Hunslet Hawks: Normington claims awards double

Jake Normington.
Jake Normington.
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CENTRE OR SECOND-ROW Jake Normington has been named Hunslet Hawks’ player of the year.

The former East Leeds amateur, who had a spell in Leeds Rhinos’ academy, rejoined Hunslet for a second stint at the start of 2016.

He also shared the players’ player of the year award, with George Flanagan.

Flanagan, whose previous clubs include Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers, was another dual-winner, taking the supporters’ player of the year honour.

The most improved player trophy was also shared, by Lewis Reed and Danny Ansell. Jimmy Watson won the Joan and Ronnie Fletcher award and Richie Barnett picked up the top try scorer prize, with 17 touchdowns. Top tackler was Daniel Williams at the end of his first season with Hunslet.

Geoff Creswick picked up the Gavin Stewart Memorial award for his volunteering efforts as well as running the supporters’ coach to away games in 2016.

Club person of the year was Peter Todd. Todd has been a stalwart of Hunslet since fans took over the running of the organisation and chairman Neil Hampshire said: “The club would not be here without him.”

The awards evening was the last under the Hawks name. The club is now known as Hunslet RLFC.