Rugby

Tavistock’s planning is well underway for the 2019-20 league season

TAVISTOCK RFC are already well underway with their planning for the 2019-20 season.

The Cornwall/Devon League club have already made some new signings and they are looking forward to trying to build on a positive second half campaign last year.

“There is certainly a huge buzz in and around the club and aspirations and goals have been set high,” said player-coach Hammy Kerswill.

“Playing numbers have increased exponentially and the average age of the squad is in the low 20s which can only be a positive for years to come.

“We are looking strong for player retention next season and will hopefully be joined by a number of exciting colts stepping up into the senior section.

“We are happy to see a number of players returning to the club from both injury and spells elsewhere.  As it stands Ben Hadfield, Aidan Mason, Martin Budden, Sam Northmore, Richard Cann and Kyle Maslen will all be back in the frame and we welcome Jake Crabb and Christian James from Launceston and Marjons respectively.

“There has also been interest from other potential players but nothing formalised as it stands.

“One connection the club is hopeful of maintaining is that of an overseas link. Hamish Dawson and Doug Morgan-Thomas of the Uni North Owls in Australia did wonders for the club both on and off the field this season and at no expense to the club it seems a no brainer to try and mirror their impact in 2019-20.

“As well as potential new players the club are on the lookout for a backs player-coach for the upcoming season.”

James Reyburn will remain as the club’s director of rugby, with Kerswill as player-coach, Darren Chapple as scrum coach and Mark Lamerton as team manager.

“There is an opportunity for the right candidate to join the coaching team,” said Kerswill. “Anyone who may be interested in either playing for the club or the vacancy of backs player-coach should contact on jamesreyburn@yahoo.com or hammykerswill@hotmail.com.”

Tavistock, who retained the RNEC Trophy last month, have just held their annual senior presentation night which saw more than 100 players, supporters and club officials attend.

Seb Cox was named the first XV’s most improved player, Jack Glover picked up the captain’s cup from skipper Andrew Schuttkacker, while Ethan Lamerton was voted players’ player of the season.

The club’s second XV enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent years, fulfilling 20 fixtures, reaching the Ellis Cup final and finishing in the top half of both the Armada League and Devon Merit Division Two South & West.

Second team managers Will Reed and Kyle Maslen awarded their player of the season to PJ Wilcox and most improved player to Nick Piper, while Conor Packwood picked up the second XV players’ player vote.

Tavistock’s colts reached the Devon plate semi-final missing out to a previously undefeated Crediton outfit. Colts coach Simon Fuller presented three awards at the presentation night. The most improved player award went to Luke Lewandowski, the players’ player award was picked up by Harry Richardson and the colt of the year was won by Olly Noy-Scott.

Volunteers, including the physio team of Hannah Robertson, Daisy Peters, Emily Leech and Olivia Freeman, bar staff Rob and Mhairi McCall and the catering team of Lisa Hair and Judith were also honoured at their presentation evening.

Two awards were voted for and awarded by the committee, firstly the ‘Spirit of the Club Commitment Cup’ which was awarded to U12 player Harry Reddicliffe for his ongoing support of the senior section as ball boy and number one supporter across the whole season, while clubman of the year was awarded to player-coach Kerswill.

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