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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.