Tight head prop Ollie Drake and team assistant Alan Rice receive prestigious awards
Around 200 guests were present at Pontypool RFC’s Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at The Parkway Hotel and Spa in Cwmbran on Friday evening (11 May 2018), writes Ray Ruddick. It was a celebration of a historic season with the club being crowned WRU National Championship champions for the second consecutive season, an invincible Championship season, winning all 22 games and the club also enjoyed an impressive WRU National Cup run, again reaching the quarter-finals. The evening was compered by Peter Jeffreys, Executive Chairman of Pontypool RFC and the guest speaker was the BBC broadcaster Phil Steele, who had his audience in laughter with some humorous stories.
The awards were as follows:
Captain’s Award – Rob Nash
Supporters’ Player of the Year – Mike Herbert
Highest Points Scorer – Matthew Jones (168)
Highest Try Scorer – Clayton Gullis (18)
Most Promising Players – Mike Herbert & Jordan Thomas
Players’ Player of the Year – Aaron Coundley
M5 Associates Award (Sponsor) – Kieran Meek
100 Appearances – Clayton Gullis (119) & Aaron Quick (119)
50 Appearances – Rhodri Usher (50)
Most Appearances – Clayton Gullis (25) & Kieran Meek (25) - all league & cup games
27 of the playing squad was in attendance and each was presented with their WRU National Championship-winning medal – Rob Nash, Aaron Coundley, Callum Davies, Aaron Quick, Kieran Meek, Mike Herbert, Ben Parry, Tom Hancock, Dan Robinson, Martin Luckwell, Marc Thorley, Clayton Gullis, Jordan Thomas, Joel Mahoney, Lewis Ball, Ben Sparks, Matthew Jones, Brendan Lampitt, Owen Williams, Jamie Jeune, Lewis Prothero, Rhodri Usher, Curtis Gregory, Ollie Drake, Ethan Davies, Tom Baker, Alex Watkins.
The two most prestigious awards are the Player of the Season and Clubman of the Season which is now called the Chairman’s Award, in memory of the club’s late chairman, Barrie Calder-Matthews. The Player of the Season award went to tight head prop Ollie Drake for his consistently good performances throughout the campaign. The Chairman’s Award went to club assistant Alan Rice. Alan has been a supporter for over 40 years and has been a team assistant for the last few years. He attends almost every training session and every match helping with the team preparation such as kit, water bottles, tackle bags etc and Alan has been rewarded for his commitment to the club.