After retaining their place in the Premiership Division of the GB Wheelchair Rugby 5s as the season closed last weekend, Saints Wheelchair Rugby coach Jamie Higgins is delighted to see his side hold their own at the highest level.
Following three weekends of tournaments across the summer, Higgins’ side ended the 2019 term in sixth place in the league – securing their place in the Premiership for next season in the process.
And despite a few mixed results over the campaign, Higgins says the still relatively new side are in a strong position to keep progressing.
"I can honestly say that the side held their own against some strong opposition, which I’m very proud of."Jamie Higgin, Saints Wheelchair Rugby coach
“I’m really pleased with how the side performed over the competition this season,” Higgins said.
“We took a large step up into a league with far more experienced teams and I can honestly say that the side held their own against some strong opposition, which I’m very proud of.
“Our main aim for this season was to test ourselves against those more experienced sides while remaining competitive; from ending the first weekend in sixth position back in May, to coming out the other side still in that position was incredibly pleasing for our first crack of the whip.
“For many of our players this was their first-ever competitive tournament, with little over four months training before they were catapulted into the league, and they have developed massively.
“We can now take the learnings from this season at the top level, build on this for the 2020 season and hopefully come back stronger.
“Our focus is now on developing the players we have, as well as any new players coming into the club, to remain competitive while maintaining our club ethos of being inclusive to anyone wishing to play the sport.”
To view Saints Wheelchair Rugby's results this season, CLICK HERE.
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