The 2007/08 Guinness Ulster Rugby Awards ceremony took place last Wednesday at the La Mon Hotel in Belfast, with former Ulster and Ireland team-mates David Humphreys and Tommy Bowe amongst the big winners.
Over 430 guests gathered at the La Mon Hotel to attend the ceremony and celebrate the achievements and development of rugby at all levels in Ulster.
The ceremony brought together the cream of the crop in Ulster from schools, youth, club and professional levels and the awards recognise the role that they all play for the development of the game in the province.
Ulster legend David Humphreys, who made his last appearance in an Ulster jersey against Cardiff last Friday night at Ravenhill, scooped the top accolade of Guinness Personality of the Year, marking his enormous commitment to Ulster Rugby in a career that has spanned 16 years and rounding off his last season of professional rugby in style.
The award winners in full were as follows:
Calor Gas Ulster Youth Player of the Year – James Simpson (Ballynahinch)
Northern Bank Ulster Schools Player of the Year – Jonathan Shiels (Coleraine Inst)
Kukri Club of the Year – Armagh RFC
Ken Goodall Award for the Outstanding Athlete at the Sports Institute – Ian Whitten
Bank of Ireland Ulster Player of the Year – Tommy Bowe
First Trust Bank Club Player of the Year – Ian Porter (Queen’s University RFC)
Belfast Telegraph Award for Special Merit – Latimer Adair (Ballynahinch RFC)
Vodafone Young Ulster Player of the Year – Niall O’Connor
Guinness Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year – David Humphreys
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