SPORTS AWARDS: They’re simply the BBOB best

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THEY won everything in an action-packed season.

And now the brilliant lads at Hartlepool Boys Brigade Old Boys Rugby Club could be just one step away from another honour.

They have become the first entrants in this year’s Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards – and they are early contenders for Team of the Year.

Proud Sarah Corkin, 29, whose husband Chris, 29, plays for the team, put the lads forward for the honour.

She said: “They have done fantastically well.

“They completely turned their game around, got a few new players in and their dedication and hard work has really paid off.”

Picking up the trophy would be just reward for the outfit which won the Durham Northumberland Division 3 last season.

The team, which plays at the Old Friarage in Hartlepool, did it with a perfect record of played 22, won 22.

To top off a great year, they also won the Durham Trophy by beating South Tyneside College in the final at Hollow Drift, Durham City.

The turnaround came in a year when the team took on three new player-coaches in Gareth Foreman, Darren Smith and Andrew Lilley.

Sarah added: “This has been a huge turnaround compared to previously when they sometimes couldn’t get a team out.” She has extra reason to feel proud as her father, Arthur Coulson, is also an ex-player.

We’re off to a great start in our search for sporting stars but we want more people to enter.

There are 13 categories.

l Team of the Year;

l Sportsperson Special Achievement Award

l Disabled Sports Person Award

l Disabled Team of the Year

l Contribution to Disability Sports Award

l Sports Official/Referee Award

l Coach of the Year Award

l Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award

l Club of the Year Award

l Lifetime Achievement Award

l Sports Personality of the Year Award

l Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

l Inspire Award.

To nominate a person or group, fill in the form on this page or visit the Hartlepool Mail website at and click on the link to the awards.