The curtain came down on another season of progress for London Scottish last Friday at the End of Season Dinner.
Always an enjoyable occasion, the evening saw a string of awards dished out.
Caledonia Best Taste of Scotland Supporters' Player of the Year Award Mark Bright, 42%. Honourable mention to Tom Francis 22% and Mike Doneghan 21%.
Cameron Johnston Award: Doug Cowie
Try of the Season: Miles Mantella v Ealing Trailfinders – click here to view all the contenders.
Stanners Cup, 1st XV Top Try Scorer of the Season: Miles Mantella just beat Mark Bright in a contest that went to the final match, 22 tries to 22 (all competitions).
Robertson Cup, 1st XV Top Points Scorer of the Season: Dan Newton, 111 points, narrowly ahead of Lee Millar and Miles Mantella on 110.
1st XV Players' Player of the Season: Mark Bright. Incomparable again and short listed for the Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year award.
Club Captain 2011 – 14: Lewis Calder
Scotland Under 20 Captain, 2013/14: Tommy Spinks
Supporter of the Year: Stuart Fenton, an ever present home and away.
Outstanding Contribution to Junior Rugby: Graeme Hepworth. U7s coach and although relatively new to mini rugby he has also been a key man in handling a big influx of kids into the early years. Our biggest influx of players at this level for some years.
Club Volunteer of the Season: Jim McElvenny International tickets.
Rugby Volunteer of the Season: Euan Ferguson is retiring as u15s coach but this is his second run through coaching at all junior levels. He will remain a general organiser and supporter. As head teacher at Isleworth and Syon school he has helped the professional team out by inviting them to use the school’s 3G all weather pitch when the RAA has been shut.
Extra B’s Player of the Season: Nick Dunne
Claymores XV Player of the Season: Toni Darling, a winger with raw talent who has applied himself and improved greatly this season finishing as top try scorer with several hat tricks included.
Highlanders XV Player of the Season: Ben Pattenden, a scrum half who is from Australia, Ben played and trained with the 1stXV when Jamie Stevenson was injured. He took that experience back to the Highlanders and was outstanding as a player and leader.
Junior Academy Player of the Season: Charlie Currie. Can play any position in the front row and has played up with the Senior academy and is in the Scottish Exiles programme. An outstanding leader who has a great future if he keeps up the work rate he has shown this year.
Most Improved Junior Academy Player of the Season: Tom Henfrey. A player with an outstanding attitude to the game he has played everywhere in the scrum starting at prop and moving to lock and back-row. We don’t know where his best position will be but he will be a man you always want in your team.
Senior Academy Player of the Season: Harry McCartney. A classic openside flanker the turnover king has the best work rate in the team and is as tough and tenacious as they come.
Most Improved Senior Academy Player of the Season: Maurice Nwakor. A raw talent when he arrived at London Scottish, he has progressed tremendously this season. He has had a trial for the English SW Counties and although only 19 he has really impressed when training with the 1st XV.
Team of the Season: The Claymores, 63% win percentage.