Old Boys forced to put anniversary dinner on hold, while Ivybridge host online presentation

DHSOB admit it is disappointing that they cannot celebrate their 90th anniversary in style this evening.

The Devon Merit Table club had been due to hold a special dinner and presentation evening in the Green Taverners’ Suite at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park ground to mark their anniversary, but like all events around the country it has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It would have been a really good occasion,” said DHSOB’s Mike Freeman.

“We were going to have somebody from every era who is still alive.

“We had also invited officials from Devon RFU and the Plymouth Combination. We had entertainment lined up and we had put a lot of effort into it.

“We will probably now look to do something at the start of the new season and we have done bits during the season. We had a celebration game against Torquay and then we all went off to Plymouth Albion.”

Despite still not having a clubhouse, DHSOB did enjoy their best season in a number of years.

After a slow start to the campaign they enjoyed an impressive unbeaten run between October and February and ended up fifth in the curtailed Division Two South & West table.

“We won 10 out of our 16 games, which was really good,” said Freeman. “And people are keen to get back on board next season.”

Meanwhile, South West Premier side Ivybridge should have held their presentation night at the New Continental Hotel in Plymouth on Friday evening. Instead, they had an online presentation evening.

Marcus Prout claimed the Peter Keenan Trophy for player of the season, while Devon Under-20 captain Adam Northcott scooped the Paul Setter Cup for players’ player of the season and back Dan Lilley picked up the John Cane Trophy for young player of the year.

Veteran hooker Jay Geraty was awarded the Pip Aldridge Trophy as the supporters’ player of the year, with Matt Grieveson winning the captain’s award (the Scott Roger Plate) and Tom Scoles named most consistent player of the year. Matt Skeener won the Rod Swift Trophy for second XV player of the year, while Dick and Karen Whittingham picked up the players award.

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