Rugby success marked by ball

BROADLAND–Great Yarmouth Rugby Club’s promotional season was celebrated at the annual summer ball and awards night which was held in a marquee adjacent to the clubhouse in the town last Friday.

Full back Tom Weston received the 1st XV players’ player of the year award. He had an excellent first season with the club, running in nine tries as well as adding 16 penalties and 26 conversions.

First XV captain Stacey Ledgerwood presented centre Sam Noon with the captain’s player of the year award.

Noon became a mainstay of the club’s three-quarters following his return from university. His hard tackling and ability to offload in the tackle were critical to the club’s successful season.

Broadland-GY 2nd XV players’ player of the year was second row Chris Calnon. He is a highly agile and fast-paced second row who had an exceptional season with the Tigers.The young forward also had a couple of 1st XV appearances, which he is sure to add to.

Second team joint captains Phil Crane and Paul Abel awarded captain’s player of the year to veteran fullback Jay Pollard, whose attacking runs from deep and defensive play were an essential element of the Tigers during the season.

Pauline Goff was awarded clubman of the year, for her dedicated work in ensuring all the catering for the youth section ran smoothly over the year, which included some very early starts on Sunday mornings.

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Most improved young player was awarded to lock Kieran Wilkes. He has been a regular player for the second XV, however as the season progressed he secured a first team spot.

James Fogg, the player who tragically passed away in April, was remembered and a new annual sportsman’s award was presented in his honour. It was awarded to him posthumously.

His wife, Theresa, was also presented with Foggy’s first XV playing shirt and a book of remembrance. Foggy’s second XV playing shirt was signed by all his team-mates and will be mounted in the clubhouse in remembrance.

The club also recognised the achievement of scrum half/secretary Russ Clarke.

He was awarded honorary life membership of the club in recognition of the work he has done over the last 20 seasons including captaining the first and second XV and, in more recent years, as club secretary.

He was also presented with a tankard to mark his 20 playing seasons with the club.

Brian “Taff” Howard was also presented with a trophy to mark his commitment and support in undertaking the role of fitness coach over the last seven seasons.

Margaret Aikins and Carol Riches were presented with club shirts in recognition of the work they have undertaken in working on the bar over the season.

The club also presented framed club shirts to this season’s sponsors Comm Tech, The Green Gate public house, Caister and Hemsby Spar.

The club is holding a celebration barbecue on June 25 from 4pm in the clubhouse to mark the club’s achievements of gaining promotion to Eastern Counties 1.

The club’s annual meeting takes place on Monday, June 27 at the clubhouse.

Broadland–Great Yarmouth are again hosting a beach rugby tournament in partnership with the RFU on July 9 on Great Yarmouth seafront between the Marina Centre and the Sealife Centre.

The event is part of the Rugby Football Union’s national beach rugby series.

Teams from the local community and from local businesses are encouraged to enter. Matches begin at noon and should conclude around 5pm.

Pre-season training commences on Monday, July 4, 7pm at Cobholm playing fields Great Yarmouth, new players are always welcome.

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