Badgers Season Report

Posted by Jamie Cooper on 25 June 2020

2019/20 proved to be yet another relatively successful season for the Burton Badgers squad (now known as Burton Rhinos after new name allocations by the league organisers!). From their 18 games played (sadly reduced slightly by the Covid-19 outbreak), the Rhinos won 9 games, drew only 1 and lost 8, scoring 44 goals in total and conceding 31 – not a bad return in only their second season as a team. Season highlights included comprehensive 6-1 and 10-0 wins in the first half of the season and a 5-1 win away in Newcastle-under-Lyme in January (where Aiden Raw and Lewis Smith both scored two quick goals and fought hard to be the first to secure a hat-trick but both ultimately failing!). Another magnificent achievement was keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with a Barton team consisting of 3 adult players – including their keeper – and the odd older kid introduced during the second half. This was all the more remarkable considering Aiden Raw was a voluntary keeper and the defence included debutant Luke Dunne, who allowed very little past him! Several players had stints in goals in the second half of the season for which they should be commended. We had a core group of players this year available for most games, making it easier for us to play with a full quota of players. Indeed most of these players only missed games due to injury, illness or promotion to the Mens V. Jack Shore, Lewis Smith and Sam Johnston all made the most appearances, each only missing one game, and Aiden Raw was top goalscorer with 11 goals, with Oliver Frost second with 9 goals (in only 5 games) and Isaac Farmer third with 8 goals, including a purple patch towards the end of the season. Lewis Smith discovered he could actually hit the ball, resulting in an improved goal tally! Several players will be old enough to play adult hockey next year so we look forward to some new blood next season, including hopefully more girls. We are a mixed team but the one disappointment this year was the high proportion of girls graduating out of the Academy but showing no interest in playing for the Badgers (Freya Boldy and Megan Thomas being the notable exceptions). Thanks to all the players who participated this year and a big thank you to everyone who umpired for us and to all the parents who provided transport for the players and assisted in the preparation of home teas. Keep safe everyone and hope we can all meet up again soon.

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