At the HKRU Awards Dinner, Sandy Bay's Tanya Dhar scooped up the Girl's Youth Coach of the Year Award for her work with the club's U14 girls team.
Laurel Dillon, Sandy Bay Girls Section Chair, was full of praise for this amazing acheivement. "Given that Tanya was in her first year of coaching, as head coach and had some dads with serious rugby experience beside her, not easy for an 18year old woman to handle - and handled that with aplomb. The U14 girls cleaned up. That her protégés turned up at the New Year's Day Tournament with giant “go Tanya”! sign is a testament to her leadership and rapport with players. She is the kind of leader we need more of in girls rugby."
Tanya shared her gratitude for the award, "It’s an honour to recognised by the HKRU and I am extremely thankful for the incredible support of the parents and the trust of the players. I feel privileged to be able to give back just a little bit to a club that has and continues to give me so much".
The Under 14 girls season:
- 30 players signed up this year and 25% player growth with 4 girls new to club rugby and 2 joining us from Monkeys
- Hugely diverse, with over 12 nationalities
- tight bunch of girls, best friends and sisterhood hugely contributed to their performance on the pitch
- U14G Division 1 15s League Champions
- U14G Division 1 7s Series Champions
- 12 girls or 40% made it to NAG 15's
- 10 girls or 33% got thru to the Performance 7s round of NAG
- 14 girls in NAG altogether, with 4 showcasing in the 7s
- AGIR7 Team 1 and Team 2 both got thru to the plate finals, both just loosing out, played some of their toughest rugby ever against the aussie teams
- Singapore Tour both teams played well with respectable performance, but no silverware
- Fantastic coaching and leadership from Tanya Dhar