21 May 2018 / Team News

Quins 2017-18 Honours List & Tribute to Marc Sheppard


  1. Supporters Player of the Year - Conor O'Callaghan (Awarded after last league game v Waunarwlydd (A) in accordance with tradition)
  2. Players' Player of the Year - Awarded jointly to Conor O'Callaghan & Jordan Condon.
  3. Clubman of the Year - Thom Morley (Honourable mentions for Dermot Oates & Dale Bowen)
  4. Man of Steel - Conor O'Callaghan (Honourable mention for Callum Beynon & Ryan Pugh)
  5. Player of the Year - Dan Morgan (Honourable mention for Callum Beynon, Conor O'C, Ryan Pugh, Marc Sheppard and Jordan Condon)
  6. The Lionel Larkman Award - Liam Oates 
  7. Dale Bowen passed 100 games (103)
  8. Ryan Pugh passed 100 games (115)


Top Points Scorer

1) Marc Sheppard - 136 (Av. 8 per game) - Career 2050 Pts inc 48T/389C/327P/17DG (Av.8.72 per game) see write up below - Now Retired (Awaiting official confirmation but his points haul may put him 9th in the table of top points scorers in Welsh League history)

2) Ryan Pugh - 55 Pts

3) Foard Cooksley - 34 Pts          Between these 3, they accounted for 48.8% of ALL points scored


Top Try Scorers

1) Foard Cooksley - 6

2) Craig Cox/Jordan Condon/Lewis Cronin - 5

3) Nathan Flynn - 4                     Between these 5 - 41% of all tries were scored


Appearances in Competitive Fixtures (24 this Season)

Dan Morgan - 23 out of 24

Dan Helson - 22

Callum Beynon - 22

Thom Morley - 21

Dale Bowen - 20

Foard Cooksley - 20                    Huge effort from all 6


Immense thanks to Wales Star Hallam Amos for attending and presenting the awards. Clever, immensely talented and a thoroughly good, pleasant and wholly unassuming bloke. A big debt of gratitude to you from all at the Aberavon Harlequins.

Farewell Shep

Tonight sees the final appearance in Quins colours of a playing legend.
Quieter than the salad bar in Minehead Butlins during a James Mallen weekend, this
gentleman will leave a hole in the Quins ranks bigger than the hole in front of the stand. And,
just like that one, it’s unlikely ever to be filled.
Excluding friendlies or second team games (if he ever lowered himself to appear in either),
Marc Sheppard has represented the club 234 times in cup and league appearances before
tonight and scored a colossal 2,036 points including 48 tries, 385 conversions, 325 penalties
and 48 dropped goals in the process. It is fair to say that in most of these games, he was the
difference between winning and losing.
They say that the only pain in rugby is regret. If this is indeed the case, Marc Sheppard
should have none. He has played with distinction and honour and we will all be much, much
poorer without him.
If the saddest words in the English language are ‘Aberavon Quins Nil’, the next saddest must
be ‘Marc Sheppard retires’.
Farewell Shep, you will be badly missed.

Chris O'Callaghan

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