Exmouth RFC honour stars of the season

PUBLISHED: 19:52 16 May 2017

Exmouth Rugby dinner and awards evening. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

Exmouth Rugby dinner and awards evening. Picture: Emma Crane - Exmouth Photo Services

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Exmouth RFC hosted the Annual Club Awards Night on Saturday night with centre Mark Wathes, back rower James Harris and prop Isaac Dalton among those picking up their awards.

James Harris received the 1st XV Player of the Year award from the coaching and management team for his huge efforts in what has been a testing season on the pitch. Harris is an absolute breakdown and defensive specialist whose tackle count has been the highest in the team in every game this last season, and whose breakdown turnover rate, higher than any other player. A fitting award winner, to a man who does all the hard graft, but rarely gets the plaudits or recognition.

Popular prop Isaac Dalton received the much coveted 1st XV Player’s Player award from his team mates. Isaac has been an almost ever present in the team, who, along with James Harris has played the most amount of minutes in the squad this last season. Even in the recent rolling replacements/interchanges Law change, where you often see props replaced on rotation, Isaac has been the mainstay of the scrum, and has been the very first to fall on a loose ball on almost every occasion! His diving skills have also been seen in the dead ball area where he contributed an impressive six tries throughout the season.

Mark Wathes won the Members Player of the Season honour for his superb performances throughout the season. Wathes continues to defy his misleading appearance, and has caused havoc at times with his silky running skills and defensive discipline. He is younger, fitter and quicker than he looks and is an absolute credit to Exmouth RFC. A great club man on and off the pitch with valuable and impressive leadership qualities.

Wathes was also a joint winner of the 1st XV top try scorer award, with his try on the last day of the regular season drawing him level with another product of our junior system that is Charlie Gibbings, also known as ‘Buffalo’.

Charlie managed eight tries in the season, which considering our league position, and his playing position is a superb achievement. Charlie and Isaac scored 14 tries between them in the front row … a very good return from the masters of the dark arts.

Popular signing Mike Richards won the Best Newcomer Award following his debut National League Season.

His performances in the back five of the pack have seen him become one of the first names on the team sheet each week and he has been involved in every 1st XV match day squad he was available for.

A great success story for those wanting to make the step up from the lower leagues.

Another new signing, Tom Steer had a successful evening by picking up two awards in the shape of 2nd XV Players Player Award and 2nd XV Managers Award for a great debut season with the Cockles.

Tom, another player to make the step up, has really worked hard at his game this last year and has made a significant contribution to the club both on and off the field. His performances earnt him three bench spots in the 1st XV towards the end of the season which were richly deserved and he is sure to push on again next season.

Club stalwart Roger Holman received the Nigel Harris Memorial Trophy for Services to ERFC for his continued commitment and dedication to all things Exmouth Rugby.

There is not enough space on this press release to list the jobs that Roger does each day and each week to ensure that there is rugby played at Exmouth. He is a true club legend , and looks set to come out of tuch jdge retirement next season at the ripe old age of … ‘unknown’. Thanks for all you do Roger, without you, there is no way this club would be where it is right now.

A list of other award winners can be seen below, in what was an exceptional evening, hosted by the enigmatic director of rugby Chris Wright, and awards presented by club Secretary Jan McCarthy and club president David Bassett.

Many thanks, to all of those involved in the setting up and running of an enjoyable evening to celebrate all things ERFC.

EXMOUTH RFC 2016/2017 Senior Award Winners:

Colts:

Top try scorer - Ethan Langson-Justice

Most improved colt -Brett Milson

Colt of the year - Dan Armstrong and Joel Ranft

Players player - Sam Fulthorpe

Colt clubman - Joseph Schunck

3rd XV

Top try scorer - Ross Matthews

Players player - Sam Millardship

3rd XV manger’s award - Richie Guy

2nd XV

Top try scorer - James Vidler

Players player - Tom Steer

2nd XV manager’s award - Tom Steer

1st XV

Top try scorer - Charlie Gibbings and Mark Wathes

Players player - Isaac Dalton

Managers award - Jack Fahy

Player of the year - James Harris

Members player of the year - Mark Wathes

Club awards

Best newcomer - Mike Richards

Most improved player - Harvey Ridgeway

Club captain’s award - The medical team

Services to ERFC - Roger Holman

Clubman of the year - The commercial team

Well done, to all the award winners

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