17 Aug Hawke coach of the year
Colts coach Daniel Hawke has been named the ACTRU coach of the year for his efforts with the ACT Schoolboys in winning the national championships. He shares the award with his assistant coach Ben McGee.
The schoolboys championship win came 28 years after their only other title.
Hawke is heavily involved in rugby coaching at the club but also in his job as head of the rugby program at Erindale College. He has also been involved in the Brumbies sevens program.
He joins a long list of Whites identities to have won the Michael Hickey Award. It was first won by Bob Hitchcock in 1986 then Col Maxwell in 1987 with Hitchcock winning it again in 1988. Other winners with the Queanbeyan connection include Kim Thurbon, Geoff Stokes and Glen Christini.
Former Whites and current Royals coach Wayne Southwell was favoured in 2017 for taking Royals through the season undefeated and a likely premiership. Southwell did hold the award in 2015.
Whites back rower Soakai Tai missed half a dozen games throughout the season including the last round game against Easts but still came second in the Macdougall Medal count just behind joint winners Tom Cusack(Royals) and Bruce Kaino (Wests). It is an indication of his dominance in the John I. Dent Cup. Tai won the medal in 2008 and 2011.
Whites backrowers Ryan Jones and OJ Noa received the award last year.