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Presentation Evening (and other bits)

5 months ago By Gwilym Lewis

The Llanelli Warriors held their annual presentation night recently celebrating another season of barrier breaking and tackling prejudice.

“23 seasons of mixed ability rugby” club holds the unique distinction

Official Report:
Now having completed 23 seasons of mixed ability rugby, the club who include players with learning difficulties were looking back on a season which had seen them play 22 matches.

The team played 7 fixtures in Cardiff as they helped the Cardiff side to establish, including two fixtures at the WRU Mixed Ability Festival help at the Millennium Stadium. They also travelled to London Welsh where they recorded an impressive victory.

The season also looked at the off field work the club does to further the concept of Mixed Ability Rugby. The club were the 1st speakers at Sport Wales National consultation program and attended various events through the season including the launch of the WRU’s Disability Strategy. The strategy document lists the Warriors as key partners and means that the club holds the unique distinction of being in strategy documents for both the English and Welsh Unions.

Special Guests at the evening where Welsh International Aaron Shingler and WRU Disability Rugby Coordinator Darren Carew who between them presented the prizes.

Top Try Scorer was nimble footed centre Nathan Murphy who just edged out flying wing Simon Day whilst Top Points scorer was 2nd row Andrew Davies.

Most Improved Player went to Yanis Whiteley who completed his first full season and impressed all with his tackling and speed around the park.

Sportsman of the Year went to Player/Manager Lee Rowlands for his continuous work on and off the field.

The Players’ Player was a close run contest with several players in contention but it was Andrew Davies who again narrowly got enough to claim the title.

Andrew’s 2nd row partner Darren Pollitt was named Warriors Player of the Year. A reliable line out option, Darren was impressive in defence and also scored several tries and conversions throughout the season. He was one of only two players to play in every match and was a popular choice for the trophy.

The evening was rounded off by Captain Richard Evans. Richard was the other player who didn’t miss a game and lead from the front throughout. He gave a rousing speech that put all present in good heart for their summer tour to Bradford and the new season ahead.

Nominees and winners:
Top Try Scorer: 3rd Andrew Davies (9), 2nd Simon Day (10), 1st Nathan Murphy (11)
Top Points Scorer: 3rd Nathan Murphy (55), 2nd Simon Jenkins (56), 1st Andrew Davies (61)
Most Improved Nominees: James Duke, Simon Day, Liam Tobias. Winner: Yanis Whiteley
Sportsman of the Year: Johnathon Kearney, Margaret Day, Ben Winstanley. Winner: Lee Rowlands
Players’ Player: Simon Day, Yanis Whiteley, Richard Evans. Winner: Andrew Davies
Player of the Year: Simon Day, Andrew Davies, Nathan Murphy. Winner Darren Pollitt

A full album of photos from the evening: Clicio

A cracking and very well attended night at the Selwyn Samuel Centre to say goodbye to another year.

The audience were treated to a quick fire review of the season: Clicio before WRU coordinator Darren Carew handed out medals to all players who had made 3 or more appearances, as featured in this video here: Clicio
Aaron presented trophies to the prize winners managing very well on his crutches. Obviously it made his night when his cousin Darren (has he mentioned they are related) was named Player of the year.

The biggest cheer of the evening was reserved for Colin Tacon who was awarded a trophy to recognise his 200th appearances for the club. Again this followed a short video highlighting his contribution which has since been a minor internet sensation: clicio

Afterwards there was (as ever) some singing and dancing, led by Huw 'Heffnyr' Flash who joined the singer for a quick (!) rendition of Hallelujah.

A good night was had by all, even those who ended up in town afterwards.

We would like to thank Burry Port and RD Haulage for their support, Selwyn Samuel Staff for their support and guests Gareth Emery (Cardiff Chiefs), Darren Carew (WRU) and Aaron Shingler (Scarlets/Wales).

Updated 18:26 - 10 Jul 2018 by Gwilym Lewis

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