Senior A's report
The 2015 season has been a year of building for our senior squad. There were big changes in our approach this season moving towards a whole senior squad training, which was a slight departure from previous years where A’s and B’s trained separately. This wasn’t with out its teething problems however, I feel this was a big step in the right direction for the Seniors and the club as a whole.
Coupled with this was an influx from the previous year, of young men coming into the area and men already existing with in the club who wanted to stake their claim on a senior A position. These young men developed immensely over the season and became major contributors to our campaign. The mix of youth with the “experienced” men, provided a lot of promise of what we could achieve, but more importantly now what we are capable of as a whole squad moving forward.
For the majority of the season our youth and enthusiasm outweighed the knowledge and experience, and although this at times was exciting, left us feeling like we could of achieved more. Our season was highlighted with games that had slipped our grasp, with a lot of our final score lines reflecting a narrow loss. However, the boys maintained a belief in what we were trying to achieve and ultimately, our season ended on a high having beaten the competition favourites and the previous two seasons champions, Waimea, in a nail biting finish, that came down to a last minute drop goal to bring home one of Nelson Rugby Football Clubs most revered trophy - The “Noel” Barton.
Having now had a few weeks break our thoughts and minds turn to next year, having already met and again we go through the process of recruiting young men to the club by offering to support them with assistance finding jobs and accommodation, while still maintaining and retaining the men who have donned the club blue and are already in our fold. Our biggest problem over the last few seasons is consistency with player numbers. This is compounded by low player numbers coming into the region, local College boys heading off to university, and all the local clubs seeking to find “new blood” to support and bolster their own rosters for 2016. This has created a hyper-competitive environment around player recruitment. Even given this, it will be again something we look to focus on over the coming months and leading into the 2016 year. A year which offers nothing but promise and excitement for a young squad, whom if they live up to their potential, are men capable of lifting the championship silverware.
Again I thank you for your enduring support this season as in previous years, and hope to see you on the side lines soon or at least next year supporting our seniors, as they do battle for us.
Senior B's report
As this is an end of season report the team would like to thank all it supporters for the support given for the 2015 season and the sponsors.
The Team ended mid table which is on par with 2014. The same struggles with consistent player numbers from 2014 again impacting on the 2015 team. That coupled with low numbers turning up to trainings towards the latter part of the season made it hard for any continuity and pattern.
That is a bit of a clinch the management team has identified and in no way did it detract from the positives gained from the season,though with a stronger turn out at trainings the team would have given itself a more than better chance at making the semi finals.
2015 saw a new system for the B team with all senior players being trained under the same umbrella,learning all the drills,systems and plays that the senior A team trained under. This was a huge advantage in moving players between the two teams and afforded better cohesion especially when the two teams were playing together.
This was a great initiative and meant that all players were under the excellent coaching tutorage of Andrew Goodman and Kade Heke. The players thrived under this environment and it meant that even with having to put additional players in on a Saturday the B team had a core of players who were very skilled and who could lead and help those around them.
The club have now introduced a new group of players into the senior rugby scene and with that group a strong core can again be built around player numbers for 2016.
The team showed great heart throughout the year with never the same team put on the park from one game to the next. This showed the ability for the team to adapt and face each game as it came.
Never was that club spirit more portrayed than with the likes of Scott Ford and Murray Roeske. Scott with his always answering the call to help out and Murray with his travelling from Christchurch to get to the games. This was coupled with strong leadership from the team captain Dan Macdonald. We also had a very good front three with Chris Rhind, Taurean Robinson and Braden Lawton consistently outdoing their opposition.
The management of the B team are proud to be associated with all the players from both senior teams. They portrayed the true ethos of fellowship,team work and commitment to the “you belong” logo of Nelson Rugby Football Club.
Our player awards went to.
Dan Macdonald-Sportsman of the Year
Taurean Robinson -Most Improved.
Giovani Kiel-Player of the Year.