It's been a great year, the lads learned so much and performed so much better than anyone expected. At the end of the year Awards dinner, along with some of the usual gag awards we handed out. There were some serious awards that begins the tradition that I hope lasts for many years.
Some of the gag awards that were handed out were:
Think Before You Talk - Erbold Uran
Run Strait - Sean Harris (again)
Glutton for Purnishment - Steven Shaffer
All State Good Hands - Dominic Prestia
Brain Fart - Luke Taran
The first of many serious awards that were handed out were: Note all of these awards were voted on by the members of the UT Dallas Rugby Football Club.
Rookie of the Year - Forwards - Ben Bales
Rookie of the Year - Backs - Cameron Broussard
Most Valuable Forward (Tie) Sean Harris and Anthony (AJ) Paradowski
Most Valuable Back - Nathan Sohadaseni
Most Inspirational - Steven Hale
Some of the parents we'd like to thank for all of their support, David Shaffer, Heather and John Bradshaw, Christine and Dominic Prestia, Anita Didier and Diane and Walter Taran. Thank you for everything you've done for this club.
The last person I'd like to thank wasn't able to attend the dinner, but without his help and support this club wouldn't have been the club we became. Thank you Chris McAlpine, your tireless effort and work made this club what it is today.
As a whole, I'd like to thank every member of the University of Texas Rugby Football Club, while I only developed the practice sessions, you ran them and learned from them. While I made up the rosters for each match, you took what you learned from practice and applied them on the field when it counted. There were many times you could have packed it in and walked away, but you didn't and it showed. You guys never gave up, you played the game the way it's supposed to be played, with courage, dignity, respect for your team, respect for your opponents and the game itself. THANK YOU
I will post the web site for Kayli Lopez so anyone wanting to purchase pictures she took in Nebraska will be able to contact her and order for yourself.
Kayli, if you see this, I didn't mean to omit you but thank you for traveling with us to Nebraska it meant a lot to us to have you along and the photos you took are great. I realize we kind of threw you into a group where you didn't know anyone, but you adapted quite well and I hope you enjoyed yourself with us as much as we enjoyed having you along with us.