2020, the Year of the Boar was a great success for the Parkes Boars Rugby Union Club across all levels both on and off the field.
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The Sub Junior and Junior divisions continue to grow as many of the 'retired' senior players now turn their hands to coaching, managing and organising.
A celebration of the junior teams was held on Saturday morning at the Coachman Hotel under the watchful eye of parents and supporters, where the budding Boars were rewarded for their hard work this season.
In its inaugural year, the Womens side had as many wins as losses, but with 26 registered players all vowing to return in 2021 the future looks brilliant for this growing group of sportswomen.
It's fair to say both first and second grade sides enjoyed a successful season; with both playing in Mudgee on grand final day.
Second grade unfortunately went down to a strong Narromine Gorillas side 37-12, but it was a tremendous achievement to reach the pointy end of the season after recording five wins and four losses in 2020.
First grade of course took home the chocolates in one of the great grand finals, led superbly by captain-coach Josh Miles.
Plenty of supporters were on hand to cheer on both sides in their grand finals and when the referee blew the whistle the crowd absolutely erupted.
Under 6's: each player received a medallion
Best and Fairest: Jaylan Richardson
Most Improved: Riley Hood
Coaches Award: Bobby Webb
Best and Fairest: Eamon Moody
Most Improved: Toby Ross
Coaches Award: Max MacGregor
Best and Fairest: Sonny MacGregor
Best Defensive Player: Ewan Moody
Players Player: Kyan Rathbone
Best Attaching Player: Dom Gibson
Coaches Award: Joselyn Folau
Malakai Fisiilose Memorial Junior Clubman of the Year: Maely MacGregor
President Kevin Oliver opened the event by thanking the players, sponsors, those working behind-the-scenes and the families of Parkes Rugby who all work together for the success of the club.
Kevin reiterated what so many had said before about the unusual circumstances of the year and praised those who took care of the health and well-being of club members so seriously.
Kevin presented four bouquets to the hard working women of rugby who made his job so much easier: Madeline Swan, Cath Ryan, Bronwyn Oliver and Emma Danson.
Kevin also made special mention to Di and Stewart Elliot for managing the Rugby Bar each week and for their continued support.
As in previous years past president and key sponsor Geoff Rice was the master of ceremony for the afternoon, ably assisted by Cath Ryan.
A huge shout out to Tony and Terri at the Coachman for their support throughout the year.
COVID-19 safe regulations were in place for both presentations, so particular attention was paid to hand hygiene, the number of people in attendance and social distancing requirements were adhered to.
Coach Mitchell Westcott and Manager Bronwyn Lowe acknowledged and praised the determination of the side to make an impact in their first ever year of competition.
26 players registered, trained and played throughout the season.
Each match saw improvements in all aspects of the game so Mitchell is looking forward to 2021 as the skill-sets develop and the strength of each player grows.
Coaches Award: Amy Hart
Most Consistent: Cailin Westcott
Players Player: Kimeaka Birmingham
Best and Fairest: Kimeaka Birmingham
A great year for the mighty seconds with up to 25 players available most weeks due to the shortened competition.
Coach Cooper Byrnes described his team as a great bunch of blokes doing something they love during a time when our lives were shut down due to restrictions on travel and congregating.
Cooper thanked all the Club members, players and those who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the club such a success.
The race for the premier awards of Players Player and Best and Fairest had nominations from across the team demonstrating how much the team appreciated the commitment and hard work the players put in.
Coaches Award: Micheal Murphy
Most Improved: Mackenzie Green
Greg Westcott Memorial Players Player: Jarrod Westcott
Best and Fairest: Jarrod Westcott
*The first grade report was published in Tuesday's edition of the Parkes Champion Post and is also available online.
Coaches Award: Mark Coombs
Most Consistent: Scott Chislett
Players Player: Luke Bevan
Best and Fairest: Luke Bevan
Josh Klower Memorial Award for Colts: Makeely Van Dyk
Greg Connor Memorial Award for Junior Development: Chris Summerhayes
Trevor Whittaker and Lloyd Nock Player of the Year: Scott Chislett
President's Award for Services to the Club: Madeline Swan
Malakai Fisiilose Memorial Clubman of the Year: Bronwyn Lowe and Josh Miles
Rookie of the Year: Riley Johnson
Bill n Bob Top Try Scorer: Jake Dooley
Mick Craft Top Points Scorer: Luke Bevan
100 senior games club tie: Iszac Oliver and Grant Danson
200 senior games club tie: Joe Nash
250 senior games club tie: Rory Nock
For a full gallery of both the junior and senior presentations, please visit parkeschampionpost.com.au/sport
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