Phil Braddick is the new chairman of Wellington Rugby Club, elected at the club agm last week. Ashley Colman stood down after two much appreciated years in the chair.
Secretary Nick Robbins reported on the season, which saw the FirstXV recover well from a difficult start, to finish strongly in the second half of the season. This culminated in a pleasing victory on the last Saturday of the season over local rivals Tiverton. This secured a mid-table finish position.
Pride of place for the season went to the Under 18’s, winning the county cup in a thrilling final at Weston –Super-Mare, and almost winning the league as well. Hopefully those now moving up to the senior sides will make an impact and force their way into the adult teams.
Due to the geographic location of other clubs involved in promotion and relegation, Wellington will next season play in Western Counties North. This is because the West league contained 15 clubs and the North league only 13. As Wellington we’re the most Northerly club in the West league they were moved across to maintain the balance of the leagues.
The second xv continued to do well in Somerset 1, a strong league which sees them face many 1xv teams. Despite this and having to supply many players to bolster the 1st xv at short notice, they finished well above the bottom teams.
The third xv experienced a difficult season after gaining promotion during the previous campaign. A few heavy defeats saw player numbers drop off resulting in several fixtures being forfeited and eventually the team withdrew for the league all together. It is hoped that next season in a lower league will see enthusiasm return to this social side.
Treasurer Matt Colman gave a very in-depth report into the financial situation at the club, which going forward looks very healthy. The last few years has seen extensive work on the facilities, which are as good as any club playing at this level in the South West of England. There will now be a period of consolidation on this front. Thanks were given to the sponsors of the club, of whom there are many, and the volunteers, without which the club could not continue.