The local rugby faithful gathered at Wigtownshire Rugby Club on the evening of Saturday 26th April to celebrate the season past and the great game.
‘Shire members and friends were joined by guests from Birkmyre, Stewartry, Newton Stewart and Larne Rugby Clubs. Chairman for evening Alan Parker welcomed everyone and introduced the guests and speakers, Tom Wilson, Greenock RFC, Jim Stevenson, Past President of the Scottish Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby Council Member, and Ken Fletcher, Birkmyre RFC and “The Scottish Farmer” publication. He then asked for Grace to be said, in response not one but two were given by John Low, from Stewartry and Stevie Weatherup, from Larne. A fine repast, featuring Galloway Beef, provided by Drumbreddan Catering , was eagerly devoured.
The event continued with the Wigtownshire 2014 Awards. Club President David Hunter, invited Jim Stevenson to make the presentations, and then announced the following winners.
Top Try Score – Duncan McCaig
Most Improved Player – Stewart Cameron
Player’s Player of the Year – Jason McKie
Young Player of the Year – Corrie Hose
Player of the Year – Micky Hastie
With Mr Parker in charge, things moved on. Tom Wilson raised laughter in the room and every ones spirits with his extensive fine repertoire of jokes and stories. Jim Stevenson gave an insight into the current state of Scottish Rugby at all levels. He also invited question from the floor, addressing matters of interest raised, from his experience and knowledge of the game. He concluded by offering a toast to club “Wigtownshire”. Last but not least, Ken Fletcher took the floor, speaking on his personal involvement in rugby and to great general mirth his, at times embellished for effect, knowledge of the assembled audience. He brought the formal speeches to a close with a toast to the game, “Rugby”. A vote of thanks to all involved in the evening was given by Davie Hunter, wishing everyone a safe journey home. Appreciation was show by those in attendance by way of loud applause.