Cornwall RFU Hon. Secretary Jane Bell made the presentation to Matt Shepherd last evening of the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield at Trealwny’s Army Supporters Club A.G.M. held in the convivial surroundings of St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre.
Matt previously won the trophy in 2015 when playing for Launceston, the year Cornwall won their first Bill Beaumont Cup. He is only the second player to be awarded the trophy more than once, the other player being three-times winner Richard Carroll 2003,04 & 05.
The Jess Humber Shield, for the Cornwall Women’s Player went to full-back Amy Bunt of Ivybridge Ladies RFC. Amy scored in every game for Cornwall this season and proved a constant threat to the opposition with her strong runs from deep. Amy came through the ranks at Liskeard-Looe RFC and is destined for greater things in the Women’s game.
The Tony Mead Memorial Shield for the Cornwall Under 20 player went to the skipper of the Jason Leonard Cup winning side, Ethan Pearce-Cowley, Ethan proved an inspirational leader of his side guiding them through a tough campaign that saw them defeat Kent at Worcester’s Sixways to become the first Cornish side to win at this level. Ethan came through the youth set-up at St. Austell RFC and is currently playing for National League1 side Plymouth Albion.
There was also a presentation on Tribute Ale to Cornwall Under 20 Team Manager Colin Hatch, whilst Lee Maher was on hand to receive a cheque from the Army for £500 for Colts rugby in Cornwall this season.