Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Team of the Year; GUISBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB - Winners

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Team of the Year; GUISBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB - Winners

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FIRST team skipper Paul Devonport heaped praise on the entire club after winning the Team Of The Year award.

The Guisborough lads are flying high after winning back-to-back titles in style, but couldn't have done it without back up.

"This means everything to us, but we owe it to the coaches throughout the club. They bring the young talent on. So it's not so much a first team award as club recognition," said the skipper. "Some other good and successful teams have been nominated, so it's special to win."

After storming undefeated to the Durham and North Two title last year, they have just completed another championship winning season. And they have done it by playing free-flowing rugby scoring tries galore.

The squad will compete against the likes of Stockton and Darlington next season in Durham and North One.

Guisborough is not a big club, but is well organised, with enthusiasm running through every level, with the senior side setting a blistering standard.

And nobody at the club is resting on laurels. "We would like to think we will be in the top three in Division One next season," said the skipper.

"These are two years we will never forget, but we look to the future."

REVIVED Guisborough climbed out of the doldrums this year by winning promotion back to the Northern League top flight after six years and lifting the prestigious North Riding Senior Cup, beating Boro's star studded youth side along the way.

The cash strapped Priorymen were on the verge of folding completely a few short years ago but the club has been revamped from top to bottom off the pitch and the hard work has now started to bear fruit on the pitch too.

Boss Chris Hardy has shaped a polished Priorymen team that have rattled in over 100 goals as they steamed to promotion and take the North Riding Cup for the first time since 1994. "Historically this was one of the biggest clubs in the league and the area but we have had a very lean spell and a lot of financial problems in recent years," said Hardy.

"Now we are on the way back. We have spent three years carefully building a squad that can compete in what is a very tough division and this season it has all come together. …

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