Jun 15 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
MORE than 200 people attended Waysiders/Drumpellier midi section’s annual end-of-season awards night.
Players in the S1, S2 and under-15 squads had their achievements recognised at Clarkston Social Club in Airdrie.
Prizes were presented by Councillor Jim Logue, SRU development manager Kenny Brown and Scotland and British Lions legend Doddie Weir.
Jack Cowie claimed the S1 players’ player of the year and most improved player of the year gongs.
The player of the year accolade went to Connal Docherty.
The S2 player of the year was Grant Salisbury with the players’ player of the year prize collected by Garrett Leckie. The most improved player award went to Paul McShane.
Sean Thompson did the double in the under-15 category as he scooped the player of the year and players’ player of the year gongs.
The most improved player prize was claimed by Raymond McNamara.
A special award was presented to Shabaz Khan who was named the inaugural winner of the Elaine Smith MSP Endeavour Award.
The Holyrood representative for Coatbridge and Chryston was in attendance to hand over the accolade personally.
Midi section president Jake Wilson revealed that it had been another successful season and paid tribute to all those involved.
He said: “This has been a fantastic year for both growth in playing numbers and for results on the park.
“However, the season has only been as successful due to the support of our sponsors and through the parental buy-in and goodwill we’ve received.
“The sustained efforts from our coaches, helpers and kitchen staff have all been tremendous throughout the long season.
“I would personally like to thank everyone who has helped the midi section become what it is today – a successful, accomplished set-up in what are difficult economic times.”
Mr Wilson presented W/D first-team star Greig Walker with a cheque for £250 at the dinner to help fund a trip to Malawi where he will coach rugby.
“This money will be used to assist Greig when he travels to the Luchenza Day School to coach and promote rugby and organise festivals,” Mr Wilson added.
“Everyone involved with the midis would like to thank Greig for his help and support this season. We wish him well on his journey.”
*W/D midis rounded off the season by sending two teams to take part in the Cambuslang under-14 tournament.
The ‘A’ side finished in third place in their section after beating Greenock but losing to the hosts and Uddingston.
W/D’s ‘B’ squad lost their opener to Ayr but defeated Whitecraigs and Cartha Queen’s Park to claim second spot in the group.
That was enough to secure a third/fourth play-off showdown against Cambuslang with the Langloan kids emerging victorious.