Thank you and good night.

The Senior Colts participated with full commitment in last night’s Annual Player’s Dinner with a terrific turn out for a very enjoyable evening. Great to see such a magnificent  display of hair styles and the return of friends for the end of season gathering, in particular Kayne McNally who departed in January to enlist in the RAF and who travelled back from training at Tring to join with his 18 team mates for the traditional ridicule and refreshments.

Colts Players recognised during the presentation included Callum Baines, Connor James, Leon Simpson, Reece Walker, Ben Mosley who were all selected to represent our fine county of Lancashire this season; and Washy Waring for his unwavering contribution to our notable disciplinary record.

2016/17 U18 Senior Colts Player’s Player Award – Fin Cox.  Reliably one of the first names on the team sheet every week; a determined and permanent fixture in our combative front row this season, Fin played every game and attended every training session. With outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the team, on and off the field, when times were tough, he dug in. One of the youngest members of the combined squad, he displayed impressive maturity this season. With all the attributes of a future leader, a potential future Eccles captain, he’s earned the respect of his coaches and clearly has the respect of his teammates as they voted him their player’s player.

2016/17 U18 Senior Colts Coaches’ Player Award –  Captain Cameron Higgingbottom.  Back in September, Cami stepped up and took responsibility for the captain’s role (in fact he asked for it) and continued to be a confident, dependable, exemplary leader for the remainder of the season, missing just two games and playing through pain and injury on more than one occasion. The character, maturity and exceptional commitment he displayed in regularly travelling by train from the Midlands every Sunday to play in home and away fixtures impressed his coaches. Despite the numerous disappointing results the Colts suffered, he maintained a positive, undeterred, go forward attitude. Cami will run though a brick wall for you (one look at his face will give you an indication of how many times he’s done it for the Colts this season). A vocal encourager, a destructive ball carrier and fearless try scorer, Cameron has also added referee charming and conflict pacification to his game this season. For all these qualities, and the gifts of Guinness, he’s earned the admiration of his coaches and a trophy for the cabinet he’ll soon be building for himself.

With Cami, Rory, Mike, Callum, Zak, Washy, Kyle and Damola all making their Eccles Senior team debuts this season, the progression of Colts at the club looks promising for next year.