Saturday, 20 August 2022

Hall and Emery scoop top awards

HENLEY Rugby Club held their annual end of season club awards evening at their clubhouse after

HENLEY Rugby Club held their annual end of season club awards evening at their clubhouse after the final Hawks match of the season.

Director of rugby Nigel Dudding introduced the winners of the awards for every section of the club.

For the Hawks, who were relegated to National Division 2 South, Tom Hall was named player of the year and Tom Emery supporters’ players of the year.

Louis Flynn, Chris Knight and Simon Annan were named player of the year for the Bulls, Vikings and Bears respectively. The player of the season award for the colts side was shared between Charlie Perry and Tom Cridland.

Rob Heginbotham gave a presentation on the successful Vultures side in which Mark Venner picked up the captain award, Chris Darke the player of the year award, David O’Leary the most improved player award and Ashley Gow the coach of the year.

For the women’s side Annette Tomas was named player’s player of the year, Emma Tadman coaches’ player of the year and Jennie Balmer most improved player of the year.

Special awards were presented to Hawks’ Tom Allen for outstanding player/captain and Alex Burke for outstanding team manager. Allen retired from the game after playing 153 matches for the Hawks, scoring 44 tries in the process and being involved in two promotions for the club since he joined in 2011 from Rotherham.

Whilst relegation of the Hawks was acknowledged to be disappointing Mark Venner announced the various successes the Dry Leas club has achieved this season. The colts finished runners-up of the Southern Counties league with six players having made their way up from the Henley U6s age group. Two of the players have already tasted senior rugby – Tom Bartlett (second row) with the Hawks and Toby Venner with the Bulls.

At the other end of the scale the establishment of a regular Vets team saw them win the Oxfordshire Floodlit Cup.

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