15 May 2014, 11:58am
Ollie Devoto, Matt Garvey and Leroy Houston all scooped a brace of awards at the Bath Rugby Annual Awards last night.
Matt Banahan, George Ford and Mat Gilbert also picked up awards during a glittering evening hosted by Jonny Gould at the Pavilion in Bath.
Devoto added to his LV= Breakthrough award earlier in the season by being voted both the Most Improved Player, sponsored by Polamco, and Academy Player of the Season (Chepstow Plant Hire).
Gilbert was recognised for his sterling work in the community throughout the year, giving his free time up to assist both the Bath Rugby Community team and Bath Rugby Foundation to deliver their programmes, and earning himself the Community Player of the Year trophy (Herman Miller).
Banahan received his award for Top Try Scorer (Getronics), having scored nine scintillating tries this season. A stunning solo effort against age-old rivals Leicester Tigers at the beginning of the season, and more recently the bonus point try against Worcester Warriors, marked a strong 2013/14 campaign for the wing.
Fly-half Ford was recognised as the Best Back of the season (Wadworth), seeing off competition from Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson. Houston took the award for Best Forward (The Baines Family), in what was his first award of the night.
After each game is played, the squad vote for their Man of the Match, with votes tallied up to decide who wins the coveted Novia-sponsored Players' Player award. In this, the final award of the night, Houston again emerged triumphant, having provided considerable go-forward for the Club in the back row throughout the season.
Garvey's exhilarating try in the LV= Cup pool stage game against Exeter Chiefs saw him take the Thatchers-supported Try of the Season, and he was also voted the Supporters' Player of the Season. Daniel and Noya Pawlyn, winners of the supporters' vote, presented Garvey with his trophy, as well as receiving a night's stay at the luxurious Babington House.
The Spirit of Rugby award, in association with Nine Feet Tall, is our way of recognising those in the local community who work tirelessly at the grassroots rugby level, and this year's very worthy winner was Jimmy Deane. Many of you will have encountered Jimmy in his work with Bath Rugby Foundation, which he set up over 10 years ago and helped grow into the wonderful charity it is today: enhancing the lives of young people in the local area through sport.
A particularly proud moment for player and Club came as Nick Abendanon was presented with his 200th cap by his parents. It was a fitting moment, with his father having been present at every single home and away game Nick has played in the nine years he's been at Bath.
We'd like to thank all our guests and sponsors for a wonderful evening looking back at some of the highlights of the season. Of course, there is still one more important game left for us to play, so please get behind the boys for this final push towards cup glory!