Coach of the Year
Winner Ė Simon Johnston
When you talk to any player that has spent any amount of time in the company of Johnston, they are so enthusiastic about his love for the game and how brilliant he is as a coach.
The Knights havenít had the luck with injuries or the squad to truly compete on all fronts before this year, but everything seemed to click in the Twenty20 side of things and they also showed a lot of promise in the 50-over competition, beating Leinster in Dublin.
A true reflection on a coach is how the players improve in their company and it is no coincidence that Mark Adair, Shane Getkate and James McCollum are now established Ireland stars while Jacob Mulder, James Cameron-Dow, Greg Thompson, Harry Tector and David Delany have all been involved/are set to be involved.
Johnston has a very exciting squad at his disposal now and itís going to be interesting going forward to see how they perform.
(Fun fact: Johnty was once my coach at NCU Under-15 level and dropped me at the final stage before the Inter-Proís. Iím not bitter. I promise. Iím fine!)