Winners crowned at Virtual Awards 2020

Winners crowned at Virtual Awards 2020

Bridgend Ravens Annual Awards were announced a little differently this year, with an announcement of the awards winners made virtually on Facebook Live. 

Bridgend Ravens’ 2020 Awards Evening has been postponed until it’s safe for us to reconvene, but that didn’t stop us announcing the winners on Facebook Live on Wednesday.

The evening was opened with an address by Tony Williams, Bridgend Ravens Club Secretary, who ended his address thanking those currently serving on the front line for the NHS in the battle against Coronavirus.

As has become tradition, the first to be honoured on the evening for their contribution to the Bridgend Ravens jersey were those who hit appearance milestones during the 2019/20 season. Chris Williams made his 150th appearance, Iestyn Merriman his 100th appearance with 50th appearance awards for Stuart Floyd Ellis, Owen Howe and Owen Jordan, all announced by former Bridgend Raven Maama Molitika.

The next award of the evening was the Derrick King Clubman of the Year Award, and this year’s winner was announced as Hopkin Joseph. Hopkin was at the forefront of the team which negotiated and secured the takeover of Bridgend Ravens, returning it to a members run club. His hard work behind the scenes, in not only this, but in transforming the off the field set up at Bridgend Ravens saw him the standout candidate for this season’s award.

One award that was voted for online this year was the newly introduced Bridgend Ravens Try of the Season. Presented by Bridgend Ravens Videographer, Benny Griffiths, this was won by Dewi Cross for his second try against Newport in the home thriller in January. Bridgend were chasing the game and a perfectly weighted cross kick from Jacob Chilcott landed into the hands of Cross who rounded the covering Black and Amber defence to score under the posts.

The Most Improved Player of the Year award was voted by the Bridgend Ravens Coaching Staff, with the winner announced as Travis Huntley. Youngster Travis made his Bridgend Ravens debut at the start of the season , and became a key member of the Ravens back row unit. His performances earned him international recognition with Wales u20, along with selection for the Ospreys Development squad.

The penultimate prize was for the Supporters’ Player of the Year. The vote for this year’s award was conducted by email and presented by Ravens Graphic Designer Rhyd Cole and his son Henry.  The winner selected by supporters was Dewi Cross. The youngster’s second season at Bridgend was one to remember from a personal point of view and both awards were richly deserved.

The last award of the evening was the Players’ Player of the Year, and Nathan Edwards had the pleasure of announcing that Gareth Harvey and Dewi Cross had jointly been voted by the squad as this season’s winners. Dewi ended the season as the Ravens top try scorer with five Indigo Premiership tries, with Gareth again putting in another sterling season of fine individual performances.

We look forward to formally presenting the season’s winners with their awards in the new season at a date to be announced. Stay tuned to bridgendravens.co.uk for full information.