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This month's player of the month award goes to centre Ed Keohane. Keohane has been an integral part of the teams early season success in the South West Premier division.
He has led by example in both his attack and defence and has also taking on the responsibility for the teams place kicking where he has had some outstanding games. His hard work and attitude at training has been exemplary and he is always happy to pose challenging questions which help us to get better in the things that we are trying to improve upon.
Head coach Russell Bolton commented "Ed has always had a great deal of potential and it is nice to see him starting to fulfil that in a Maidenhead shirt. He has worked hard to find ways for his strengths to have an influence on games and we are now seeing that in action on a consistent basis. Ed has had a great month in training and we look forward to seeing him get better and better as the season progresses."
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The 400 Club draw for November was held on Saturday 25th November prior to the match with Bournemouth.
The draw was made by Phil Sinkinson Chairman Bournemouth RFC.
October Player of the Month - Lawrence Leonard
This month's player of the month award goes to flanker cum second row Laurence Leonard. The Irishman who joined the club in the summer has been in exceptional form recently.
Leonard, who began the season in the 2's earned a debut with the 1st XV against Exmouth at home and since then has performed to such a consistently high standard he has been involved ever since. His high work rate both in training and in games combined with a likeable character have ensured he has become a popular member of the senior squad.
Laurence is always someone that the coaches mention as an ideal player to work with. Someone who wants to work hard and develop their game without too much need for encouragement as well as working solely for the benefit of the team.
Russ Bolton commented "Laurence has been a great addition to this season's squad. He has shown his quality to perform at both 1st and 2nd team levels and regardless of the position he is asked to play always makes a positive impact on the game. We look forward to witnessing the influence he can have on the team as he continues to improve."
400 Club October Winners
The 400 Club draw for October was held on Saturday 4th November prior
to the match with Brixham.
September Player of the Month - Steve Hyland
We are delighted to award this month's Player of the Month to Steve Hyland. The young prop that joined us from Phoenix in the summer has been a really great addition to our squad.
Over the past month he has really nailed down his position as starting tighthead for the 2nd XV. The coaches have been particularly impressed with his work ethic and his desire to consistently improve his game.
It is fantastic for the club to have such a promising group of young props coming through the club with not only Steve but Lewis Jones, Umar Marriott and Paul Englezoss who we hope can help the club strive for success for many years to come. It has also been great to see the more experienced front rowers within the squads such as Myke Parrott, the Darlington brothers and Paul Savage providing excellent support to these guys development.
Russ Bolton commented "I think it was really brave for a 19 year old lad to want to move clubs and challenge himself in our environment but Steve has come in and taken on the challenge with a huge amount of commitment and energy. If he continues to work hard on his fitness and builds on some of his natural strengths I fully expect Steve to be pushing for a 1st XV place in the near future"
400 Club Winners Mar-Aug
1st prize: Andy Emmanuel
2nd prize: B & M Ruddick
3rd prize: John Copeland
1st prize: A Price
2nd prize: D M Evans
3rd prize: K Young
1st prize: Sean Egan
2nd prize: Andy Swift
3rd prize: K Lawton
1st prize: Peter Prior
2nd prize: D Walton
3rd prize: Steve Page
1st prize: Grahame Fisher
2nd prize: D Walton
3rd prize: A Price
1st prize: Andy Swift
2nd prize: M Prince
3rd prize: BJ & AP Bennett
August Player of the Month - Ed Keohane
Ed picks up the August player of the month award for both setting exceptional high standards on the field as well as contributing off the field as well.
In a season where the 1st XV have gone up a league we were relying on current players raising their standards and Ed has been a key performer in our pre-season fixtures. His ability to be direct in his attacking game and then bring in his creative and kicking skills is something that will be key to us this season.
Ed has also been the leading player in our Indigo Metrics work where players are measured on their soft skills such as courage, self-driven, work ethics, continuous improvement and teamwork. Off the field Ed has taken on the responsibility of leading individual player development with the backs and also organising the Maidenhead budgie smuggler. Something we can all look forward to!
Russ Bolton commented "It is a credit to the team the amount of players who were in contention for this month's award but Ed is a thoroughly deserving winner. His attitude and work ethic has been fantastic and we look forward to this translating into key performances this season."
July Player of the Month - Mike Burnett
Mike receives our first award for the 2017/18 season. In a year where we expect our senior players to raise the standards and show the commitment necessary to become a high performing National League side Mike has certainly led the way during the first month.
Having had a mixed season last year largely down to injuries Mike returned to pre-season training in excellent shape and has shown a desire to improve and work hard in the past few weeks. His energy and enthusiasm are putting him in an excellent position to compete for a 1st XV place on the wing which is one of our most competitive areas of the squad.
Head coach Russell Bolton commented "I have been really impressed with Mike's attitude during the first four weeks of pre-season. He returned to us last season and struggled to show us what he was truly capable of due to some injuries and others performing consistently well. Mike has a really good opportunity to play a key role this year and I am pleased that he is shining through and setting standards for others to follow."
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