Awards galore at end of a season to remember
THE 2017-18 season concluded with Mini/Junior awards and not forgetting the famous inter club ‘Kenny Cup’ won by the Club Captain XV in a thrilling 59-52 game - free flowing rugby at is best!
As ever the season brought its challenges but the club faced up to them, learning and getting better in tune with the true character now embodied within its DNA. A big thank you to all involved.
President, Graham Ellis summed it up. He said: “Yet another nine month roller coaster on and off the pitch but ultimately again oozing a zest and positivity which we will build on and take into next season stronger and more determined throughout. Can’t wait!’’
The Senior teams all acquitted themselves well and achieved positions and points in their respective leagues as follows:
1st XV - 9th (50 points); 2nd XV - 8th (47 points); 3rd XV - 5th (38 points); Ladies - 5th (33 points); Colts –League B Sept-Nov 1st place (29 points) promoted to League A Nov-Feb 6th place (11 points). Three men’s First team players donned the Lancashire Royal shirt and the team looks forward to again playing at Level 7 although the structure of the leagues is under review. This may well mean a new set of fixtures including clubs from Cumbria to make life nothing if not interesting. It was a fantastic first year for the Ladies in Championship North 2, finishing off in the top half of the table and with five players in the Lancashire Senior Squads and two with St Helens Rugby League. The season culminated in Wa t e r l o o Road hosting the Lanca- shire Ladies v East Midlands Gill Burns Trophy county match.
The Colts competed at the highest level of rugby in the North of England, against clubs such as Sale, Lymm and Chester.
And eight Lancashire representatives within their ranks too!
Likewise, some great performances in the Minis & Juniors including the under 15s being joint winners of the Lancashire Bowl, a hugely successful Bank Holiday Rugby Festival attracting over 60 teams and the Awards ceremony.
Director of Rugby Mike Dale is rightly proud. he said: “Well the season is over, it has brought its challenges with regards to players however we have still got three teams playing in senior rugby.
“A big thank you to all of the coaching, selection, captains and all involved with senior rugby.
We have had 21 Junior/Senior Colts transitioning in to the senior squads making a marked impression in all three teams.”
Men’s Pre-Season training starts on June 28 with players meeting a week before for all (Colts & Seniors) possibly with a BBQ.
Commencement of Monday night gym strength and conditioning sessions are being drawn up with home friendlies against teams from Shotton Steel and Wensleydale and at Waterloo and Wigan.
All teams next season will be resplendent in the new shirts based on the traditional red black & amber hoops with headline sponsors EFT Group on the front.
Chairman of Southport RFC, Steve Olive concludes: “Every season we strive to improve on the pitch and off it. We pride ourselves on being a ‘proper community club’.
“We work hard to develop our players and give them the opportunity to play to their potential.
“We work hard to build great rela- tionships in the community, with o u r neighbou r s, with local schools, colleges and local businesses.
“We have prospered this year as a result of the great support we have in the Community and the unstinting support of our volunteers.
“The foundations are strong. We can look forward to next year with wellfounded optimism, thanks to all who make it happen at Waterloo Road.
“We can’t wait to see everyone again for the 2018-19 season!”
Southport RFC wishes everyone a restful and well deserved off season, short as it is, with everyone raring to go again in September.
Oh and care of ‘ never mind the quality...’ - Club Captain Jason Keating new club blazers and waist coats to savour too! In fact there is an immediate opportunity to don the new attire at the Club’s Annual Summer Ball taking place at the Floral Hall on June 23, this year’s theme being the Great Gatsby. Southport RFC is looking for a Player Coach/s to be part of and share in the club’s exciting future on and off the pitch. If you are interested then please pass your CV in confidence direct to Head Coach Neil Ryan via email@example.com. Closing date for applicatants is May 27 with a view to hitting the ground running during the close season. This is an ideal opportunity for ambitious experienced players, who have played at level 6 or higher and are now looking to progress into coaching while continuing to play at a good competitive standard. There will be excellent support from the coaching and management team to provide assistance. This will ideally entail a pro-active role on the pitch bringing on the hugely talented and ambitious young players working with an equally ambitious head coach and team off it. With a prodigious Colts set up allied with significant connections in place and evolving with local education, business and international establishments the club is keen to invest in its future and to develop these players and teams to further the clubs standing within the game. This is a unique and fantastic opportunity.
Some of the Southport RFC Minis and Juniors proudly showing off their trophies and medals