Madras are on the right tracks on the park and off

President Craig Bones debreifs Madras after a win during 2014.
President Craig Bones debreifs Madras after a win during 2014.

Madras Rugby Club looks to be heading for a bright and progressive 2015 - both on the park and off it.

The club is looking to build on what was a successful 2014, where its various teams all continued to do well on the pitch and stronger links were forged between the local community and businesses.

And the Madras president, Craig Bones, says there’s a lot to continue to feel optimistic about as the year turns.

He said: “There has been so much going on this year on the rugby front.

“Madrascals P5s won at Melrose, the P3s won our home tournament, the S1/2s are growing in strength week on week, as are the U15s whose numbers have grown from just five at the beginning of the season to now 22 and the only way can be up from now.

“The 18s are really getting their teeth into winning ways which is also great to see.

“The first XV have an unbeaten home record and currently sit mid table of their league.

“Numbers are getting better at training and like the 15s, it can only get better.

“The veterans Loyal and Ancient team played a French visiting team only just losing out by one try, however, they came back stronger by winning the Rikki Lees Veterans Rugby Tournament.”

The club’s first team squad have certainly been getting it right on their home park and have an enviable four home wins out of four so far this season.

They’ll be looking to maintain that in 2015 and also look to improve their away performances.

Mr Bones also revealed that, in 2015, the club will host a huge 18s sevens tournament, with around 16 sides visiting the area to compete.

There will also be the reintroduction of the Midlands sevens which has been scratched off the calendar for some years.

Off the park Madras has started to forge links with local businesses, now featuring links to traders on its website.

The clubhouse has also been renovated to help cater for larger groups.