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Glittering prizes at Harlow Rugby Club awards night

Lifestyle / Sun 8th Jun 2014 am30 11:58am

HARLOW Rugby Club Clubhouse was packed to capacity last Friday for the Club senior awards evening. The Club were pleased to welcome as guests Bob Whittle, President of Essex RFU who presented a number of the major awards and also Ivor Smith Secretary of Essex RFU. The success of the sport depends on a large and hard working ream of volunteers and these were recognized by a number of awards including the RFU President’s awards, two Essex President’s Awards and an RFU Volunteer Award

RFU President’s Award: Alan Price.

Alan Price received the RFU Presidents award. He is a very committed Rugby Man and has served Harlow, Essex and London Rugby, in many capacities over the past 40 years, as a player, Chair of Rugby (twice), Club Secretary, LSRFU referee for 8 years and is currently President of Harlow. He is an incredibly committed rugby man who continues to give outstanding service to Rugby and is sadly one of a dying breed of people who really continues to serve his beloved sport on a daily basis. He richly deserves this award, only the second to be awarded to a member of the Club.

Essex Presidents Awarrug1rug2d Peter Claridge.

Peter was a latecomer to Rugby, who was a very committed 1st XV player, but after finishing playing he took over coaching a struggling U12’s team and stayed with them until they finished as Colts, once was not enough and so he went back and started with another U12 team and did the same again. Four years ago he stepped in at short notice and helped with the 1st XV for a season at the same time. It is not just the coaching it is the way he also gets the parents involved in the team and creates a micro environment around the team which brings many new Volunteers into rugby. As well as the coaching, every year he ensures the team and the parents go on tour. Peter is a rugby man through and through who coaches in the traditionalist way were the values of the game are fundamentally upheld and is deserving of this recognition..

Essex Presidents Award: Allen Maddocks

Allen, never played rugby, but has volunteered his services for close on 30 years, mainly in supporting the 1St XV as Kit Man, Assistant Manager and Manager,  then 4 years ago he took over Chair of the Mini’s and did a fantastic job in stabilising the section in the first year and then growing it in years 2 and 3. He stills supports the 1st XV home and away and more latterly he has taken over the running of the100 Club, bringing the Club much needed income. His commitment to the Club has been fantastic over a long period and holds the respect of everyone in the Club and again is a very deserving of this recognition.

RFU Volunteer Award: Sarah Perry

Outstanding Club Volunteer Sarah has been a major contributor to the success of the mini rugby section. Among her roles the most important has been as fixtures secretary. This does not only involve setting up games but also liaison with opposition clubs in the lead up to match days and perhaps hardest of all re-scheduling when weather or other external forces lead to postponements and cancellations. Sarah has done this task superbly for a number of years.

Club Awards:

Harlow RUFC Locke Award for contribution to Mini-rugby: Dave Williams
Harlow RUFC Spooner Award for contribution to Junior rugby: June Gray
Harlow RUFC Hurley Award: for contribution to Senior rugby: Darryl Brooks
Harlow RUFC President’s Award: For major contribution by a member of the executive: Andy Peasey
Harlow RUFC Chairman’s Award : Clubman of the year Paul Tucker

Team Awards

1st XV Player of the Year James Ephgrave
1st XV Players Player Josh Drake
1st XV Most Improved Player Kurtis Knightley

Ladies XV Player of the Year Louise Steel
Ladies XV Players Player Leah Dixon & Emma Hancock
Ladies XV Most Improved Player Sonia Rochester

Rams Player of the Year Matthew Branch
Rams Players Player Ryan McGlone
Rams Most Improved Player Dillon Bensley

Saints Player of the Year Rob Treamer
Saints Players Player Mitchell Sinfield
Saints Most Improved Player David Redington

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