Hawick Linden received the Fraser James Partnership Ltd award at their club presentation evening last week.
Captain Barry Sutherland and outgoing president Rob Black received the trophy from Borders Rugby TV’s Stuart Cameron on behalf of Fraser Brydon from the Galashiels-based company who was on holiday in Spain.
This was the first time the new trophy was awarded, and it will go annually to the Borders team from East League 1, 2 and 3 which accumulates the most league points in a season. This campaign nine local sides were in contention – and Linden pipped Hawick Harlequins to the trophy with 77 points from their 18 matches in East League 2. Both Hawick teams were promoted as a result.
It was a great season too for full back Nathan Murray who bagged 23 tries. He received a trophy, sponsored by life member Bill Russell, as well as a medal, which was given to all the players in recognition of their achievements. These were presented by life members Bill Young and George Storey, who had also sponsored the awards.
Cameron, who compiles the Borders Rugby Rankings, told TheSouthern: “To make things fair it’s important to use a system whereby all teams play the same amount of games at their own level, so the 18 games each club plays in the East League in all divisions made it easy to keep a rankings list – and Linden came out on top.
“The trophy, which is given to the Borders team from the eight top-ranked clubs, has been won by Premiership and Championship clubs over the last five years, so it shows any club which has a good season can win.”
He added: “We look forward to putting the spotlight on the East League in the future.”
Black was also presented with a tankard which was presented by his wife, Moira.