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Disappointing end to successful season, writes Norman Potter

Defeat in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup was not the way we would have chosen to end what has essentially been a successful season, finishing third in the league and reaching the quarter-final of the National Cup.

North Walsham were without doubt the better team on the day.

On the bright side our Third XV, under the inspirational leadership of Howard Goodman, ensured that we did not return from finals day empty-handed.

They scored a resounding 34-0 victory over Norwich III team to win the inaugural Norfolk Salver.

Paul Cayley at 44, who has been a regular member of the first team this season, has announced his retirement yet again. We will wait and see!

We must now look forward to the preparation for the coming season when it all starts all over again. First team captain Fraser Hall is confident we will be even stronger next season with the return of two outstanding players, Warren Wilby and Declan Hall, as well as a couple of new recruits.

There will be fitness training throughout the summer, commencing after a suitable rest. The start date will be announced on our website and all registered players will be contacted.

The girls section under the management of Sarah Maclean hope to field teams at Under-13, 15 and 18 next season. New players are always wanted.

Tim Courridge and Zoe Stone will continue recruiting through the schools for both boys and girls and hopefully at summer camps at the club [details yet to be finalised].

The Colts, under the successful management and coaching staff from this year, can look forward to being joined by the current Under-16 team, which contains some very talented players.

There is an abundance of talent in the 15s, 14s and 13s, who should all benefit from additional coaching at the next level. The 13s and 14s both won the Norfolk plate and the 14s also picked up the Eastern Counties title.

Youth chairman Andy Jermy as expressed his pleasure with overall results and is confident of an even better season starting in September.

The AGM takes place at the club on May 25 at 7pm.

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