On Friday April 19 at Marbella’s Palacio de Congresos, the Ayuntamiento of Marbella held their annual Sports Gala to celebrate the very best of sporting achievements in the Marbella region.
For Marbella Rugby Club, it was another fantastic evening. They were nominated in an unprecedented 5 of the 12 categories winning in three of them.
The first award of the night was for the Best Men’s team which was won by the Marbella U18 team. This was won due to the fact that the team went the whole year unbeaten in not only the Andalucian league but also at the Spanish national championships, which they won for the second year running. The team also provided 12 of the 15 players for the Andalucian team which won the national championship for autonomous regions.
The coach of that team, Juan Alfedo ‘Goofy’ Cervan, was nominated for Best Coach, however he was beaten by Elena Benitez who coached the national Taekwondo team to multiple medals at the 2012 Olympic games.
The award that the club wanted to win was ‘Labour de Cantera’ or the development of the academy, and this was won for the third year in a row. It is recognition for the fact that at most age groups Marbella dominate the local Andalucian scene and continue that through to national level. The award was collected by Ruben Perez, the vice president of the club.
Pablo Miejimolle was nominated in the most promising male category. He had a fantastic year winning the Andalucian U18 league; representing U18 Andalucia and winning the autonomous regional championship; winning the Spanish national club competition with Marbella U18, playing for Spain U18 and coming 3rd in the European cup, representing Spain at U17 and winning the European cross border cup. Unfortunately, he did not collect the award, but had an outstanding 2012.
The final award of the night was the prestigious Male player of the year. This was won by Ignacio Molina. Ignacio currently plays his rugby for the professional team VRAC (Valladolid). In the last year, VRAC have won both the national league and the Kings Cup. Whilst strictly speaking this is not an award for Marbella Rugby Club as Ignacio now plays for VRAC however, he started his rugby career as an 8 year old at MRC and played there until he was 19 when he moved to VRAC. Ignacio Molina will always be part of the family that is Marbella Rugby Club.