Over 80 past and present Saracens players and friends celebrated the 2013 season at the annual awards banquet held at the Ormstown Rec Centre on December 7th.
The centre was transformed into a festive party thanks to the decorating efforts of several members, primarily from the ladies’ team. Christmas lights, candles, helium balloons and a photo display with props set the mood. Music for the party was supplied by DJ Kadillac.
This year the Saracens had 1 women’s team, 2 men’s teams, U18 girls’ team, U18 and U14 boys’ team, as well as the mini-rugby program (mixed teams for kids U12 and U10). After two challenging seasons, the Lady Saracens were made the FRQ Division 1 Champions in August, in Quebec City, and hold the triple-crown of 7s tournament titles: John Jones, Quebec Fall League, and the New York 7s social division! While the men’s teams had a more up-and-down season, they made a comeback late in the season, and made it into the playoffs.
On the women’s side, the following players were recognized for their dedication and talent. Winners were selected by votes submitted by current players.
MVP: Chloe Duncan
Runner-Up MVP: Erika Hamilton
Rookie of the Year: Tasha Duncan
Women’s MIP: Jaelle Marlier
3-D: Crystal McCormick
The winners on the men’s side were:
MVP: Shawn Blair
Runner-Up MVP: Matt Hancox
2nd Team MVP: Luc “Ming” Royal
Rookie of the Year: Mathieu Theoret
MIP: Brett Bohemen
The following individuals were recognized for their commitment to the club, and could be selected from the men or women involved in the club:
Rob Beattie Award: Josh Blair
Dennis Hargreaves Trophy for Member at Large: Jeannie Bryson
Most Sociable Award: Shawn Blair
Hugh Maynard Award for Hardest Worker: Gael Dulude
The Saracens also welcomed Patrick Bourdeau-Collum and Douglas Murdoch to the Hall of Fame, for their contributions to building the women’s team.
Wishing all the Saracens, past, present, and future, very happy holidays! Stay safe!