Division One Report 2017
The 100th year for the Shirley Rugby club was always going to be a big occasion and it did not disappoint. A large squad gathered in early January and started preparing to make the club proud.
As a group, we set some aspirational, shared goals early on and some expectations of behaviours. Couple this with a strong leadership team and a real desire from everyone to continuously improve and we were ready to hit the ground running.
We set ourselves the goal of making the top 6 and started the season well with 3 wins from 4 games. Unfortunately, we fell away a bit mid-season losing some close ones and ended a win and a half away from the top six. We did however compete well with everyone and only really got soundly beaten by University. We gained the belief we are good enough to beat any side in the competition and instilled a real pride in our defence conceding 100 less points than at the same time last year.
We played some great rugby in the second round and let two opportunities slip through our fingers. The disappointment within the group showed how much they believe in themselves and it was important we went on to win The Bowl, which did rectify an earlier loss to Belfast in a hard-fought final.
A special thanks from the team to the Board, supporters and everyone involved in organising the Queen’s Birthday weekend 100 year celebrations. It was a wonderful weekend that we will not forget and we were glad we could celebrate it with a win against Linwood.
After a well-earned rest, we will be back again next year to take another step in the Shirley Rugby Club story. Be assured we all learnt a lot this year, gained a whole lot of experience and look forward to putting in an even better performance next season.
Bruce Morton—Head Coach