Trinity dish out annual awards

Russ Henshaw (left) is pictured with former club captain Luke Robinson.
Russ Henshaw (left) is pictured with former club captain Luke Robinson.

Trinity Boxing Club celebrated another successful season last weekend when they hosted their annual awards night at The Dukeries in Ilkeston.

The club was packed to see several of the club’s stars rewarded for an outstanding season of effort and achievement.

One of the major winners was club captain and heavyweight star Russ Henshaw.

The 27-year-old was presented with the top award, the Bill Morley Memorial Cup for outstanding boxer of the season, by club co-founder Danny Rafferty.

The war Henshaw had with ABA champion Simon Barclay also earned him the Ferris and Rafferty Cup for outstanding performance of the season, and his national novice final performance earned him the highest attainment trophy, the Tommy Plowright and Anthony Sault Memorial Cup.

Derbyshire ABA junior champion Haydon Clarke was voted the club’s outstanding junior boxer and received the Terry Johnson memorial trophy from Terry’s sons Ian and Liam, and Clarke was also voted the most promising boxer after reaching the midland counties final in his weight group and took the Stephen Broderick Memorial Cup.

Flyweight Jamie Williams, 21, also claimed a Derbyshire title on his way to the Midland Counties ABA final and became the first Trinity winner of a Derbyshire ABA challenge belt.

He took the Dukeries Cup, presented to the club’s outstanding prospect for the new season.

Williams also impressed in his challenge for the Midland title and his victorious Derbyshire challenge belt effort, and was rewarded with the Mark Rafferty Memorial Cup for most stylish boxer.

Schoolboy Derbyshire champions Lewis Doyle and Jordan Lewis, both 15, also took major trophies.

Doyle was awarded the Castle, Jackson, Towle Cup for most improved boxer while Lewis was named outstanding schoolboy boxer and received the Fell and Buckle Trophy from club chairman Jon Fitch.

The Mick Maloney Memorial Cup for best boxer in his first season went to 18-year-old middleweight prospect Zak Smedley, while The Aldreds Centenary Cup for the club’s most sporting boxer went to Kyle Hughes, presented to him by Derbyshire ABA president Peter Morgan.

Jake Harrison, 22, picked up the Tim Harcourt Memorial Cup for being the clubman of the season, recognition for his attitude to the club, his teammates and the sport.

Club leader Scott Rafferty said: “There were several more awards made on a busy night that happily reflects the talent in the club.

“It is hoped the awards ceremony not only rewards outstanding achievement but also serves as an inspiration to the club members and will stand them all in good stead for the challenges of the coming season”