Ashley awarded top accolade at Weston

PUBLISHED: 07:31 29 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:21 24 May 2010

Ashley Russell.

Ashley Russell.

ASHLEY Russell was voted player of the year at Weston's presentation evening at the clubhouse. Russell (23), who started his rugby career in the club's Under-9 mini squad

ASHLEY Russell was voted player of the year at Weston's presentation evening at the clubhouse.Russell (23), who started his rugby career in the club's Under-9 mini squad, and has now completed 100 first team appearances, was presented with the Ted Hurman Salver by playing of rugby chairman Chris Heath.Coach Peter Sloman presented the Peter Spencer Trophy to flanker Kevin Hobbs. Club captain Andrew Glen, who was absent for most of the season through injury, thanked the players for their efforts and there were also words of praise for the club's management.The young player of the year was centre Matthew McQuaid, currently in South Africa with the British Police team. McQuaid's trophy was collected on his behalf by Paul Sprague. United's player of the season was young lock Craig Chase and the Wanderers skipper Paul Burns presented the most improved player, players' player and player of the year awards to Mark Dodds, Richard Bishop and Howard Evans respectively.Mr Heath reported on the success of the Colts who had completed a hat-trick of victories in the Somerset Cup final. Their top try scorer was Chris Young, most points were scored by Harry Warman and top appearer was Tom Wheatley. The young colt trophy went to flanker George Wright, the colts' clubman was centre Henry Monelle and winger Young was awarded the player of the year cup, which was handed to him by coach David Burge.Skipper Simon Hudson presented gifts to coaches Burge, Paul Whatley and Chris Heath and there were bouquets for chefs Sarah and Ann-Marie.Club chairman Bill Poole thanked the bar staff, the medical team, Paul Tottle and Ray Monelle from the junior section, Seamus McNally, Paul Burns, Bob Hedges and coach Peter Sloman before presenting the Chairman's Cup to Chris Heath for his outstanding work during the season.The prestigious Clubman of the Year Trophy went to Nigel Cullum.The evening ended with a memorial toast to former prop forward Andrew Steele, who passed away earlier this year.

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