Bangor University women’s rugby rejoice over a season to remember

Club Captain’s Player of the Season Efa Williams (second left) and Coach’s Player of the Season Luned Williams (furthest right). Also in the picture is club captain Eloise Kirby (furthest left) and award-winner Ellie Twiggs

Bangor University Women’s Rugby had a great 2020-21 end-of-season get-together which included the handing out of annual awards.

Club Captain’s Player: Efa Williams

Efa (right) with club captain Eloise Kirby

The words of club captain Eloise Kirby: “Efa’s commitment to the team is evident through her consistent attendance at training, both online and in-person.

“Even when she has been injured or unwell, Efa is still there cheering everyone else on from the sidelines.

“Watching Efa develop in confidence the past two seasons has been really fantastic. When in-person training was carried out this season, you really saw her step up and show great leadership towards any new members.

“Her knowledge of the sport is outstanding and she is always willing to share this with other members and encourage them to reach their full potential.

“Even with her incredible talent she is still always willing to learn more and push herself to perform at her very best as well.

“Efa is an absolute credit to both BUWRU and the wider AU and I cannot wait to see what she achieves next season as Team Captain.”

Chwaraewraig capten y clwb: Efa Williams

“Mae ymrwymiad Efa i’r tîm yn amlwg trwy ei phresenoldeb cyson mewn ymarferion, ar-lein ac mewn person. Hyd yn oed pan mae hi wedi cael ei hanafu neu’n sâl, mae Efa yn dal i annog pawb arall.

“Mae gwylio Efa yn datblygu mewn hyder yn ystod y ddau dymor diwethaf wedi bod yn wych.

“Pan gynhaliwyd ymarferion y tymor hwn, fe wnaethoch chi wir ei gweld hi’n camu i fyny ac yn dangos arweinyddiaeth gwych tuag at unrhyw aelodau newydd.

“Mae ei gwybodaeth am y gêm yn rhagorol ac mae hi bob amser yn barod i rannu hyn gydag aelodau eraill a’u hannog i gyrraedd eu potensial llawn.

“Hyd yn oed gyda’i thalent anhygoel mae hi bob amser yn barod i ddysgu mwy a gwthio’i hun i berfformio ar ei gorau hefyd.

“Mae Efa yn glod llwyr i BUWRU a’r UA ehangach ac ni allaf aros i weld beth mae hi’n ei gyflawni’r tymor nesaf fel Capten y Tîm.”

Coach’s Player: Luned Williams

Luned Williams (right) receives her award from coach Joe Simpson

“Luned has been great with attending training and games over the last couple of seasons.

This year in particular she has clearly put in a great amount of effort to improve her game and how she plays.

She has developed in confidence both on and off the pitch and this really shines through in her performance.”

Chwaraewraig yr hyfforddwr: Luned Williams

“Mae Luned wedi bod yn wych gyda mynychu ymarferion a gemau dros y ddau dymor diwethaf.

“Eleni yn benodol mae hi’n amlwg wedi gwneud ymdrech fawr i wella ei gêm a sut mae’n chwarae.

“Mae hi wedi datblygu mewn hyder ar y cae ac oddi arno, ac mae hyn yn disgleirio yn ei pherfformiad. “

AU Awards

As well as winning Charity Team of the Year, the women’s rugby also got shortlisted for the Social Media Award and Club of the Year.

The rugby management commented: “We really stepped up our game on social media going from about 15 posts on Instagram last season to over 60 this year. We’ve also had some fun with watching some bloopers from old games and learning about some of the many rules of rugby on our story!

“Getting shortlisted for Club of the Year is something we are incredibly proud of as a club, and it goes to show how much work we have put in this year. This year really had the potential to be a disappointing one with Covid restricting our in-person training and calling off games entirely.

“Despite this, we have really excelled as a club and found new ways to keep our team going. Thank you to those of you who got involved with our online sessions, be it socials, fitness or virtual learning.

“We are so proud of the sense of community that we have fostered at BUWRU and we cannot wait to get back to smashing the league next season.”

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