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Malvern RFC Celebrate Team Efforts

“Iron Man” George Withers named Player of the Year

Last Updated: May 11, 2015 12:00pm
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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Malvern RFC held the annual awards dinner at Spring Lane last Friday, when several new names went on to the trophies presented by Club President  David Robins.

The Development XV Most Improved Player award went to Joe Pain, whilst Kai Alton won the Development XV Player of the Year cup.

The award for The President’s Cup, for the Outstanding Young Player in the senior teams met with universal approval when the winner was announced as Laurie Essenhigh, who burst on to the first XV team sheets in his first year of senior rugby. Craig Freeman, first XV tight head prop, won the award for Most Improved Player, having moved up several levels when he joined Malvern from Kings Norton, having moved to the area last summer. Club Chairman Alan Evans then presented the Chairman’s Cup, which recognises the person who has done most for the club in the past year. This went to Sarah Curtis, in recognition of all the hard work she has put in with the junior section of the club over the past years.

Jack Longley was the popular winner of the trophy for Players’ Player of the Year, for his tireless work in the back row – and sometimes the second row when needed.  The major award of Player of the Year was carried off by George Withers, who earned his “Iron Man” tag by playing for every minute of every first XV match during the season. His hooking and ball carrying skills have been much in evidence all year and he was a popular winner.

After the official awards, Vince Hill took centre stage with his two sons Max and Ted as they presented the Club with their England and Midlands representative shirts. Everyone at the club is immensely proud of the two lads, who learned all of their rugby at Malvern and who are now on track for greater things, something which Robins alluded to during the evening. Malvern has always been proud to develop talent and push it on to higher levels, as seen by people like local lad Tim Streather, now at Saracens, and many others who have plied their trade at National League level. With the immense flow of talent now coming through from the Youth section, Malvern RFC is confident that there will be many more who started at Spring Lane who will gain representative honours.

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