Hunting down promotion to the National Leagues, Cobham RFC are setting about launching an assault on the London Division One South league title for the 2010-11 season.
Under player/coach Billy Davidson, ex of Harlequins, the Old Surbitonians Memorial Ground team have fought their way up to the top of the London divisions and will now be embarking on their third successive campaign in this league. Recently the club has grabbed local headlines not only for their relatively successful senior sides, but also their hugely talented junior section. Last season saw particularly talented age groups in the Under 16s and Under 17s, both of whom won their respective Surrey Division One leagues, with numerous players going on to win representative honours on an international level.
The Under 17s saw particular success in winning the National U17 club tournament. They were crowned national champions after winning the final at Franklins Gardens against Bedford. Nurturing these successful year groups through to senior level will be an integral part of this season so to provide more competition for places in the 1st and 2nd Xvs. To demonstrate the importance of having such strong youth sides at the club, this year several of the U18s made their debuts in senior sides, perhaps most encouragingly in the Surrey Trophy final at Imber Court (losing out to London Irish Amateur) where they fielded a very young 1XV.
Cobham have appointed a new 1st XV captain in Aaron Myers, succeeding Billy's brother Jack Davidson – who lead superbly last season. Myers will be looking to improve on the clinical aspect of Cobham's season: punishing lower placed teams in the league – an area they sometimes showed vulnerability in during the last campaign.
The end of August sees a chance to put preparation into practise with a set of pre season fixtures including a quick “team-bonding” tour to Brighton for a fixture against Shoreham RFC, followed by Staines RFC back in Surrey before the league begins on Saturday, September 4 with a tough trip away to Tunbridge Wells RFC.