GREENOCK Wanderers honoured their stars of the future as the club held the academy end of season awards.

The sun was shining and the conditions were perfectly set for an enjoyable evening of touch rugby.

The standard of the touch games was very high, with Greenock's talented youngsters from all teams taking to the pitch in front of a keen crowd to showcase their skills.

It was great to see so many girls and boys, from all different age groups and experiences, all playing at once at Fort Matilda before the awards were handed out.

First up for the S1/2 age group was the hardest worker award which went to Jamie Houston.

Jamie has worked incredibly hard throughout the season. Never one to ask any questions, he just gets on with the task that he has been given and does it well.

The S1/2 player of the year went to Lachlan Carroll.

Lachie has shown an extra level to his game this season. He is maturing into a very confident and able ball player, always looking to exploit some space that he has created for himself or one of his team-mates.

While the under-15/16 squad is a smaller group of boys, the competition was fierce for both awards, making the decision very hard for academy manager Istok Totic and rugby development officer AJ Guthrie.

Taking the hardest worker award was David Latham, an industrious second/back row who is relentless in attack and defence.

His commitment levels to everything has really impressed the coaches this season.

The under-15/16 player of the year went to Jack Reuben.

An all-rounder all-action player, Jack can be put in any position and he will get the job done.

In his primary position of back row, Jack is lethal over the ball, often proving to be an immovable object until the referee blows for holding on.

The under-18 hardest worker accolade was awarded to Jack McDaid.

Suffering a bad injury this season, Jack worked incredibly hard to get his fitness and skill levels back to where they were and better.

His hard work is always notable when he gets his 'extras' in before and after training. Jack, who has now graduated into the senior squads, is very worthy of this award.

Meanwhile, Ross Darroch took the player of the season award for the under-18s.

Ross has plenty of ability in all areas of his game. Ross is a capable defender and sharp in attack, turning even the best of defenders inside out with his footwork and pace.

A club spokes person said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all players, parents and coaches again for their hard work and commitment over what has at times been a very uncertain season.

"On a whole, the season has been very successful for the GWRFC Academy, with the standard increasing year on year.

"We would also like to say a special thanks to academy manager, Istok Totic, for all of his hard work this season.

"I think you would all agree that he has done an amazing job keeping all players engaged and improving through what has been a very challenging season.

"GWRFC Academy has now finished for the season, with all players encouraged to enjoy their rest but keep on working on their fitness and skills whilst on their break.

"The academy will return in early September."