8 games, and progess starts to show.
The 2002 season saw the Exiles with a dedicated group of coaches and players, as well as great backroom support, and a comittment to strengthen the team by building a youth structure, but resulted in another disappointing year which had shown promise in pre-season, although we did greatly improve on the 2001 season, and grew as a team for the second year running.
|The 2002 Squad|
Our final record of 1-7-1 was our best in three years, although we were still to win a game in our own right, rather than being awarded the points.
The season was blemished slightly by the demise of the Maidstone Puma's who were forced to pull out on the eve of the season due to lack of players, thus giving us only an eight game schedule rather than 10.
The game versus the Oxford Saints was played at the Varsity Centre, Guildford, home of the Farnham Knights, as part of a double header game.
The real success of the year was the inception of the youth teams, after finding a coach in Mike Pemberton, the Exiles recruited around 15 children to play, and formed cadet (7-11 years) and junior (11-14 years) flag football squads.
|The historic first youth team|
Both teams played in two tournaments in the summer, with the Cadets winning their second tournament, and the Juniors only losing to the defending national champions by one touchdown in theirs.
The end of the 2002 season also saw the retirement of Nick Cursley as head coach, Nick had been a great servant to the club, and a driving force behind the steady improvement the playing squad had shown.
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END OF SEASON AWARDS
Players player of the year: Martin Jefkins
Coaches player of the year: Rob Osborn
Offensive player of the year: Andy Mountain
runner up: Martin Jefkins
Defensive player of the year: Mat Tompsett
runner up: Gary Mewse
Special Teams player of the year: Roy Hall
runner up: Mat Tompsett
Lineman of the year: Paul Pester
runner up: Justin Daniels
Rookie of the year: Kris Maciolek
runner up: Steve Collison