Players honoured

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ALNWICK Rugby Club held its annual presentation of trophies at a successful barbecue and dance in the clubhouse on Friday night.

Club president Brian Fergie handed over the following awards.

David Lang Salver for the top try-scorer in the first team and the Terry Owen Smith tankard went to Andrew Shell for the fourth year running.

His 31 tries represented a record number since Alnwick started playing league rugby.

Jim Brewis Cup for the most improved player was won by Stephen Bremner – a tough start to the season but ended the season with the most man-of-the-match awards.

Terry Owen Smith pot for top points scorer: James Bird – 265 points, 10 tries, 70 conversions and 25 penalties Churchill Cup.

Captain’s Trophy awarded to the captain who has done the most: Ali Gaines – captained the second team to a very creditable second place in their league; member of the fund-raising committee and mini rugby coach.

Hodgson Family Award for player of the season: Peter Moralee – fastest of a very speedy back-line, played all three county games and was awarded his county tie. Organised and captained the club’s successful sevens team.

Player’s Player Award, voted by the first team players who played five or more games: Gordon Smith, winner for the second year running.

George Moses Award for service to the club: Jo Tait and Jo Bell – for last seven years they have been secretary and treasurer of the mini and junior section.

Mr Fergie said: “They came as a pair, have worked as a pair and so have been given the award as a pair for the great work they have done with the minis.”

Wooden Spoon for the biggest stirrer: Paul Frater.

Tankard for 100 league games: Andrew Shell. Ties for 50 league games: Harry Sordy and Ed Shell.

It is also worth noting that Andrew Shell, Peter Moralee and James Bird were ever-present, playing in all 27 league and cup matches.