Full back Ed Howley picked up the prestigious Neath Supporters Player of the Year award for 2016/17.
At a sparkling end-of-season ceremony held in a packed Hospitality Suite at The Gnoll Clubhouse, the promising Neath No.15 was voted the club’s outstanding player for his exciting performances during a season which saw him accumulate 309 points including 18 tries for the Welsh All Blacks.
18 year old flanker Charlie Davies took the Best Young Player Award after making huge strides during his first season of senior rugby.
While, at the other end of the scale, that hugely influential centre –and occasional outside-half ! Gavin Evans collected the Best Newcomer award.
Hooker Aled Morris who frequently turned out at flanker during the season was voted Clubman of the Year.
Scrum-half Chris Morgans was presented with his club cap for passing 100 appearances.
A special award was made to centre Keiran Williams who captained the Wales Under-20’s for whom he enjoyed an outstanding personal campaign in the Six Nations. Unfortunately, Keiran is injured and has to sit out this summer’s Under-20’s World Cup although team-mates Reuben Morgan-Williams and Aled Ward will be keeping the Neath flag flying in Georgia.
Flanker Alun Jones received a Neath jersey after being forced to retire from the Game following the leg injury he suffered in the opening home game of the season against RGC in September and fellow back-row forward Leon Ward received the “Magic Moment” award.
Neath’s annual awards night incorporates the Supporters’ Club “Hall of Fame” too and Neath secretary Mike Price recalled the achievements of the latest five Neath RFC greats to be so honoured. Roy John, Glen Ball, Dai Parker, Elgan Rees and Phil Pugh were voted by supporters to be the latest inductees to the “Hall of Fame” – Roy and Glen’s daughters collected the awards on their behalf while Dai, Elgan and Phil shared many nostalgic memories of their days in the All Blacks shirt.
In keeping with the traditions of this now annual event, the “past” made the presentations to the “present” and vice-versa – awards being made by Dai Morris, Glyn Shaw, Mike Thomas, Martyn Morris, Paul Williams and Elgan Rees and by Ed Howley, Gavin Evans, Chris Morgans, Rhys Jones and captain Jordan Collier.
INDUCTEES GROUP 2017
At the end of another superb annual event which continues to go from strength to strength, Supporters’ Club chairman Len Kowalski commented, “Our awards night is rather unique bringing together as it does the heroes of the past with those of the present. It highlights the great traditions of Neath RFC and cements the bond between players and supporters which has long existed at the Neath Club.”
The “Hall of Fame” is now well-established and the full list of inductees to date is :-
NEATH RUGBY SUPPORTERS CLUB
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES