Rugby World Cup winner Andy leads Biggy’s end of season celebrations

Rugby club awards: Steve 'Stan' Matthews, Andy Gomarsall, Mike Williams, Jimmy Caulfield/ PNL-150520-151253002
Rugby club awards: Steve 'Stan' Matthews, Andy Gomarsall, Mike Williams, Jimmy Caulfield/ PNL-150520-151253002

England’s World Cup winning scrum half Andy Gomarsall was speaker at Biggleswade rugby club’s annual awards dinner on Friday.

Andy gave a fantastic insight from inside the team into the 2003 World Cup campaign.

He went on to describe the electrifying final 60 seconds of the final and how the England team had prepared for every scenario that the Australians could have thrown at them.

Andy had played in the game preceding the final but was on the bench for the final in Sydney.

Also at the dinner was guest referee Ron Gore who was a former Biggleswade player with the dinner presided over by retiring club chairman Steve ‘Stan’ Matthews. The awards for the 2014/15 season were:

First XV player of the season, Michael Haddow:

Second/Development XV player of the season: Kyle Loan

Third XV player of the season Darren Lines.

Most Improved Player, across all senior sides went to Gareth Rutt while the new Pete Bean Trophy for the Development Squad player of the season was awarded to Elliot Tunstall, a player of whom great things are expected in a Biggy shirt.

The Malcolm Carlisle Trophy for Mini or Youth coach of the season went to Matt ‘Stavros’ Trigg for his work with the Under 16s team. Stavros has also coached the First XV but will be concentrating on the colts side next season in order to further develop the young talent at the club.

The prestigious Jordan Cup for Club Man of the year goes to Graham Place, sporting an impressive beard, who has been webmaster and also picked up the running of the Minis tour and much of the Minis coordinator’s role partway through the season and rescued the organisation of the Minis Tour.

The club’s highest award is an Honours Tie, awarded not for one season’s glory but for consistent work through the club, often a name that many club members do not instantly recognise and an award that is rarely made.

This year there was an Honours Tie awarded to former captain and now sponsorship manager Alan Hilditch.

In his final year as club chairman Steve Matthews made two personal awards to people who have been behind the scenes since his days as a minis coach. These went to Richard Phipps and Martin Harwood.