Summer Ball and Awards Night14th May 2018
Biggleswade Rugby Club rounded off the season in style with a sumptuous Summer Ball and Awards Night.
The event was held in a large marquee on the end of the first team pitch. After a glass of champagne on arrival the guests enjoyed a three course meal followed by dancing to a live band. Chairman Dave Tysom thanked the organisers of the event. Vice-Chairman Graham Horgan, Steward Sam Brook and committee member Dave Yates were congratulated for the superb job that they had done in delivering the gala night for over 150 members and guests.
The top prize of the evening was an award of a Club Honours Tie to the very popular and hardworking groundsman Graham Place. His pleasure at receiving the award was only matched by the compliments he gets for his elegant ginger beard!
The Clubman of the Year Award went to Liam Price who did a great job mid-season in rejuvenating the second team. He made an immense number of phone calls and persuaded so many past players to get their boots back on that a 4th XV could be put out.
Each side nominates one of their members as the Players’ Player for the season. The 1st XV went to Michael Haddow, the A XV award was Matt Cowley and Stuart Puttock was the 3rd XV’s nominee.
The Most Improved Player Award went to Jacob Grabowski who went from the third to first XV where he scored five tries in the same number of matches.
Outgoing club coach Shane Manning off to Enfield to further his coaching experience awarded Michael Hall his award for his outstanding efforts over the season.
The Club Chairman’s prize for the Unsung Hero was given to fireworks impresario Michael Heath for providing spectacular shows at the Fireworks Night in November.
Earlier in the week the Club held its AGM with the committee bring largely re-elected. The most notable exception was that Club Captain Dom Nott decided for personal reasons not to continue in the role for another campaign. Instead it was a return to the old with Jimmy Caulfield being re-elected. Andy Claypole after a brief spell at the Club becomes the Director of Rugby with overall responsibility for coaching at all levels.
There was also a change at 3rd XV with Chairman Dave Tysom stepping down after very many years in the role. Jack Unite takes up the challenge.
The Ladies XV was strongly represented at the meeting and several have stepped up to take on roles at the Club. Teri Taylor their scrum half becomes the Mini Coordinator and Melanie Jones the Sponsorship Manager. Charlie Field remains the Ladies XV Captain. The team after successful completing the required number of friendly matches can now start playing league games next season.
Peter Richards who took over as treasurer mid-season reported that the finances were now much stronger with a large enough balance to see the club through the close season until subscriptions come in in the Autumn.
Training for the Touch Rugby Tournament starts this week and continues on Wednesday nights at the Langford Road site. The first competitive matches start on Wednesday 6th June.