Award winners take a bow

AWARD WINNERS: A number of the winners from the 13th Sports Academy awards dinner held at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, last month
AWARD WINNERS: A number of the winners from the 13th Sports Academy awards dinner held at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, last month
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BURY Town’s Connor Hall was among the award winners at the 13th Sports Academy awards dinner held at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club at the end of May.

More than 80 guests attended the evening which was also enjoyed by players, Sports Academy staff and guests, who celebrated as another successful season came to a close.

The boys’ football squad were runners-up in their division behind Hartpury College and reached the national quarter final against Myerscough, while the girls’ football squad finished sixth in their league and reached the last 16 of the English Schools cup – a national competition.

The rugby squad were also runners-up in their division to Peterborough College, while the Netball squad finished sixth in their competitive league.

Hall picked up the outstanding achievement award after representing the England Colleges team, as well as breaking through into the Ram Meadow outfit’s first-team squad this season.

Players’ player of the year went to Ross Bailey, while James Walters received the under-18 player of the year award following a number of consistent performances in his first year with the team.

In the girls’ football, Georgie Bryant was given the outstanding achievement award after achieving excellent grades in her academic work as well as performing consistently well in goal throughout the year.

Players’ player of the year award went to Chelsea Edmead for the second consecutive year, following a successful campaign which saw her score 11 goals in 16 appearances.

Sam Bixby was the stand-out player from the rugby team as he scooped the outstanding achievement award, following his recent selection for the England Colleges squad. This is the second year in a row he has made the England team, and he also broke into the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club first team.

Players’ player of the year went to Jamie Cook, who in his first year of College has been one of the key players in the backline, setting the standard off the field by his indisputable training ethic, never missing a session.

And finally, in the netball, Elspeth Woodley, received the outstanding achievement award, while players’ player of the year went to Symone Bromley.