Our Annual End of Season Awards may have been moved to a Friday night this year but it was certainly full of the usual fun and games!
Kevin 'Piggsy' McCann kept the evening moving along as our Master of Ceremonies and opened up the night with some light hearted jokes.
The new feature of this years awards was our Bulls Team of the Year which was the first announcement of the night. This team was complied completely from our public vote and the winning team can be found below.
The 1st award of the night swiftly followed with the presentation of our Training Group MVP. Stevie Anderson presented this award to Ethan Aiken.
Following the presentation of this award Stevie Anderson presented the 2nd award of the night for Training Group of the Year which was presented to The Springboks. Springboks team captain, Scott Whitelaw received the award along with some of the Springboks team.
Always a favourite of the night, Try of the Year was next! 16 glorious tries scored by Bulls teams this year were up for the accolade and voting began as Nick’s meal started being served.
Once the voting had finished and the meal was finished, MC Pigg announced the winning try which was scored by Grant McCowan against Gala on the opening day of the season! The winning try can be seen below.
Then onto the first team award of the night, 3XV Most Improved Player of the year. There was 3 people up for the award...Kelson Adams, Daniel Dillion and Mark Boyle. The winner was Daniel Dillion who had 45.2% of the public vote.
3XV Player of the year was between Chris Lawrie, Ross Bryan and Danny McLean. The winner with 42.5% of the vote was Chris Lawrie.
From there there was a presentation to 4 players. Scott Whitelaw and Darren Carr for making their 50th 1XV appearances this season and then Greg Richardson and Scott Alexander who had made their 100th 1XV appearances this season. David Gemmell presented them with their ties and caps.
Next up was our 2XV awards.
There was 3 nominations for 2XV Most Improved. They were Callum Trim, Kieran Grainger and Dominic McRoberts. With 48.3% of the vote the winner was announced as Dom McRoberts.
2XV Player of the Year was between Ryan McIlroy, David Lopez and Euan Whelan. This was the tightest vote so far but with 39.7% of the vote David Lopez won. David wasn’t present on the night but did leave a video message for the crowd. Unfortunately due to a technical hitch, Kevin McCann had to read the transcript to the masses.
The last two awards of the evening involved our 1XV and were presented by David Gemmell.
1XV Most Improved was between Greg Richardson, Scott White and Ethan Aitken. With 40.4% of the vote, Greg Richardson picked up the award.
Then onto the big one. 1XV Player of the Year! The 3 people up for this award were Ben Plant, Scott Alexander and Hugo Crush. With 40% of the vote the winner was Hugo Crush! Hugo was clearly delighted when he picked up his award and spoke highly about his experiences of playing with Hamilton Bulls.
Piggsy McCann rounded off the evening congratulating everyone who had picked up awards and spoke about why Hamilton is a great place to play rugby before passing the mic to Club Captain, Mark Wallace.
Mark spoke about how hard it was to announce his recent retirement and why he chose to play for Hamilton. He thanked everyone for making him so welcome in the club and echoed Piggsy about why Hamilton is the best place to play rugby. He then ended the evening by leading a sing song with the crowd.
Massive well done to everyone who won awards and put in so much effort during what turned out to be a disappointing season. Don’t worry however, the Bulls will come back after the summer on the charge to put things right!
Special mention to Nick for the meal and to all our lovely lady volunteers and servers who helped get everything out on the night. Your help is very much appreciated!