There was no red carpet at the Abbey Club last night (in a former Conservative Club? - come off it!) as the 2017 AGM saw the announcement of this year's Player of the Year (POTY) and Clubman of the Year (COTY) awards.
Taking home the impressive (?) Tilley Trophy as Player of the Year was club stalwart Phil Wood, whose sterling efforts on behalf of the B team saw him amass 11 points from 14 games (+10 = 2 -2) for an excellent 78.6% performance. He follows in the illustrious footsteps of Joshua, Roy and Andrew as a winner of this prestigious award, with the second highest winning percentage to date. Honourable mentions to myself (70.0%), Dave Shurrock (66.1%) and Mike Donnelly (60.3%) for occupying the minor placings.
History was then made as the Club Organiser unilaterally decided that the extremely impressive (????) nameless trophy for Clubman of the Year would once again go to Ben Graff, making him the first person ever (which means the last 4 years) to win a KCC Oscar twice. Can he make it a hat-trick next year, I wonder? Its a tall ask (even Red Rum couldn't win the Grand National three years in a row), but given his massive efforts on behalf of KCC (40 competitive games in 2016-17) and of the Leamington League as a whole, only a fool would write off his chances. Especially with me once again making the decision!
Some other club business was undertaken at the AGM, but if you weren't there you'll have to wait for me to circulate the Minutes to find out if anything important was decided.
Anyway, congratulations to Phil and Ben, not only for their award winning efforts over the past season, but also for refraining from making any tearful acceptance speeches last night.