Wedlake & Gilder pick up Player of the Year awards

Photo Simon Bryant Iktisphoto: Robin Wedlake Try time vs Gloucestershire 2015

 

Plymouth Albion’s Robin Wedlake was announced Trelawny’s Army Player of the Year at their well attended Annual General Meeting held at St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre last night.

Wedlake, who started his rugby with Redruth before moving to Albion, was a star performer for Cornwall last season as the black and golds made it to the final at Twickenham for a fifth year in a row before relinquishing their Bill Beaumont Cup title to Lancashire.

Wedlake scored vital tries for Cornwall against Surrey and Devon as well as assisting in several other scores.

He was picked for the subsequent tour of Spain with England Counties, again proving his try scoring ability.

Photo: Colin Hatch MBE receives the Bill Osborne Shield from Chairman Phil Trevarton

Colin Hatch MBE, Cornwall team Manager, collected the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield on Robin’s behalf as the Plymouth Albion player had undergone an operation earlier in the week due an injury sustained on his knee whilst playing in a game for Albion at the Cornish Pirates during pre-season.

Hatch said. “Robin is sorry he can’t be with you tonight to collect his award which he is immensely proud to receive. He sends you all his warmest wishes and looks forward to getting back playing as soon as possible.”

 

Photo: Will Gilder is presented the Tony Mead Shield by Colin Hatch MBE

The Tony Mead Shield for the Cornwall Under 20 Player of the Year went to St. Austell’s Will Gilder.

Gilder captained Cornwall Under 20’s last season the highlight being the 64-3 defeat of Berkshire at Camborne.

Speaking on the night Gilder said. “It’s really special to be voted for this award, doubly so as I am the first player from the St. Austell club to win it.

“We had a very young squad last season with only three or four older lads, including myself, so I think the lads will have learnt from last season and will look to kick on again in 2018.

Sadly a knee injury means that Gilder has stopped playing and has instead turned his hand to refereeing. “I am enjoying it, I’ve been referring at level 7 (Western Counties) this season. I have benefited from the university referee program I am on at the moment.”

Photo Will Gilder receives a case of Tribute from St. Austell Brewery’s John Treglown

Special thanks to St. Austell Brewery for their kind presentation of a case of Tribute Ale to both award winners.

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