Stirling named Ireland player of the year

Updated: Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 16:04

Paul Stirling was named RSA International Men's Player of the Year at the inaugural RSA Cricket Ireland Awards.

The 22-year-old Middlesex all-rounder beat off the challenge of international team-mates George Dockrell and Ed Joyce to lift the top prize at the Round Room at the Mansion House on Friday night.

Stuart Thompson collected the Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year accolade following his successful debut season in Irish colours, pipping Max Sorensen and James Shannon.

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Clare Shillington completed a memorable season by being named the RSA International Women's Player of the Year ahead of Kim Garth and Cecelia Joyce.

Shillington became the first Irish woman to reach the 100 caps milestone, and her century against The Netherlands was the first by an Irish player for 14 years.

Ireland Under-19 star Tyrone Kane was named the Croke Park Hotel Junior Player of the Year for his performances in the World Cup in Australia, where he averaged 49.

Donemana were named the Tildenet Club of the Year for their magnificent campaign which saw the club pick up trophies at all levels, with the highlights being the senior team completing a domestic treble, and their Under-15's collecting the All-Ireland Cup.

There was further good news for the North West as Brigade all-rounder Johnny Thompson capped a magnificent personal campaign by winning his third major award in recent weeks by being named the O’Neills Club Player of the Year.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

International Women’s Player of the Year Clare Shillington

International Men’s Player of the Year Paul Stirling

Junior Player of the Year Tyrone Kane

Coach of the Year John Wills

Volunteer of the Year Aideen Rice

Club of the Year Donemana CC

Club Player of the Year Johnny Thompson

Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Stuart Thompson

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