2 years ago
By Jase Grant MBE
Crusaders fantastic season recognised at the North East Rugby League Awards night.
Having had a fantastic season in which junior playing numbers have rocketed by a massive 84% from 69 to 121 players and with a resurgent Open Age side, Catterick Crusaders eagerly awaited the North East Rugby League Awards night which was hosted by Newcastle Thunder at Kingston Park Stadium.
Across the 11 different award categories for the evening, Crusaders had 9 nominees and it wasn't long before Crusaders bagged their first award with Jeremy Civil taking the U12's Player of the Year.
A short time later the nominees for the U16's Plate Competition Player of the Year were announced, and this time skipper Cole Potts was successful.
Moving away from player awards, Crusaders were hopeful of success in both the Volunteer of Year and Junior Coach of the Year categories. Our hopes were realised with Jason Grant claiming Volunteer of the Year and Jason Batey and Steve O'Reilly taking the Junior Coach of the Year award for their outstanding efforts with the U14's who finished Runners Up in the U14's Championship despite consisting of mainly Year 8 players.
The evening itself was a huge success, and not just for Crusaders. Newcastle Thunder did a fantastic job in hosting which reflected a great response by the community clubs in their appetite for such an event. Over 200 people filled the Platinum Suite at Kingston Park and were thoroughly entertained by a great compare, a fantastic presentation and guest speakers.
Crusaders are not yet done with awards events, and will shortly be hosting their own. On Saturday 08 October the club will get together at Club Louis in Catterick Garrison for their Junior Awards, sponsored by Seaton Spring, with an expected 200+ attendees. The day starts at 11am and as well as the awards, there will be the season review for parents and a short film to reflect on our achievements which, will hopefully will raise more than the odd smile. We also have a Rugby Rugby Rodeo and Bouncy Castle booked. Fresh from leading Newcastle Thunder to Championship 1 Shield glory in his inaugural season, Thunder Head Coach, Mick Mantelli will be on hand to dish out the prizes the worthy recipients as well as the medals to all our Cubs, U8's and U10's.
Updated 11:31 - 22 Sep 2016 by Jase Grant MBE