It’s with deep regret we have to announce the death of Daryl Jelinek, who died whilst cycling in Spain on Sunday, 15th July, from a cardiac arrest.
Daryl, a former England Under-23 player, and coach for minis and youth at Cobham RFC, was a significant contributor to the winning ways of a Cobham squad, which culminated in them being crowned National Shield winners 2016, Surrey U-18 Champions in 2017 and victory over the National Cup winners in their final league game. Daryl started coaching in 2006, taking over as head coach in 2007; applying his notable management and leadership skills to win countless titles on tour and at Festivals, County, Regional and National competitions. He handed over responsibility in 2011-12 only so that he could concentrate on his leading role with main sponsor for the 2012 Olympic Games, Coca-Cola. He remained an active and loyal supporter nonetheless, supporting his son Joe who was also a keen and accomplished member of the squad.
Daryl had an illustrious career in rugby, playing for Loughborough, Blackheath, London Scottish, England Colts, England U23s and the Anglo-Scots. Cut short only by persistent injury to his knees, Daryl took up cycling, characteristically giving the 100% commitment you would expect of a man who always gave his all, no matter what.
Daryl will be sorely missed by the many friends he made at Cobham, not least because as the fittest man amongst his peers his sudden and unexpected loss comes as such a shock. Our thoughts go out to Daryl’s family at this difficult time, and we are proud to have counted Daryl our friend.