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2017 Season Award Winners

The Double: Rob Jelly takes home two awards for his contribution to the senior Offense.

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 info@essexspartans.co.uk 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

MVPs

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

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Only a few days from their opening game of the 2017 season, aspirations are high for the Essex Spartans seniors as they hope for a winning season and a return to the playoffs.

Following a frustrating 2016 campaign that saw just two victories from ten games in a multitude of circumstances and tight score lines, the Thurrock-based outfit have dusted themselves off and are looking forward to big things. Continue reading ““It’s time to return to playoff football,” says Coach Seán”

Guest Blog: Liz Speaks

I’m a woman who plays American football.

For a men’s team. It’s not exactly what I set out to do, or planned on happening, but it’s how things have turned out. And what has really surprised me is that it’s been ok. Not exactly the training, that can be bloody hard graft at times, especially motivating myself to go for a run or do weights at 5 in the morning. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Liz Speaks”