Honour for Hawick Rugby Club’s unsung hero Isobel

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Greens stalwart Isobel Cunningham was honoured at the club’s annual dinner last friday night at Mansfield Park.

She was presented with the President’s Award in recognition of her special contribution to the Hawick club.

And speaking to the Hawick News this week about her involvement with the Greens over the last 20 years, Isobel said she was delighted to be recognised: “It was quite an emotional occasion and to be honest I was flabbergasted. I knew nothing about it.

[President] Rory [Bannerman] even asked me to get the shield back in time for the dinner from Barry Keown who won it last year and then I was presented with it. I am over the moon. All the lads stood up and were clapping.”

Isobel first started helping out at Mansfield as a tea lady and jokes that the only thing she hasn’t done is played for the club.

And Mr Bannerman was full of praise for the unfailing dedication and service Isobel has given to the club. “Quite simply our club could not survive without people like Isobel. She is one of the best and nothing is ever too much trouble. She is an absolute star and arranges everything from lunches to guest speakers and entertainment.

“Nothing is too much trouble and she is one of the real unsung heroes who really does deserve to be sung about. She is a marvellous asset to the club. Isobel isn’t just popular at our club, she is well known and well liked by clubs from all over the country and abroad. We don’t know what we’d do without her.”

And Isobel added: “I have enjoyed every minute. I love my rugby and am a huge gfan of the team. You just wouldn’t do it if you didn’t enjoy it. It is a huge part of my life and I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from my involvement.”