The definition of a ball: Attenders wear evening attire, which is specified on the invitation as black tie or white tie (the most formal). Social dance forms a large part of the evening; actual ballroom dancing may or may not occur.
Well the formal wear was respected on the whole (Brenton Bekker), no ballroom dancing, but some enthusiastic ceilidhing and lashings of Abba helped this to be one of the most memorable events in Dundee Rugby’s recent history.
Attended by well over 200 club men and women, there where representatives from Dundee Eagles, Players, Ex-players, Coaches, Committee, Club members, volunteers and local businessmen.
A great spread was put on by the Apex hotel with a lovely chicken dinner (no Callum Kerrs where harmed) and the wine flowed, it’s even rumored that JJ had a good time.
The event no doubt was a great fund raiser for the club, but the main focus was a celebration of season 2015/16 and to reflect and honor the great and good.
The first two awards of the evening, Club supporter of the Year and Clubman of the year.
This year’s Supporters of the Year was a very popular choice – Suzanne & Jeff Kent- This was greeted with raptures and Jeff could be seen filling up the cup at various points throughout the evening.
Clubman of the year –
or in this case club woman, was awarded to Shelagh Allison – who has worked tirelessly, throughout the year including the weekly raffle on match days, but most noticeably organised and ran the hugely successful Terry Alison/Sarcoma UK Dinner.
On to the players awards introduced by club head coach Colin Sangster
This annual competition was collected by Ewan Fox, to the delight of the player’s table (stuck in the back corner as far away from the civilised members as possible).
The Terry Allison Award for Best New Comer – This was a hotly contested trophy this year with nominations for Patrick Hamilton, Neil Herron, Connor Wood and Ewan Fox. But this years award went to the Flyer from Leuchars, Matacagi Ice who’s try scoring performances have caught the eye of many at Mayfield.
Unfortunately, in his absence Ice was unable to come forward and collect his award. This duty was left to the always dependable Rab “the turk” Pullar. Who graciously received it on Ice’s behalf, always mindful of the occassion Rab took the trophy with class.
Most Improved player-
Another tough decision for the playing committee with serious considerations in this years squad. Nominees included Duncan Lees, Rab Pullar, Stuart “Beezy” Barlow and Paul Ritch. However the award went to young Connor Wood who broke into the first team having arrived from Kirckaldy to attend Abertay University. Well done the Crow!
Titan’s player of the year-
Captain Crogger Owen Dyer (Ayer) done good and scooped the prize ahead of Stu Barlow, Paul Ritch and Cinton Davey.
Player’s Player of the Year –
Considered by Rugby purists to be the highest honor, being nominated by your peers, this years award went to Gavin Hughan – who brings his personal awards tally to two this year. (If you can’t figure it out don’t worry).
Player of the Year –
This years award went to Andy Dymock, who was awake and able to make his way forward to collect his prize.
This event was marvelously run by Ken & Lynda McKay and their team (of who there are too many to name individually). And it was great to see so many people travel from around the country to attend. Special mention has to go to club legend Phil Wallace who was there all the way from OZ.
Club President Fraser Clarkson was pleased to bring to a close proceedings and the revelers dispersed into the Dundee Night. Good times had by all and lets hope we don’t have to waits so long for the next club dinner dance.