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Shelford Rugby Membership duo Charlie Baker and Mike Gillick set to succeed in look milestones towards Medway

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Two main milestones could possibly be reached when Shelford play host to Medway on Saturday (November 26).

The Regional 1 South East conflict at Davey Subject will probably mark a one centesimal Peacocks look for Mike Gillick, whereas for the long-serving Charlie Baker, he’s one away from his 250th outing in Shelford colors.

Director of rugby Will Cotterill stated: “We’re actually fortunate to have guys like that on the membership. We have now 5 or 6 centurions and a few double centurions as effectively.

Charlie Baker, who is because of make his 250th Shelford look this weekend. Picture: Mike Harris

“The likes of Mike and Charlie, they make a giant distinction to the group, particularly by way of management. The brand new gamers are available and the kids come up from the junior part and it is gamers like these two which are the glue that hold issues collectively.

“They’ve had loads of highs and lows with us, seen the nice and the unhealthy – that have is invaluable.

“We’re actually happy with these guys and it is rightly going to be a giant afternoon for them.”

Shelford head into the weekend following a defeat final outing at Sudbury – a facet that they pipped to the London League 1 North title final time period.

It continued the workforce’s latest inconsistent run of kind, with three wins and three defeats from their six most up-to-date fixtures.

And Cotterill believes his third-placed gamers are struggling to adapt to sure video games having much less driving on them after the highs of final season.

“There was such a robust deal with final season in that battle with Sudbury,” he stated.

“We could not afford to drop a degree as a result of it was such a good race all the best way. This 12 months Westcombe Park are out in entrance and with just one getting promoted, that appears settled.

“Perhaps a number of the video games we’re taking part in now wouldn’t have as a lot driving on them as final season and whenever you have a look at who we have misplaced to lately – like Sudbury and Hertford – they have been determined for the win, had their backs to the wall and it confirmed of their efficiency.

“We have to get again to that preventing spirit, digging in and getting a constant run going once more.”

Cotterill can be hopeful that final weekend’s break from motion may have allowed a number of the niggling accidents to have healed up.

He added: “We wanted the break. We began the season effectively however our kind has develop into a bit like a yo-yo.

“We’re successful one after which dropping one – and dropping video games we should not be dropping.

“We’re taking part in all of the rugby, dominating the video games however groups are wanting it a bit extra.

“That is disappointing however I believe a few of it’s right down to fatigue setting in. We’re selecting up accidents as effectively.

“They don’t seem to be huge ones, issues like a rolling of the ankle, however it’s all including up. Hopefully these niggles may have cleared up and we’ll be someplace close to full power on Saturday.”

In the meantime, girls’s rugby will take heart stage at Davey Subject on Sunday (November 27).

Contemporary from the England workforce – nicknamed the Pink Roses – impressing on their method to reaching the ultimate of the latest Ladies’s World Cup, supporters will get the prospect to observe two matches at Shelford.

At 1pm the Japanese Counties Below-18s Women will play a curtain-raising sport earlier than Shelford’s first XV will play host to Sudbury in a cup encounter.

Cotterill stated: “Once I got here to the membership there was round eight women signed on however now there may be greater than 50 and that’s superb for our membership.

“It is one thing that we have been actually eager to push and develop lately.

“Ladies’s rugby has been within the background for a very long time however now it is vitally a lot within the foreground, and so it must be.

“The RFU is eager to develop the sport and we’re making an attempt to do the identical on the membership.

“The World Cup had a big effect and we’re going into colleges, operating camps and making an attempt to unfold the phrase.

“We’re getting new recruits be a part of on a regular basis and lengthy could that proceed.”


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