New Year -New Start

By Dave Picken - January 3 2020
New Year -New Start As we enter a new decade Jamie Connolly is joining Stu Waites in forging a youthful first team which will hopefully provide a bright new future for the club after the highs and lows of 2019 .

24-20 The former Canterbury, West, Worcester and L'Aquila centre will be joined by Ian Wilson and Antony Camero. They will be working with a first team squad which already features a number of the lads the trio have worked with in the West Academy.

They attended their first training session last night with one of their first tasks to help rearrange a back division to travel to Pocklington. One which will be  without Peter Youll who has moved to Billingham this week.

Wit Stu Waites forced to do his coaching from the sidelines, after dislocation a shoulder against Driffield, there's a league start for Connolly Jnr at stand-off with Zac Siouthern taking on the 12 shirt.

Matt Siddle - one of the few players to stand-out against Rovers - has delayed his  return to Essex and will be at full back.

Liam Bailey, who scored twice as we beat Pock in the first game of the season,  is also back to add his experience and flair to the back line with the hard working Chrissy Atkins moving up to partner Jake Linighan in the second row.

On the bench centre James Pearson - known to all as "JP" - will make his first team debut and in doing so will become the 42nd player to have featured so far. He, of course, is also a member of the Newcaastle Falcons Junior Academy.

West: Matt Siddle, Lewis Scott, Will Hilditch, Zac Southern, Max Tennant, Ollie Connolly, Ryan Painter (captain), Liam Penningtobn, Andrew Rollins, Adsasm Coates, Jake Linighan, Chris Atkins, Ben Aermstrong, Liam Bailey, Adsam Brown.

Changes: James Borthwick, Aidan Jackson-Smith, James Pearson.

The Stags host Rovers Heughers in the CaNDY league kick off 2.15.

All Change For New Year
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03/01/2020 09:21
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Re: All Change For New Year
crosbys (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 10:20
Nice to see Jamie involved and also JP coming into the squad.

Always something to play for lads, take this game as the start of building towards a stronger club on and off the field.

Re: All Change For New Year
milkybar kid (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 10:54
Well publishing the team in the Friday newsletter is a good start to 2020, it might not seem it to some, but supporters will appreciate it.

Sad to see Peter leave the club, but he never gave less than 100%, go well at Billingham Peter.

As a club we can only look forward, full committment by players, coaches and supporters will obviously play a major part in the way ahead.

What should also be taken into account is the fact that the club is more than just a Rugby Club, it is a place where people come together from a very young age and lifelong friendships and commitment are formed.

The new coaching format will hopefully prove to be an important step change to the way we progress as a rugby club, lets hope all members buy into it.

As for the new coaching team.......errrrrm I can only presume that DP is a highly skilled Photoshop Artist.

Re: All Change For New Year
Old Chestnut (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 14:32
Excellent step forward for the club, Jamie, Ian and Anthony have great experience of very aspect of the game and I’m sure they will succeed if the Club & Players get behind them, good luck to all.

Re: All Change For New Year
LesterP (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 16:08
Yes - good luck to everyone, especially Peter at Billingham. He will fit into their squad well - He Stood Fast & Never Surrendered.

All the best for the Pockilington Trip.

Stand Fast Boys - No Surrender !

Stags - any game tomorrow ??

Re: All Change For New Year
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 18:54
Stags home to Rovers Heughers in league game kick off 2.15

Re: All Change For New Year
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 21:49
Lewis scott not playing centre......tut tut

Re: All Change For New Year
Kathryn 😊 (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 21:50
Hardwick Man Wrote:
> Lewis scott not playing centre......tut tut

Re: All Change For New Year
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 22:23
Strange I never got a mention as the forwards coach being part of the coaching group 'forging a youthful first team'?? Must have been an oversight similar to when I started in the summer haha! In all seriousness I believe the three guys coming in will be a great addition and drive the club forward in a positive way. I must also say that losing Peter Youll is a massive loss for the team and the club, I can't think of a player in recent times that has been at West from juniors through all 3 senior team, developed into a stand out first team player and county player and left the club for any reason than family or work..correct me if I'm wrong. I wish him all the best and we will all welcome him back should he chose to return. We move on starting tomorrow and with the young players coming through now and over the next few years we as a club have a lot to look forward to..we need the club, supporters and players to get behind the plan set out starting this weekend. Carlo

Re: All Change For New Year
Old Chestnut (IP Logged)
03/01/2020 23:30
Well said Carlo and thank you for your efforts

Re: All Change For New Year
LesterP (IP Logged)
04/01/2020 00:02
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency; 007 And youth is no guarantee of innovation.

Skyfall - 9 Nov 2012.


Re: All Change For New Year
old shepherd (IP Logged)
04/01/2020 08:42
Best of Luck to everyone involved today, in the future and in the past. Onwards and upwards we hope GO WEST!

Re: All Change For New Year
Mr tickles (IP Logged)
04/01/2020 11:45
Good luck to all today big win on both teams

Like I was talking in the gym to a member they should do forwards training and backs both separate and then once a week come together as a team and do full team drills,

I for one admit could do with training as missed tackles and stuff like that what let the team down as if made a correct tackle whe wouldn’t of got the ball down and would of had west in front on stags other week,

Some strength and condoning work with scrums line outs and making tackles to taking tackles,

Best of luck to all that have come in to play and to the people on training side

Re: All Change For New Year
LesterP (IP Logged)
04/01/2020 19:51
Some excellent points, well made Mr T around specific training/coaching for specific positions (and combinations). I am sure that the extended coaching set up will enable this.

It has worked before and it will work again - just need to blow the dust off.

Very positive - well said.

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