Annual ‘Chesties Challenge’ at North Shields RFC

North Shields RFC held its traditional end of season ‘Chesties Challenge’ match and club dinner on Saturday.

The match is between the club’s players and veterans with both sides fielding large squads.

The young side took the advantage in the first quarter, scoring three tries to take a 19-0 lead.

The second quarter was pointless as the veterans upped their game.

In the second half the youngsters scored four tries to win the contest 41-0.

The evening saw the presentation of the club awards.

Chairman of rugby Ian Hook handed out the first team awards and player of the season went to captain and top try scorer Mark Hall.

The players’ player went to flanker Ben Dalton, while most improved player was Gavin Duffy and young player of the season was Matt Dockey, who played in every first team game this season.

Second team captain Fen Taylor handed out the awards for the Crusaders and player of the season was given to hooker Sam Condie.

Second row Dave Kinsey was voted players’ player, and there was a special award given to student Dave Alder, who has show great commitment during his three seasons at the club.

The other awards were handed out by club president Mick Newcombe.

The Sid Wiseman award was given to bar manager Ash Duff for her hard work to promoting the club and bringing in private functions. The sniffers award for commitment and dedication went to second team captain Fen Taylor and clubman of the year was David Shield.