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A Happy Ending

Askeans Squad 2022/2023 - in their best bib and tucker!

I know what you’re thinking but before you scroll down it’s not that sort!

The End of Season Dinner at Askeans was a much happier occasion.

In a nod to current events, it was even attended by a King (Charlie) and a Noble (Robert).

And Charlie was crowned as the new Captain. Robert wasn’t!

A gathering of nearly 60 players, wives, girlfriends and family plus a number of former players celebrated a highly successful end to the season.

It was supposed to start at 7.30pm, but before 6 o’clock the bar was already half full with players and partners (most of whom were half full before the official kick off.)

In fine Askean tradition nobody sat down for the meal until half eight but no one was concerned at the delay which may well have been because of the rapid obliteration of the generous beer and fizz fund. This was just as rapidly replenished by Ian, Director of Rugby (and liquid refreshments as it turns out!)

Graham Briggs on the right, amongst a blizzards of Askean RFC blazers and Ties!

During the interval Graham Briggs generously confirmed that he is donating some memorabilia from former Askean players to be displayed in the club house – including items from All Blacks John Gallagher and the Cooper brothers, plus Jeff Probyn and Paul Rendall who featured in the 1991 World Cup Final programme as Askeans.

The Chairman proposed toasts to the new King (Charles not Charlie) and the old unions, which interrupted the enjoyment of the choice of desserts.

Once again no one seemed to mind all that much.

The Awards for the season were presented to much acclaim, cheering and a certain amount of laughter –

Players' Player and top Try Scorer – Jack Henderson

Most Improved Player – Lewis Bainbridge

‘Mr Askean’ – Danny ‘Barrel’ Walkden

‘Unsung Hero’ – Jack Fiennes

The raffle was then drawn by Maddie

Prizes were won by -

  • Sam Hills

  • Robert (who in a Noble gesture donated the vintage champagne prize to the players)

  • Possibly - Henry Gillett (although no one seems sure…I blame the Speckled Hen)

  • Holly Coppins

In ‘The King’s Speech’ Charlie spoke excellently and showed his gift for leadership, acknowledging the contribution of the players and the strong camaraderie that has developed over the season. Becoming a dad for the first time as well as captain obviously suits him.

The traditional speech from Lunny was, as usual, entertaining, heartfelt and encapsulated the way that Askean rugby has thrived this season.

The players especially deserve credit and it is with ‘Great Expectations’ that we can look forward to a Dickens (sic) of continued success next season.

Askean Rugby is in rude health (as the title of this report and our final image below suggests).

Our final image speaks louder than words as players celebrate Danny Walkden's award as 'Mr Askean'!

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