The IWRFC marked the end of their season with the annual awards evening in Newport, where an array of awards were presented for on-field and off-field exploits.
2nd team player of the year was presented by captain Colman Cotter to consistent backrower Nick Joyce.
1st team player of the year was presented by captain Brett Evans to game-breaking fullback Dan Stirrup.
Young player of the year was presented to ferocious flanker Tom Hatch.
The coveted players’ player of the year as voted for on the night was won by ever-present second row Adam Thomas.
Kaya Simpson received a special award for her regular and much appreciated contributions at training and for catering at home games throughout the season.
Nick Puckett presented his Chairman’s award to the much loved Tanner brothers, Martin & Dave. Martin is pictured receiving the award on the pair’s behalf.
However, the centrepiece of the evening was one Charles David Metcalfe. Dave was firstly feted by Dave Marsden of Hampshire RFU, who made a special trip on the night to award him the Hampshire RFU’s Volunteer Award, in honour of Mr Metcalfe’s immeasurable contribution to the IWRFC, Vectis RFC and Hampshire Rugby themselves.
The man of the moment wasn’t finished there though, as he was awarded Paul Simpson’s President’s Award for his tireless work for the IWRFC, before becoming the most recent recipient of the rarely awarded Life Member’s tie. A well deserving recipient indeed.
After the formalities concluded, the IWRFC players, members and SLAGS (Spouses, Ladies and Girlfriends) toasted this season’s memories and looked ahead to the next campaign.