Daz Mullin was runner up in the Coach of the Year award, the judges said: “Over 6 years, Darren Mullin has raised thousands of pounds for the club through various fund raising events. With no coach for the U11 team, Mullin successfully amalgamated them into the under-12s and now coaches the expanded age group, allowing the club to honour its youth fixtures for the season. His enthusiasm has been an integral part of Exeter Saracens youth setup”.
Dave Turner won the coveted lifetime achievement award in recognition of the role he’s played in developing girls’ rugby in the South West. The judges said:
It should come as no suprise that after all the rain of the last two days and with more bad weather forecast for the weekend that our games at Taunton
on Sunday have been cancelled.
Due to all the severe weather warnings for this afternoon and this evening, training is cancelled.
If you have recently hung up your boots but would like stay involved with the game or if you are a current player or maybe have come to Sarries through junior rugby and would like to give something back to the game, well here’s your chance. Sarries juniors would like to increase the number of coaches available to help out with coaching the youngsters on Sundays. If you fancy taking those first steps on the coaching ladder then we can help get you on the right courses and get you going in the right direction – all we are asking in return is for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. Perhaps if coaching isn’t your thing then you might be interested in refereeing again we can get you the basic qualifications needed to pick up a whistle and take charge. If you did this you will soon find out what life is like for the man in the middle on a Saturday afternoon! Those of us that have taken the coaching/refereeing path have found it very rewarding and it also improves your understanding of the game and can make better players of us all. The juniors run boys and girls sides from U7s right up to Colts.
If you are interested or want to find out more please contact Dave Turner on 01392 677425 or have a chat before 7pm training at St James on a Thursday night.
U13 Girls rugby afternoon this sunday 28/10/12 has been cancelled.
Five former Saracens girls players have been selected for the Devon Ladies County squad for this season. Amy Alford, Caitlin Short, Charlotte Green, Emily Underwood and Kayleigh Moore all played their junior rugby at Saracens. Caitlin and Charlotte were in the original group of girls that got together to form the club’s girls section and Emily was last seasons U18 captain. It is great to see our former players still involved in the game as they move into adulthood and still achieving success at a higher level.
7 October 2012
All three Sarries age groups travelled to Plymouth Albion for the first of their official fixtures of the season. There were mixed fortunes for the squads, some great rugby, but too many trips to A&E!
As neither club ended up with enough players for a proper game, a joint training session was held which finished in a four a side fun game which was enjoyed by all.
Sarries played some great rugby to beat Albion although their victory came at a cost with two players having to go to hospital as a precaution for back and head injuries. These losses depleted Sarries and they were unable to play their second game against Wellington as coach Steve had to go with the injured players to hospital. Some of the Sarries girls then played for Wellington against Albion but unfortunately one of them also ended up in casualty. I am pleased to report that all three were not seriously injured and will be back playing again very soon.
Saracens 48 v 0 Plymouth Albion
After weeks of practice Sarries were keen to put their training runs into a match situation and did so confidently with some very good handling, offloading and support play. This proved too much for an Albion side with lots of new players some of who were playing in their first ever match. Sarries showed great team work and togetherness with all players making a valuable contribution, in particular Chelsea Chamberlain who was selected as player of the match.
Saracens 63 v 0 Wellington
The players were full of confidence and running after the first match and carried on where they left off and once again threw the ball around well and used rehearsed plays to good effect. Emma Wakeley was selected as player of the match for some great work in setting up India Chambers for her two tries. In both matches it was great to see all the players who had stepped up from last seasons U15s making such an impact on the game with their commitment and determination while the “old hands” continue to improve.
I would like to try and improve the quality of these match reports by calling on parents/spectators to volunteer to write a report or provide photographs. As coaches we are often busy sorting things out and do not see everything or miss important plays or – as was the case on this day – not even be there as we are looking after injured players. It would really enhance the quality of the website and as players it’s nice to read what people thought of your efforts. Please get in touch if you would be able to help us out.
Girls Festival at Exmouth RFC scheduled for Sunday 14th October 2012 has been cancelled due to flooding. The Festival will be rescheduled for later in the season.
U18 Jordan Smith has become the first Saracens player to be selected for a county outside of Devon by being selected for the Somerset u18 squad following trials in Bristol last weekend. Jordan lives in Taunton and travels to Exeter for training and matches every week, she has always shown great committment to the game and has been rewarded for her hard work with selection into the Somerset squad. It will be very interesting if Somerset and Devon play each other in the up and coming county programme.
International Honour for Former Saracens Player
Former Sarries junior Caitlin Short played for the UK Fire Services womens side that took on the Italian Fire Service side under floodlights at Blackheath RFC. Fly half Caitlin played the whole game and kicked three conversions as the UK team beat the well drilled Italians 30 – 0.
Caitlin, 21, lives in Heavitree and now works as an admin assistant at the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service training academy at Clyst St George. Caitlin was one of the original Sarries girls when the club formed a girls section in 2005. She was part of the team that won the National 7 a side tournament in 2008 and in her final season with the club she was captain of the u18s and also represented Devon, South West and England Colleges. After leaving Saracens Caitlin played for Gloucester University and Cheltenham Ladies and is currently playing for Plymouth Albion Ladies. Caitlin hopes that she will play for the Fire Service in the games against the Army, RAF and also in the Police/Fire Games in Northern Ireland later in the season.