Pock look to the future

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Pocklington RUFC will start planning for life in the North East division when they hold their Annual General Meeting and election of officers in the clubhouse on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30pm.

The meeting will review another excellent season which saw a bumper Pock sevens and top campaigns by a number of senior and junior Pocklington teams, capped by the first XV’s second successive league championship triumph. Representatives still have to go to Rochdale to collect the Yorkshire One championship shield at the North RFU champions dinner next month, but team members and skipper Mat Webber were at the recent Pocklington Mayor making ceremony where the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Graham Perry, presented a Pocklington plaque to Webber on behalf of the town in recognition of the team’s outstanding achievement.

Next season, in North 1 East, will obviously be a big step up for Pocklington’s young team, and will involve longer journeys and fixtures against a number of new opponents who have traditionally been amongst the North’s biggest clubs, such as Middlesborough and Morley.

But the way the team has grown togther and improved its performance over the past two years gives optimism that Pocklington will be able to compete at a higher level.

The promotion and relegation movement at the end of the 2011-12 also now sees more Yorkshire clubs in the league for the coming year than previous.

Pocklington will face nine Yorkshire opponents in 2012-13, with just two sides each from Northumberland and County Durham, and with two local derbies to look forward to against Beverley and Malton and Norton.

The full line up for the North 1 East league next season is: Beverley, Morley, Wheatley Hills (Doncaster), Middlesborough, Malton and Norton, Sheffield, Northern, Durham City, Cleckheaton, Old Crossleyans (Halifax), Morpeth, Darlington, Pocklington and Keighley.