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MIDLANDS CHAMPIONS

MIDLANDS PREMIER

BOURNVILLE

Captain Steve Handy

Coaches Dean Lewis (DoR), Mitch McGahan (player-head), Terry Sigley (forwards), Alex Grove (player-coach), Vince Harrhy, Richard Corr (assistants) Bournville’s remarkable rise has brought a place at national level for the first time. After a lengthy spell in the pyramid’s lower reaches, the south Birmingham club have secured a series of promotions over the past 13 seasons and moved to a purpose-built ground in Edgbaston, their first permanent home in 111 years.

They won 20 of their 21 games. Grove, an ex-Scotland centre, and Sigley added Premiership experience to the back-room team. Fly-half McGahan amassed 235 points while scrum-half Ben Tibbetts and lock Sam Herrington each scored 16 tries.

MIDLANDS ONE EAST

SYSTON

Klay Chapman Phil Smith (DoR), Alex White (head-backs), Matt Tuckey (forwards) A high work-rate, creating try-scoring opportunities from all over the field and a burning desire to improve took Syston to this title. Their 29-14 win at runners-up Oundle

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