Club close season with awards dinner

Left to right are Duncan Maccaig, Alan Lawson and Campbell Reid while kneeling is Jason McKie.
Left to right are Duncan Maccaig, Alan Lawson and Campbell Reid while kneeling is Jason McKie.

Wigtownshire Rugby Football Club rounded off their 2012–13 season recently with their 91st annual club dinner.

The event was hosted by past club president Alan Parker, who chaired the evening in his own inimitable, quick-witted style.

A large number of members and their guests representing rugby across the years locally were in attendance. They were joined by invited friends from Larne, Newton Stewart, Stewartry and Dumfries rugby clubs.

The speakers who joined chairman Alan at the top table were Alan Lawson, president of the Scottish Rugby Union; Bill Nolan, vice-president of the European Rugby Union (FIRA-AER); and Dougie (Slugger) Sloan, from Greenock Wanderers RFC.

Bobby Stevenson, past club captain, kicked off the evening by saying Grace, before the company was well fed by Sally Hair and her staff from Drumbreddan Catering.

This was followed by the announcement of the local annual awards by club president Davie Hunter. Mr Lawson was called upon to present them to the winners.

Top try scorer: club captain Andy Farquhar; most improved player: Corrie Hose; young player of the year: Campbell Reid; players’ player of the year: Jason McKie; club player of the years: Duncan Maccaig.

The speakers were then given the floor, Mr Nolan toasted “The Club”, providing an insight into his experiences of the sport from club level right through to the upper levels. Mr Lawson gave a “reply” to the toast, speaking with passion from the heart, about rugby from his playing days at club and international levels, of his year as SRU president and his vision for the future of rugby across Scotland. Mr Sloan then toasted “The Game” with tales and humour raising much laughter amongst the assembled company.

The evening was brought to a close by Davie Hunter, who thanked everyone for their contributions in making the evening a resounding success.