Awards time for Broadland-Great Yarmouth Rugby Club

The mini and youth award winners with their awards.

The mini and youth award winners with their awards. - Credit: Archant

Broadland-Great Yarmouth Rugby Club held its annual Summer Ball and Awards Night in a marquee adjacent to the clubhouse in Great Yarmouth on Saturday.

First team capatin Phil Buckley presenting Kevin Tierney with the first XV player of the year award.

First team capatin Phil Buckley presenting Kevin Tierney with the first XV player of the year award. - Credit: Archant

Second row Kevin Tierney received the 1st XV players’ player of the year award after a phenomenal season in the pack, with his trademark line breaks and open field running.

1st XV captain Phil Buckley presented the 1st XV captain’s award to Ben Collings. Collings started the season on the wing, but in the autumn moved into the centre, where he excelled, scoring seven tries.

Broadland 2nd XV players’ player of the year went to prop Stuart Brown. Brown was again the cornerstone of the Tigers’ pack throughout the season, winning the award for a second season,

Captain Liam Lovick awarded scrum-half Alec Burling the 2nd XV captain’s player of the year award. Burling, playing in his first season of senior rugby, improved as the season went on also making a 1st XV appearance towards the end of the season. Burling was also awarded young player of the year.


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The 3rd XV players’ player was awarded to prop Elliot Lyons, Lyons was ever present with the 3rd XV and had a number of games with 2nd XV.

3rd XV captain Ant Payne awarded veteran Mark Miller with the 3rd XV captain’s player of the year award. Miller was a key element in the pack and built a formidable partnership with John Graham in the second row.

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Following the club’s second full summer of operating a dedicated sevens team, Kieron Wilkes was awarded player of the year, with Leighton Buckley receiving the captain’s player of the year from captain Richard Ruddick

Adam Vincent and Mellissa Millar were jointly awarded clubman of the year in recognition of the work they had undertaken with the club minis /youth section and the Youth Festival.

Ed Dixon picked up two awards being awarded coach’s player of the year due to his hard work on and off the pitch, Dixon was also awarded sportsman of his year.

John Graham was awarded coach of the year for all his work over with the youth section.

David Beagrie was also recognised for his willingness to play for the opposition should they be short of players, Beagrie played for opposition teams on a dozen occasions during the season,.

Finally Stuart Murray received a long-service award for reaching 250 games.

Following his debut in 1998, Murray has racked up 80 tries, 164 penalties, 301 conversions and eight drop goals, placing him as the club highest point scorer with 1,572 points. Murray was awarded a commemorative 250 club tie.

Youth chairman Adam Vincent organised a presentation ceremony which took place on Saturday lunch time for the youth and mini sections of the club.

Most improved player u5-u8 was awarded to Leon Braithwaite. Coach’s player of the year u5-u8 went to Aiden Papworth and superman of the year u5-u8 went to Carl O’Brien.

In the u9-u13 group Domingos Soares was awarded most improved player.

Coach’s player of the year went to Frankie Stockman while Dennon Papworth was awarded superman of the year.

In the u14-u17 group, coach’s player of the year went to Samuel Blizzard.

Superman of the year was awarded to Ben Martin and players’ player of the year went to Toby Graham.

Neil Blizzard was awarded youth sportsman of the year, for all his work with the youth section over the season,

Broadland- Great Yarmouth are again hosting a Beach Tag Rugby tournament on July 18 on Great Yarmouth seafront between the Marina Centre and the Sealife Centre.

Mixed teams from the local community and from local businesses are encouraged to enter. Matches begin at noon and should conclude around 5pm. For more information please email beachrugby@broadlandrfc.com

For further details about Broadland-Great Yarmouth Rugby Club please visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/broadlandgreatyarmouthrugbyclub

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