Rugby World magazine recognise Ironsides Rugby’s historic treble, winning the Surrey One League, the RFU Junior Vase at Twickenham, and the Surrey Shield at Esher.
After a phenomenal year of sporting success, Ironsides Rugby have been named Rugby World’s Team of the Year for 2014/2015. Beating competition from clubs such as Maidstone and Colchester, the Ironsides stood out from the crowd to clinch the prestigious title.
The Ironsides were delighted to receive the accolade, putting the icing on a 3-tier cake that was the 2014/2015 season. Club Captain (and Senior XV Captain for that season), Colin O’Keeffe saying: "It's great to know that the people behind Rugby World magazine recognised our achievements this season as extraordinary.” Indeed the Ironsides have not had an ordinary year, unbeaten for 25 games and winning 26 of 28 games with just a single draw and one solitary loss by a single point. After only their second season back in the Surrey One division, they won the league and have now advanced to London South West 3 for the first time in the Club’s 72 year history.
The Club are not resting on their laurels just yet, with O’Keeffe saying: "We’re very much looking forward to competing in London South West 3 in the 2015/2016 season and have our sights set on climbing the London leagues over the next few years.” The bar is clearly set high for newly elected Senior XV Captain Marcus Bailey, hooker in the Twickenham-winning team, but as winner of the Players’ Player award for the past two seasons, and with 15 years at Ironsides, the former Junior player is more than ready for the task.
Supporting Bailey in what he describes as an "exciting but challenging road ahead”, are the high-quality coaching staff that led the team to their most successful season to date. Head Coach, Alex Hadley, a former U18, U19 and U21 England player, has recently passed his Level 3 Coaching Certificate, adding strategic, technical ability to his established wealth of playing experience. It’s a family affair for Mick Walsh, Director of Rugby, whose wife, Ellen, has passed her Level 2 Coaching Certificate, son Aodhán has been selected for Irish Exiles U18s set to tour Ireland in August and son Darragh (Ironsides U12s) has recently been selected for the Harlequins Academy.
The depth of available players provided options for the coaching staff in making team selections – the team at Twickenham was almost entirely different from the team at Esher the following day. However the club needs new members in order to maintain and build upon this strength and will be looking for new recruits to join them from Tuesday 12th July at 7pm at their pitches on Garratt Green.