As 2014 draws to a close Garstang Rugby Club can look back on a year which has seen unprecedented growth and development both on and off the pitch.
This year has seen the club finally purchasing the pitches which gives them stability and ability to plan for the future and be secure in the knowledge that they have a home. With that in mind the club have invested in major pitch improvements and erected pitch side perimeters.
The Senior men’s teams coached by Gavin Barton, aided by Ainsley Pye, have shown continuous improvement and despite the retirement of several key players the club have a 1st XV who are a match for anyone in their league.
This season the team have an immaculate home record with five wins from five but their away form has been a disappointment and they are yet to register a win. The 1st and 2nd XV’s are more than a match for anyone on their day but a wafer thin squad does leave them vulnerable when key players become unavailable. This season has seen the 1st XV field three seventeen year old’s who have thrived at this level and the club are keen to encourage and recruit new players to maintain the development and improvement.
The Senior Ladies XV have also notched several firsts.
Earlier in the year they notched up their first ever win a game and this season they have joined a league for the first time. They started the campaign with a couple of narrow defeats but last month they got their first league win against Chester Devas and now they sit comfortably mid-table.
Like the men the main issue the ladies team, known as Garstang Sparlings, have is the issue of player numbers and new members would be more than welcome.
While the Senior XV’s may have issues with player numbers there is no such problem at mini/junior level with over 100 players signed up in the section which is fronted up by Bert Cross ably supported by a group of volunteer coaches.
The Hunuor section train every Sunday and they have regular fixtures against local teams. Next season the under 16’s will be competing in the Blacksticks Blue leagues. Since the junior section was inaugurated under Ian Davies a decade ago the long term vision was to close the gap between the junior and senior sections and with higher age group teams now playing this is coming to fruition.
So, this has been a great year for the club and there is plenty to look forward to but we are always on the lookout for new or old talent so anybody of any age or sex who wants to play rugby should come down and give it a go.
Anybody interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.