TEENAGERS Paddy Gogin and Will Timms stole the honours when Fordingbridge Rugby Club celebrated their 30th anniversary with a Midsummer Ball at the recreation ground on Saturday.
Gogin, 19, pictured, who started life for the club in the under 7s, won two awards - the presidents shield for the player of the year, and the Simon Wareham Trophy for the young player of the year. He also won county honours at under 20 level, but next season his appearances for Fordingbridge will be limited as he is beginning a sports science degree in September at Hartpury College, Gloucester.
Fellow award winner Timms, 18, scooped several awards. They include the Tony O’Connell Trophy for the most improved player, the colts player of the year and he was also named by the 2nd XV as their players’ player.
Meanwhile Dan Brown, a Burgate School teacher, has emerged as the top try scorer for the ninth consecutive season.
Incisive running down the left wing enabled Brown to amass a total of 25 tries, with number 8 Rob Hay next best with 15, and Mark Hammond third with 13.
The 1st XV players’ player, and the coaches’ award, went to former captain Mat Norton, who was responsible for 219 points. James Greenwood, who was again selected this past season for the Hampshire side, was awarded the captain’s trophy – and he will take the reins again next season.
Theresa Jones won the Timmy Green Cup for the ladies’ section players’ player, and other awards went to Callum Butler (2nd XV top try scorer with seven), Jamie Waters (squadman), Josh Merry (colts’ players’ player), Zac Butler (most improved colt) and Graham Branagan (clubman).
After a series of friendlies the next league season starts with a double-header at the recreation ground on September 13. The first team entertain the Isle of Wight in Snows Hampshire One, and the 2nd XV will also be at home to South Wilts in Dorset & Wilts 3 South.