NORTH Shields RFC held its annual end-of-the-season Players verses Veterans match – the Chesties Challenge – ahead of their awards dinner.
The match was a tight affair with the youngsters winning by a single point.
They scored all their points in the first half with tries from Matthew Lowes, Rhys Coltherd and Mark Hall, while Gavin Duffy was successful with all three conversions.
The veterans saw Fen Taylor scoring a try and Lee Austin a conversion and penalty to make the half-time score 21-10.
In the second half both sides rang the changes to give everyone a game.
The veterans hit back with tries from Dave Kay and Rob Dixon but were unsuccessful with either conversion and that gave a final score of 21-20 to the younger side.
The awards evening began with Newcastle Falcons Alex Tait and Joel Hodgson taking part in a question and answer session before the trophies were handed out.
Under-17 player of the season went to Brad Glennie. Cai Payne-Tate won players’ player while most improved player went to Ryan Begg.
In the senior awards, second team player of the season went to Gareth Ruddle. Clubman of the year was Keith Gray and the Sid Wiseman Award was picked up by chairman of rugby Ian Hook.
The first team player of the season was picked up by flanker Ben Dalton. Rhys Coltherd won young player of the season and Ryan Ramsey picked up most improved player. Fly-half Gavin Duffy was voted players’ player of the season.
There was also two special awards handed out – Barry Elliot for playing in 350 games for the first team over the last 21 years. And club legend and second team prop Arnie Wilson, who celebrated 30 consecutive seasons playing, deservedly received a standing ovation and was also made a life member of the club.