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Glenwood Defiance Rugby Football Club 2012 awards

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Note: Glenwood Defiance RFC is a local adult rugby club team

Most Valuable Back: Chris “Woodsie” Woods

Coach Bob Herrell’s comments: “Woodsie, I’ve only got two things to say to you, one, ‘… everyone knows that you were our most valuable back this year and you have been legendary since the day you walked on the pitch for us.’ Two, the only coaching advice I’ve ever given you, as you accept this award, ‘Do what you do.'”



Most Valuable Forward: Rich “Bumble” McDilda

Herrell’s words: “Our most valuable forward is a hot, steaming mess of a player on and off the pitch. He played three positions for us this year, sometimes all in one game. He squirms and squirts through holes, he wriggles and dives, he spins and twists, and uses his patented 2-foot high whirligig to avoid the 250-pounders who would love to smash him into the ground. He also maintains possession, makes tackles everywhere on the pitch, passes when he’s told to, and leads by example with his balls to the wall, every play, every second of every game full on effort. Even my mom noticed him, ‘Who’s that little guy that runs around in circles all the time?’ He is also fairly obnoxious at practice and worse at parties.”



Most Improved Player: Ike “Grumpy” Fitzgerald

Herrell’s words: “It is not often that we award Most Improved to a veteran. This year, however, we saw a longtime Defiance player step up his game with incredible fitness, and, most important, he led the kids with a positive attitude.”

Rookie of the Year: Dave “Boo-Boo” Crawford

Herrell’s words: “Every now and then, a player drops in from the sky that makes a difference on our team. This year, we had several. Rookie of the year was [tough] this year because we had so many newbies make such a difference on this team. …

“Boo-Boo shook the rust off like a dog shaking water and stepped up to take over the inside center spot. He played with broken ribs, a concussion and passion. Boo-Boo was awesome in defense and had more than one assist in offense because he shipped the ball with precision and impeccable timing; or, he banged in and set up rucks. He led the kids.”

Captains’ Award: Justin “Rookie” Bauer

Coach’s Award: Scott “Archie” Archuleta

Herrell’s words: “One of the coaching duties that I have is always a pleasure: I get to pick one guy who made a difference on our team and give him the Coach’s Award. Sometimes it is because of his selfless play, sometimes because of his generosity to the team in time, or effort, or attitude. Sometimes it’s because the team couldn’t get along without him, or might limp along in his absence. Sometimes it’s just because I think an overlooked guy should be recognized for his contributions to the team.

“This time, it is all of the above.”

Rugger-Hugger Extraordinaire: Courtney Dunn

Herrell’s words: “For your extremely hard work in keeping not one, but an entire gang of young ruggers out of trouble, for giving them rides all over the mountains, for putting up with their [nonsense], and, particularly, for dealing with Sparkles.”

Rugger-Hugger Lifetime Achievement: Melissa Walker

Herrell’s words: “For organizing everything from a condo to a 20-year reunion, for directing the children, feeding the children, taking care of the children, and doing so year after year for generations of Defiance players … “

Team Award: Special award given to the 2012 team for the heart it showed this year.

Herrell’s words: “We are putting up a team award in the Eagles for all of the players that went through this most difficult of years. Just like we discussed all season long, we don’t give up, we don’t cancel games, we play short if we have to, but above all, we play hard whether we have 15 or five. Against Steamboat, and against Aspen, the ref asked our captain if he should call the game early. I was not surprised when Sparkles responded with an obscenity laced ‘NO! We play it out to the last minute!’ Nobody on this extraordinary team disagreed.”


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