The end of the season sees two of the Raiders’ squad hanging up their boots. Pete Cleveland and Jack Maslen have decided to retire after many years at the Club..
Pete played his first game for Raiders in 2005, though he had been a WRFC member before that as he had come through the Mini, Junior and Colts sections. He has played 178 games (10,356 minutes) for Raiders in that time and scored 12 tries. Pete played 29 games in the front row in the season we spent in National 1, appearances in that season only bettered by Joe Govett. In the last couple of years he has mainly skippered Raiders A in their recent successful seasons in the Zoo Shield Div 3 and latterly in Div 2, where they came second. He has been an incredibly important player for both the Raiders and As while latterly mentor for many of the young players in the As. His contribution can’t be measured in statistics alone but in the development of players both on and off the field, whom will attest to his contributions of all manners.
Jack is another Raider who has come through from the Minis. He played his first game for Raiders in 2008 and with last week’s game against Taunton Titans ‘clocked up’ 145 games (10,003 minutes). Being a ‘fleet of foot’ back he’s scored 53 tries, 265 points. Jack returned from Chichester two years ago and has been an important part of the backs efforts. Sharing his many years of experience with the young backs currently within the squad, bringing a good tactical understanding as well as try scoring to the team. He scored the winning try against Dings in round 29 which was an important part of the very strong finish to the season.