The three Essex Spartans teams celebrated a successful 2017 season with their annual Awards Evening on Saturday 21st October.
It was a great evening for Under-19 player Ed Clark who picked up two awards, Special Teams MVP and Players’ Player of the Year voted for by his peers. Also taking home two awards for the Academy was Under-17 Aidan Langan whom won Players’ Player of the Year for the U17s and Overall Team MVP, whilst his brother Firenz won Defensive MVP for the U17 team.
Also winning a double in the senior ranks was WR/QB Rob Jelly, taking home Offensive Most Improved Player and Offensive MVP. Joining Aidan Langan in the Overall Team MVP categories for U19 was Lewis Hall and Nick Walter for the seniors.
All three teams will start recruitment again in November; anyone interested in joining should email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow our social media for Come and Try dates.
Full list of 2017 winners
TONY PALMER MAN OF THE YEAR: Billy Cronin
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (U17): Tommy Justice
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (U19): Daniel Naqvi
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Steve Cox
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Kayode Babatunde-Ige
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (U17): Charlie Mills
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (U19): Tom Grey
DEFENSIVE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (Seniors): Chris Button
OFFENSIVE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (Seniors): Rob Jelly
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Alfie Sharman
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Aaron Millar
COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U17): Adam Ridgewell
COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U19): Aaron Jackson
COACHES’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Seniors): Bill Guppy
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U17): Aidan Langan
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR (U19): Ed Clark
DEFENSIVE MVP (U17): Firenz Langan
OFFENSIVE MVP (U17): Dylan Sparks
OVERALL TEAM MVP (U17): Aidan Langan
DEFENSIVE MVP (U19): James Hardie-Davis
OFFENSIVE MVP (U19): John Rawlings
SPECIAL TEAMS MVP (U19): Ed Clark
OVERALL TEAM MVP (U19): Lewis Hall
DEFENSIVE MVP (Seniors): Festus Olu
OFFENSIVE MVP (Seniors): Rob Jelly
SPECIAL TEAMS MVP (Seniors): Norris Owusu
OVERALL TEAM MVP (Seniors): Nick Walter