Following a season in which they have achieved new heights and yet still plumbed the depths of despair, the professionalism of the Rugby Club over Roses weekend was phenomenal. They achieved a clean sweep of victories, culminating in a tense 19-17 result for the firsts with Ed Drewett and Tom Weir scoring. For many of the squad, it was a fitting swansong following three years of loyal service to UYRUFC. “It proved Yorkshire is God’s own country,” said Alex Redshaw after the final whistle.
For the second year in succession, it has to be Emily Scott. York Sport’s head honcho participated in the skiing, the hockey, the water polo and, at short notice, both the indoor and outdoor football. As Sam Asfahani, her successor, said “she’s a machine.” However, despite such a monumental personal effort, it was perhaps scripted that Scottie should not have the opportunity to hold the Carter-James trophy aloft.
Two goals down against the run of play and playing in monsoon conditions of biblical proportions, the men’s hockey firsts mounted an improbable fightback to earn a share of the points on Saturday evening. James Branton and Nick Latcham grabbed the second-half goals which ensured a good season for captain Andrew McIlwraith ended on a high point.
Drenched, disorientated and dodgy, the officials at the Saturday football would literally have wanted to be anywhere but tramping a touchline resembling a ploughed furrow alongside a dire game watched by a crowd of zero. Meanwhile, the octogenarian in charge of the men’s lacrosse (pictured) had the funky grandad look down to a tee.
Best club, Best player, Best match, Funniest Moment