Play­ers’ su­perb sea­sons are hon­oured at cer­e­mony

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

THE Halton Spar­tans of­fi­cially closed their 2017 sea­son last week with their an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion even­ing held at the Ever­glades Park Ho­tel.

The for­mal af­fair saw coaches, play­ers and off field staff recog­nised for their ef­forts dur­ing the cam­paign with ev­ery­one look­ing ahead to the 2018 sched­ule.

The first award pre­sented was the Rookie Of The Year, spon­sored by New­lyns Health­care. An award ded­i­cated to new play­ers who have no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing the sport, the 2017 rookie in­take saw mul­ti­ple con­tenders who had each made a big im­pact on the sea­son. An award cho­sen by the coaches, the win­ner was de­fen­sive back Josh Jack­son.

Dur­ing the sea­son Jack­son pro­vided the de­fence with 15 solo tack­les, eight tackle as­sists, one in­ter­cep­tion and five forced fum­bles – one of which he re­turned for a touch­down.

Next saw cen­tre Liam Tam­ber take most im­proved player, voted by the play­ers.

Tam­ber made the switch from left tackle to cen­tre af­ter Jay John­son suf­fered a knee in­jury that left him on the side­line for the cam­paign. From then on Tam­ber was able to go from strength to strength, largely down to his work ethic on and off the prac­tice field.

Spe­cial Teams Player Of The Year went to run­ning back Alex Martin, who was able to claim his sec­ond award in two years. Martin, who played a ver­sa­tile role this past sea­son cov­er­ing po­si­tions on of­fence, de­fence and spe­cial teams, be­came the first player to claim an MVP award in all three units dur­ing the length of one sea­son.

Of­fence Player Of The Year, as voted by coaches, was scooped up by tight end Steven Nor­ton. He es­tab­lished him­self as ‘Mr Re­li­able’ dur­ing 2017 with his size, catch­ing abil­ity and his tena­cious run block­ing.

Of­fence Play­ers’ Player was handed to vet­eran wide re­ceiver Tim Parr, who came to the Spar­tans this year from the Mersey­side Nighthawks and quickly showed the qual­ity he was able to bring with him from play­ing in the coun­try’s top di­vi­sion.

Ar­guably the big­gest suc­cess story of the night saw de­fen­sive line­man Dave Quinn claim both De­fence Player Of The Year, and De­fence Play­ers’ Player Of The Year.

Lead­ing the team with 11 to­tal sacks this sea­son it’s easy to see why Quinn was recog­nised by both coaches and play­ers alike for his tenac­ity on the field.

Speak­ing this week, Spar­tans gen­eral man­ager, Ian Der­byshire, said: “The event was another fan­tas­tic night for the Spar­tans or­gan­i­sa­tion, and the win­ners de­serve ev­ery bit of recog­ni­tion they have re­ceived. We are now able to be­gin with our 2018 plans, start­ing with our se­nior team open try outs in Novem­ber.

“If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing the team in any ca­pac­ity, please do get in touch by any of our so­cial me­dia plat­forms for more in­for­ma­tion. Here’s to a bright fu­ture at the Spar­tans!”

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