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Awards hat-trick for Raider Dave

17:34 06 May 2014

Raiders defenceman David Oliver won three awards at the club

Raiders defenceman David Oliver won three awards at the club's end of season presentation evening (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman is biggest winner at club’s presentation night

David Oliver was the biggest winner as London Raiders held their end of season awards night at the Brickyard Bar & Grill on Monday.

The big blue liner landed a hat-trick of prizes, including the Supporters and Players’ Player of the Year awards, plus the Best Defenceman honours.

Jakub Klima was named Best Forward and AJ Smith took player-coach Danny Marshall’s Coaches Player of the Year award, while the whole squad claimed ‘Heart of Raiders’ prizes.

Oliver said: “It was was great winning three awards. It’s so hard picking a player out as the team played so well since Christmas.

“I was so glad that the whole team won the Heart of Raiders award as every one has played their part.

“To be voted by the players and supporters was great for me, I love playing for this club and everything about it. But it’s time now to enjoy the summer and get ready for next season.”

Raiders also made a special presenation to retiring equipment manager Steve Tomalin for his 23 years of outstanding service to the club.

Manager Mick Cahill added: “I gave a short summary of Steve’s many talents and massive contribution and I mentioned the Romford club’s only appearance at Wembley in 1991 when the Romford Hornets under-16 team included a 13-year-old Danny Marshall on the ice and Steve Tomalin on the team bench.

“It seemed fitting that Marsh made the presentation to Steve.”

All members of the club’s backroom staff and game-night volunteers were also presented with commemorative medals as a token of thanks for their contributions during the 2013/14 National League season, when Raiders finished fourth in the table before going out of the play-offs in controversial fashion against Streatham.

Raiders were leading 2-1 in south London when the gloves came off at the end of the second period and they did not have enough players to complete the match, nor the return leg the following night.

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