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11 months ago By Sean Krauth

Nuneaton Old Edwardians RFC held their annual players’ dinner and awards night on Saturday 6th May 2017.

Prior to the evenings events kicking off, a table raffle organised by Eds player John Ley in memory of his father Alan raised £150 towards a donation split between Macmillan Nurses and Myton Hospice Charities, who both helped Alan during his fight with cancer.

The evening was compared by NOERFC director of rugby Steve Savage along with assistant coach Craig Quick.

Guests for the evening were Leicester Tigers player Lachlan ‘Locky’ McCaffrey, who was also the Eds head coach this season, and his team mate Mike Williams.

Locky & Mike presented the following awards:

  • 1st XV Coaches Player of the Year: Phil King
  • 1st XV Player's Player of the Year: George Parker
  • 1xt XV Most Improved Player: Zak Cooper
  • 1st XV Ties: George Parker (50), Ryan Singh (50), Dan Elkerton (50), Phil King (100), Ashley Kalnins (200), Craig Fielding (200)
  • Leading try scorer: Ashley Kalnins (12)
  • Leading points scorer: Tom Short (155)
  • Leading appearances: Luke Roberts (25/25)
  • 2nd XV Player of the Year: James Littlehales
  • 400 Club Games Ties: Nick Arnold, John Cox, Sean Krauth, Martin Perry
  • Ross Bodenham Memorial Trophy for Young Player of the Year: David Wilkins
  • Jack Hardy Memorial Trophy for Clubman of the Year: John Collins
  • Bob ‘Scratch’ Arnold Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Club: Bob Wykes

In addition, flowers were presented to club physios Wendy, Becca & Jo.

Stalwart bar staff Shanice and Connor received flowers and a bottle respectively.

Craig Quick was also presented with a bottle in recognition of his efforts as assistant coach.

After the awards had been presented there was an entertaining Q&A session with Locky McCaffrey and Mike Williams, some of the questions from the floor in particular were somewhat different to those that usually get posed to Locky & Mike by the likes of BT Sport!

About Lachlan McCaffrey

  • DOB: 17th Mar 1990
  • Birthplace: Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Height: 1.93 m (6' 4")
  • Weight: 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
  • Position: Back Row

A former Australia Under-20s representative, back-rower Lachlan McCaffrey gained his first Premiership experience at London Welsh before joining Tigers in the summer of 2015.

Playing at flanker or No8, McCaffrey’s form in the 2015/16 season took him to starting appearances in the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup semi-finals as well as being shortlisted for Player of the Year and Best Newcomer in the supporters’ awards and a nomination for Players’ Player.

From a family of 11 siblings, Lachlan played club rugby with Eastwood and earned Australia Under-20s honours at the 2010 World Junior Championships before spells with Waratahs, Western Force and the Brumbies ahead of the move to England in 2014/15.

About Mike Williams

  • DOB: 4th Nov 1991
  • Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Height: 1.96 m (6' 5")
  • Weight: 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
  • Position: Lock / Back Row

Born in Bulawayo and brought up in Zimbabwe, Mike Williams joined Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2015 and made an immediate impact with his abrasive ball-carrying and strength in defence.

Comfortable at lock or flanker, Williams collected man-of-the-match awards in successive TV fixtures at the start of the 2015/16 campaign but then broke a bone in his forearm in the win at Worcester in December and broke it again in his return to action at Sale in January, ending his season five months early.

English-qualified, Williams joined Tigers from Worcester Warriors after playing his way into the Championship Dream Team for 2014/15 on the way to a promotion play-off final win over Bristol.

Updated 21:56 - 9 May 2017 by Sean Krauth

Where next?

NOERFC AGM 2017 Held at the club, 7.30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
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