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‘I’ve enjoyed every minute’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2015

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson attacks against the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson attacks against the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

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London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson is writing a blog during the 2014/15 season

London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson celebrates one of his two goals on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders forward Jacob Ranson celebrates one of his two goals on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

Well, the season has been a crazy one. When you look back on it, plenty has happened with a massive team change.

We had a long losing streak, turning into beating some of the best teams in the league. A real up-and-down season, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

London Raiders Matt France and Jacob Ranson celebrate a goal on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)London Raiders Matt France and Jacob Ranson celebrate a goal on the Isle of Wight (pic: John Scott)

I started the season with one goal, to prove myself and show what I was worth, after not being able to last season.

Hopefully I have done that, but there is always plenty more room to improve constantly.

I have enjoyed every game in the gold and blue, with a great group of guys alongside me, and made some new friends over the year, playing with people I would not have thought I would, like the Cardiff boys, Francey and being reunited with a lot of old faces.

It was like bringing back old times playing with Coops, Dunnage and Bailey, having played with them in juniors at different times.

The fans getting behind us every game has been fantastic as most teams do not have a family feel with their fans like the Raiders. We’ve got the best fans in the league and I’ve enjoyed being a part of it this season very much.

The highlights of the season for me were the stretch of close games we had against Streatham and the away trips to the Isle of Wight, as I thought they were great games to be a part of.

They were also great days out and all interesting games, so they made for a perfect day whether playing or watching I think.

It was great working my way up from third line to first line this season and to end up playing with a guy of Chongy’s skill.

Winning Raider of the month in October was an absolute honour as well for me, plus the scoring streak I had in the second half of the season was great fun, although I need to work on my celebrating!

But the best part for me was icing every single game and scraping into the play-offs, in a season where no-one knew what might happen next, as the league has strengthened a lot.

Most people did not expect us to bounce into the play-offs when we lost 19 games straight, but we proved everyone wrong and did it.

Another highlight for me was giving my stick to Ellie Goldstone, one of the biggest fans we have. I love how behind us that whole corner of fans are.

It will be nice to get a little break now after the 44-game schedule and thankfully the weather has been a perfect start to the off-season already.

Now I am looking forward to seeing everyone again at our awards night on Friday to celebrate the rollercoaster season we have had and hopefully to be back next season.


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