AGM AWARDS 10th July 2019


The First Award was the FMT Bunney Trophy for the County Championship Player of the Year. This was awarded to Jake Hewett

Jake plays his rugby at Havant RFC and his outstanding club performances demanded consideration for the county squad this season. In warm-up games against the Navy President’s and full Navy squads, Jake grasped the opportunity and made the No9 shirt his own ahead of some strong competition.

Over the three Championship games Jake was one of a number of players who rose to the challenge of facing teams in Division One of the Bill Beaumont County Championship with squads largely made up of players from National league sides. Despite his lack of experience at this level of Rugby, Jake proved to be one of our main attacking threats, continually occupying the opposition loose forwards, and with the accuracy of his pass, enabled our backs to attack the outside of the opponents defences, demonstrated by the percentage of tries scored by our back three.  Defensively, Jake was superb, covering well and personally saving a couple of tries, coupled with regular turnovers after making the tackle.

 Jake also had the versatility to cover at full back after an injury and created one of our “tries of the campaign” against Kent.

Jake is a credit to Hampshire Rugby and fully deserves the award of the FMT Bunney trophy for 2019 

 Jake Hewett




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 was Matt Bloomer.

Matt achieved his county cap coming off the bench against Berkshire before being moved to second row late in the game. His enthusiasm and support for the team was demonstrated throughout our training sessions and on match days where, as self elected water boy, he was ready to take the field in any position. Matt encouraged all squad members while taking on personal feedback and developed quickly in the short time we worked with him. As a result, Matt made the starting line-up for our final game against Surrey. Matt demonstrated a great team spirit and work ethic as part of the squad and while keen to impress, listened and acted upon feedback to improve his own personal performance. He is just at the start of what will surely be a long and successful Hampshire career and his energy and “can-do” attitude will be a great asset to the future squads he is involved in.

Matt Bloomer




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.

Robbie’s parents usually attend our AGM to present these awards but are unable to be here this evening; they send their congratulations to both winners and have very generously just donated a further £3000 to Hampshire Rugby to purchase a defibrillator.

The Robbie Keast U16 Award went to Michael (Mikey) Summerfield.

‘Mikey’, meets all the criteria for this award. He has noticeably improved in every game throughout the 2018/19 season with ‘stand out’ performances on the field for his Club, Academy and the County side.  He is very coachable, a good leader and has communication skills that have made him stand out both in training and on the field.  He has put a considerable effort into building his strength and fitness as a front row player, whilst also improving his mobility and core rugby skills. The Club Hampshire U16 Management and Coaching team have no doubts that he will progress further in the game and be a great ambassador for the county youth rugby pathway.

 Mikey Summerfield




The Robbie Keast U18 Award went to Tom Bloomer 

Tom has been an ever present member for the County since U14’s, and ever since then he has been a pleasure to have in the squad over the last 5 seasons. He demonstrates consistently the rugby ethos and values and always views the glass as half full rather than half empty. He can communicate at all levels and continually seeks feedback from the coaches, not just for himself but for the squad. Due to these characteristics he was a unanimous choice to be the team captain and now to receive the Robbie Keast Award. His leadership on the pitch cannot be doubted as he inspires by example to all those around him. As a back row player he does those things which can turn a game and the number of turnovers he achieves certainly is testament to that. He led the County U18’s to a County Grand Slam unbeaten season.

His absolute commitment to training and his skill as a rugby player gained him selection for the U18 England Counties squad that toured to Ireland. Tom was in both starting XV’s for the matches, with each match ending with a win.

 In short, Tom continually demonstrates what is good about County rugby, especially Club Hampshire and is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.

Tom Bloomer



The John Sneezum U20 Captains Tankard – was awarded to Bernie Rhodes to present to Nick Blumlein at a league home match.

Nick has been a real credit to the squad this season, his spirit and leadership shining through in what was ultimately a disappointing campaign for the U20s.

Nick never shirked the responsibility of playing 10 as well as being skipper and did it all with good humour and endless enthusiasm.

 Writing this citation, Mike Greenslade said “Having managed Nick for many seasons through the county youth group sides, it has been a real pleasure seeing him develop both as a player but equally importantly, watching how he has personally grown and matured each season. Nick is a huge credit to his family, his home club Petersfield and has been a tremendous asset to Hampshire in the way he has represented the County through all the age group squads. This award is a small token of thanks for all Nick’s efforts, especially this season as U20s skipper and is well deserved. We wish Nick every success in his career and as he moves out of U20s, we will look forward with interest to follow the next stage of his rugby journey.

For Nick Blumlein



Winchester topped London 3 South West with Portsmouth and United services following in third and fifth respectively. 

 Winchester LSW3



Basingstoke won the HAMPSHIRE Premiership with a perfect record winning all 22 of their matches & the ‘NEWS’ Challenge Trophy.

Basingstoke HP



Alton topped HAMPSHIRE 1, winning 17 of their 18 matches, & the ‘ECHO’ Cup. 

Alton H1



Havant III topped HAMPSHIRE 2, winning 21 of their 22 matches & the ‘PINNOCK’ Cup

Havant H2



In recognition of their service to the Union, we are awarding six county badges this year. County Badges are awarded to:

Geoff Paice for his long-standing contribution to the Hampshire Rugby Referees’ Society;  both as an active referee but also in various “back-room” administrative capacities. Alongside this he has been a member of the Competitions’ Committee, where he has made a significant contribution to the development of League Rugby in Hampshire. 

Geoff Paice



Mark Castle for his long association with Club Rugby, his commitment and success on the RFU Administration Course, his subsequent, wide and active rôles, firstly in Governance and now as Chairman of the Club Development Committee, and for his always considered contributions to the Management Board. 

Mark Castle




Wayne Hausen for his dedication with the Hampshire Coaching Committee being a great Chairman for the last 4 years and being with the committee in all  for 10 seasons. 

Wayne Hausen



Steve Walker for his great commitment to Club Hampshire, over many years in his role as an Age Group Manager.

Steve Walker



Sharon Evans for her valued Community Rugby Coach work for Hampshire Rugby over the last 11 years; for assisting her local club Ellingham and Ringwood RFC and also supporting our Club Hampshire U15 Girls team over the last three years. 

Sharon Evans




Wayne Hausen has received a county badge tonight, and has given over ten years to the coaching committee. We would like to mark that before Wayne takes on the Chairmanship of Totts, which might be even more demanding. Wayne was awarded a Hampshire Glass Tankard.

Wayne Hausen 2



Trojans were awarded their RFU Accreditation

Trojans Accreditation



Alton were awarded their RFC Re-accreditation

Alton Reaccreditation

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