Skipper Garrick praises title-winning Hemsworth team

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HEMSWORTH RUFC second team skipper Jason Garrick has described last season as “one of the most memorable I have taken part in” after his team won the South Yorkshire Merit League championship, writes Mark Berry.

The club entered a development side into the league in order to play competitive rugby but few would have predicted the success Hemsworth achieved.

Garrick’s men went on a 14-game unbeaten run and ran in the most hat-tricks completed by a team in a single season as they swept aside their competition.

The Hemsworth captain said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved this season. I have played rugby in many different countries and this season would rate as one of the most memorable seasons I have taken part in.”

Hemsworth began their campaign with a commanding 29-10 win at Rotherham Phoenix followed by a nail-biting 26-25 success at Dinnington.

Victories over Sheffield Oaks, Wortley, Halifax Hall University and Barnsley followed before suffering a narrow defeat to league leaders Sheffield Medics.

The loss proved to little more than a blip however and Hemsworth embarked on a superb run of results in the new year that included a satisfying 13-10 revenge win over Medics that put them on the road to the title.

Garrick said: “This league win in my opinion was built on a tight team spirit and hard work on the pitch and a sense of players working for each other.

“It was great to be able to mix youth, including players in their first full season of rugby, mixing it and learning from the older heads within the squad.

“[Experienced players] gave there all every game and the positive influence they had on the younger members was a delight to see each week.”

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