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The future's bright

1 year ago By Tony Curtis

The 2016/17 season might have been tough on the field, however the signs are promising for the future of Halifax RUFC.

There is no doubt that in terms of results, the 2016/17 season hasn't gone to plan.

The 1st XV have been relegated from Yorkshire Three two years after promotion, the Dukes are in the bottom half of the YRFU Aire-Wharfe & West Merit table, while the ladies have finished 7th in Women's NC North 1.

However, the results don’t tell the real story for the club.

Both the men and ladies saw a number of key players leave during the summer - and it was always going to be tough to recover, despite some new faces arriving.

As a result, we always knew it would very much be a rebuilding process for the club as a whole and that’s what has happened.

The men have a top-class coach in Neil Spence, while Simon Myers and Darryl Wilson have come in and brilliantly unified the ladies. All three have quickly become very much part of the club.

The 1st XV, who effectively lost the spine of their team, have fought valiantly at times and have earned the respect of their rivals. They have also handed debuts to a large number of players, who will all be better for the experience.

The Dukes have welcomed back a number of players and been a superb grounding for the new faces arriving at the club.

The ladies have been proactive in promoting women’s rugby and this has paid dividends with a number of players also joining. They have developed quickly and it is encouraging how they’ve grown in number and stature.

We also saw them organise a superb LGBT taster day, an event which fully highlights the club's mantra of 'making rugby accessible for all.'

The mixed ability boys have sadly been short of fixtures, but they have trained with passion and shown a real willingness to get stuck in - and finished the season with a trip away to Hessle.

On top of all this, our Veterans made a first appearance in five years - and are actively looking at more games next year - while the Juniors are now up are running through the hard work of Andy Smith, Rich Conway, Jack Pilcher, Neil Walsh and Darren Emmerson.

Despite the results on the field, the camaraderie in the clubhouse - which has also been done out over the course of the year - and among all the sides has been first-class. People could have been forgiven for going off and sulking, however the players -men and ladies - have stood tall and bonded together.

That spirit has shone through and it gives us the platform to build on moving forward.

The hard work for 2017/18 has already started and we have some exciting plans for next season already - so watch this space!

It may look on paper that the club is down… but rugby is not played on paper. We will build on the promising signs and we will emerge stronger.

The future is bright, the future is blue and white.

Updated 08:28 - 16 May 2017 by Tony Curtis

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