he has turned his attention to becoming the man in the middle.
 
To the surprise of Mikey in early December, he received a visit from the ARCB Vice President Jason Craughwell who announced to the attendees of Mikey’s membership to the ARCB in light of his good work.
 
There Mikey was presented with his official ARCB referee jersey, his own book with red and yellow cards, and the all-important whistle. He was then able to put it to good use when he refereed the tag rugby game amongst the inclusion rugby players that morning.
 

That moment has since been chosen by the selection committee as their favourite Club & Community moment of the past few months, after it was initially nominated for the award last week.
 
As a result Corinthians, which hosts the inclusion rugby mornings, will receive €200 worth of rugby equipment with thanks to Portwest.
 
The events of that morning will now become the second nominee for the overall Rugby Moment of the Season Award, which will be named at the Connacht Rugby Awards Ball in April. The first nominee is Beibhinn Parsons’ Ireland debut at the age of just 16 (an Irish record), while the third nominee will be chosen in March.

There’s been some memorable rugby moments happening at grassroots level across the province so far this season.
 
After two weeks of entries, we’re delighted to share the four nominees for the winner of the second Connacht Rugby / Portwest Ireland Rugby Moment of the Season award, covering mid-November to mid-January.
 

 

 

 

The winner will go on as the second nominee for the overall Rugby Moment of the Season award which will be unveiled at the Connacht Rugby 2018/19 Awards Ball in April. Before Christmas the first nominee for the honour went to Ballinasloe RFC and Beibhinn Parsons after the then 16-year-old become the youngest ever Irish senior international, male or female.
 
The winner will be announced on the Connacht Rugby social media channels this coming Monday.

Beibhinn Parsons’ extraordinary achievement of earning a senior Ireland cap has been selected as the first winner of the Connacht Rugby/Portwest Ireland Rugby Moment of the Season award.
 
Parsons became the youngest player in Irish rugby history, male or female, to play senior international rugby when she came off the bench in Ireland’s November clash with USA at the age of just 16. Her Ireland appearance crowned a stunning few months for the winger/centre, after she played a major role in Connacht winning their first ever U18 Girls Interprovincial title in September.
 
Her call-up and subsequent appearance was named as one of the eight entries for the first Connacht Rugby/Portwest Ireland Rugby Moment of the Season award, and it has since been chosen by the selection committee as the inaugural winner of the accolade.
 
As a member of Ballinasloe RFC, her club will now be rewarded with €200 worth of rugby equipment with thanks to Portwest Ireland. Ballinasloe have placed a particularly strong emphasis on girls rugby in recent times, with Parsons’ call-up the accumulation of many years work by a strong cohort of volunteers at the club.
 
Parsons’ achievement will now go on as one of the three nominees for the 2018/19 Rugby Moment of the Season Award, which will be announced at the 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Awards Ball next April.
 
The second Moment of the Season award will be chosen in late January.

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