At an HKRU event over the weekend, Sandy Bay scrumhalf Liam Slatem, was awarded the International Players Player of Year Award – capping off a massive season in which he captained Hong Kong and the South China Tigers as well as being instrumental in the turnaround of Sandy Bay’s Premiership season, scoring a try in the Grand Championship final and lifting the trophy for the first time with his teammates.
“I’m very honoured to have received the Players Player award for the 2018/19 season. As a squad, we have all put in a lot of hard work over the past twelve months and have achieved some good results. There was definitely a fair number of guys deserving of this award, but of course I am very grateful to have been acknowledged.”, said Slatem from his Sai Kung retreat.
At the same event, Rory Crombie, a Sandy Bay age grade player picked up International Referee of the Year – an incredible achievement for this talented young 18 year old.
Slatems Award adds to the cluster of domestic awards earned by the club at the HKRU Annual Awards Dinner including Men’s Player of the Year (Luke van der Smit), Men’s Coach of the Year (Brett Wilkinson), Youth Girls Coach of the Year (Tanya Dhar) and Youth Boys Coach of the Year (Cam Adams). Crombie also won the Referee of the Year award.