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Wildcats captain Olly Mackett hosted ceremony with 1st XV captain Solomon Prestidge handing awards in front of 100-plus audience


By Pete Woodhouse


Wisbech Rugby Club held their annual awards evening for the 2018/19 season for the junior and senior players, club officials, parents and guests.

Wildcats captain Olly Mackett hosted the ceremony with 1st XV captain Solomon Prestidge handing out the awards in front of a 100-plus strong audience.

Mackett commented: “Many of these junior players will in the very near future be playing alongside the senior players so it is fantastic opportunity for the juniors and seniors came together to celebrate the season receiving their awards in front of their peers.”

Player of the Year L-R Solomon Prestidge (1st XV), Zac Lakey (Wildcats), George Howat (U16), Sam Dickerson (U15) (10205105)
Player of the Year L-R Solomon Prestidge (1st XV), Zac Lakey (Wildcats), George Howat (U16), Sam Dickerson (U15) (10205105)

Long Playing Service Award: Veteran Mark Goude who came out of retirement to the 1st XV.

Most promising Young Players-of-the-Year: 18-year old Luke Green.

First XV – Player-of-the-Year: Solomon Prestidge. Players’ Player: Pat Grote. Most Improved Player: Shared between 17-year olds Zac Lakey & Ben Goude.

Wildcats – Player-of-the-Year: Zac Lakey (17). Players’ Player: Veteran Iwan Jones. Most Improved James Cox (17).

U16 – Player-of-the-Year: George Howat. Players’ Player: Jack Robb. Most Improved Player: Jack Obey.

U15 – Player-of-the-Year: Sam Dickerson. Players’ Player: Billy Robinson. Most Improved Player: Jake Cavill.

Most improved L-R Zac Lakey & Ben Goude (1st XV), James Cox (Wildcats), Jack Obey (U16), Jake Cavill (U15) (10205108)
Most improved L-R Zac Lakey & Ben Goude (1st XV), James Cox (Wildcats), Jack Obey (U16), Jake Cavill (U15) (10205108)

The Chairman’s Cup was shared by Rachael Bateman and Nico Steenkamp. Rachael was recognised for her fantastic work over the last three seasons as safeguarding officer, organising various club social events including the ball and much more; head coach Nico for doing so much more than just his coaching role and in particular recognising his work with the younger players.

Clubman of The Year is shared by Ian Luck and Leonard Veenendaal who also picked up a RFU Mitsubishi Volunteer Recognition award.

Director of rugby Leonard Veenendaal said: “Our transition strategy and the work put in by the coaching staff over the last season has seen a number of our under-17 successfully transition to adult rugby making their debuts in the Wildcats and 1st XV which has been reflected by the awards this evening.

“The current U16's will join this seasons U17's to form an U18 colts side for 2019/20 which will train with the senior players, as the under-17's did this season which proved to be very effective and successful.

“Their future is looking bright and there is a buzz of excitement and enthusiasm building throughout the squad ahead of the 2019/20 season.”

• Line-ups.

Player of the Year. From left: Solomon Prestidge (1st XV), Zac Lakey (Wildcats), George Howat (U16), Sam Dickerson (U15).

Most improved. From left: Zac Lakey & Ben Goude (1st XV), James Cox (Wildcats), Jack Obey (U16), Jake Cavill (U15).



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