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At the end of Sunday’s Cornish Pirates versus Yorkshire Carnegie match played at the Mennaye Field, certain Annual Awards were then made from in front of the main Truro & Penwith College grandstand.
PA announcer Phil Westren firstly expressed thanks to sponsors, supporters, cherished volunteers and to all who positively get behind the Pirates. Also, in speaking briefly about the playing season, he highlighted the truly considerable efforts made by the club’s coaches, players and all other associated staff who have once again been fully committed.
After Cornish Pirates’ COO Robin James was invited to present the afternoon’s St. Austell Brewery man-of-the-match award to Dan Frost, the following Annual Awards were made:
The Edwin Bryant Trophy – This fine trophy, a handcrafted-mounted rugby ball in cedar, is presented in memory of Edwin Bryant, a respected rugby man who was for many years a member of the Cornwall Rugby Referees’ Society. The award goes annually to a player – perhaps an unsung hero – who has been a squad member for at least three seasons, with voting arranged by the Cornish Pirates Supporters Club. Edwin’s widow Carole and CPSC official Jacob Englefield presented the trophy to – Jack Andrew.
John Stirling Memorial Cup for Commitment – Presented annually since 1999, John’s widow Wendy presented the trophy this year to someone who has always been commit-ted throughout his time with the Pirates, this season as captain. The winner was – Brett Beukeboom.
The Dave Berryman Cup – to the Volunteer of the Year. Phil Westren commented that the Pirates have been blessed to have had so many fine volunteers throughout the club’s history, playing their part to keep the club going and to progress, including Penzance & Newlyn RFC ‘s Chairman, Scott Dugdale. Scott was unable to attend the game, however another true stalwart, Paul Greaves, who was the first time winner of the trophy back in 2014) presented the trophy, this year not to an individual, but to a group, in the form of Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s – Pirates Supporters Club (represented by Wendy Stirling, Diane Freeman and Ann Tucker).
The Roger Pascoe Cup – Another special trophy, this is presented annually to the Supporters ‘Player of the Season’. It is in memory of former player Roger ‘Paco’ Pascoe, who made over 1,000 appearances for the club. The President of the Pirates Supporters Club, ‘Tinks’ Youngson, had been expected to make the award but she was away, however her colleagues Wendy, Diane and Ann presented the award, the winner for a second year running, to – Kyle Moyle.
Clubman of the Year –The Chairman of the Cornish Pirates, Paul Durkin (who also mentioned that certain welcome good news would soon be announced), presented this award to someone fully deserving, a true and traditional rugby man who holds the values of the game dear. Frustrated with injury these past couple of seasons he has worked tremendously hard getting back to fitness, whilst he has also again been busy community-wise and in other areas (Facebook match coverage commentator and leading match programme contributor etcetera). The deserved winner was – Tom Channon.
The President’s Cup – This final trophy was presented by Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s President, Terry Drew, to the player who, in his opinion, has been the most outstanding contributor on the field during the season. First presented by Dicky Evans to Richard Carroll in 2003, this year’s chosen winner was – Brett Beukeboom.
To conclude, sincere best wishes were expressed to those who were departing the club, whilst a reminder was also given that further important awards will be made at next Sunday’s Dinner & Awards event to be held at the Penventon Hotel, Redruth.
Opening of The Queen Elizabeth Stand
Following the passing this season of stalwart supporter Ron Rogers, his brother Dave kindly called by the club office recently to deliver a small suitcase of archive material.
The support given by the Cornish Pirates to members of the community over the years has been outstanding.