Captain Ken scoops double at Scarlets end of season awards

7 May 2019
Captain Ken scoops double at Scarlets end of season awards

Skipper Ken Owens scooped an awards double at the Scarlets end of season dinner, held at Parc y Scarlets.

At the black tie event, the Wales hooker was named the coaches choice as player of the season, an award sponsored by Juno Moneta, and also won the vote as the Puffin Produce supporters’ player of the season.

Owens has been an inspirational figure for the Scarlets this season.

He was called into emergency duty at No. 8 following a back-row injury crisis at the turn of the year and responded with a man-of-the-match display in the Champions Cup victory over Leicester Tigers.

Owens beat nearest challengers Johnny McNicholl and Ioan Nicholas to the fans vote, which was conducted on social media.

McNicholl was the winner of the City and Trust Finance players’ player of the season.

He has started in 25 of the 27 matches in 2018-19, finishing the regular season as the side’s top try-scorer with 15 tries.

He was also one of three nominees for the Guinness PRO14 player of the season.

Scrum-half Kieran Hardy took the LBS try-of-the-season trophy for his stunning effort in the 42-0 win over Zebre at Parc y Scarlets.

Sam Handy was named the CK Supermarkets-sponsored clubman of the year.

Sam is the Scarlets’ strength and conditioning coach, who has been looking after the recovery and rehabilitation of players from injury, many of them long term this season.

There were more than 200 guests at the event at the Quinnell Lounge where there were emotional farewells and thank-yous to departing coaches Wayne Pivac, Stephen Jones and Byron Hayward as well as players Will Boyde, David Bulbring, Tom Price and Declan Smith.