Much fun was had at the 2016/17 annual dinner held last weekend. Kingsmen and women from across the generations gathered to celebrate the club in traditional fashion – with several toasts, some eating and a bit of dancing to round off a fine evening.
The evening was opened by chairman Marc Avery who invited departing player Andrew ‘Powers’ Pearson to say grace, which he duly delivered in fine, if stumbling, Latin.
Club Captain Iain Metters (standing on a chair so all could see him) provided an overview of the season, which saw King’s achieve its highest league position in the modern era, a cup final and a notable triple over our local rivals. Huzzah!
Club President Nigel Heaton then provided a heart-warming toast to the health and future of the club taking in a few risqué anecdotes along the way.
Following the traditional award of club colours, a number of special awards were presented to round off a truly memorable evening.
Newcomer of the year was awarded John Behan for a sterling debut season.
Ceri Thomas was named player’s player of the season for his consistent contributions both on and off the field.
Jack McAvoy, who is stepping down as captain of the 1s after four glorious years was made a club vice-president.
This year also saw the presentation of the inaugural Brudenell Award. Named after Michael Brudenell, the longest serving President of our rugby club the award is presented to the Club Member who best represents the values of the club and the values shared by Mike Brudenell.
The club rose to its feet as one to cheer the inaugural winner of the Brudenell Award, Iain ‘Von’ Metters. As the citation read by former President Stewart Hartley set out: “Von is the glue that holds the club together. From looking after Trust business to chasing team selections, ensuring keys turn up for training (usually), the club simply wouldn't run without him. Small in stature, big in status. “
A worthy winner of the award and he clearly sets the benchmark for us all to follow.
With many smiling faces and a few empty glasses, King’s toasted the season well.
Roll on next season!