Coach Kiore hails squad’s ‘good mix’ in quest for unbeaten run

Quins coach Rikki Kiore and his players are looking forward to the start of the new season
Quins coach Rikki Kiore and his players are looking forward to the start of the new season

NEW Hawick Harlequins coach Rikki Kiore has set himself a simple target for this season – win every game.

The RBS East Regional League Division Two outfit have flattered to deceive in recent years and have probably underperformed by their own high standards.

But, in his first senior coaching role, Kiore is looking to put that right with his positive mentality.

He said: “We’re looking at winning all our games. We’ve got a good squad of players and I think , if we can steer clear of injuries, then I’m sure we can do well this season.”

The Quins have enjoyed a mixed pre-season, which hasn’t been helped with a broken hand for Ross Anderson, who sustained the injury in training.

However, they have been boosted by the inclusion of youngsters Adam Hall, Graeme Lothian and Martin Pringle from the semi-junior ranks. And Kiore is confident the Wilton Lodge Park outfit has the right blend of youth and experience to succeed.

He said: “We’ve still got Fred (Alistair Stevenson) and Neil Douglas and a lot of the older heads so there’s a good mix with the young players who have come in.

“There’s been a pretty good turnout at training and it’s been hard going for the boys, who are looking fit and looking forward to the season starting.”

A tough-tackling, energetic forward, Kiore was an ever-present in last season’s Quins squad and even turned out for the Greens on a number of occasions, with several top performances.

And although the Quins forwards pack is looking quite healthy at the moment, with competition for places, Kiore has refused to rule out lacing up his boots again.

He added: “We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a good few young boys in the back row, so I’m not looking to be playing every week, but I’d imagine I’ll be pulling the boots on again at some point through the season.”

Their season gets under way with a home match against newly-promoted Gala YM tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s going to be a tough year and we’ve got a tough start, but tomorrow’s game against Gala should give us a good indication of how far we’ve come and what more needs to be done,” added Kiore.