Sidmouth 2019/20 season.
Firstly, I must start by congratulating, and thanking all those involved in the club this year. The sponsors, supporters, volunteers, coaches, committee members, club staff, juniors section and players to name a few parts in the well oiled machine that is Sidmouth RFC.
Always very easy and enjoyable for Jack and I to turn up and coach, and for the players to come and play with the full support from everyone at the club and it’s community.
On the rugby side it was a step into the unknown for a lot of us, although a few have experienced these higher leagues. This fact was shown in those early season results, which had been quickly forgotten toward the seasons end when we fought our way to a position to compete with the top teams.
There was a lot to be learnt as a group and perhaps most to be learnt as a coaching and management team. Managing expectations and producing results the early goals for me as head coach. Something the players took in their stride after the early season blip.
Confidence is huge in rugby and from that first win vs Lydney the performances that followed in the mid season block of games were very pleasing to see. It instilled belief into the squad and that they don’t need to be anything but themselves to do well in this league.
Fully deserved of the the 5th place position, if not slightly under sold if you consider the 5 consecutive losses to begin and the late form shown by the players.
As a club we are in a great place across the board, with plenty of hard work and commitment to all aspects. It’s been a fantastic year before the lockdown began and I’m sure everyone will be chomping to get back into a new season!