SUFFOLK SPORTS AWARDS: The Archant Senior Team of the Year award

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club entertains Westcombe Park at The Haberden on Saturday.
Hooker Sam Maile

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club entertains Westcombe Park at The Haberden on Saturday. Hooker Sam Maile finding a way through - Credit: Archant

The annual Suffolk Sports Awards will take place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, tonight. Fourteen awards will be presented and today, we look at the contenders for the Archant Team of the Year award. Next Wednesday we’ll bring you the winners from the ceremony.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby 1st XV

Last season the first XV had 26 league wins as part of an unbeaten season to claim the London North 1 title, securing 126 league points out of a possible 130.

They were only one of two teams in England to have a 100% winning record.

This was the continuation of an undefeated period dating back to January 2012.

The first XV have only lost one home game in a two-year period.

The team also won the Suffolk Cup for the fourth time in five years.

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The team scored 1,369 points and only had 206 scored against them, giving a points difference of 1,163, the second highest in England.

The team scored 201 tries and conceded only 24, helped by Will Martin and his super rate when kicking at goal from penalties and conversions.

Ipswich Basketball Club Senior Men

The team, composed of local talent, have been promoted in two straight seasons.

They started in Division Four and now compete in Division Two of the National League, against many teams who employ professional players.

Promotion in the first year was expected, but two in a row is pretty much unheard of and totally eclipsed the team’s initial goal of making the play-offs and staying competitive.

The team also reached the semi-final of the National Shield and the National play-offs.

Home games have seen crowds of over 200 attending, engaging with the local community and inspiring young people to take up basketball.

With Nick Drane at the helm, the chances of a top-flight England Basketball League team in Ipswich – and with this current group of players – become more and more realistic

Felixstowe Hockey Club Mens 1st Team

Felixstowe Mens Hockey Club 1st team, have been promoted to the Premier B after a long and hard-fought campaign, the highest level that the club has ever represented.

This was achieved with lots of hard work.

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