Last night’s Award’s Dinner, hosted by Truro & Penwith College and organised by Friends of Cornish Rugby, was not only a resounding success but also a fun filled evening and a night to remember.
Held in the superb refectory at the Penzance campus, we had a foretaste of what is likely to be on offer at the Stadium For Cornwall where the College will base its catering faculty and train the Jamie Olivers of the future.
Congratulations are due to the students and staff for producing a superb meal enhanced by extremely efficient and friendly service.
MC for the evening was the ever effervescent Ian Connell, Chairman of the Board and providing the tunes for the evening Jan Rendall on the decks.
Martin Tucker, Director of Penwith College, presented further insights into the community benefits of the Stadium and to their students, whilst assuring all present that the Stadium will become a reality.
The awards presentation itself had a certain poignancy as we bade farewell to a few stand out players who are moving onwards & upwards, but proud to be associated with the hashtag #OnceAPirate.
Matt Evans -Community Player Of The Year
First up for award was Matt Evans, Community Player Of The Year, the flag bearer for the Cornish Pirates Community initiative which has continued to work with a wide range of organisations and charities.
Kieran Hallett - Monckton Cup For Achievement *
Ian Connell presented this award to the club’s top points scorer for the past three seasons and who in November played for the Championship XV against Canada
Craig Holland - Try Of The Season
Introduced last year and won first by Kyle Moyle who presented this year's award to Craig Holland
The winning try was one of two scored by Craig in the memorable 45-38 win against Bristol in February.
Tom Channon - Sportsman Of The Year **
Won last year by Tom Kessell. This year the award was presented by Martin Tucker to Tom Channon.
Alex Dancer - Most Improved Player
This award seems to have the name Alex on it as last year it went to Alex Cheesman.
This year General Manager Tom Magill presented the trophy to Alex Dancer who has stepped up to the mark this season with consistently fine performances
Darren Barry - Player Of The Year
Ian Connell presented this award to Darren Barry who has not only developed as a player but has also been a great squad member. The Pirates will be sorry to see him move to Worcester Warriors but was thanked for his services and given best wishes
Players' Player Of The Year - Tom Kessell
Introduced in 2010, this trophy is sponsored by Kernow Model Rail Centre.
The award went last year to this season’s club captain Chris Morgan, who presented it to Tom Kessell, this year’s winner.
Having joined Bristol Rugby for the conclusion of this season’s campaign, Tom had been on the bench earlier for Bristol who won their first leg Championship semi-final 32-20 at home to Rotherham Titans.
We wish him every success next season at his new club, Northampton Saints.
Finally A Leaving Present For Mikey Burroughs
Physiotherapist Mikey Burroughs is off to Brentford FC next season; he was thanked for his services and presented with a leaving present by Jamal Ford-Robinson.
Jamal is now at Bristol Rugby where he has signed a contract to play next season.
* Monckton Cup For Achievement
This trophy is presented in memory of Bill and Brian Monckton. A father-son combination who were both former players, they also served on the committee and were respected officers of the club.
** Sportsman Of The Year - Mike Toms was the first winner back in 1988
The Stirling Cup For Commitment –
This award will be presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting to be held in July.
It was presented to the club by the family of the late John Stirling, who was a great club stalwart, as is his wife, Wendy, and their son Treve.
A numberof other awards were made at th elast home game this season
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