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    Posted: 14 Mar 2018 at 11:58
Early yet but any team of the season thoughts?
 
Promising young players coming through?
 
Seasoned vets still got it?
 
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A few standouts that I've seen, in no particular order. Hertford Fullback Sean Taylor, Tunbridge Wells Halfback Charles Spence, Guernsey Winger Anthony Armstrong, Dorking fly half Cameron Pimlow.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Robb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2018 at 19:04
TW's 7-10 (Hathaway, Doherty, Spence and Reynolds) I would definitely put in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Undercover Back Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 09:11
Robb, I find it hard to believe that Tunbridge Wells, a team that is in 6th place having won less than half of their games, (none against the top 4 in the league) could be so heavily represented in the team of the season. If all of these players truly deserved nomination I would suggest that Tunbridge Wells League position would be drastically different. I would hazard that even the top four teams, who have been clearly a cut above this year, would struggle to justify the inclusion of 4 players.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Macca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 12:56
I will nominate from Tring - 10, Tommy Newton, 4, Harry Green, 7, Harry McCartney.
  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Acti0nH@rdc0r3! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 15:21
For me: Barnes 8 Alex Hind, Barnes 10 Gareth Williams Davies (now sadly retired), and Barnes winger Robbie Martey.

Centre Matt Cornish for Barnes is a good player, but his attitude needs work IMHO....

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Barnes 8 is a good call, also Sidcup hooker (wears white scrum cap).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Undercover Back Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Mar 2018 at 16:20
Whilst I agree that the players mentioned by Macca and ActionHardcore are quality players, I wonder if it would not be more beneficial to instead nominate opposition players who have impressed you. 

Not only would this help eliminate the innate one eyed nature of rugby supporters to help us try and sort out a true team of the season, I always felt that being acknowledged as a quality player by the opposition post game over a beer was the greatest distinction available on a rugby field. 

Also due to our premature discussion, the three top teams are yet to play each other in the second round, therefore not everyone will have seen some of the better players on offer which I'm sure will impact some supporters decision making. 
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From Westcliff I would nominate promising young player, Jake Spivey (a 9 usually) who has been playing 15 and scoring tries for fun, along with Ewan Binnerman 3, and Charlie Brown 1.

Tunbridge Wells 8 stands out in my memory for a big performance.
The best rugby played against us in my opinion by some way was by Guernsey, I’d expect several of their lads to make any short list.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Clueless like most Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Mar 2018 at 15:55
Seeing how Wimbledon, Old Reds and Broadstreet are getting on, all promoted last year and look like returning quickly, How will this year's crop cope next year? TJs are doing much better than many predicted. Established London Irish and Clifton not out of the woods yet and I guess Canterbury are glad the season isn't going on too much longer. Club rugby is tough no matter the level !
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Good players I have seen this year that stand out are the TW 9, Guernsey 8, Hertford 15.

I had high hopes for the Barnes 15 this year who had two good years in national 2. It may be due to his age or enthusiasm, but he has been particularly disappointing. Barnes standout this year has been the winger, Robbie Martey.
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Great win for Barnes at the weekend. A tight and physical affair!

Re cluelees like most's point earlier and how these teams might fare in the league above. I feel Guernsey have a good enough pack to compete with most and physical backs able to exploit space. I think they'll do well.

Barnes know the situation in national 2 and the level they need to be at. In my opinion we'll be going up with a strong team that needs to be bolstered by a few props (sadly our Aussie overseas prop will be heading home) and potentially a young exciting fullback to compliment our strong wingers. But 3 games remain and we are not there yet!

Tring are still very much in the mix but I haven't seen them play so cannot comment.

With the level transfers it could be a very interesting year for those who do make it into that league.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Undercover Back Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 09:19
@CelsusLasonIreAnser It appears as if the top of the table clash lived up to the billing! Did the game impact any of your nominees for the team of the year? Any players who you hadn't mentioned previously that impressed you in arguably the biggest game of the year to date?

I'll be equally interested to hear your thoughts after the next big game Barnes have to contend with a home match against Tring which will go a long way toward deciding the top 2. 
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I'd have to say the usual names from Guernsey impressed me. The no.8 was excellent, the 12, though extremely limited in what he can do, was a strong carrier, and finally the big winger was a threat once more. 

From Barnes, the no.6, Rob Malaney, was immense in quelling the heavy pressure sustained from the Guernsey pack, which was exacerbated by the double digit penalties the Barnes hooker gave away. I believe a chat from his inspirational brother, Tom, helped in this regard. 

The Barnes 13, Matt Cornish, was the best player on the field by some distance - how a premiership club hasn't picked him up is beyond me. Perhaps it is his attitude as alluded to by AcTiOn HaRdCoRe earlier. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 14:11
I am not from your region but when was a Level 5 player last plucked out of virtual obscurity by a Premiership Club?
Unless a player has come through the established pathway (Academy, Elite player coaching programme etc etc) there is next to no chance of this ever happening
I would also add that jumping up one level (let alone four) can be very challenging even for the better players that we see
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Sam Jones has just been given a Championship contract with Doncaster Knights from his home club in level 5. There are plenty more examples of lads not deemed good enough to be in the RFU academy who have ended up in the Premiership.

You might want to check Tom Francis' pathway out!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 16:07
But Sam Jones has signed for Knights from Phoenix (ie Doncaster Academy)
Tom Francis - Public School education but then that's a whole different conversation
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1. Guernsey  
2. Sidcup Hooker (white scrum cap)
3. Guernsey
4. Harry Green
5. Barnes lock
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8. Alex Hind
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10. Cameron Pimlow
11. Robbie Martey
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13. Matt Cornish
14. Tom Hunt
15. Matt Noble
 
You could put the whole Guernsey front row in tbh. I have left a few blank where I don't think I have seen enough to comment.
 
Feel free to victimise my selection (or lack of it).. 
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After Saturday Barnes  10 & Tring 10 
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Lots of crazy talk on here

Owen Thomas (Guernsey) - on the front foot - is by far the best 10 in this division. He isn’t often put on the back foot which might give him an advantage over others as I’ve never seen him not given an armchair ride.

Tring 10 is busy on the front foot but is below average when put on the back foot. I can’t remember seeing the Barnes 10 who has been mentioned.

Shelford might not have too many names put forward but Richie McIver (8) would probably stand out more in a L4 team with better players on both teams.

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