Greens hookerLindsay Gibson has this week expressed his delight at being named player of the year at Mansfield Park .
Gibson, who picked up the award at last Friday night’s end-of-season dinner, was a stand-out performer for Hawick this season, and played a major role in helping them secure their Premiership status for 2014/15.
A former Scotland under-17, 18 and 20s representative, Gibson told the Hawick News: “It’s a massive honour and surprise, and obviously any award is a nice way to end the season.
“I think most players would agree that this is one they’d rather win as it shows you have earned your teammates’ respect on the pitch.
“Although I have to say this award could have gone to several other players as a lot of boys have had a great season and are unlucky to miss out.”
Prop forward Liam Launders was named the Green Room’s player of the year, an award voted for by the members of the Green Room, who are fans of the club.
He said: “It was a massive surprise, and when my name was read out I was speechless. I’m honoured to receive it and it means a lot as the award is voted by the supporters of the club.”
Gibson and Launders admitted it had been a difficult year for the Greens, flirting with the prospect of relegation towards the end of the season, but both remain positive about 2014/2015, and insist the side can continue to be competitive at the top table of Scottich rugby.
“I think sixth is respectable in our first season back [in the Premiership] and we have shown that we can compete at this level throughout the year,” said Launders.
“We have also proved this year that we can compete with the top sides as we did the double over Heriot’s and pushed Ayr and Gala close.
And if we get some consistency to our game, I can see us really pushing sides again next season.”
Gibson added: “As a club we need to aim for as high a league place as possible.
“And we demonstrated in some of the close losses against top sides that we are not far away from reaching that top level and as a club it is where we want to be.”