FARNHAM KNIGHTS CELEBRATE SUCCESS AT ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT
1st October 2018
After a long, and at times challenging, 2018 season the Farnham Knights came together to celebrate as youth and senior players, staff and family gathered at Farnham Rugby Club for the annual awards night. No pads were in sight, as players pulled out their Sunday best, with some even donning a cowboy hat or carrying a cane for added measure. Beer and laughter flowed, with everyone having a chance to catch up after a few weeks apart, whilst dining on BBQ food kindly provided by Peter Hill.
Having eaten and taken their seats, it was time for the winners of the Junior Awards to be announced. First was the Junior Lettman Award, which is awarded to the member of the organisation who has gone above and beyond to help the junior teams. The much-deserved winner was Laura Hill, who has taken a step back from playing this year but dedicated her time to helping the club develop. Laura has done an incredible amount for the Knights in 2018 from coaching the junior team, managing the club finances and ensuring the smooth running of the organisation as a whole. Both junior and senior players alike cannot thank Laura enough for everything she has done for the team this year, and winning the Lettman Award was the players’ way of showing their gratitude.
Next was the junior Most Valuable Player (MVP), with players and coaches voting for the person they felt personified a Knight on and off the field. Dominating on both offence and defence, and becoming a stand-up leader, one young man stood above the rest; Reece Johnson. The coaching staff are looking forward to helping Reece develop not only as a player, but as a man, and with so much potential the senior team cannot wait for Reece to come of age. Reece, who is currently at army preparation college as he looks for a career in the military, gracefully accepted his award by focusing on the other youth players instead of himself, which epitomises this exceptional talent.
Following the MVP award, came the Coaches Award. This award is presented to the player who Coach Pete “Too Tall” Fields and his staff felt gave their all to the club, and has been at practice week in and week out throughout the season. With plenty of players showing potential for this award, Josh Sharp was given the accolade, as his growth throughout the year personified what the coaches were looking for.