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A few words to summarize the Senior season

A few words to summarize the Senior season

Jeanette Edwards5 May - 16:04
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Following the Seniors Awards evening, thank you to Martyn Jackson

Many thanks to Martyn Jackson, 1st XV Team Manager, for the below summary of the Seniors season.

Please click here for the photos, thank you to Duncan Ayers.When you scroll through the photos you can see who won the awards on Saturday 20th April, or scroll to the bottom of this post.

1st Team.....
This was led for the 2nd year by Tom Jackson. Following their promotion at the end of last season, the 1sts played this year at level 6 in the national league rankings, or to put it another way, Regional 2 (Anglia).

Playing at level 6 meant interesting trips south to Essex virtually every other week, and several games against opposition more used to playing in the professional ranks. The team did extremely well to finish 8th in a very competitive 12 team league.

Highlights of the season included an away win at Brentwood RFC, and a magnificent last minute win against Woodford RFC.

Bridge Road was treated over the season to fortnightly displays of superb rugby, and the 50 odd players who turned out over the course of the season for the firsts did the club proud. Staying in the league was the objective at the start of the season, ideally mid-table, and this was achieved. Having got through their first season at this level and having beaten every team in the league (except for the top 4), at least once, hopes are high for an improvement next season. The players now know what to expect at this virtually semi pro level, and feel that they can do better.

Stats.... Played 22, won 7, lost 15, points scored 488, points conceded 835.

2nd team.....
This was led by Jakob Coe, who took on the captaincy half way through the season. The 2nds had a mixed season playing in Eastern Counties Green King Division 1 North, and has also been a struggle on occasion to get numbers with players called up for 1s duty. They finished a very creditable 5th in a 10 team league, which included 6 other club first teams. Their highlights included a resounding 48/15 win against Lowestoft and Yarmouth 1st team, a 64/24 win away against GT Yarmouth and Broadland 1sts, and an away win at Norwich where they ran out 28/7 winners.

Stats Played 16, Won 7, Lost 9, points scored 307, points conceded 580.

3rd team ....
This was led once again by Ben Perowne. Spewing superlatives just wouldn't do this lot justice! Ben and his merry men have been unbelievable all season. Starting off September in Eastern Counties 2 North, the league was completely re-drawn just before Christmas, so they finished the season in Eastern Counties Green King Division 2 North (Aspirational). This was a 7 team league consisting 3 clubs first teams - Watton, UEA, and Thetford (those with not a very long memory will remember Thetford playing Holt 1st XV not so long ago), 2 clubs second teams and one other clubs 3rd team N Walsham.

The 3s finished a very creditable 5th however the league position is not what this team is about. Constantly finding himself having to select 18 players from 30 or 40 clamoring to turn out, Ben (and his right hand man Duncan Ayers) on several occasions tried and succeeded to produce 2 teams on a Saturday.

As a result, Holt this season became the only club in Norfolk to field 4 sides on one weekend.

It is hoped that next season the 4th team will play several friendly fixtures, and it is almost certain that Holt 3rds will next season go from strength strength. Mention must be made of the astonishing turn out by 3rd team players to both Tues and Thurs training sessions. They are almost always the biggest group there!

Saturdays meanwhile have been rather meaningless, in that in the first half of the season almost weekly call offs from opposition clubs found the 3rds playing North Walsham on virtually a weekly basis! However, the stats from the final league standings are
played 11, won 3, lost 8, points scored 220, conceded 405.

The season highlight was undoubtedly beating Watton first team in the Norfolk cup, 49/17.

All in all this has been a successful season for Holt. All 3 teams held their own in their respective leagues, but all, I'm sure they wont mind me saying, could have done a little better (as my old school teachers used to say!) and will do next season.

Very well done to all 150 odd players who pulled on a Holt shirt this season. Very well done to our coaching team of Phil, Scott, Nick, Luke, our medics led by Graham and Erin, our 1st team manager Adam, our official linesman Mark, and everyone else involved in making Holt the great club it is! Finally thank you to the everyone who turned up to cheer the boys on this season, for all 3 teams, both home and away. We get incredible support, and I have to say the 3rd team games get more supporters attending than some clubs get at their 1st team matches! See all you players again in late June when pre-season training starts, and hope to see some new faces come along to join us too.

The first game of next season is a friendly already penciled in on Saturday August 17th, Holt v Kettering - kick off 3pm. We look forward to seeing as much support as possible at Bridge Road!

For those who can`t wait until proper training starts, it`s hoped to start Social Touch Rugby on a Thurs evenings from sometime in June, perhaps the beginning. The pitches are all being reseeded so we cant start earlier and we have to wait for the green light. This will be open to all ages and genders, with a 7pm start. This is very much social fun stuff, great for keeping fit and keeping the great Holt family together!

Many thanks and wishing you all a very happy summer.

Tom Jackson presented the Awards evening and began by thanking the Exec Committee, Adam Goodwin, Mark Drewry, and Martyn Jackson.

After running through some stats he then called players up to receive their awards, and down a pint! Congratulations to everyone named - this is the list as I can tell from the pics, and apologies if there are any errors in the content:-

Holt 3s Players Player
Tom Gardiner
Holt 3s Captains Player of the Season
Tom Watson

Holt 2s Players Player
Alex Horth
Holt 2s Captains Player
Ewan Bryson
Holt 2s Player of the Season
Matthew Woodrow

Holt 1s Players Player
Taylor Gowing
Holt 1s Captains Player
James Gosden
Holt 1s Player of the Season
Tom Thrower

Most improved player of the season
Morgan Gowing
Young Player of the Season
Tom Thrower

Top Try Scorer
Ollie Woodrow: 16 tries
Top Point scorer
Tom Jackson: 106 points
Top Holt 1st XV appearances
Tom Jackson & Charlie Cowling
Top Holt 2nd XV appearances
Jacob Cooper
Top 3rd XV top try scorer
Charlie Tidmarsh
Top Holt 3rd XV appearances
Benn Chisholm, Tom Watson & David Jones
Overall Holt RFC most appearances
Harry Yarbo (1s & 2s = 22)

'3 Team Club Men' Award
Charlie Tidmarsh
Jakob Coe
James North
Matthew Woodrow
Alex Lockhart

Club Person of the Year
Simon Edwards

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