Armstrong dedicates award to YM teammates

Lee Armstrong from Hawick YM with the National 2 Player of the Season award during the Scottish Rugby Union Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield, Edinburgh.
Lee Armstrong from Hawick YM with the National 2 Player of the Season award during the Scottish Rugby Union Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

LEE Armstrong claimed the National Division Two player-of-the-year award at Murrayfield last Friday night – and dedicated it to everyone at Hawick YM.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season in what was his first campaign at stand-off after moving from centre.

Armstrong amassed an amazing 276 points, with 15 tries, as the Redskins completed the league season unbeaten, while also reaching the Shield final.

He said: “Last season was a season to remember for me as it was my first season playing at stand-off and my first season as a goal-kicker.

“Going unbeaten and getting to Murrayfield were great highlights and I was lucky enough to share them with a great bunch of lads.”

And Armstrong admitted the honour at the national stadium last week could have gone to any one of his team-mates.

“From the YM this year, any of the players could have won it as we’ve been so strong as a team, but I guess I’m just lucky,” he said.

“I’d like to say thank you to the fans for supporting the team all season, they’ve been huge in helping us achieve what we have. And to the committee, without them there wouldn’t be a Hawick YM. And to the coaches who have been amazing in developing myself and the team’s rugby skills.”

Armstrong also gave an early indication that he would be back at Mansfield Haugh next season in National Division One. He added: “Hawick YM is the best club I’ve been at and I hope we have a season like this one next year.”

n At the YM player awards night last Friday night, Alistair Turnbull was named player of the year, while the supporters’ player of the year was Scott McLeod.