Honours for club’s stars

Player of the year awards handed out

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club hon­oured its top per­form­ers at its an­nual player of the year night last week.

The club­house was packed as the club’s se­nior sec­tion cel­e­brated the end of a suc­cess­ful cam­paign, which saw them win pro­mo­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the BT West League Two ta­ble.

Ed­die Beaton picked up the hon­our of be­ing the club’s most im­proved player, while Alec Bean was player of the year, af­ter hav­ing five sea­sons as run­ner-up in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

And there was a third hon­our on the night, with out­go­ing cap­tain James McLaren be­ing pre­sented with a tro­phy for the club fin­ish­ing sec­ond and win­ning pro­mo­tion.

James said: “Young Ed­die was pre­sented with the prize for the most im­proved player.

“He came into the first XV not too long ago, and he has come on leaps and bounds.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how he does next year now we’ve won pro­mo­tion.”

Coach Rob­bie Ste­wart added: “He has im­proved by those sim­plest of meth­ods, hard work and prac­tice, be­ing the club’s most regular trainer and al­ways ready to fol­low the ad­vice and guid­ance of the coach­ing team.

“Ed­die has also shown lead­er­ship po­ten­tial as­sum­ing greater re­spon­si­bil­ity within the team and will con­tinue to de­velop into a key player and re­spected op­po­nent at Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club.”

Pick­ing up the player of the year ti­tle was Alec Bean.

James said: “Alec al­ways does his best, and stands out a mile on the park.

“He’s a crack­ing wee player and I’m very pleased that he won it. He puts in a lot of hard work, and he re­ally does de­serve it.”

The awards night was James’ last event as cap­tain, hav­ing handed over the arm­band to Gre­gor Jones for the sea­son ahead.

James added: “I’ve had a lot of work and fam­ily com­mit­ments, and I wasn’t al­ways mak­ing it to train­ing and ar­riv­ing on time for the start of games, so it’s the right time to hand it over to Gre­gor.

“It was nice to fin­ish off by win­ning pro­mo­tion.”

Well done Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club cap­tain James McLaren (right) and pres­i­dent Gra­ham Len­nox, with the tro­phy they were pre­sented with af­ter the side won pro­mo­tion

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