Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade Old Boys – Team of the Year

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STUNNED officials from Boys’ Brigade Old Boys (BBOB) could not believe they had won the crown of team of the year.

It was a close-run category with excellence to boast of in three different sports.

Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys players Anthony Egglestone and Peter Howe(right) with the Team of the Year trophy and Neil Taylor, a Partner at Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors who sponsored the category.

Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys players Anthony Egglestone and Peter Howe(right) with the Team of the Year trophy and Neil Taylor, a Partner at Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors who sponsored the category.

But as BBOB past club skipper Anthony Egglestone explained: “When we were invited to the night, we thought it would be to just have a good evening and enjoy the night.”

Current club skipper Peter Howe said: “We thought we could only compare ourselves to other rugby clubs, so to win against other sports was really amazing.”

The BBOB rugby team started last season in Durham and Northumberland Division Three. They finished the season as champions of the league, winning all 22 matches with a 100 per cent record. Not only that, they completed the League and Cup double by beating South Tyneside College in the final of the Durham County Plate.

Judges praised the winners as being a real grass roots club in a town with a significant rugby history, and with a strong presence in that town.

They also heralded the team for developing sustainability within sport and for bringing people with a wide span of ages together.

They agreed it was a close-run call between all the finalists but gave the award to BBOB for achieving so much, including the 100 per cent record in the league last season.

Also shortlisted:

High Tunstall Football Under 16s

Hartlepool College of Further Education Golf Academy