This Saturday sees the start of Dorchester’s league campaign in Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts 1 South.
After the summer break, the long awaited new seasons is ready to kick off and entertain local fans at Coburg Road.
Ben Parker has set his squad a goal of promotion, and with preseason now over the players are ready to take on the challenge. Over the summer the club have picked up some new players and several colts are ready to move up to senior rugby and make their debuts at this level. It is a testament to Dorchester’s youth section and its team of committed coaches that these younger players are moving in to the 1st XV squad. This week sees Charlie Harries, Alex Peel and Harry Wheeler make their debuts at senior level.
Former Dorchester player Sam Jones makes a welcome return to the club and his strong running from the back row will be sure to compliment the style of play from last season. Newcomer to the club Dave Rawles takes his place on the bench for the first time to cover the front row. Following his strong performance in preseason games the evergreen Tom Gower steps in to take a place on the wing. Adam Makepeace leads the side on the pitch this season with James Baker as his vice captain. Club captain James Newsam is carrying an injury so doesn’t feature in this week’s squad.
Although the preseason fixtures didn’t bring a win for Dorchester, coach Parker says it gave the coaching team a real understanding of where the strengths lie and what the squad need to do to continue to develop. He says with the bar set high for promotion and league wins for the 1st and 2nd XV’s, the feeling is after 9 weeks of training over the summer the squad is in good shape.
Kick off at Coburg Road is at 3 with Dorchester’s 2nd XV scheduled to play away at Puddletown.
This weekend also sees the junior section back in action with U14’s and U16’s entertaining Wimborne whilst the U15’s welcome Chippenham to Coburg Road. U7’s - U12’s will be training also.
Sunday afternoon sees the Colts in action against Bournemouth KO 2pm.