SOUTH London Storm last weekend finished there season on a high when they were awarded the Club of the Year award by the Rugby League Conference. The National award is contested by all clubs playing in the top amateur Rugby League competition and South London won ahead of clubs from as far away as Cumbria to the north and Plymouth to the south.Storm were nominated for three awards narrowly missing out on two (Coach of the Year for coach Rob Powell and Player of the Year for Second Row/Prop Louis Neethling), but winning the Club of the Year award and also Louis Neethling gaining a place in the national Dream Team at Second Row.Arguably this was the award Storm wanted to win the most. Storm started the season off with one main aim and it was for the club to go back to its roots and become a club once more and a club for the players, spectators and the Juniors as a first thought and results to come second. This award proves that the Storm have indeed done that. ?This is a proud day for all those involved with the club. It is a shame for Rob and Louis who have been major forces both on the field and off it in the club but they deserve to be proud for being nominated for these prestigious awards.? Commented chairman Paul Brown on winning the award.?It is a great testament to the club that we have won this award and also won our division this year. The two do not always come together, a successful team does not always make for a good club and a good club does not always make for a great team but this year a great club helped this team become a great team.? ?The team played their hearts out all season and you could see they were playing for each other, making for a great club atmosphere at training and after matches. Many have put a great deal of time into the senior club and the many Junior teams we have and this is for everyone. It is a great day for the club and vindicates how hard people have worked.? South London Storm will be starting pre season training again in the new year. If you wish to take part please log onto www.southlondonstorm.com or call the club on 0700 596 8671.
SOUTH London Storm have kept up their best season on record by winning another two awards and being nominated for 3 more.
MORGAN?S TREBLE SENDS BULLS THROUGH
THIS weekend will see the Final of the Totalrl.com Rugby League Conference South division between Minor Premiers the South London Storm and the winners of last weekend's Semi Final Eliminator the West London Sharks.
The winner will take not only the title of regional Champion but also a semi final place in the national knock out competition against the winners of the Welsh regional grand final.
West London beat Ipswich Rhinos on the weekend 52-18 a result that was put into context as Ipswich finished with 11 fit players, a similar feat achieved by South London in the final match of the season (South London losing their first match this year 4 weeks ago against West London with 11 fit players).
This will be the 5th time this season that the two sides have met. South London hold the upper hand at the moment with 3 wins to West's 1 but this is not to say that they dominate the matches by any means.
The first match was the first round of the Challenge cup back in February when South London triumphed by 4 points. In the regular league season honours have been even with one win each and an aggregate difference of only plus 2 points to South London overall. The honours were very much even in displays as well with Wests thoroughly dominating the return trip after South London dominated the first match.
The last time the teams played was in the first semi final in which the winner took their automatic place in the Grand Final where South London with a full strength side beat a West London this time suffering injuries by 70-6.
South London this week look to be sending out a close to full strength side again. At the timing of publication the only notable players missing were Mick Smith and John Ferguson who have headed back home to Australia after injuries finished their season early. Other Injuries picked up in the last few matches of the season to Samron Kahia, Mick Walker, Dave Wilson and Louis Neethling should now have recovered after having a week off.
Part of South London Storms success has been due to the part that it is one squad and the whole club works together. The entire squad was given a week off this weekend as both teams have big matches this weekend. As such the whole squad has had a rest and injuries are recovering to fringe first team players and second team players. As such training will be much tougher for the players in the run up to not only the First team regional Grand Final but also the Second team National Quarter Final.
South London 'A' the TotalRL.com RLC London Shield Champions will now play away to St Ives Roosters who beat Bedford Tigers last weekend in the Eastern Shield Championships. This is the first time the two teams have ever met and as such they are an unknown quantity. One thing that is known is that they will be no easy team to beat as anyone getting this far will be a good side.
The second team will benefit from the fact that injuries are recovering throughout the entire squad and training this week will show the unity between the two teams. This is the best season that the Thornton Heath based club have ever had across the board and this weekend will almost certainly be one of the best and most testing of all.
South London host West London at their Frant Road ground on Saturday kicking off at 2.30pm. The Amateur Champions of the South of England will be crowned and a match to fit the title is a certainty. If you are a fan of London sport this is definitely one not to miss.
THE Tradewind South London Storm are the first side through to the TotalRL RLC Southern Premier Grand Final after defeating a depleted West London 70-6 in a dominant major semi-final display.
A great weekend for the South London Storm saw the First team crowned as Minor Premier Champions in the RLC Premier South division and the Second team finish as runners up in the Middlesex 9?s bowl.
SOUTH London Storm traveled the 6 and a half hours to Sunderland to return the cross conference fixture won in May by 72 ? 6. This time the travel was supposed to affect the Storm as it had Sunderland however, Storm ran out winners by a larger margin this time by 76 - 4.
SOUTH London Storm 52 ? 14 West London Sharks
SOUTH London overcame a brave Essex side on Saturday to record a win in the first club trial of the season, 20 points to 18.
CASTLEFORD Lock Lane proved too classy for the Storm in their 2nd Round Challenge Cup match on Saturday in Castleford. In just the second game of the season for the South London-ers, they acquitted themselves well against a side that demonstrated its class in bursts.