RFC have celebrated yet another successful season this year
at their Annual Awards Dinner and Dance at the Chase Hotel
last Saturday. The 2008 / 2009 season not only saw the club
promoted to Gloucester Premier Division for 2009 / 2010,
but also successfully defending the North Midlands RFU Vase,
defeating Evesham in the Final.
than 110 Guests attended the Awards Dinner, where Officials
took the opportunity to celebrate another great season,
rewarding those individuals who had delivered exceptional
commitment and dedication to the club. After a great meal,
Club Chairman, Martyn Pocknell thanked Sponsors and volunteers
alike for their support during the season, after which Mr.
Brian Harris presented awards to the following winners:
Steve Gibbons Coaches Award went to Huw Bellamy and the
award for the Most Promising Young Player was presented
to Josh Morgan. Adam Clements received the award for the
Most Improved player and the Best Newcomer title went to
Try Scorer of the 1st team was Alistair Hunter–Blair with
the second team awards going to Pete Smith.
Top Points Scorer awards went to Chay Brine of the 1st team
and Chris Gage of Ross 2nds.
The President's Award 1st team was presented to Adam Clements
and Chris Price received the award for the 2nd team.
The Players' Player awards went to Ali Hunter-Blair of the
1st team and 2nd team player, Chris Price.
club rewarded Chris Gage, Dave Mince and Mike Davies with
lifetime achievement awards for their long standing and
ongoing commitment to the club.
an effort to pay tribute to Coach Paul Haley, Gareth Holdsworth
made a whip round of the guests and made a 'moving' speech
before presenting this man who does so much for the teams
with the large sum he had collected. As the speech contained
highly emotive language we cannot quote it here, but we
can assure you it did bring tears to the eyes of many.
revelry at the Chase continued well into the early hours,
with dancers and non dancers alike gracing the dance floor
with a mesmerizing array of movements, some voluntary, most
involuntary to the music of DJ Kinger.
great night was had by all and the officials at the club
would like to thank all those who have given their time,
money and effort during a great season.