(by Howard Evans)
(PHOTO SHOWS RHODRI HUGHES RIGHT ON TOP AGAINST LLANELLI)
Despite having to put off the annual Aberavon RFC award night for two months, the event finally took place in the clubhouse itself.
The reason for the original cancellation was that the club’s Talbot Athletic Ground had been needed for the Premiership Play-off between Pontypool and Llanelli.
When it did get underway young lock forward Rhodri Hughes ended a sensational first season with the ‘Wizards’ by scooping the Player’s Player of the Year, the Club Player of the Year and the Coaches’ Award..
Wales under-20 back-row forward Jac Morgan had returned from the world Cup in Argentina and took the Most Promising Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year (The Sean Conneely Award).
Newly-appointed captain Joe Tomalin-Reeves was confident of a successful new season and Aberavon are certainly on the hunt for trophies. Joe also picked up the Clubman of the Year and Merlin Man-of-the-Match (Supporters Club) Award.
Speeches came from club chairman Andrew Vaughan John, the club’s commercial manager and defence coach Chris Davies, front-row coach Marc Breeze, Mrs Mair John, captain and outside half James Garland, backs coach Lyndon Lewis and head coach Jason Hyatt.
Presenters of the awards also included former Wales wing Les Keen, former Wales B forward Ogwen
Alexander and the club’s all-time points record-holder Jamie Davies.
Jason Hyatt said: “There was some great work by all the players and coaches last season that ensured a top-six finish as it is very important that the club is involved at the highest possible level.”
He also stated that one of the reasons for success was the number of supporters who followed the team away and it appears that many are prepared to go with the team to their three matches
in Scotland next summer.
The squad are in training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the club’s 25th Annual Golf Day
will take place at The Grove Golf Club in Porthcawl on Friday, August 16.