Minehead Barbarians coach Mick Orton is stepping down despite another successful season in Somerset
Minehead have finished third, equal to their best ever season, but in a surprise
announcement Orton, in charge for the past six seasons, said this week: “I need
to concentrate and focus on other things at the moment. My focus needs to be
elsewhere. The trouble is, me being me, I want to do things to the best of my ability.
I don’t want to do a half-hearted job. I will see what the future holds. The club is in a
Orton, 62, added: “My remit when I started was to bring back the fun and
enjoyment of playing rugby for the players.
I think we have done this and I am pleased with the way things have gone.
We’re playing some exciting rugby - and the players are certainly enjoying it.
“The boys have done very well and we have brought on a lot of young talent. The
playing future of the club is bright. A lot of youngsters are coming through and they
are learning along the way.
“One of the main problems from the playing point of view is our catchment
area. That is something we have always been aware of.
“We have lads who work on the land and it is not always easy for them to always give
up their time to play rugby. But we have managed this fairly successfully. I think
we are probably playing at the right level considering our geography. We would be
stretched if we were to go higher.”
“I am not leaving the club and I hope to be involved in some kind of capacity. I will
be around on Saturdays if needed.
Minehead were due to play their last lst XV game last Saturday but their opponents
Bristol Harlequins cried off because they could not raise a side.
They finished behind Nailsea and Backwell and Hornets who lost only five matches
betw2een them all season and were the two outstanding sides in the division.
However, there will be changes to the Rugby Union set-up in the West next season
and clubs like Minehead wait to know where they will be playing and where
their rugby takes them. It is expected that teams will not have to make such long
journeys next season and that the opposition will be closer to home.
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