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.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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.