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Adrian Bick resigns as Mounts Bay RFC Head Coach

Adrian Bick resigns as Mounts Bay RFC Head Coach

This is a statement posted by Adrain earlier today.

"Having spoke with Mike Leah earlier today,I offered my resignation as coach to Mounts Bay RFC.

I should like to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters, Boarding Party members etc. for their unstinting loyalty, throughout what turned to out to be an extremely difficult season.
I'm deeply saddened to think there'll be no league rugby at the what I consider to be one of the finest grounds in the SWest and it's the supporters and community at large who'll be most disadvantaged by the proposed move.Rugby and the Mennaye has played an integral part of my life for the past 35 years on and off.

I've had great pleasure for playing for a successful Bay team for 2 seasons amongst many fine players and also to have had the honour of coaching the club for the last 2 seasons (08-09 with my good friend Ricky).

Good luck to the club, for what will be a challenging times ahead!
Bicky"

Bick steps down as Bay coach
Friday, July 17, 2009, 10:00


ADRIAN Bick last night admitted that it was with a "heavy heart" that he confirmed he had resigned as head coach of National League outfit Mounts Bay.

Bick, who has been involved both playing and coaching Bay for the past four seasons, told club officials yesterday of his decision to step down and he is now poised to take a brief sabbatical from the game.

With Bay's future within the rugby world still unknown – the club are set for more talks on Tuesday with near neighbours Redruth about the possibility of forging a link-up between the two clubs – Bick's resignation is another untimely body blow for the club, who last season were relegated out of National Two.

"It was a really tough decision to make," explained Bick. "Last season was a really tough year for me and everyone associated with the club. Throughout it all I tried to stay buoyant, but if I'm being honest, come the end of the season I was really feeling down about rugby.

"Like a lot of people I have hung in there and hoped we would find solutions to a lot of the problems. I've given a lot to the club during the last four years, but I just felt I couldn't give the same 100 per cent commitment to the new structure because of other commitments I have.


"There is no malice in any of this and there is nothing I would like to see more than Mounts Bay pull themselves out of what I would perceive has been a pretty steep nose dive. I would love to see the club on the up again."

Having helped guide Bay into the National Leagues as well as steering them to Twickenham success in the Intermediate Cup in 2007, last year's campaign proved to be the hardest yet for Bick.

"Even though last season was tough, I still believe I got a lot of the season and I'm probably a better coach now than I was this time last year," added Bick.

"In hindsight there are things you would perhaps do a bit different in places, but at the same time I also felt we did a number of good things last year. Launceston away was probably the stand-out result of the season, but we had a number of other good performances as well.

"Our problem was we never really recovered from what was a horrendous start to the season and as the season progressed it got tougher and tougher. It was hard as a coach when you had players who were unhappy and a bit disillusioned, but it's all a learning curve and for sure I think I have come out a better coach because of it."

But whilst Bick's final season ended in disappointment, previous campaigns were the stuff of dreams. He added: "Don't get me wrong, probably 75 per cent of my time at the club has been all about winning games and success for the club. I've had some great years and that will never be taken away."

Former Bay president Michael Leah praised Bick's contribution. He said: "We are disappointed to see Adrian go, but we respect his decision and wish him luck for whatever he decides to do next.

"Last year, as we know, was a very tough year and Adrian not only coached, but played on more than one occasion. You have to respect the man for that because he was committed right up until the end. He could easily have thrown the towel in, but he stuck to the task."


Article taken from the WMN.

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