Derby Players Dinner 2022 Awards and Photos

It was a fun Friday night at Derby Rugby Club as players from all levels gathered for an evening of humour and enjoyment.  The atmosphere was friendly and permeated an atmosphere of togetherness.  The lack of players was reflected in the number of games cancelled with all three men’s teams affected.  Derby was not alone in this regard and Mark Bradley confirmed a worrying statistic, revealing that the number of players in England had dropped by 50,000 since the pandemic started.  The obvious conclusion is that many teams will be trying to recruit from a smaller pool of players for next season.  On the plus side, several new players will be joining Derby by September 2022.

The proceedings were introduced by the chairman, Martyn Murney, who invited representatives from each team to make the awards.  The most encouraging was the announcement that the Bucks (Mixed Ability) had a successful season and attracted more players.  They also got the loudest applause.

Mickey Hawkes announced the awards for

Mixed Ability, Bucks went to: –

Players’ Player            Ricky Gardener

Coaches’                      Craig Roome

Most Improved           Sam Thompson.


Dav Heir announced the awards for

The 3rd XV made light of the very few games they had.

The 3rd XV awards went to: –

Players’ Player            Max Thompson

Coaches’                      Sam Baker

Most improved           Adam Todd

A special trophy went to Jaromir Zizka for his outstanding contribution.


Ade Cook announced the awards for

The 2nd XV awards went to: –

Coaches’ player          Jamie Wilson

Young player               James Cantrill

Most improved           Cameron Finlay

James and Cameron moved up from Colts this season to become regular 2XV, Cameron had also played for the Bucks


Taisiya Marsh announced the awards for

The 1st XV Ladies went to: –

Coaches’ player          Harriet Furness

Players’ player            Amy Lakey

Most improved           Laura Curtiss

Young player               Matilda Cawdell

Supporters’ player      Matilda Cawdell

Matilda also played for the 3-Counties.


Andy Brown, the retiring Captain, announced the awards for

The 1st XV men went to: –

Players’ player            Sam Tebbs

Coaches’ player          Rhondell Stabana

Most improved           Jerry Oldfield.

Barend Gildenhys announced the awards for


The most improved player at the age of fifty+ was Rob Booth

They emphasised the importance of togetherness in the Club and thanked the few, who behind the scenes, kept the Club going during the very challenging time.  During the season they supplied players to the 2nd and 3rd XVs.