As the year is moving towards the end, it’s a good time to honour the two most outstanding players of the 2019 season. The “Bamboo of the Year Awards” is an annual prize for the best female and male player and has been introduced for the first time in 2018.
This year, the award for the best women’s player goes to Elaine Hughes, while co-captain Ben McStay has been awarded the trophy within the men’s squad.
has been part of the women’s squad since it’s launch in 2017. Since then Elaine hardly missed any tournaments and has been exceptional in terms of her commitment. However, another reason why Elaine deserves the award is her relentless desire to develop her game. She has worked extremely hard to constantly become a better player and has worked her way into the starting team.
joined the Bamboos this season together with his brother Liam McStay. The Welshman has been a fantastic leader on and off the field and with his vast skill set an enormously valuable addition to the squad. In training and matches, Ben was never afraid to take responsibility to guide the team with his experience and leadership skills. Ben played a significant role at the Cup win in Bath this summer, when he started in all matches at the probably best Bamboos performance in recent years.
The Bamboo of the Year Award was awarded at last week’s Bamboos Christmas dinner and we like to congratulate both players for their deserved win.