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News Archive > Sport > A real Will to win

A real Will to win

By Gareth Rowett 4th October 2017

A real Will to win
Will Gilder is presented with his award by Colin Hatch

WILL Gilder has become the first St Austell player in nearly 25 years to win a Trelawny’s Army Supporters’ club award.

Gilder was presented with the Tony Mead shield for the best Cornwall Under-20 player of the year at the supporter’s club annual AGM at St Austell Brewery last week.

The St Austell boy led the team as captain last year, the highlight being the 64-3 defat of Berkshire at Camborne.

Speaking after winning the award Gilder said: “It is really special to have been voted for this award, doubly as I am the first player from the St Austell club to win it.

“We had a very young squad last season with only three of four older las, including myself, so I think the lads will have learnt from last season and will look to kick on again in 2018.”

Sadly an injury to his knee has led to Gilder stop playing and turn his hand to refereeing.

He added: “I am enjoying it, I’ve been refereeing at level 8 (Western Counties) this season. I have benefited from the university referee programme that I am on at the moment.”

Will was recognised whilst playing for his local club St Austell and was first involved on the county Under-20 scene in the 2015 / 2016 season, when he was on the bench for the game against Devon.

In the 2016-17 season the coaches identified Will at an early stage as the captain of the Under-20s.

The 2016-17 season started well with victories over Devon and Berkshire in the first game of the Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwalll lost the next game to a big outfit from Gloucestershire, and then to the eventual pool winners Hampshire.

Colin Hatch, who presented Will with the award said: “Will always wore his heart on his sleeve and led from the front with determination and decisiveness in every game he played for the black and golds.

“Will has moved from the playing shirt to blowing the whistle in our beloved game, and it is great to see such young talent taking up the mantle of refereeing.

“Will deserves the award this evening for his commitment, leadership and sheer doggedness that he displayed for the Under-20s.”

The main award on the night was the Bill Osborne Shield for the player of the year was won by Robin Wedlake, but he was unable to attend having undergone surgery.

Robin has played in every game since his debut and in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 finals at Twickenham and has had 12 appearances and scored six tries for Cornwall.

After Cornwall’s defeat at Twickenham in May, Wedklake, along with former St Austell man Matt Shepherd, was both picked to represent England Counties bring an end to a good campaign for the Plymouth Albion duo.

The Army, who celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2018, added their thanks to hosts St Austell Brewery, who had the supporters’ club president John Treglown on hand to present a case of Tribute ale to both award winners.

By Gareth Rowett 4th October 2017

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