Bridlington RUFC - review of 2012

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BRINGING the Yorkshire Shield back to Dukes Park was undoubtedly the crowning moment of Bridlington RUFC’s 2012.

They won the shield for the second time in three years, and once again it was Selby who were on the receiving end in the final.

Having seen off Pontefract in the semi-final, Bridlington travelled to Hull on a sunny but cold May afternoon, and started the match as favourites against opposition from a lower league.

They fell behind early on but a try by Ryan Girking and 12 points from the boot of veteran Jamie Muru put them 16-5 ahead.

Selby fought back but could only get to within four points, as Sizwe Zondo gave a man of the match display.

VICTORY in the Shield was a big consolation, and ended a season which had promised so much, on a high.

They began 2012 top of Yorkshire One, four points clear of local rivals Driffield after winning 13 of their first 15 games.

But they couldn’t keep up their momentum, and six defeats in their remaining 10 games meant they ended up fourth, 26 points behind eventual winners Pocklington. Keighley took the second promotion spot.

However, the league campaign had gone better than many had expected, and marked a huge improvement on the previous year.

IT WAS all change behind the scenes in the summer. Norman Lawry stepped down as chairman, and was replaced by Gordon Morrice, who returned to the hot seat. Director of rugby Kieran Lawry retired from playing, which meant Rich Girking stepped back into the hot seat.

Mark Floyd and Muru also ended their playing careers after the Yorkshire Shield win, although Muru has been persuaded to pull his boots on again in the later weeks of 2012.

THE 2012/13 season got off to a wonderful start with five straight wins, including another chance to keep their jinx going over Scarborough, who left Dukes Park beaten once again in September.

But the going got tougher and four defeats in four games in October, including a loss at Driffield, meant Bridlington slipped off the pace.

They steadied the ship, and have comfortably stayed in the top half of the table, but their defence of the Yorkshire Shield ended with a narrow defeat at York in the Second Round.

The squad has been bolstered by the arrival of more overseas players. Kiwis James Thompson and Morgan Kinnaird have stayed on and been joined by countryman Ezra Luxton and two South African forwards Zolani Faba and Auryn Murray.