A packed Masonic Hall was the venue for the Stockton RFC Club Dinner and Players' Awards event last night, Friday 17 May.
Mike Appleton opened proceeding by reminding us that this was Brendan Thornton's fiftieth season as a club member.
After a fine meal, Lewy Gray( Saracens Skipper Elect) scooped the pool on the stand up bingo and then former Technical Director of Cones ( now Obergropenfuhrer of Rugby) Graham Newton introduced the skippers & managers to present the club awards.
An over riding theme throughout several of the brief team reviews was the progress the club has made integrating younger players within its senior structure
Stuart Meehan trophy – Colts’ Personality of the year- Charlie Doherty
J.M Jones trophy- Most Improved Colt of the year- Danny Walker
J. Pain trophy - Colts Players' player of the year Liam Healey
T.W Clarke trophy - Colt of the year- Joe Hargreaves
T.J. McCarthy trophy- Most Improved Stocktonian - Ciaran Conlon
Mike Appleton Trophy - Stocktonians' player of the year -Paul Healey
B.F. Thornton trophy - Most Improved Saracen- Joe Andrew
A .Wilkinson trophy - Saracens' Player of the Year- Jonny Cheetham
Brims Trophy- Club Most Improved Player-Chris Farrell
1st XV – Players’ Player of the Year- Andy Bailes
Conquest Trophy - Club Player of the Year- Andy Bailes
And have you ever heard the Club Hymn sung so well to round off the evening??
Many thanks to Mike Appleton for being our MC, Keith Etherington for selling the tickets, Lynn Doherty for sorting the trophies, Keith Kelly & Andy Featherstone for organising the stand up bingo and raffle. Even the Club Treasurer was reputed to have a slight smile on his face by the end of proceedings!
The evening did have a father & son theme with Liam and Paul Healey simultaneously taking home silverware . Ciaran Conlon emulated his father Michael who won a Stocktonians award two years ago, and of course the feat of Mark and Ben D'Cunha in playing in the same first team game did not go un noticed.
We have pre season training staring in early July and Coach Martin Howe promised it would be tough!!