Pocklington RUFC members will meet at the Percy Road clubhouse to review the events of the 2017-18 season on and off the field at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30 pm.
After the triumphs of previous season, 2017 turned out to be a real roller coaster year for Pocklington 1st XV. In stark contrast, Pocklington 1st XV went from a five month unbeaten run and lift the North 1 East title in some style back in April 2017 and reach level five in the RFU pyramid for the first time in the club’s history; to go straight back down again after a tough, injury-hit campaign.
It was a massive step with the rugby in North Premier a rather different ball game. Pocklington remains a totally amateur, community club that doesn’t pay players or coaches, and where every penny raised goes into maintaining and improving its facilities. But several clubs they faced this term put just about everything they’ve got into paying players, freely admitting to playing budgets between £100,000 and £300,000.
A bridge too far for home spun, amateur Pocklington? Some weeks possibly, but most Saturdays Pocklington were competitive, particularly up front where their hard-working pack has relished the contest. Team and club spirit remained good, and the campaign ended on a high note with two wins in their last three games. The challenge now is to regroup and rebuild for 2018-19 back in the North 1 East division which will be packed with North and East Yorkshire derbies.
While the firsts struggled at a higher level, Shane Sellers' Panthers, who had also won promotion the previous season, quickly got their act together to finish with the best record in the Yorkshire South Championship. Wayne Grainger's Pilgrims had a frustrating time due to opponents calling off at short notice, but finished mid-table in the East Merit.
Elsewhere in the club things remained healthy, with the minis and juniors again buoyant; and fund raising to develop facilities at the Kilnwick Park academy ground continuing apace. Several junior sides had excellent seasons, with the U14s unbeaten and the Colts winning their Yorkshire league, while half a dozen Pock lads starred for Yorkshire age group sides..
Recent groundworks and main services have moved things on at Kilnwick Park and the first phase of the changing room development should start soon. The whole club has pulled together to up its fund raising and sponsorship efforts, with another big Pock 7s on Good Friday and the resurrected Pocktoberfest being two of the highlights.