Thanks to Vic and his caterer (Vic did all the set up) and we had an excellent meal.
|Vic and friend|
|Our Servers: Natalie, someone in the middle and Jared. Thanks!|
|Dapper Master of Ceremonies brought in at great expense.|
(Has trouble remembering names)
The picture below shows Derrick Weber contemplating rugby in one of the 3 and 1/8 games he played this year. He originally injured his ankle playing indoor soccer (co-ed) in the winter then went on light duty at work with a wrist problem. He played the first two games then stepped on a piece of broken bottle and damaged his heel. He missed only a couple of games but broke his toe after 10 minutes against Stratford. He only made it back for the last league game. Also he turned thirty this year (it does not get any easier Derrick). For this reason he got the rarely given "thanks for coming out" award. Surprisingly there was some competition this year with Nick Lemieux who broke his thumb after 5 minutes in the second exhibition game and Kyle Wilson only playing two games (shoulder).
|watching last season go by|
|Dillion: Rookie of the Year|
Poker.... that's just like playing cards.
|Alex: on right: Comeback Player of the Year.|
|Nick and Ross: Clubmen of the Year 2014|
The picture of Ross on right is not out of focus - Ross is.
Nick was and continues to be the fixture secretary and did a great job in this position but he also spearheaded our application for a Trillium grant. The whole process is a lot of hard work and we ultimately received $66 000 to renovate the clubhouse. To this point we have put on a new roof, repaired water damage to walls and re-painted most of the rooms. We will be adding new flooring soon and later this winter change rooms with showers will be built. He has also spend a great deal of time working to get the clubhouse ready for the dinner. For these reasons Nick Lemieux deserves the Clubman of the Year for 2014.
Not to lessen Nick's award but to recognize Ross Matheson's extraordinary work the past year in the area of coaching . Ross returned to the club after about 15 years elsewhere (the local farm team) and although he wanted to be lower profile for the start he stepped up took over a big leadership role on the team. . Ross attended most practices, lead fitness and coaching drills and was asked to be captain on the field in the absence of the regular captain due to injury. Ross has also accepted the job as club manager for 2015.
Congratulations to both Ross and Nick.
Congratulations to both Ross and Nick.
Club Manager and Team Captain presented Vic Blaney with the 2014 Player of the Year award as the main player on our side that other teams look out for in terms of hard running with the ball and devastating tackling. The mere fact that Vic is out there opens up lanes for other players.
|Vic does not normally dress like this - just after practices and formal affairs.|
|It turns out I don't have a lot of pictures of Jake|
Other dinner guests enjoying the ambiance:
|Chris and Bill (life members): Scott and Dave (former players)|
|Jim(an original member of the team 38 years ago this spring), Martin (former player) and Paul (life member)|
|Elizabeth, Chantel and Mary|
|Kyle and M.P. (Kyle says he is going to get her more letters for Christmas)|
|A new player to the club this year Chris and Melissa|
|Brendan (clubhouse manager) and another Melissa.|
|Bob and Vanessa (aka Melissa)|
|Presentation of the special Kylebob awards. Always anticipated and enjoyed by some.|
Introduction of the first Jian Ghomeshi award to Derrick
|Jon and Vera|
|Martin is not sure he heard Milli correctly.|
on education: "You train a bunch of monkeys to do something but as soon as one starts throwing shit".
on his profession: "I'm all over that like a fat screw salesman on a smartee "
on fashion: "I always buy motorcycle tee shirts because they are so large you don't have to wear pants."
on something: "It attracts me like a moth to a fly."
A special thanks to our team photographer, Jennifer Reichow, for her collection of pictures from the year and the comments.
We always wondered what we would do after the awards we given out if we held the dinner at Alway. What would members do after and how would we get them back to town so they can go to the Legion and cheer up the veterans. We solved these problems by running out of beer and so every one left.
(Bob is right beside the place where the no smoking sign is going).
|I am not sure exactly where he is going to put that phone (just don't ask to use it)|