COACHES from RGC U18s have been reflecting on a campaign of progression that was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The young Gogs’ might not have anything to show in the way of wins from their season against high-profile opposition, but there was great strides made within the group as the majority now look to make their mark within the senior game across the region.

A virtual end of season awards evening was held in recognition of their achievements.

RGC coach Paul Shanks, said: “I’d like to think that despite no wins there have still been loads of positives, they matured as a group and “cracked” the away game conundrum; their headspace skill have improved with some players really stepping up in the leadership stakes and many surprised us with their individual application.

“Absolute commitment in some with travel. It’s been a really enjoyable season, proud to be part of it. On a personal perspective, I’ve really enjoyed being part of the environment; learning all the time and thanks to everyone for their involvement and support.”

Tayler Jones received the Clubman of the Year thanks to his outstanding dedication, with Ruthin’s Sam Godfrey coming away with the Players’ Player of the Year distinction.

Caernarfon standout Dafydd Thirsk won the Coaches’ Player of the Year following an exceptional campaign and Welsh Exile Rhys Hamilton scooped the Most Improved Back of the Year title.

Rounding off the awards was Colwyn Bay’s Harry Roberts, who won the Most Improved Forward of the Year.

Rachel Taylor, who joined the staff at the end of the season, added: “I’ve been really impressed with the attitude and commitment of the players.

“We did a lot of work around developing them as individuals and to make them enjoy their rugby experiences and each other - hopefully they’ve felt this.

“Although results didn’t come our way, some games really could have. I have to give the players credit for being brave and trying to express themselves, which sometimes sees us running from our own try line.

“I wish all the players the best in their next steps to senior rugby.”