WIBSEY have handed life memberships to three stalwarts.

Andy Todd, Richard King and Des Christie received the inscribed honours at the club's prize presentation evening at Cue Gardens.

Steve Brooke, chairman, secretary and rugby manager at the Yorkshire Division Four North West club, said: "Andy played for us at fly half for a number of years, and has also coached us, including a match against Wensleydale when Dave Grayson wasn't available.

"Andy selected himself and we won! He has also worked behind the bar and been bar manager.

"Richard, like Andy, has stayed loyal to us despite having offers to play elsewhere, although Richard did play for Keighley for a couple of years but came back.

"Kingy, a fly half in his playing days, has also sponsored us week in and week out, and Des has also been a great sponsor for us and played for us in the pack when we were in our pomp."

The club's trustees award went to long-standing coaches Andy Rose and Rob Greenwood, who are both standing down, although Andy will carry on playing in the front row and Rob will become joint rugby manager with Brooke. "Not many can say that they have had an undefeated season, but they can after we won Yorkshire Division Five," said Brooke.

"They have both done a fantastic job."

Andy McDonnell, who is fixtures secretary and is a member of the executive committee, was clubman of the year, while Steve Rose's president's award went to physio Lyndsey Kirton for keeping the players fit enough to make it onto the field.

Ryan Goldsborough was young player of the year, while Kyle Carter took the Micky Ball award as the club's top try-scorer, and was also coaches' player of the year ahead of Ross Simpson and Marcus Grimes.

The latter had the consolation of taking the players' player award, while Luke Wilson was the most improved player.

There wasn't an unsung hero award, but if there had been it would have gone to the indefatigable Brooke, without whose work over the years there would not be a Wibsey RUFC – something that was noted by RFU representative Hamish Pratt in his speech.