Record setter Hannah caps off stellar season with Schools crown

Credit to John Upham Photography

Ulsters Hannah Lynch-Dawson has capped a memorable 2014/2015 season by claiming yet another title, this time at the All-Ireland Schools Finals in Tallaght as she led her Cavan Royal Team to a convincing victory in the Under 18 Girls event to top off what has been something of a record breaking year for the Irish International.

Lynch-Dawson has been on the victory trail for much of the season, propelling herself to the top of the Womens rankings following victories at both the Senior Classification and the Connacht Open before the turn of the year. Despite a shoulder injury stalling her progress in January, she picked up where she left off on her return at the Junior 6 Nations in Cardiff in March, as she teamed up with International Team-mate Chloe O’Halloran to claim a Team Gold in this prestigious home nations event. 

The season went from strength to strength for the Fivemiletown player at the Senior Interprovincial Championships, as she again returned from a brief spell on the sidelines to star for the Ulster team as they regained the Senior title back from bitter rivals Leinster. With this victory came another major accolade and a piece of history as she was awarded the prestigious Tommy Caffrey Award for Player of the Tournament. This meant that Hannah became the first player to hold both the Tommy Caffrey and the Colum Slevin Awards at the same time, having been presented with the Colum Slevin Award for top player at the Junior interpros in April 2014. 

Congratulations to Hannah on a truly remarkable season on all fronts. Let’s hope this is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come.