16 September 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

It’s not one, but two awards for rugby star Elijah Delaidriti. Firstly, Elijah, in Year 11, was proud to accept the North East Rugby League U16 Player of the Year.  Hosted by Newcastle Thunder, at Kingston Park Stadium, the nominations are taken from the players’ own clubs and are backed up by the other member clubs who are also required to nominate someone from outside of their club.  Elijah plays for Catterick Crusaders and throughout the season he has been a valued team member. Elijah’s position is half back and he has played for the Crusaders for nine years. This is the second time Elijah has scooped the award having won it previously in 2019.

In addition to this prestigious accolade, Elijah was also crowned ‘Players’ Player’ at Newcastle Thunder, after being voted in by his fellow team members. Elijah secured a two-year scholarship with the professional rugby league club last year and trains twice a week with them, as well as playing in regular fixtures.

Jack Moore, PE Teacher and Elijah’s school rugby coach, said: “Elijah never ceases to amaze me.  His talent for rugby is exceptional and he just gets better and better. He plays a very considered game and always works really hard to support his team and help all the players improve. He demonstrates our school values so well, especially determination, excellence, respect and teamwork.”

Elijah said: “I am really honoured to win these awards and am so grateful to my coaches at Newcastle Thunder, Catterick Crusaders and at school for all the encouragement and guidance they give me.”

This is the last season of Elijah’s scholarship with Newcastle Thunder but he is hoping to continue playing for an U18 team next year.

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