Kent Target completed a number of firsts as they won both the Janet Jones Memorial Trophy and the Polocrosse Extreme Cup for the UKPA and Polocrosse Extreme Leagues in 2013. They were presented with the trophies at the UKPA Ball on the 9th of November. They are the first club to ever win both of the leagues in the same season and they made it back to back league wins for the club, as they also won the overall League last year (for which the Janet Jones Memorial Trophy is presented).
It is also the first time Kent have ever won the Polocrosse Extreme Cup, which is presented for the club with the most league points per playing member (making it a size related league so as to make sure it is fair to smaller clubs). They have won the Janet Jones Memorial Trophy four times, having also won it in 2007, the first year it was presented, and again in 2010.
In 2012 Kent actually won the league jointly with Celyn but no one could stop them this year as they swept to victory with an emphatic 205 point winning margin, notching up a very impressive 558 points which is almost a quarter of the total league points awarded this year and a new record winning score for the league, beating the 547.5 points that Pennine won with in 2008. Rugby came second this year with 353 points and Vale Impi (who sadly announced they would not continue as a club in 2014) were close behind with 343 points and then Celyn were a little bit further back with 310 points.
Kent do have one of the highest number of players of any UKPA club so they would always be one of the favourites for the overall league title but the fact they also top the league when size of club is taken into account speaks volume for the success of their teams this year. Looking across the grades they have dominated in the A, B and C grades and then also done well in the D grade. They were first or second in every B grade competition this year and only missed out twice in C grade and three times in A grade for a first or second spot (and in the A grade those occasions they weren’t in the top two were when they did not enter teams).
Kent scored an average of 10.14 points per playing member. Rugby came a very close second in the league according to size, with 9.81 points per player. A bit further back in the third place was Celyn with 7.95 points per player and then Arden were close behind them with 7.75 points per player and Ledbury just a whisker behind them with 7.72 points per player.
Though Kent take both trophies Rugby have had a very impressive season to finish second in both leagues, doing particularly well towards the end of the season, and are the only club to score points in every grade. Vale Impi scored points in 6 out of 7 grades and scored the most points in E grade. They go out on a high note with a third place in the main league, though as the biggest club in the UK in 2013 they might have hoped for slightly more. Their sad disbandment means that their players will move elsewhere for next season and undoubtedly other clubs will head hunt those players that they consider to be particularly influential to that third place finish.
Celyn will also probably be pleased with their league placing’s to add to the overall Nationals Trophy they won this year. They have been particularly impressive in Juniors and D grade this year and they will be looking to move those teams up the grades next year where possible. Ledbury were the pick of the teams in the Primary Juniors, though Rugby’s PJ’s also scored well throughout the season.
To see the full league tables click here.