We’d normally be wrapping up the Women’s AIL about now as we look forward to the playoffs this weekend.
I’ve been in a bit of a quandary as to whether I should declare the awards void for this season or whether to run with what we have up to Week 12. However, I came to the conclusion that, as the players have obviously put in an effort throughout the season, it would be churlish not to give them the recognition they deserve.
Also, it looks like we’ve got some sort of ” playoffs” organised for Saturday and the competitors may or may not be quizzed on some of the following. 🙂
So, let’s have a look at who did what during the season and hand out some awards?
The Women’s AIL Leading Points Scorers.
Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock) and Chloe Pearce (UL Bohemian) have been fighting it out at the top of this one for most of the season. Pearce scoring an extraordinary 15 tries in 12 games and O’Connor averaging 10 points a game from the 8 games she played in.
Steph Carroll (Railway Union) also enjoyed a couple of weeks at the top after a few try scoring bursts and, on games played, she is averaging two tries a game.
The final standings for the Top Six Scorers are shown below.
All of the top three have had remarkable season’s but it somewhat fitting that this one goes to the most complete all round player in the league and that of course is Hannah O’Connor, who would be one of the first names on any team selection.
The Women’s AIL Leading Try Scorer
This one was a battle between Chloe Pearse and Steph Carroll, over the later games of the season, Pierce’s efforts boosted somewhat at the start of the season with half the UL Bohemian pack competing with her on try count.
Alison Millar was, of course, there or thereabouts for most of the season but her tally seemed to fall of after she admitted to finally passing to teammates after their cup match at Cooke! ? She did however leave us with one of our favourite try scoring shots in that same game.
You can view the leading try scorers in the dropdown below.
However, it was the young veteran Pearce who, not only held on, but upped her try scoring rate in the later games to come out on top as the league’s leading try scorer.
It was a phenomenal season from the prop who really should, in my opinion, have been the first name on the Ireland team sheet this season.
Congratulation’s to both Chloe and Hannah on their efforts. While it was very close in both tables I genuinely believe that both these players would have still come out on top had the league reached its natural conclusion.
The Front Row Union Players Player
Congratulations to all those players who received nominations from their opponents, it really is the best form of recognition in the game.
All in all we received 78 votes, from a possible 96, the standings shown below in the drop down.
In the past we’ve opened up the voting for the leading contenders between the end of the regular season and the play off final so you will fin everyone with three or more nominations in the poll below.
Remember, you are not voting for a teammate but for the best player you have played against from the list below.
Women’s AIL Players Player Final Votes
This poll has been finished and no longer available to vote !
We’ll bring you the individual team statistics and our Team of the Season next week.