Cook and Stooke receive Player awards at End of Season Dinner
14 May 2014 15:17
By Duncan Wood
The 1873 Suite at Kingsholm was the venue on Wednesday evening for the club's annual End of Season Awards dinner, where Rob Cook was named Player of the Season and Elliott Stooke the Young Player of the Season.
The evening was superbly MC'd, as last year, by Jill Douglas with the after dinner speech delivered by Rick O'Shea of Scrum V fame.
The first award of the evening was the Community Champion which was presented by John Search of JS Security who sponsored the award. John came up with the idea of the Community Champion Award as he wanted to recognise people in our community that give a bit back, do that bit extra, shining stars in the community we live and work in.
The winner was Brendan Conby. Brendan is the Chief Executive of The Door Youth Project, a charity that provides a vital lifeline to many young people and their families.
Not only does he run the charity, he is the founder of it, which was established in 1991, over 20 years ago! He has led the organisation from strength to strength and it is now working with over 1,000 young people a year! Changing the lives of each and every one.
Next up was The Community Player of the Year Award which is given to the player who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and given much of his time to supporting community projects this season.
Dan Murphy was the winner and received his award from Julie Worrall from Capita.
Jonny May won the Try of the Season award sponsored by Weston's Cider for his fantastic effort in the final game of the season at Worcester Warriors. Jonny was presented with his award by Helen Thomas and Roger Jackson of Weston's Cider.
Norma Tang from Renishaw presented Elliott Stooke with his Young Player of the Season award, the voting carried out by members of staff at Renishaw.
Meanwhile Paul Doubler and Paula Jones from Molson Coors presented the Worthington's sponsored Player of the Year award to Rob Cook.
To view a selection of pictures from the evening, please view the slideshow above.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.
Wednesday evening saw the launch of the Cherry and White Wednesday show on the Drivetime programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, with Henry Trinder live in the studio to kick off a regular weekly slot.