Falkirk rugby club recognised the efforts of a myriad of members at the weekend to round off a season when they went so close to glory.
Travel agents Thomas Cook sponsored the awards and dinner, and donated a raffle top prize of a cruise for four people to Amsterdam.
But it was not only an evening for the first team which went close to the title in the RBS Championship. The second string was also recognised and Ross Denny was named its young player of the year and took an award alongside the coaches’ player of the year Alex Meek, the backline, who was also nominated by his peers and named players’ player of the year.
The team awards were split up by two awards for club members in recognition of their efforts in supporting and promoting Falkirk Rugby. Like all amateur clubs Falkirk rely upon the many volunteers to make it successful from the families who help with transport and provide after-match food, the coaches who support our teams to the people who help run the club and its facilities. Club member of the year was named as groundsman Bill Arkley who was rewarded for “battling tirelessly against the power of Mother Nature and the biblical downpours and his dedication ensured that Mother Nature lost”.
President Matt Dodd also nominated his award recipient as 10 year club-stalwart of the mini set up Kenny McNicol.
For the top team’s young player of the year, the coaches had a very difficult decision to make and in makingit they considered the progress made by each player from the beginning of the season.
It was still a close call but the 1XV young player of the year was named as Lawrence Miller.
Will Hansen was named Players’ Player of the Year for his commitment, determination, positive attitude, leadership, skills and ability.
Coach Paul Larter named his player of the year and with the focus on youth development to the fore he echoed the young player nomination and handed the top prize to “one of the first names on the team sheet”, Lawrence Miller.
Clive Ramsey supplied the club’s catering and entertainment was from speakers Len Murray and Bruce Fummey. Head coach Paul Larter compered the evening.