Following the Cans’ victory over Clach at Mosset Park, there was a surprise
inaugural winner of the Youth Development Outstanding Achievement Award.
The silver Quaich went, not to a player, but to a committee member, Mrs Ann Ewing.
The award was donated in memory of renowned referee Sandy Smith who sadly passed away last July at the age of 76.
Described as “an uncompromising defender” in his own playing days at Burghead, Lossiemouth and Rothes, Sandy officiated as a linesman at over 500 Highland League games and was referee at close to 3,000 matches at various levels during a career which spanned almost 40 years.
Fitting then that his family donated the beautiful quaich to inspire others and mark the achievements of a fine player, a legendary referee and a good man.
The award was made after an unanimous vote by the Youth Development coaches.
At the presentation ceremony, Mrs Ewing was described as “a tireless servant of the club” and “a fount of fund-raising ideas” who “not only talked the talk but also literally walked the walk around the businesses and streets of Forres to ensure financial security.”
In the opinion of many, youth development would not exist at Forres Mechanics without her efforts.
The quaich was presented on the Mosset Park pitch by Mrs Liz Smith who expressed her delight that it had been won in its first year by such a worthy recipient.
In accepting the award, Ann said: “I am almost speechless in surprise – which as anyone will tell you is very unusual for me. I never expected this but am so proud to be the first winner of the award and look forward to passing it on next year to one of the boys.”