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Senior Players Awards Evening 2013/14

Derby RFC’s Senior Player Presentation Awards for the 2013/14 season took place at the Club on the 9th May. Attendees included the 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, Ladies XV, Vets XV and Guest Speaker Scott Hamilton.

1st XV Coaches Player

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Tom Taylor-Dawes

1st XV Players’ Player

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Tom Taylor-Dawes

Young Player of the Season

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George Castledine

2nd XV Players’ Player

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Jake Barker

3rd XV Player of the Season

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Davy Thomas

Ladies XV Coaches Player

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Louise Brockwelle

Vets XV Best Newcomer

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Barend Gildenhuys

Vets XV Player of the Year

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Dave Bussell

Vets XV Trevor Lafferty Award

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Stu Cormack

Vets XV Honorary Lifetime Captaincy

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Trevor Lafferty

Additional Award recipients who were unable to attend the Presentation night were:

2nd XV Coaches Player: Jack Coombs

Ladies XV Players’ Player: Kat Moss

Guest Speaker and Awards Presenter: Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton (born 4 March 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays for Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership. He previously played for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Canterbury in the NPC. He can play both on the wing or at fullback.

Unlike many of his peers, Scott did not feature in age group teams in his development years. In fact, while at school at Christchurch Boys High School, Scott could not make his 1st XV, instead playing in the 3rd XV. However, with his skill set, and at the end of the Crusaders and Canterbury backlines, it was considered by most rugby pundits to be a formality that Scott would eventually go on to higher honours – a point alluded to by his nickname FABSH (Future All Black Scott Hamilton). Indeed, it was a surprise to many that it took as long as it did for him to be named in the All Black squad for the first time. He was named in the All Blacks squad to play Ireland. All Blacks coach Graham Henry said of Scott’s All Black selection, “We like the way he anticipates, he’s got a good feel for the game in the back three. He reads the play well. He’s got a huge work rate and he’s deserved selection”.

Due to an injury to All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, Scott was promoted from the bench of the 2006 mid year series against Ireland, to the starting 15 for the Argentina test. This was Scott’s All Black début, and he celebrated it by scoring a match winning try in the second half.

Scott signed a contract with Leicester Tigers in 2008 and he also plays cricket at Kibworth CC.