A good crowd assembled in the club and immediately got to work on SpicyRhinos fiendish prize quiz. The players arrived, got stuck into the quiz themselves and signed autographs while posing for pictures. After giving the stragglers chance to arrive, the players got up on stage and were extensively grilled by SouthStander. Answers to questions set by posters, along with some from the floor, were answered openly and fully, to the appreciation of the audience.|
After a forty minute grilling, it was presentation time.
First up was stand-out Senior Academy player Lee Smith. Lee scored 21 tries in 18 appearances for the Senior Academy last season and impressed the judges.|
This season he has been part of the first team squad for the WCC and opening game, just failing to make the final seventeen. We expect big things of im this season in the first team as well as the Academy. Lee was presented with his award and keepsake by intrepid Academy reporter, Matthew Horton.
The main award of the night was to Danny McGuire, who required little introduction. Danny was presented with his Player of the Season award, voted for over all of the weekly Superleague rounds, by Man-of-the-Match 2004 Sponsor David Bywater. Danny thanked everyone for voting for him and said that he hoped that he could continue to be a part of a successful Rhinos side in 2005.
Matt Diskin and Wayne McDonald then assisted in the 2004 and 2005 Sponsors draws. Jill Bateson, Daniel Bates, and Edward Janiczeit won players shirts as 2004 sponsors, with Richard Heighton, Paul Wardley and Andrew Rowney winning Long Bar Season Passes as 2005 Sponsors.
All that remained was to present a cheque for Â£2,284.92 to the Danny Scott Fund, as a result of all the great fund raising that has taken place through SouthStander.com in 2004 (thanks to everyone who has been involved).
The raffle was then drawn, with El Barbudo winning the main prize, a fully signed new away shirt. He then genereously donated the shirt back to be auctioned for the '2005 Danny Scott Fund', a round of applause for Geoff for this kind gesture.
A fantastic night then, hopefully enjoyed by all, and capped by a viewing of the Grand Final on the big screen.
The next event will be on 7th March, when it will be an open house, at the same venue. for 'A Question of Rhinos', in support of Barrie McDermotts Testimonial year.