Trophy time for Maroons stars

Jack Braithwaite (left) won the Whitby Gazette Man of the Match award and shared the Players Player of the Year Award with Luke Brown (right), presented by George Heward. Pictures by Jenny Brown-Wood.
Jack Braithwaite (left) won the Whitby Gazette Man of the Match award and shared the Players Player of the Year Award with Luke Brown (right), presented by George Heward. Pictures by Jenny Brown-Wood.
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Whitby RUFC ended a memorable season with a fitting awards dinner at the club last Friday.

The event was attended by both the first and second-team squad members along with a whole host of club members.

Jannie Jacobs (above left) and Richard Hare (above right) shared the first teams Young Player of the Year award, presented by Harvey Richardson

Jannie Jacobs (above left) and Richard Hare (above right) shared the first teams Young Player of the Year award, presented by Harvey Richardson

The second team, under the management of Rob Reed and guidance of coach Chris Gibson, fulfilled every fixture, and gave the opportunity of playing regular rugby to many.

The awards for the second team went to Will Richardson for Player’s Player of the Year and the Most Promising Youngster, with Harry Francis scooping the Player of the Year award.

The first team, who ended the season in fourth position in Northumberland and Durham Two after only their second season since promotion, also celebrated their successes.

The Player of the Year and Top Try-Scorer, with 19, went to fly-half Sam Webster, who had a great season.

The Young Player of the Year was shared between Jannie Jacobs and Richard Hare, who although stillyoung, showed great spirit and determination throughout the season.

Stuart Gregson deservedly won the Most Improved Player, after keeping his calm on several occasions throughout the season to score valuable points at key times in games.

Jack Braithwaite won the Whitby Gazette Man of the Match award and also shared the spoils for the Player’s Player of the Season with Luke Brown, who for the second season running, ot his hands on the trophy.

First-team ties were presented to Mitchell Cannon, Jacobs, Aaron Jones and Braithwaite for all completing the required 30 games through the season.

The club now moves onto next season, with both a new coach and manager due to Matt Webster and Matt Jones stepping down from their current roles.

Former club captains Steve Allen and Oliver Roberts will be stepping up to take charge of this young exciting squad, who have done everybody proud during the 2016/17 season.