WIVELISCOMBE Rugby Club’s season came to a conclusion with the annual dinner-dance held at the club on Friday night, writes Roger Bellamy. The event was a great celebration of a very successful campaign on the field for the club’s first 15 who just missed out on promotion.
Club chairman Garry Sharland welcomed players and guests, giving a brief account of the season on and off the field of play. Club captain Will Ellis gave a more in-depth report on the first XV’s performances which had been of a consistently high quality, enabling them to win 20 of the Somerset Premier encounters with just six defeats. Ellis confirmed he would be captain again next season with his team looking to go one step further and gain promotion.
The second XV’s season had been disappointing – finishing low in Somerset Two South. But for the hard work of a few people, one of them Charlie Rowe, there were times he reported that fixtures might not be fulfilled – thankfully they were. Rowe also confirmed he would be team captain next season.
Awards were made to both players and club volunteers for their achievements? and work throughout the season. Ted Keay received the first team players’ player of the season trophy. Jake Woodward received the second team equivalent. Woodward was also named Colts player of the year.
Alex Westcott was named most improved first team player and Hugh Kelly received the best playing member for his contributions? on and off the field.
Top points scored for the first XV was George Rowe with 210. Jake Sharland had a fantastic season scoring 32 tries, Hugh Kelly crossed for 12 tries. Peter Stone received a special award for outstanding contributions throughout numerous roles within the club over a number of years.
Most improved junior player of the season was awarded to Jonte Raul. Wivey are very fortunate in having a strong core of volunteers, without whom the club would not function, volunteers of the year being Trevor and Jena Gilbert. Special awards were also received by Rachel Sharland, Susan Ellis, Rob and Monica Aplin and supporter of the season Jamie Cook.
Following the formalities and grace delivered by president Dr John Rees everyone enjoyed a lovely meal prepared by Janet Sharland and her team. For those that were able after large amounts of wine and port the remainder of the evening was spent on the dance floor.