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Ivybridge hooker Geraty will honeymoon at Twickenham after surprise award nomination

IVYBRIDGE hooker Jay Geraty will celebrate his honeymoon in London after receiving a surprise nomination for amateur player of the year at the National Rugby Awards.

Geraty did not even realise he had been nominated or made the shortlist until he read it on the internet.

He was shocked to find out he was a finalist and it has caused a bit of a problem as the awards ceremony is on Wednesday, which is just two days after his wedding.

“The first I heard of it (the nomination) was when I read it on the Plymouth Gazette,” said Geraty, who then emailed the organisers to double check and find out some details.

“I really didn’t know anything about it. It is a privileged to be nominated and I have to thank my team-mates.

“It will be an enjoyable night no matter how it goes.

“I am actually getting married two days before, so we have had to rearrange our honeymoon so we can go up.”

Although his wife-to-be was happy to switch their honeymoon around, his family have drawn the line at him playing against Plymouth Albion on the day of his wedding.

Ivybridge arranged the match with Albion after his wedding was booked, meaning he will miss the game at Brickfields.

At 35 years-old Geraty is Ivybridge’s oldest player by quite some margin, but he is a crucial member of their squad.

He has helped the club move up two divisions and captained them in their first season in National Three South West.

Ivybridge coach Lewis Paterson is certainly delighted to see his services recognised by a National Rugby Awards nomination.

“That’s a credit to him and what he’s done,” said Paterson. “He’s been a real stalwart at this club.

“I think it is an outstanding achievement.

“He’s a good role model for the young players coming through from the colts.

“It’s good to show that someone with that commitment, who never fails to turn up for training and encouraging lads on and off the pitch can be recognised.

“He’s a good friend and a good player and I really hope it wins it.”

Geraty admits he quite enjoys being the ‘old head’ in an extremely youthful Ivybridge squad.

“I am the oldest player by quite a considerable amount of years and I am almost the outsider as they all came through minis and juniors together,” he said.

“Sometimes I come and think I have turned up for colts training, but it keeps me young.”

He added: “I coach one of the junior age groups and because I am older players do genuinely look up to me and not just on the field. I am almost an Agony Aunt. They come and tell me their problems or what’s gone wrong that week.”

Geraty may miss Ivybridge’s big game against Plymouth Albion on Monday but he will start in their home match against National Two South side Taunton on Thursday evening (7.45pm).

Ivybridge have named a strong side to face Taunton, who beat them 66-12 away last pre-season.

Also in action on Thursday will be Tavistock, who travel to North Tawton.

Tavistock have enjoyed an encouraging pre-season campaign so far, beating Old Techs last weekend, finishing unbeaten at a 10s event at the Rectory and producing spirited displays against higher league Brixham and Devonport Services.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening Devonport Services will conclude their pre-season preparations with a match against Saltash at the Rectory (7.15pm).

The clubs are also hoping to have a second team fixture on Stonehouse Creek at 7pm.

Services’ coach Mike Lewis expects Saltash to really offer a stern test to his side.

“I think we lost 35-15 to them last pre-season,” said Lewis. “They are a team that really likes to play rugby from every area. It’s good to play against them now as it will really test the players’ lungs at the end of pre-season.

“With Saltash the ball can 30 or 40 metres in no time at all. They are a really good team and I was surprised they were relegated from Western Counties West.

“They really trust their game-plan and they are a team I really enjoy watching.”

One thought on “Ivybridge hooker Geraty will honeymoon at Twickenham after surprise award nomination

  1. Good luck Jay, if anyone deserves this award, you do. Your work at the club, both on the field and off it is very much appreciated. I am looking forward to seeing you do well again this season. Many congratulations on your wedding also, hope it all goes well.

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