Athy Rugby Club were a dominant force on the local club junior scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s and one of their key men in that era was inducted into the Leinster Hall of Fame at the weekend.
Roger Anderson, who was scrum-half on the team that won the Towns Cup in 1978, 1981 and 1984 and featured in a couple of other finals as well, was honoured with inclusion into the Sean O’Brien Hall of Fame, a nod to O’Brien’s background in the junior game with Tullow.
Roger is well-known on the Laois-Kildare border through his haulage business ‘A Transport’ which has been run by the family for over 50 years.
The awards saw nominees from each of the regional areas that make up Leinster Rugby together with a nominee from the junior ranks in senior rugby.
The awards were held in the Ballsbridge Hotel as a warm-up event to the Leinster v Ulster Guinness Pro14 game in the RDS on Saturday.
Irish national coach Joe Schmidt was the guest speaker with O’Brien himself on hand to do the presentation.
As well as a trophy, among the prize for the winner was a tailored suit from Best Menswear, one of Leinster’s sponsors.
The full list of nominees was nominees included:
Midlands Area Nominee – Liam Holt – Edenderry RFC
North East Area Nominee – Colm Sherlock – Skerries RFC
Metropolitan Area Nominee – Eamonn O’Grady – Garda RFC
Senior Clubs Nominee – Anthony Larkin – MU Barnhall RFC
South East Area Nominee – Tommy Doyle – Carlow RFC
North Midlands Area Nominee – Roger Anderson – Athy RFC
“All those nominated have played Junior rugby and all are great stalwarts of their respective clubs and great ambassadors for the game of rugby,” said the Leinster Rugby website.