The end of a satisfying rugby season

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Pocklington RUFC celebrated a satisfying 2013-14 season with a series of enjoyable presentation events.

All 16 of the club’s senior and junior teams can look back on some notable triumphs and memorable wins, while a host of talented youngsters won representative honours.

The first XV won 15 of their 30 games and finished a creditable sixth in the North 1 East league season. But the league campaign was a real contrast of before and after Christmas - Pocklington opened up with six league wins on the bounce and led the table in October. However, the last couple of months saw them always going to finish around midway and the campaign meandered to a close with seven defeats out of the last eight league games.

The Panthers started and finished the season strongly, ending up in fourth place in the Yorkshire Eastern Conference - a new merit league that was a higher level than they had experienced previously.

The Pilgrims had another great year and topped their merit league; while the U19 Colts reached both a national and a county semi-final and were voted the club’s team of the year at the annual dinner and awards night in the clubhouse. The junior and mini sections finished with a flurry of trophy successes in end of season tournaments, with the U16s rounding everything off with a sevens success on the last day. The minis had a joint awards day at the club, while the junior sides made their presentations on tour or at team events.

Some 30 Pocklington boys also won county and district representative honours, capped by Lewis Wilson who progressed to captain the North U16s against Scotland and play for England Roses - effectively England’s third string.

2014 was also a big year for the club off the pitch. Once again Pocklington were one of the best supported sides, home and away, in the division.

There was another outstanding Pock 7s on Good Friday, followed by the news a week later that the clubhouse can be refurbished thanks to the club being successful with a grant application to Sports England.

The 2013-14 campaign might now have been put to rest; but things start all over again next month. The AGM is on Tuesday 17 June, there is a tour to the Newquay 7s on 27-30 June, and pre-season training for 2014-15 - the 135th season of rugby at Pocklington - starts the day after the players get back, on Tuesday 1 July.