The curtain came down on Lincoln Rugby Club’s 2018/19 campaign after they held their end of season awards night over the weekend.
The contribution of the club’s volunteers was praised including Mike and Sharon Stringer, Ady Brodrick, Neil Haire, Rob Boultwood, Chris Barrett and others who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
Special ties were awarded to younger players that entered senior rugby this season, as well as to those who reached certain appearance milestones.
The biggest award of the evening – 2018/19 Clubman of the Year – was given to physio Helen Quinn for her tremendous contribution to the club and her hard work on and off the field.
After the awards ceremony Lincoln’s Director of Rugby Chris Barrett said: “I would personally like to thank everyone for the support over the past season. From players to the background staff it’s made my role much easier and pleasure to be a director of the club.
“We all love this club and it’s been one of the best seasons in 23 years. We go on to better things, this is the club that can change the way rugby is played at grass roots and with the development of the game we are at the forefront of the county.”
Centre Lewis Wilson picked up the Manager’s Player of the Season as well as being named as the Players’ Player of the Season by his team-mates.
Brothers Matt and Jake Keeton were named as the first team’s Most Improved Players of the Season.
Jack Miles was named as the 1st XV’s Young Player of the Season. Will Scammell picked up the top try scorer award after his 15 tries for the first team in all competitions this season.
There was also a special mention and gifts for departing first team players James Kirk, Josh Pratt and Joe Moore.
The first team finished seventh in Midlands Two East (North) before ending the season as Lincolnshire County Cup champions with victory over Stamford.
Brad Nixon and James Johnson named Tom Dowdy as the Imps XV’s Manager’s Player of the Season.
Grant Laws was given the Players’ Player of the Season award.
Both players performed excellently for the Imps this season, as well as making some appearances in the first team.
Lincoln Imps XV finished their season in 10th position in the Security Plus Pennant Group 1 table.
Adam Kelleher named Alex Brodrick as the Manager’s Player of the Season for the third team.
Nathan Lowndes was nominated by his team-mates as the winner of the Players’ Player of the Season award.
Lincoln’s 3rd XV finished their season in 8th position in the Security Plus Pennant Group 3 table.
Head coach Brian Kelly named Rose Buchanan, who took over as vice-captain halfway through the season, as the Manager’s Player of the Season.
Jade Morgan was named as the Players’ Player of the Season for Lincoln Ladies.
Gemma Richardson and Katie Lee who hadn’t played rugby before this season were named as the Most Improved Players of the Season.
Clare Brown’s 16 tries saw her pick up Lincoln Ladies’ top try scorer award. Her impressive tally also saw her finish as the club’s overall top try scorer for 2018/19.
Lincoln Ladies finished their season in third position in the Women’s National Challenge Midlands 2 North table.
Meanwhile, Lincoln Ladies quartet Linda McLean, Lynne Brooker, Rose Buchanan and Georgia McElhinney played for RAF Women’s Rugby League side in their 56-0 Challenge Cup defeat against Bradford Bulls at Sleaford Rugby Club on Sunday.
McLean captained the side in what was the team’s first year in the competition.
Boston Ladies won 27-7 at Deeping Devils on Saturday. Karolina Kacirkova crossed for two tries and Hannah Booth and Charlize Arundell each scored one. Booth kicked two conversions and one penalty. Boston Rugby Club is hosting Stump 7s tournament and beer festival on June 15.
It is free team entry to the XRugby7s Tournament. There will be local ales and bands throughout the day. For more information about the event contact David on 07710 379657.