A nine try thriller saw Gloucester triumph 38-30 over London Irish at Kingsholm. Winger Shane Monahan scored a hat trick and was named Man of the Match by the 1873 Club members.
In perfect conditions at a sunny Kingsholm, both teams served up a feast of running rugby with Gloucester just edging it.
Shane came into the Abbey Business Lounge after the game to receive his award from Steve 'The Boat' a guest of JS Security.
He then took part in an informal Q&A, facilitated by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux alongside team mates Rob Cook and Yann Thomas.
Simon provided the following summary:
"A performance which in many ways summarised Gloucester's season with a lot of good work being undone by a lack of accuracy at key moments in the game. Questionable decision making and errors when playing from deep caused Gloucester to lose momentum.
"Having built a lead, Gloucester were unable to consolidate following subsequent restarts, inviting London Irish back into the game.
"Gloucester's scrum was solid with some good lineout work but their defensive alignment was questionable at times which London Irish exploited. That said, Gloucester were hindered by having to reshuffle their back line early in the 1st half due to injuries.
"It was good to see Freddie sign off his Kingsholm career on a positive note by passing the 1000 points barrier for the club.
"A derby match at relegated Worcester next week awaits but Gloucester can look forward to progressing next season with some experienced signings in the forwards and backs to bolster their existing squad.
"The 1873 Club members and guests were in good end of season spirits as Shane collected his award whilst plugging his artistic talents. Rob reflected on receiving the Player of the Season award and Yann paid his own personal tribute to the departing Mr Grills aka Will James….much to the amusement of those gathered!"
Premiership Rugby can today confirm that Newcastle Falcons' trip to Franklin's Gardens kicks off the next set of matches live on BT Sport, with Gloucester's trip to Saracens in round nine also affected.
Gloucester Rugby's inaugural Beach Weekender last August Bank Holiday was a phenomenal success. This year's event has surpassed it with thousands taking part at Gloucester Quays over the past three days.
If Gloucester were looking for a defensive workout, they certainly got it in the first half. But they cut loose in the second to run out winners by 33 points to 19 to finish preseason on a positive note.