Old Brods pay tribute to standout performers

It has really been two weeks of awards ceremonies at Old Brodleians, starting with the seniors held last Friday week.

Woodhead was bouncing as the members had a great night with over 80 players in attendance from the First XV, Second XV and the Beavers, with some Under-16 players working as “waiters.”

Chairman Richard Turner revealed that the dinner was black tie and all present enjoyed a three-course meal and the awards were made as follows:-

Dean Wilson, captain of the Beavers, was first on the podium and made the following presentations:

n Beavers Player of the Year: Kiwi Stevie Waerea;

n Beavers Clubman of the Year: Joe Davies;

n Beavers Captain’s Award: Nick Murgatroyd.

Ryan Harris, the second team coach and manager, then stepped up to present his team’s awards.

n Second team Player of the Year: Jack Moger;

n Second Team Players’ Player of the Year: Zak Thompson.

Head Coach Danny Monk then stepped up to presenthe First Team Player of the Year, Phil Town, with a newly-donated trophy – The Brian Young Memorial trophy – while the First Team Players’ Player of the Year was Matthew Raven.

Young Player of the Year went to Reece Ward, who has recently been selected for the North of England Under-20s side and who has enjoyed his first season of senior rugby being a regular in the first XV at prop forward, while still only 19-years-old.

The chairman’s award went to James Ogden for his outstanding contribution to the club from his early days in the Under-12s.

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“James, who is now 36 years-old, has had a great season as first choice hooker, and has announced his retirement from 1st XV rugby.

“It was also reported on the night that James is also member of the `New generation of committeemen’ who are pushing the club forward in terms of development both on and off the field.

“And, finally, Chris Wetton, former first team captain, captain of the Beavers and a player with the club over the last four decades, was presented with the TL Asquith Trophy .”

On the Sunday it was the turn of the juniors with 14 teams represented .

Each player received a medal and each team chose their own Player of the Year plus clubman and players’ player. The celebrations carried over into the evening when the teams provided entertainment for their guests .

This past weekend the Under 18s held their end of season dinner and again there were over 80 in attendance for a black tie dinner. The players and supporters celebrated a tremendous season in which they won the Yorkshire Premier League, and they were also semi finalists in the Yorkshire cup together with quarter finalists in the National Cup .

The Under 17s also held their awards night following their appearance in the Yorkshire Cup Final on Sunday morning . Unfortunately they were well beaten by a strong Wharfedale side, however it was good to hear at the presentation ceremony that Brods have appeared in more county cup finals at that age group than any other club in the county and were praised for their youth development .

Following the end of season festivities the club will be closed for a few weeks whilst further improvements are being carried out in the clubhouse .New gents toilets are being installed and the interior of the clubroom is being redecorated and new light fittings are being fitted .Work started on Saturday with 84 tons of sand being spread on the 1st XV playing surface. This follow the pitch being Verti drained and further seeding being carried out . Electricity and mains water have also been extended to the stand area .The club has recognised that facilities must be constantly refreshed and the works are part of a rolling programme of improvements which will be continuing through the close season and beyond .