After all the club’s successes this season on and off the pitch, there was plenty to celebrate at our annual dinner dance. This year we were hosted by Dibden golf club who provided some fantastic food and hospitability throughout the evening. We were also entertained by the local band “plus one”, who put on a great show for all the club members present.
The speeches from Ross, Ray and the captains all addressed the successful season, beginning with the fixed floodlights. With so much work put in behind the scenes to get the plans up and running, it would have been impossible to thank every single person involved individually but their efforts are all massively appreciated by every single player/coach/parent involved in this club.
The conversations then moved on to address the on-field achievements from the seniors this year. Fawley 1XV secured promotion this season after winning 19 of their 22 games and remaining unbeaten at home. Naturally this left some tough decisions for the coaches and captains when deciding who to hand out awards to, every single player in the club worked incredibly hard this year and put everything on the line when required to. The lucky few who did receive awards can be seen at the bottom of this article with pictures available on our website and social media platforms soon.
Just a week or so after the dinner dance, the junior section held their own annual awards evening. A crowd of over 150 players and parents swarmed the royal British legion in Blackfield to celebrate the incredible season the section has had. With plenty of medals, trophies and ties (kindly sponsored by members of the committee) handed out, it would be impossible to name them all individually, but rest assured every player through all ages thoroughly deserved something for all their hard work this season. A particularly special mention should go to our under 13s, who beat the likes of local rivals Totts and other highly regarded clubs in the Hampshire area – so a big well done to them.
With all the buzz of the great season we have had, it is easy to forget that we are a developing club and there is still plenty to work to be done. This leads me nicely on to the AGM - the time to come together as a club, address the issues we face and appoint the people who will be at the forefront in tackling them. The biggest challenge facing the club for the next few seasons is the acquisition of a club house. Although the club is looking in a great way financially due to the fantastic work by Ross and Ian, there is still a long way to go and over the coming there will be plenty of activities for everyone at the club to get involved in to help raise funds for this.
Alongside the clubhouse, we also require more players. With the senior 2XV only playing a few games this season, we need a massive effort from everyone involved to promote the club as best we can. From word of mouth to social media, we need to come together and try to encourage as many people to come play rugby as best we can.
We are a club for everyone - regardless of age, ability and gender. A great place to begin this recruitment drive is the upcoming touch rugby sessions; these sessions are fun, non-competitive and for everyone – so bring as many people as you can!
The sessions start on Tuesday 4th June at 7pm.
Dinner Dance Award Winners:
Peter Legate Memorial Award – G Friend
President’s Award – I Osborne
Clubman of the Year – G Jenks
First Team Player of the Year – M Kitcher
Second Team Player of the Year – M Hughes
Vets Player of the Year – C Windsor-Price
Most Improved Player of the Year – T Musty
Young Player of the Year – T Gray
Player’s Player of the Year – R Thomas