KCs 1st XV finished in 7th place in the league
and they could not have hoped for much more as
they are still rebuilding their team. To their
credit they have given many of their young players
a chance and they did well when selected. Some
of the "veterans" are still performing
well, but they will soon need replacing. The problem
is, the positions they play in are not always
easy to fill. Andy Stooksbury at 40 is still a
very competent stand-off, but it has not been
possible to find someone inside the club to take
over this very important position.
Number 8 Mark Cleeton must find each game hard
on the body, but he still gives 100% in every
Ambro Neri is not as quick down the wing as he
was, and doesn't knock so many opponents over
with his incredible tackling, but his enthusiasm
Four young men have certainly caught the eye,
more especially in the second half of the season.
James Whitehouse almost became automatic choice
at full back and scored four tries.
Owen Jones was tried on the wing and scored five
times. Ollie Toms, still has a lot to learn but
his promotion to the 1st team showed his full
potential. as a flanker he was always involved.
One for the future. James Guest looks as if he
would not take much stopping, but opponents have
found him difficult to catch.Joint leading try
scorer with 9 tries, he has an incredible season's
total in the other XVs. He scored twenty four
for the 2nd XV and eleven for the 3rds.
The 1st XV won 16 of their 30 games, scoring 638
points against 538. Twenty-two of those games
were in the league where they won on ten occasions.
Andy Stooksbury was leading points-scorer with
208 points, which came from 44 conversions and
Top try-scorers were Matt Poole, Ambrogio Neri
and James Guest with nine each. Skipper Eddie
Ross missed some matches but scored 8.
The 2nd XV rounded off a good season by winning
the KCRFC 2nd XV Cup for the first time in its
17 year history. A narrow 7-0 win against Aston
Old Edwardian's was cause for big celebrations
at the club. They won 15 out of 30 games, scoring
711 points against 490.
Once again, young players were given a chance
and some good rugby was played. Pete James worked
hard as manager with Matt Greene as skipper.
James Guest with 24 tries and Iain Crockett with
14 were at the top of the list, but Crockett also
kicked 40 conversions and 8 penalties, a total
of 174 points. The proof that the 2nd XV played
open rugby is that 36 different players scored
Sean Ryan was in charge of the 3rd team and they
recorded 18 wins in 29 games. Their points for,
906, would have reached 1000 but for one or two
games having been cancelled.
Three players got into double figures with their
try scoring. Billy Chiverton scored 18, James
Guest 11 and Matt Woodward 10.
Woodwards 53 conversions, 4 penalties and one
drop-goal, gave him a total of 171 points. A wonderful
season for a young player.
Hooker John Lloyd continued to play as well as
ever . He trains hard and puts in everything he
has got in every game. This veteran of many campaigns
is a great example to the young players around
The 4th team only managed 3 games, winning one
of them. Not many clubs at KCs' level can muster
3 teams each week let alone four.
Director of Rugby Phil Knowles was pleased with
the way things went.
" A mixed season, competing in a very strong
league. I had hoped for a top four spot, but we
underachieved a little.
There were games that we lost by the narrowest
of margins which was frustrating, but it tells
me that we are not from becoming a strong force
I was very pleased with the turnout at training.
With the return of Coach Ian Bletcher, assisted
by Andy Stooksbury, things have moved up a gear.
With temporary dressing rooms due to the rebuilding,
the players have shown great commitment under
difficult conditions. Bill Breeze has once again
worked hard looking after the injuries, while
Keith Crisp taking the job of KIt Man in his stride.
I would like to thank all the players, no matter
which team they played in, for a great effort
.Finally from the players, a big thank you to
our wonderful,supporters whether at home or away."
So, a reasonable all round season that saw the
completion of the building program. The facilities
for players and supporters are second to none.
Here's hoping for more success next September
when we kick off again.
BRIAN GITTINS (PRESS SEC) 01562 745429