ORCs celebrate a superb season with a great night

By Contributor in Rugby

OKEHAMPTON Rugby club rounded off a hugely successful season for the club with their annual awards and presentation evening at the clubhouse.

The first team had a fine season, finishing mid table in their first season back at level six in South West one, ending up as highest placed Devon side. They also reached the final of the Devon Senior Cup for only the third time, putting in a fantastic effort, narrowly ending in defeat against an experienced Brixham side, regulars at the top end of the league above.

The seconds won Devon Merit table one for the first time ever, a superb achievement, suffering only one defeat throughout the whole season. Beating the likes of national league outfits Barnstaple and Exmouth along the way.

The colts had a mixed bag of results but have blooded many promising youngsters for the future, while the club also reformed a thirds/ Legends side for the first time in may years, a reflection of the increase in numbers and quality amongst the club’s senior ranks.

Award winners: First team — BJ Barkwell award, Gareth Evans; Clubman award, Ian Laingbridge; supporters’ players of the year, Kevin Dennis and Neil Perrott; players’ player, Pat Nash; out-standing performance, Gareth Espin; coaches’ award, Richie Friend; most improved, Karl Pearce; top try scorer, Kevin Dennis. Ewen award for young first team player of the year, Jake Shin.

Second team — players’ player, Tom Strawbridge; player of the year, Charlie White; most improved, Paddy Moyse; clubman award, John Short; coaches/captain’s award, Richard Drake.

Third/Legends team — Player/clubman of the year, Richie Camies; Colts players’ player, Ollie King; player of the year, Johnny King; most improved, George Ogbourne; coaches’ award, Archie Taylor.

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