After an incredibly successful period under Justin Lane, Team Somerset will be led by Jamie Ward for the next two years. James has been influential during his term as Vice-Captain, combining his duties as Manager of the Development Team as well as assisting Justin throughout the season. He has also found the time to assist Seniors Captain Alex Kidd as well as turning out regularly for the Seniors side.
The team will continue to be mentored by Performance Manager and Coach Russell Covey who has provided inspirational guidance and mentoring over the recent years. The new Vice-Captain will be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Union on February 19th.
The squad looks to be in excellent shape with the vast majority of last seasons star performers still available for selection, in addition to new recruits coming through the system and joining Somerset Clubs. Two of the squad, Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb have also been called up into the full England team, so the in-depth strength of Team Somerset will be tested- and will not be found wanting.
Preparations for the season are well underway, with practice and training sessions being held at Burnham & Berrow and Weston-super-Mare. Our thanks go to all clubs who offer their facilities to help prepare our teams. Individually, players are seeking support from the specialist coaches funded by the County. James Lambdon and Will Poole will be continuing in their roles as Sports Psychologist and Strengthening and Conditioning coaches.
The competitive seasons kicks off with a Channel League match away to Wiltshire, before home fixtures against Devon and Gloucestershire. The team should be battle-hardened before the start of South West Week at Parkstone Golf Club beginning on June 9th. 10 members of the squad will be teeing off in the Wimborne Cup at Parkstone on May 11th. This will give an ideal opportunity to practice on the course and to impress the Selectors.