Duns Rugby Club awards presented

The Duns RFC clubrooms were once again full to capacity for the Annual Dinner on Friday evening, as the season reached a close.

President Tom Thorburn chaired proceedings, which began with a superb meal prepared by the Ladies Committee.

Working in very cramped conditions, the ladies produced a dinner of the highest quality which was enjoyed by all, and before beginning the formal part of the evening the chairman proposed a vote of thanks for their hard work.

Before beginning the speeches, a toast was proposed to The Queen. There were, as usual, three toasts and three replies during the course of the evening. The toast to Duns Rugby Football club was proposed by David Scott, and the reply was delivered by Duns RFC captain Duncan Budge. The toast to the game of Rugby Union Football was delivered by Iain Goodall from Portobello RFC, with the reply by Rory McLeod.

Finally, the toast to the guests was proposed by Derek Simpson, with the reply by John Gordon from Walkerburn RFC. John had them rolling in the aisles with his risque humour and quickfire gags, all delivered in his usual inimitable style.

To round proceedings off, Peter Gallagher proposed a vote of thanks.

Annual awards were also presented during the course of the evening. These went to:

First XV Players’ player of the season - Chris Williamson, Committee’s player of the season - Andrew Connor.

Second XV Players’ player of the season - Scott Turnbull, Committee’s player of the season - Scott Turnbull.

Most improved player at the Club - Scott Turnbull.

The Simpson Cup for Endeavour was presented to David Douglas in recognition of his many years devotion to the game of rugby at both The Berwickshire High School and Duns Rugby Club.

The Chairman also presented Second XV captain Johnny Thorburn with the salver awarded to his side for winning their Reserve League - the Seconds won every league match this season, and scored a try bonus point in each game.

Guests from Berwick, Kelso and Earlston Rugby Clubs, the Scottish Rugby Union and the Border Rugby Referees’ Society were in attendance, taking away with them the memory of an excellent evening at Duns RFC.

The dinner was once again organised by Eric Robertson, who as usual had gathered together an array of outstanding top table guests, and who deserves enormous praise for his efforts.