Awards Night - The Results
Sat 23-Oct-2004 
 

Pacific players and their partners enjoyed another excellent evening at the Lord Palmerston for their Annual Dinner and Awards evening. This year the club was celebrating a season with 14 wins and only 7 defeats in weekend games. They also progressed to the Ό final of the Middlesex Shield – now named the Tom Brown Middlesex Shield. Pacific also reached the final of the Victoria Park evening 8-a-side cup and maintained their top division status in the 8-a-side league. Certainly a season worth celebrating!

Batting awards Darryl picks up snooker trophy Kurt picks up Most Improved Martin collects Braden's ward POS goes to Jim for 4th year Cool Hand Pete wins pool Shayne and Rob share a moment

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Highlight of the evening was the inaugural Tom Brown Best Newcomer Award – instigated in memory of Tom who was tragically murdered during the summer. This was Tom’s first season with Pacific and he had already made a great impression on those with whom he had played. It was great to see his brother Jon at the dinner and fitting that the award should go to antipodean sensation Braden Grigg in a truly stellar first year with Pacific. With Braden abroad, fellow Aussie Martin Cowling collected it and spoke eloquently on behalf of both Braden and also the club as a whole.

Old Welsh Warhorse Jim Davies claimed an unprecedented 4th consecutive Player of the Season prize, narrowly edging fellow burly all-rounder Kurt Rademaker into second place. Kurt played a lot more games for us this year - and contributed numerous telling innings and also bowled consistantly well. Another Aussie – the worryingly thin Braden Grigg – claimed third spot in his stunning debut season for the club.

The Burly Brothers – Kurt Rademaker and Marcel Boonaert – could not be separated and they shared the Most Improved Player award. Both men made a number of vital and often thrilling contributions during the year – often in harness - and it was fitting that they should both take home the award. Close on their heels were veteran spinner Allan Roberts and experienced batsman Steve Lay - both of whom enjoyed a welcome resurgence in form this year.

Fielder of the Season was grasped in an outstretched glove by wicketkeeper Rob Bastin as due reward for a consistent, enthusiastic and vociferous season behind the stumps. Just behind him was the somewhat more languid effort of Ollie Haill - whose deceptive style at cover often fooled opponents into taking liberties they later came to regret. Making up the podium finishers yet again was Rademaker – marking his excellent all-round contribution this year.

Other cricketing awards included two for centuries by Braden, one for a fifty and five wickets in a game for Jim, most runs and most wickets in the season for Jim and one for best spell of the season for Braden. Braden also claimed the 8-a-side player of the season award.

Social awards went to Peter “The Wiz” Hollman for pool, Darryl Roberts for snooker, John Baglivi for darts, Steve Emmins for squash and Steve Lay for 10-pin bowling.

Finally – we were delighted to raise over £100 for The Whittington Hospital Special Baby Unit in the charity draw. Top prize was again a very generous trip away thanks to Adrian Duthie and TravelExtras.com – won by Martin Cowling and girlfriend Tania.

Results Summary:

POS - 1-Jim, 2-Kurt, 3-Braden

MIP - 1=Kurt and Marcel, 3-Al Roberts, 4-Steve

FOS - 1-Rob B, 2-Olli, 3-Kurt

BNP - 1-Braden, 2-Tom

Hopefully that tallies with people's recollection! The voting was very close this year with 14 players receiving votes for Player of the Season and Most Improved Player - highlighting the "team effort" nature of this year's success.

The Secretary will soon be contacting the recipients to find a date when they will be around to recieve their awards after they have been inscribed. All Invited !