Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Cole named players’ player of the year

SCRUM-HALF Ollie Cole was crowned Rams players’ player of the year at the club’s end-of-season ball on Saturday night.

The number nine took the gong ahead of runner-up Paul Schroter, the versatile forward, and 12-try Connor Hayhow who scored two hat-tricks in the centre as the Old Bath Road side finished sixth in the third tier.

The coaches’ player was prop Ant Marris, who recovered from a knee injury which forced him out for nearly two years to become a regular 80-minute player at prop.

Skipper Robbie Stapley presented the captain’s player trophies to Jamie Guttridge in the forwards, and joint-top try scorer Henry Bird in the backs.

The latter crossed the whitewash 14 times to share the try-scoring cup with vice-captain Tom Vooght, while stalwart outside centre, Stevie Bryant, won the tackling trophy.

Captain Josh Collis was voted Titans players’ player of the season, with young hooker Spencer Hayhow, who also led Berkshire U20s to a runners-up finish in Division Two of the Jason Leonard County Championship, winning the Coaches’ gong.

Around 120 guests were present at Old Bath Road, with Andy Lynch presenting the chairman’s award to Marcus Noye, who took over running the social side of senior rugby in the Centaurs (3rd XV), Dragon’s Teeth (4th XV) and Horde (5th XV).

The Hutchinson Frost Memorial Award for Young player of the year went to Max Hayman, the hooker who scored eight tries for the first team and went on to captain Berkshire.

Titans’ coaches Paddy Conlon and Harry Stapleton were awarded the Louie Batchelor Memorial Trophy for coaching, with the former one of four to be presented with honours caps for 2019-20 when the season was shortened by covid and the end-of-season bash subsequently postponed.

Joining him were Bryant, Rory Paxton and Ross Crame.

For the 2021/22 campaign, long-serving first-team players Jack Steadman, Jamie Guttridge, Ben Henderson and Ollie Taylor were all recognised, along with Titans’ manager Rob Dyer and medical lead, Sara Hill.

Finally, the Bill Taylor Memorial Trophy for club contribution was awarded to Roddy and Amanda Vaughan, who do an astounding job in ensuring the pitches are kept in as good an order as possible.

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