Club tributes to Max Hubbard – RIP
It is with immense sadness and shock members and supporters of Newark RUFC have learned of the death of Max Hubbard, a member of our senior youth squad.
Max died following a road traffic collision on Sunday near Bottesford.
A minute’s silence will be held for Max at Saturday’s league game against Ashbourne (Dec 2)
Club officials, coaches and team-mates have paid these tributes.
Club president Alan Swain
Everyone at the club is shocked and saddened at the news of this tragedy and we all send our condolences and support to Max’s family and friends.
His family have been members of the club for many years and his elder brother Josh played for our first team last season before going on to university. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Coach Steve Hogg
Max has been part of the Newark Rugby family from minis and has represented the club throughout the age groups.
He was an integral part of last year’s under 17’s side that narrowly lost the Midlands regional final to Sutton Coldfield.
Max’s rugby achievements include representative honours for NLD, representing them in the U18’s recent victory against Warwickshire.
This season Max ran out for the colts on a number of occasions and as a senior member of the squad set a fine example to the younger members of the side demonstrating the commitment, determination and most importantly the spirit in which we endeavour to play the game.
There is no doubt that Max would have followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Josh and would have gone on to represent the clubs senior sides in the latter part of the season.
He will be remembered as an exciting attacking rugby player who approached rugby the same way as he approached everything else in life – with a smile on his face.
Coach Mark Jenkins
Max joined Newark RFC U12s in 2011; it was my privilege to be his first rugby coach at Newark and to get to know this young man and watch him develop over the years playing for club, school and onto representative rugby for NLD.
It was clear from the age of 11 that Max was a natural athlete quickly finding his place within the team, on the wing out sprinting and stepping all that stood before him.
Max radiated each and every core key characteristic that we in our sport hold so very dear including an enthusiastic interest in tour attire, his presence both on and off the pitch will be so greatly missed.”
Coach Nick Law
He was a great team player, always willing to play whenever he was asked and was happy playing anywhere on the pitch.
Max had an infectious smile and great attitude to the game and the people who played it, exemplifying the values that Newark Rugby Club hold dear to its collective hearts. He has made a big impression on the local sporting scene, being a talented all-round sportsman who played cricket, football and was a first-class athlete.”
Coach Stuart Birch
A pleasure to coach you, as one of the ‘Band of Brothers’ up to and through 2016. It was a great season that ended with a great tour and you all delivered as expected, with ball in hand and space to work with.
Max you will always be remembered for your speed, power, vision (the odd fumble) and a hunger for the game of rugby that you played so well with your friends.
You certainly enjoyed the fun, comradeship that came with being with the ‘Band of Brothers’. I have never met a more together group of guys that loved Learning, Living, Loving, Celebrating & playing together.
And from his fellow players – a team message…
A team mate, a son, a brother, a boyfriend and a friend. Not a care in the world, you lived your life to the full.
Whatever you did, from being at school in lessons, to playing rugby with your mates, you did it with an infectious smile upon your face. A true clubman who lived and breathed the values of rugby.
Teamwork- Throughout your sporting career you played a huge part in a number of teams. You were always the first person beside your teammates in times of difficulty.
Respect- A fierce competitor on the pitch and a true gent off it. Your kindness and respect was appreciated by everyone that knew you.
Enjoyment - Through the highs and the lows, your positivity and strength was reflected across all those around you. Your days were never without an outburst of laughter or a charming grin.
Discipline - Despite the occasional yellow card on the pitch, your discipline and dedication will be remembered by your long list of achievements across all areas of life.
Sportsmanship - No disagreement or nose to nose encounter in a match was without a handshake and a smile after the final whistle. The desire to spread your knowledge and love for the game benefited the hundreds of kids who have been coached by you.
Max, no words can explain how much you will be missed by so, so many people, but the memories you left, and the values you spread, truly shows why we love you so much.
Save us a cold one
MAX (4th from the right - in kit) with the winning Team ( Welland Cup against Stamford).
MAX (4th from the right) with NLD last season
Updated 16:47 - 7 Dec 2017 by Newark RUFC - WEB SITE