THE senior Irish show jumping team have been nominated for the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year for 2019.
Their nomination comes of the back of the winning performance at the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, qualifying a show jumping team for the Olympic Games for the first time since Athens 2004.
The team in Barcelona consisted of Cian O’Connor, Paul O’Shea, Darragh Kenny, Peter Moloney and Shane Sweetnam, managed by Rodrigo Pessoa.
The Irish show jumping team won the prestigious award in 2017 after claiming the team gold medal at the FEI European Championships in Gothenburg.
They are up against the five-time All-Ireland winning Dublin GAA team, the Tipperary hurling team, Ireland’s women’s hockey team and ‘Team Tiger Roll’ consisting of trainer Gordon Elliot, jockey Davy Russell and owner Gigginstown Stud, among others.
Darragh Maloney and Joanne Cantwell will present the RTÉ Sport Awards 2019 live on RTÉ One on Saturday night at 9.20pm. The Sportsperson of the Year award as well as the Young Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year and Manager of the Year awards will be presented and there will be a new inductee to the RTÉ Sport Hall of Fame.
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DUBLIN LADIES FOOTBALL
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Dundalk continued their era of dominance of Irish soccer with a domestic double, securing the League Cup and Premier Division title.
Galway won a first O’Duffy Cup since 2013 in a free scoring final to beat Kilkenny by six points. The Tribeswomen also claimed the League title earlier in the year.
IRELAND HOCKEY TEAM
The Irish Women’s Hockey team qualified for the 2020 Olympics following the most dramatic of finishes against Canada in front of a record crowd for a women’s international team event in Ireland. The shoot-out win guaranteed a first women’s hockey team appearance at the Olympic Games.
IRISH SHOW JUMPING TEAM
Ireland's show jumping team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics next year, winning a thrilling Nations Cup final in Barcelona, qualifying a show jumping team for the Olympics for the first time since Athens 2004.
PAUL O’DONOVAN & FINTAN McCARTHY
Ireland's lightweight double sculls crew cruised to glory, winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Switzerland.
TEAM TIGER ROLL
Tiger Roll raced into the history books as he became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back renewals of the Grand National at Aintree. The Gigginstown owned horse is trained by Gordon Elliott, with Davy Russell in the saddle.
Free-scoring Tipperary put on a dominant display against old rivals Kilkenny to claim a third Liam McCarthy this decade, beating the Cats by 14 points in the All-Ireland decider.