Nottingham Outlaws return to action is now less than two weeks away with both the men’s and women’s teams kicking off their 2023 campaigns in new leagues and with new look squads.
However, despite the changes both squads will be led out onto the paddock by familiar faces as last year’s senior leaders Coryn Ward and Violet Coppin have once again been named as team captains for the 2023 season.
First up on the 1st of April the men’s team will be in action and Coryn Ward will once again wear the captain’s armband having led his charges through a tough 2022 campaign. Indeed the courageous leader led from the front with a with a string of man of the match awards and medals at the end of season awards.
Coach Joe Shepherd had no qualms in re-naming Ward as captain, adding “I am delighted that Coryn is continuing as 1st team captain. He always leads by example and gives so much energy to the team. Having played for the club since he was a junior he’s Outlaws through and through, and is a great leader for us”
Less than 24 hours later the Outlaws women’s team will also make their 2023 bow and once again the team will be led by Violet Coppin who has been pivotal on and off the pitch in the emergence and growth of the Outlaws women’s team. Indeed Coppin was a stand-out performer in 2022 and will once again be leading from the front in the new campaign.
Joint woman’s coach Mark Stockman was quick to pay homage to his talismatic captain adding “Violet should be very proud to continue her captaincy as we head into our first ever national competition. She is a true stalwart of the club and some one we, as coaches, rely on to bring unrivalled experience to the squad. A future Outlaws hall of fame player!” and Stew Readhead quickly followed “A captain should be a figure head for the club, Violet is the perfect example of everything we’d like to see from the club and it’s players. Determination and striving for success over the last few years has been Violet’s lasting impact on the club. She is the perfect and only choice for captain.”