Last night the club held its annual awards evening, at The Commercial in Armley, where Graham and Lorraine hosted the event and local Boxer Billy Pickles came along and handed out the prizes for us.
Bill Norfolk Award for Club Person of the Year – Steve Langton and Anne Hollin
This years winners Have gone the extra mile, the first winner, has run the kitchen on game days, and taking on some of our suppliers, despite suffering knee problems and other health issues.
The Second winner, has been at every club function and league meeting, stored equipment, made sure we got the balls back that disappeared in his street, and their enthusiasm despite the setbacks of the season.
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Mike Stephenson/Oliver Reed Fan Club Award – Top Try Scorer – Aaron Henry
This year’s top try scorer was also last years top try scorer, and stopped passing the ball to his nearest challenger, to ensure his place in the record books, with 24 tries.
Doug Barker Trophy – Top Points Scorer – Aaron Henry
This year’s winner, again was last year’s winner of this same award, but with a larger points tally as more teams turned up to face his wrath and sledging, with 24 tries and 60 goals, making a points total of 216.
Ron Cheney Award for Most Improved Player – Ben Maynard-Worrincy
This years winner, is in his second season with the club, coming off the bench last season to being one of the starting props this year, making some barnstorming runs and the one punch against Oulton raiders, this years most improved player.
Larry Keogh Trophy – Supporters Player of the Year – Aaron Henry
This years winner was the top pointers score in the last two years, as well as the top try scorer, and Run away winner among the supporters.
Roy Tinsley Memorial Trophy – Players Player of the Year –
The players voted for this award, as the name says. The player who has won this award, goes about their work quietly week in week out, taking the ball up endlessly, and tackling his heart out. The players player – Tom Langton
Colin Ellis Memorial Trophy – Coaches Player of the Year – Aidan Baranyi
Club Captain Brad Wilson said, “When Steve rang me up last week and told me he was giving the coaches player to this player, I couldn’t agree more. One of the toughest and best players I’ve played rugby with. Even though he’s guaranteed a yellow and red card every other week, I don’t think anyone could complain how this lad plays his rugby.
He does the hard work in d but also can score a try and make breaks out of nothing, which he’s done in the big games this year. An outstanding year for this fella. Your coaches player is Aidan Baranyi.”
The Dave Cromack Man of Steel Award – Tom Langton
Brad said “personally I think this is the top trophy which everyone wants to get. When Steve asked for a name for this award it was always going to be a high standard set by Kez Hudson last season. This player doesn’t get enough praise for the work and dedication he puts into his rugby. When the going gets tough he’s one of the first in to take a hit up, he puts the massive hits in defence and just doesn’t seem to feel any pain he’s just a Workhorse for the team.
I don’t think this lad has had a bad game all season. Defiantly one of the best and toughest players I’ve played with.
Another brilliant year at the Buffs for him and to play alongside him is a pleasure. Your man of steel this year is Tom Langton.”