Vote for your December Etihad Airways player of the month
10 January 2013 16:21pm
By Callum Sheppard
Etihad Airways and Harlequins are giving supporters the opportunity to decide on the Etihad Player of the Month
One lucky fan (and guest), who votes for the winning Etihad Player of the Month, will be drawn at random to win tickets to a Harlequins match as well as get to present the award to the winning player on match day.
Harlequins have put together an internal panel of experts, who will select their top five players each month. Please carefully weigh-up the case for each player and then vote for the chance to meet him and get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes! Voting ends at midday UK time on January 14th.
Sam Smith Sam Smith played a huge part in Harlequins securing over 100 points in the back-to-back fixtures against Zebre. The winger bagged three tries in the two games, which has allowed Harlequins to sit 10 points clear of Pool 3 with a quarter-final place within touching distance.
Danny Care's electric pace and constant desire for free flowing rugby made him a threat in December. The nimble scrum-half scored during the home fixture against Zebre and broke the kicking trend with a try against London Irish at the Big Game 5 in Twickenham.
Tom Casson had a very impressive month in December. The centre has formed a powerful partnership with Matt Hopper which is both dangerous in attack while formidable in defence. Casson started all fixtures in December and bagged a try against Connacht at the Stoop for his efforts.
The Harlequins hooker was pivotal in December. A lynchpin in the scrum, Joe Gray played a pivotal part in securing four penalty tries in the four senior games played in December which secured victories over Zebre in the Heineken Cup and London Irish during the Big Game 5.
The young full-back lit the Twickenham Stoop alight during the Aviva 'A' League final against Saracens Storm. During his man of the match performance, he scored two tries and set up a number of others. His blistering pace and dazzling side-stepping ability not only makes him one of the stars of December, but one of the up and coming talents for the future.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
This September, join former British & Irish Lion and England Captain Phil Vickery on the TNT Great British Bike Ride (GBBR) and cycle from Lands End to Twickenham Stadium, ending at the London Double Header.
Harlequins secured their place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a 42-26 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways. It was the first time an away team had scored more than 24 points at the ground this season.