January Player and Coach of the Month Awards
February 15, 2016
January was a typically exciting month in Irish basketball with the Hula Hoops National Cup to the fore and both players and coaches were rewarded for performing on the big stage.
Templeogue were double winners for their exploits in the Hula Hoops Men's National Cup. Michael Bonaparte's new year knee injury forced him out of action for most of January but the Grenadian put in a massive amount of rehab to be return for an MVP role in the Cup decider.
Mark Keenan picked up the Coach of the Month honour in a month where he won Cup silverware as coach of a third club.
Rae Contreras' defiant performance in the Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Final allied to a high standard of league play for Pyrobel Killester earned her another Player of the Month award.Team Montenotte Hotel claimed the trophy for the sixth time and it was a fifth win for Coach of the Month Mark Scannell.
It was an historic month for Maree BC. In their first Senior Men's final, they claimed the President's National Cup with Eoin Rockall named MVP. The 17 year old was also voted by National League coaches as the Player of the Month while John Finn was returned as Coach of the Month for this role in maintaining the fight for silveware on two fronts.
NUIG Mystics continued as a dominant force in January. Mike Murrayâs side took the Senior Womenâs National Cup home from finals weekend at the National Basketball Arena. Murray was named Coach of the Month for same with Ailish OâReilly the popular choice for the Player of the Month ball.
Menâs Premier League Player Of The Month: Michael Bonaparte, Templeogue BC
Menâs Premier League Coach Of The Month: Mark Keenan, Templeogue BC
Womenâs Premier League Player Of The Month: Rae Contreras, Pyrobel Killester
Womenâs Premier League Coach Of The Month: Mark Scannell, Team Montenotte Hotel
Menâs Division One Player Of The Month: Eoin Rockall, Maree
Menâs Division One Coach Of The Month: John Finn, Maree
Womenâs Division One Player Of The Month: Ailish O'Reilly
Womenâs Division One Coach Of The Month: Mike Murray