Pocklington RUFC celebrated another excellent season in their Percy Road clubhouse last Friday at their their annual dinner and awards night.
Good food and good company were the order of the night before the three senior captains, Mat Webber of the 1st XV, Andrew Wilson from the Panthers, and the Pilgrims’ Chris Mudd, wittily recapped the notable moments of their respective seasons. There were formal presentations for players and young of the year interspaced with spoof awards, such as a Zimmer frame to retiring lock, Chris Hyde.
Amy Hardy Cup for Clubman of the Year went to Mick ‘The Hat’ Carr, who stepped into the breech to do so much ground and maintenance work at the club after operations manager Pete Wiles, who is happily now well on the mend, was taken ill.
The biggest task for the nominations panel was separating the 1st XV awards of Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and Young Player.
With Pocklington having such a young team that has had to step up year on year after going up two levels following successive promotions, it could be argued that half the team deserved the young player award and all of them qualified for most improved. In addition, finishing sixth with such a youthful, home grown team in a North 1 East league including semi-pro outfits and sides packed with foreign imports was in itself a notable achievement.
But certain individuals did stand out and the deserved winners were:
Player of the Year Tom Peters; Most Improved Player Ben Stephenson; and Young Player Jack Fletcher, who made an immediate and marked impact on his first year back in the land of his fathers. There was also a special award from The Diogenes Club, the ever growing band of supporters and ex-players, who gave their champagne moment to retiring captain Mat Webber for his efforts in leading the side and his dinner speech.
The Panthers also had an excellent season, finishing runners up in the East Riding Senior Merit and making the semi-finals of the play-offs.
Wilson announced his individual winners in: Player of the Year Alex Smith; Most Improved Player Sam Crabbe and Young Player Callum Neave.
The Pilgrims had an fine campaign, winning twice as many games as they lost, but it was their end of season tour to Northumberland, where they were the stars of the Morpeth RUFC beer festival, that produced the focus for Chris Mudd’s humorous resume before he announced his award
winners: Player of the Year Simon Richardson; Most Improved Player Ryan Mooney and Young Player Kenny Strangeway.
The 2013 John Smiths Pock 7s produced another great tournament on Good Friday and is so important to the well being of the club. It requires an immense amount of work behind the scenes, both before and on the day, and the Pock 7s Player of the Day award went to John Gilbank.
The 2012-13 season saw so many Pocklington sides prosper and consolidate, several producing a crop of outstanding youngsters who won representative honours, with a handful getting within touching distance of a major trophy. The team of the year cup was another difficult choice and eventually went to the Under 16s who produced a string of fine results against higher ranked teams and enjoyed a good cup run that took them to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Plate.