Winger Owen Williams was given the accolade of Pontypridd Player of the Year at the club's Gala Dinner held on Friday evening.
On a balmy summer's evening, players, officials, sponsors and supporters gathered in the University of Glamorgan's "Stilts Restaurant" to celebrate the major achievements of the previous winter months.
Guest speakers Tommy David and Paul Turner cast their gems of wisdom and mirth before the appreciative audience, whilst rousing speeches from club captain Chris Dicomidis, manager Richard Langmead and coach Dale McIntosh epitomised the spirit that had spurred Ponty on to success in their various campaigns.
A special award was made to lock forward Chris Martenko who had been forced into early retirement through injury, also to club director Jack Bayliss for his magnificent efforts in upgrading the Sardis Road playing surface.
The annual awards for the Pontypridd youth and senior squads were made as follows...
Most Promising Player of the Year - Adam Harcombe
Players' Player of the Year - Tom Flye
Player of the Year - Alex Thomas
Clubman of the Year - Jack Bayliss
Players' Player of the Year - Dafydd Lockyer
Player of the Year - Owen Williams
At the commencement of another season, the Gala Dinner of 2011 was a timely reminder of the fine achievements and the enduring spirit of the great rugby institution that is Pontypridd.
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.