Gordano Rugby Club celebrated their promotion-winning season with their annual dinner-dance at Caswell Lane.
This season Gordano 1st XV played 30 games, won 25, lost five, scoring 1,074 points for and 458 against.
The season saw the team win Somerset Premier on the last day of the season, but also got to the South West final of the National Cup where they lost to finalists Saltash.
The season also saw a semi-final appearance in the Bristol Combination Vase with a notable win against local rivals Avonmouth Old Boys, while celebrating 30 years at Caswell Lane.
A narrow loss in the semi-final where they scared Western Counties side Old Bristolians will give confidence for local derbies to come next season including Clevedon and Winscombe.
This season has seen a massive improvement in Gordano’s play and they go up next season full of confidence that they can finish high in Western Counties North.
The top appearances for the season were Joe Roswell (27), Tom Arnall (26), Dwaine Southley (26). Top try scorer went to Jack Thomas who scored (27), two ahead of top points scorer Sam Hodge, who scored 25 tries and scored a total of 322 points throughout the season.
Hodge picked up the player of the year award and has been a key player, not only from his point scoring, but also from his defensive play and turnovers in midfield.
Other awards on the night went to Noah Holmes-Mcadam, who picked up young player of the year, Jordan Mitchell, most improved young player, Jack Cundick most improved player and 2nd team player of the year was Mike Yandell.
The night was also a time for the ladies’ team and colts to celebrate their season and to highlight the one club atmosphere of Gordano.
The ladies finished fifth in South West 2 North and are continuing to build on local players and a great partnership with Bristol University.
The Colts celebrated having a successful season with a semi-final appearance in the Gloucestershire League play-off with a young group of players of which five of them made their senior debuts to highlight the importance of supporting transition in to senior rugby.
Chairman Ian Pope thanked all the players and coaches for all their hard work throughout the season, but also the sponsors and most importantly the volunteers that keep the club running day to day.
A highlight of the night was one of these key volunteers, Paul Southey, winning the clubman of the year award.
Gordano seniors will start back in preparation for the new season on July 3 from 6.45pm at Caswell Lane. Any players looking for a new challenge are more than welcome no matter what your experience/standard.www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/sport/rugby/gordano-celebrate-successful-season-with-dinner-dance-at-caswell-lane-1-5508770