The Hooks: Men's Player of the Year

It’s already on record on the site that there’s going to be some dissent to this decision but I think it has to go to Mitch Darling, based on the matches I have seen this season. A couple of others came close, especially from Pembroke. Justin Sherriff was untouchable in some games this season, scoring some absolute screamers. Alan Sothern banged in a rake load of goals while, for me, Tim Lewis was the club’s best player, developing into one of Ireland’s best players this season.

Elsewhere, David Robinson looked perfectly at home in a Leinster jersey until he picked up his shoulder injury. Filip Jaros was instrumental in setting Monkstown’s flyers free while Brendan Parsons and Alan Browne kept Glenanne’s season motoring.

Three Rock, too, had a number of heroes with Maarten Sier’s goals making up for his time spent in the sin-bin, Andy McConnell adding bite in midfield and Charlie Henderson proving his worth.
But Darling seemed to be central at all the key moments of the season, starring for Leinster, banging in five semi-final goals and ending the season with five strikes in seven internationals.

Winner: Mitch Darling

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