Last Saturday night saw the Rhinos take to the Woolshed once more, this time to celebrate the 2014 IAFL season which saw the Rhinos advance to the postseason. A wildcard defeat at the hands of the UL Vikings saw the Rhinos campaign come to an end. After a rough start to the season which was plagued by injuries, a strong finish pushed the Rhinos into the postseason which will help kick start the 2015 preseason campaign starting in November.
The awards on offer for their performances throughout the 2014 season were: Team MVP, Offensive, Defensive & Special Teams MVP, Captains Award, Most Improved Player and Rookie of the year. As has happened in the past, players sometimes have the opportunity to excel at more than one position and this year was no different. For the first time ever two players managed to scoop two awards each, a direct result of the efforts put forward during the season.
Your 2014 Rhinos Most Valuable Players:
Paul Richardson – Team MVP
“Richie” was 2013’s rookie of the year after taking to the game of football like a duck to water. He continued that trend in 2014, staking claim to the Middle Linebacker position as well as contributing on Offense and Special Teams.
Rob Healy – Offensive MVP
It’s not often that an offensive lineman wins the Offensive Most Valuable Player award due to the competition from the skill positions who attract more focus. Rob’s effort all year during games and at training culminated in him being the offenses most valuable player.
Adam Skelly – Defensive MVP
There is no question that Adam Skelly is one of, if not the best Corner Back in the Irish League today. Not a single game goes by where Skelly doesn’t walk off the field with an interception and a whole host of highlight tackles and pass break ups. A consistent performer, without question the most valuable defensive player in 2014.
Adam Skelly – Special Teams MVP
Not only was his play on Defense enough to win him the Defensive MVP, Adam Skelly replicated the same performance on Special Teams. Making tackles, forcing fumbles, returning a blocked PAT for 2 points, Adam Skelly done it all this year and is a deserved winner of this award.
Andy Meehan – Most Improved Player
Andy spent a lot of time in the preseason working on his fitness, strength and conditioning and it paid dividends all year long. Starting at corner back, filling in at safety & competing on special teams, Andy’s performance in 2014 was leaps and bounds above a solid 2013 rookie season.
Andy Meehan – Captains Award
On top of the reasons above, Andy not only performed on the pitch during games but also during training and off the pitch. For his dedication and performances during the year, Andy got the nod from the Captains for their award.
Paul Minogue – Rookie of the Year
Paul’s first year with the Rhinos started with him training to be a wide receiver but before long he made the move to defense. A move which he would not regret as he showed he was a natural and fully capable to play a big part in the defense. For his commitment to training and getting better on top of his performance during the season, Paul was this years Rookie of the Year.
Congratulations to all the award winners, and thanks to our sponsor the Woolshed for hosting us!