Friday 19th May saw the Annual Luctonians Senior Players Dinner & Awards take place at Mortimer Park, with a variety of players and volunteers honoured and recognised for their contributions to the club over the course of the 2016-17 season.

Brett Prior, Lead Coach, started the proceedings with a recap of the RMS Colts season and then the presentation of awards to James Rutherford for Most Improved Player and Joe Whitehead for Colts Contribution of the Year, whilst Connor Deignan scooped both the Colts Players’ Player of the Season and the Player of the Season gongs. 

Conor Deignan

Connor Deignan with First Team Captain Alex Smith (L) and Colts Coach Brett Prior (R)

In the Senior Reserve Sides, Dale Gammage won Foxhounds Player of the Season, whilst Harry Whiteman picked up 2nd XV Most Improved Player and Conor Geraghty won the Tim Dines Memorial 2nd XV Player of the Season Award.

Dale Gammage (L) with Dave Curd

Dale Gammage (L) with Foxhounds Captain, Dave Curd

Conor Geraghty (L) with Alex Smith

Conor Geraghty (R) with First Team Captain ,Alex Smith

At 1st XV level Will Hodnett was the Top Try Scorer of the Season, whilst Frank Kelly picked up the 1st XV Most Improved Player Award after a very impressive season in the Outside Centre channel. 20 year old Joe White, having played all 30 games last season at Tighthead Prop won the 1st XV Player of the Season Award for being the cornerstone of the side. 

Joe White (R) with Alex Smith

Joe White (R) with First Team Captain, Alex Smith

Emma Hamby and Dan Smith were joint winners of the Clubman of the Year Award for their respective and collective contributions to Luctonians.

Emma Hamby and Daniel Smith with Chairman, Simon Whiteman (Centre)

Emma Hamby and Daniel Smith
with Chairman, Simon Whiteman (Centre)

The Alacadoo of the Year Award went to Jon White, who had travelled to every 1st XV Away Match during the 2016/17 season.

Jon White (L) with First Team Captain, Alex Smith

Jon White (L) with First Team Captain, Alex Smith

Special presentations were made to Dan Smith and Joe Doyle, for their service to the 1st XV as they both depart to pastures new. Smith was also capped for his record 150 National League appearances.

Joe Doyle (R) with First Team Captain, Alex Smith

Joe Doyle (R) with First Team Captain, Alex Smith

Daniel Smith

Dan Smith

In his emotional speech, Dan Smith paid tribute to Alex Davidson, former 1st XV player, captain, coach and latterly Director of Rugby, who left the club during the recent restructure.