Adam Vrahnos capped off a strong season by being awarded the 2017 Pollard Chadwick Medal for Sydney University Rugby League Club’s best and fairest player at the annual awards held at the Forest Ledge Hotel on Saturday evening.

The hard-running forward was a consistent performer in the club’s Division One side competing in the NSW Tertiary Cup.

The Pollard Chadwick Medal is named after two of the club’s finest former players and supporters.

Vrahnos said despite not making the finals, he had enjoyed “a cracking season” with Sydney University and looked forward to a stronger 2018.

Other Division One awards for 2017 went to Daniel Rowe (best Back), Marcus Pappas (best forward), Tom McCarthy (top pointscorer), Daniel Rowe (top try scorer), Odyssey Ladervs (coach’s award), Myles Fowler (players’ player award) and Christian Maini (rookie of the year).

In welcoming players and supporters to the function, club captain Myles Fowler made particular mention of members of the 2018 women’s team which will be entering the competition for the first time. The club is in the process of attracting players for the inaugural side.

“It’s a great initiative by the club,” he said. “In saying that, we have to thank our president Chris Kintis for his vision for the club, and our major sponsor in the club’s resurgence, Rent Fleet.”

Mr Kintis said despite finishing down the ladder in 2017, the club is in a strong position with a bright future. “We still have wonderful coaching staff, volunteers and supporters,” he said.

“And the establishment of the women’s team will add to our long and proud history.”