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Award honours Gordon's loyalty

Coolmine RFC are delighted that club stalwart Gordon Wood (above) has won the Leinster Rugby/Evening Herald Club Person of the Month for January.

Gordon joined Coolmine RFC in its founding year, 1980, and began his playing career as a prop forward on the senior team in their first competitive match. This was the start of a 30-year association with the club, which has seen Gordon play a pivotal role in the development of Coolmine RFC into the progressive and vibrant club that it is today. He captained the club in the 1991/92 and 1992/93 seasons when the club attained J1 status.

Gordon played his last full competitive season in 1993/94 and, like a good wine, he improved with age, receiving Player of the Year Award that season at the age of 37. During this period, he began his coaching career with the fledging Coolmine Minis, introducing his son Andrew, who now plays prop with the Coolmine 1st XV, to U10s rugby.

His playing career over, Gordon turned his attention to the administrative side of the club and got involved on the executive committee. He was elected president for the 1999/00 and 2000/01 seasons and has served on every executive committee since then.

In recent years Gordon has been the major driving force behind several successful lottery applications which have, along with major club fundraising activities, seen significant development of the club's facilities. These include the construction of two floodlit pitches, a major clubhouse expansion and the development of all-weather training facilities, all of which Gordon project-managed on behalf of the club.

Gordon and his small team of groundsmen also ensure that the Coolmine pitches are the envy of our peers in Leinster.

Along with son Andrew playing with the 1st XV, Gordon's wife, Pat-Ann, is responsible for organising many of the club's major fundraising events and catering, ably assisted by his daughter, Rebecca.