END of series one: The REVIEW
5 months ago, I picked up my Camera, went down to North Road and filmed West Hull Under-18's vs Methley Warriors. I quickly edited the video to the tune of Dorothy- Raise Hell and the resulting highlights video attracted almost 7,000 views! I only expected 70! And there, Grassroots Rugby Media was born. Over a quarter of a million views later, it's time to put down the camera, reflect on how we can improve and return bigger and better in 2018.
Here are the top 10 things which have happened this Series.
1. John Mooney.
John has been dedicated to Grassroots Rugby, long before GRM was created and travels far and wide watching Amateur Rugby and writing fantastic match reports in his spare time. John has volunteered to submit match reports to GRM from the very beginning and for that I am immensely grateful and owe him a lot!
2. Under 13 Hull & District Cup Final
West Hull demonstrated their superiority in this match which had a fantastic build up with both teams featuring in GRM videos prior to the final with excellent winning performances.
The final finished 48-0 to Wests who have huge potential to dominate Yorkshire in years to come. Myton too have some talented individuals, and I am really excited to see how these players develop as time goes on.
3. Media recognition.
I have no media training at all, my editing style is completely self taught, so for Hull Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror to recognise and feature my work on numerous occasions is a Huge honour. I have to give a special mention to Sophie Kitching and James Smailes from the Hull Daily Mail for their support and Gareth Walker from the Daily Mirror.
4. Professional support.
I've featured several professional players and coaches on GRM, from Masi Matongo and Liam Harris to James Ford and Englands Tony Fretwell, plus several others. It's great to have the support of both players at grassroots level, in community clubs as well as the professionals who inspire many of the young GRM fans who eat, sleep and breath rugby!
5. The Heart awards!
I was completely surprised when I received the call telling me I had been nominated for the Community Sports Award for Hull and East Yorkshire! Even though I was a runner up, it was a huge honour being there on the night and rubbing shoulders with some truly remarkable people.
6. The Birstall game!
This game was not short of action on and off the pitch and some of the images I captured during this match are probably the most iconic of the series. This was a truly competitive grassroots rugby battle, both teams with bags of talent, both teams willing to do anything to get the win!
7. Blog success.
Since launching this website on my birthday (28th April) the blog posts I have released have received 60,000 hits! And it has been great to not only share match reports but also share grassroots stories from the people behind the scenes who keep our community clubs going.
8. The City of Hull Promo video.
When it was announced Hull KR and Hull FC would merge their academies and resources, not everyone in the City was thrilled to hear the news. However, having spent time with coaching staff and players, I witnessed immense talent from lads who are definite stars of the future! I'm glad City of Hull chose me to showcase their Academy, and I am sure we will be back working together in the future.
9. The people and the bacon sandwiches!
The people I meet at each club is by far the biggest motivation to do what I do! The majority of my games are filmed in Yorkshire, where it's cold in summer and it rains sideways so umbrellas are virtually obsolete! It's great when I am offered a warm sandwich and a cup of coffee on arrival at most clubs I cover.
10. The future.
GRM as a platform is still very new compared to some more established platforms out there so there is still a lot of work to be done. Having said that, plans to be bigger and better have already made the season 2 blueprint and I can't wait to see what we can do collectively within the wider rugby community!
Thanks for supporting GRM! You'll be seeing me at your club again soon!
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