Bridgend Ravens held their Annual Awards Evening at the Heronston Hotel on Friday evening.
It was a record breaking season for the Ravens, who finished with thirteen league victories, their best season since returning to the league in 2011. Those victories catapulted Bridgend to a tenth place finish, giving them the honour of being the highest finishing Ospreys regional side.
The highlight of the club's social calendar saw Gareth Harvey pick up the award for the Supporters' Player of the Season. The former Wizard enjoyed a wonderful first season at the Morganstone Brewery Field, featuring ten times, scoring three tries and picking up the club's Player of the Month on multiple occasions.
Chris John was voted by his peers as the Players Player of the Season. Another embarking on his first full season at the club, Chris was a key part of the pack that steered Bridgend to eight wins in their final ten games, and he appeared 27 times throughout the season. At just 24 years of age, Chris has a huge role to play in Bridgend's continued development leading into next season and beyond.
The award for the Most Improved Player was presented to Stuart Floyd Ellis. Another product of Bridgend Athletic, Stuart joined up with the Ravens ahead of their clash with Pontypridd at Sardis Road and was thrust into action, with a first start against the experienced Dafydd Lockyer. Floyd Ellis was selected ten times, emerging on the victorious side in seven of those games and scoring four tries in the process. The 19 year old is another to have committed to Silva's charges for next season as the Ravens continue to show their commitment to giving local talent an opportunity at Premiership level.
The illustrious Clubman of the Year award was awarded to volunteer Robin Thomas. It would be impossible to list all of the jobs that Robin undertakes at the club, but his endeavours were best summed up with his efforts in assisting, and organising, the clearing of the heavily waterlogged pitch for our home game with Carmarthen Quins that at most other grounds would have been called off.
The final award of the evening was the presentation of 100th appearance caps to Nathan Edwards, Chris Williams, Adam O'Driscoll and Ryan Evans as a testament to their ongoing service to the Bridgend jersey.