The First Award was the FMT Bunney Trophy for the County Championship Player of the Year.


This was awarded to Joel Knight


When asked to think about who to give this award to both the head coach, Ian Chandler, and myself as manager didn’t have to deliberate long. We both came up with the same name of Joel Knight.

Though Joel plays his rugby at Havant RFC, he works and lives in London during the week. His commitment to the squad saw him doing a trip straight from work in London to attend the squads’ mid-week training sessions before heading back to London that same evening. Huge commitment indeed!

However, when Ian and myself thought about who would we have missed the most in the squad based on their individual impact to our game it was Joel who was that player. His ability to see the opportunities in attack and the dangers in defence were not withstanding. His performance in the game at Taunton just showed his ability to attack the game with great vision in seeing the space and opportunities and his on-field presence just helped to inspire the team around him to record what was the counties highest score of 5 -66. Over the three Championship games he just kept the score board ticking over with 4 tries, 8 conversions and 3 penalties. Both as one of the leaders on the field and his feedback and working with the coaches Joel always is honest, respectful and motivates those around him…..an all round role model.Joel is a credit to Hampshire Rugby and through his commitment, fully deserves the award of the FMT Bunney trophy for 2018.

 (Joel was unavailable on the night and the award will be done at a later date)



The Brian Short Memorial Trophy –


Brian Short, former County President, was an enthusiastic supporter of County youth rugby and wanted an annual award to go to a young Hampshire player who epitomised the spirit of Hampshire rugby: not necessarily the best player but one who put in the effort and was a team player.


This year’s winner is Tom Nixon.


Tom Nixon, who has played for Trojan's since he was 8, captained the U17 and U18 Hampshire County side with true leadership. He galvanised the squad both on and off the field helping to create a one team attitude; gaining respect and support from all as he grew into the role. Winning every game in this selection season, Tom often had to rally the team in the second half to secure spectacular wins, ensuring he always led from the front. Not being the biggest of second rows, his personal determination to secure and steal ball in the line out, his work rate about the park and in contact demonstrated his real rugby skill. He was unlucky not to be selected for England Counties having made Regional trials but remains a real credit to his club, County and the true spirit of a team player. 

 Tom Nixon Brian Short Memorial

Tom received the Trophy and Tankard from the President Rick Scott.


The Robbie Keast Awards


Robbie Keast, who had played for the County U15’s, 16’s and 17’s; at the age of twenty-two and having just gained first class honours in Engineering at Warwick University, died in a road accident. His family and friends made a very generous donation to Hampshire Schools RFU which has enabled two awards to be made in his memory – one for U16’s and one for U18’s. The Awards are in recognition of commitment, dedication and to a player who shows true qualities of sportsmanship.

The President introduced Robbie’s Father Gary who was present to award the Robbie Keast Awards to this year’s recipients.



The Robbie Keast U16 Award went to Sam Thompson.

Sam meets all the criteria for this award. He always shows a positive attitude and puts the team ahead of himself. A well liked member of the team, he quietly goes about his business; always trying to improve himself and those around him. 

Sam is always one of the first names on the team sheet. He is the sort of player that does the basics well and always plays with maximum effort. He is willing to do the hard and often unseen work needed to retain the ball. A calm influence on the team, he provides good support to the Captain in getting the best out of the team.

Sam has a great rugby brain and is a pleasure to coach. He puts every effort in to training and is quick to encourage his team mates. He is one of the unsung heroes of the side and it is my pleasure to finally give him the recognition he deserves.


 Sam Thompson U16 Keast

Sam received the Trophy and Tankard from the Gary Keast


The Robbie Keast U18 Award went to Zachary Clow.


Zachary Clow from Havant Academy; has played at centre for the County each year from U16. He was made vice-captain last year in the U18’s. He has been a unanimous choice for the Robbie Keast Award not only for his contribution as a player to help deliver an undefeated season but his support to the captain, team and coaching staff in creating a one team attitude. His absolute commitment to training and skill as a rugby player gained him selection for the U18 England Counties team where as vice-captain he helped secure two exciting and hard fought wins against Ireland. Zach contributed with a brilliant individual first half try, beating two players before outpacing the cover from deep within his own half. He ended the season with a significant try scoring tally including 4 on his 18th birthday to help beat Hertfordshire away. This has been a tremendous season for Zach and he is a truly worthy winner of this award.

 Zach Clow U18 Keast

 Zach received the Trophy and Tankard from the Gary Keast



 The John Sneezum U20 Captains Tankard – was awarded Josh Moore


Josh has been an admirable and well deserved captain of this season’s under 20 squad. Although ultimately frustrating, the campaign was still marked by a number of notable successes. The second season in the top level of the Championship saw Josh leading from the front with his powerful and determined running off the back row, scoring as well as leading the team to victory against Dorset and Wilts. This was followed up by a narrow defeat away to Cornwall, who went on to the final at Twickenham. Although another close defeat at home to Gloucestershire meant Josh’s troops did not make it out of the group stage. However Josh had put in impressive displays in front of the divisional assessors and he was one of 9 Hampshire players who were invited to the assessment days for the London Division. Unfortunately Josh was unable to attend as his University commitments at Swansea clashed with the  divisional trials, so Josh ran out instead at the Liberty Stadium in front of a big crowd for the annual fixture against Cardiff University. Josh has to be thanked for his significant contribution to another successful season for the County under 20 team and we wish him every success on the next stage of his rugby journey. (Josh was away in Thailand so was unable to receive the Trophy and Tankard on the night)




County Badge Awards


In recognition of their service to the Union, County Badges were awarded to:


Rob Batley - for his service to the Hampshire RFU as the County XV and Age group manager and Manager at the Toynbee HEPT centre over the last few years..

 Rob Batley CB

The President awarded the Badge to Rob.


Terry Burwell - for his contribution as the incoming RFU Council representative and the chairman of Hampshire Rugby Referees. (He was unavailable on the night) 


Ian Chandler - for his coaching contribution as head coach to the senior Club Hampshire teams over the past few years.

 Ian Chandler CB

The President awarded the Badge to Ian.


David Creal - for his contribution to Hampshire in the role of Discipline Secretary for many years.

 David Creal CB

The President awarded the Badge to David.


Julie Greenslade - for her service to the Hampshire RFU as the Admin officer and now as Executive Director.

 Julie Greenslade CB r

The President awarded the Badge to Julie.


George Nightingale - for his contribution to the junior Club Hampshire teams and two HEPT centres over the years.

 George Nightingale CB

The President awarded the Badge to George.


Vice President nominations


The Management Board nominated Joe Cloke and Nigel Morgan to become Vice Presidents and receive the County Shield.


 Joe Cloke VP

The President awarded the County Plaque to Joe Cloke 


 Nigel Morgan VP

The President awarded the County Plaque to Nigel Morgan

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