It was a mixed season for Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club but coach Peter Freeman could still look back at plenty of positives.

The club, who train at Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield, not only have members from Hertfordshire but as far afield as Essex, Bedfordshire and Kent.

Freeman said: "To be eligible to play, our members have to have a physical impairment that means they could not participate in the running game.

"Some are regular wheelchair users, others are more mobile but enjoy competitive sport.

"The differences in the functionality of players are managed by a points classification, so that those with least functionality have a low point and those with least limitations have a high point.

"As coach I have a maximum number of points allowed on court from my five players so have to balance high and low point players."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Midge Hartley of Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club with his Invictus Games medals. Picture: SWRCMidge Hartley of Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club with his Invictus Games medals. Picture: SWRC (Image: Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club)

Their league season took place through the summer at the home of the Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville, and also in Stoke-on-Trent.

Freeman said: "This year we had a relatively inexperienced squad, particularly as our captain Midge Hartley was unavailable due to international duties with Scotland for the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup and the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, where GB won silver.

"We were also without Mac McLaren who following surgery on his leg, focused on the Magnus ver Magnusson World’s Strongest man competition where he retained his title as the world’s strongest disabled man."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Mac McLaren of Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club with medals and belts. Picture: SWRCMac McLaren of Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club with medals and belts. Picture: SWRC (Image: Saracens Wheelchair Rugby Club)

They started the campaign with two wins and two losses in week one and the same again in week two.

Week three saw just the one win but with safety in the division secured, Freeman opted to blood others and give them league experience. 

The coach added: "I was really pleased who our players coped with the absence of Mac and Midge.

"Nicole Benjamin stepped up as captain and proved an excellent leader on and off the court and in their first season, Steph Thorpe and Ellie Liddle both showed real aptitude for the sport.

"Stalwarts Jack Norman, James Ireland and Michelle Bradford kept the team competitive and racked up the points.

"Nicole was awarded most valuable player in her classification, voted on by the other coaches in our division, and Dave Simms was awarded the MVP in the lowest point category.

"Although he didn’t get a lot of time on court he is like a stealth ninja, stealing the ball silently from opponents and provides amazing options on set piece plays particularly restarts which is incredibly valuable in a low point player."

And the club is still open to new players.

The boss said: "It always amazes me how much new players change and develop because of the love they get for this sport.

"It changes lives as there is a focus that leads to a determination to get more out of the game.

"Improving physical function as well as reducing isolation is a core mission of the club.

"We are here for everyone whether they are eligible to play or want to share time with their loved ones who are eligible to play.

"First and foremost this a place to belong and get the most out of life where it isn’t about what you can’t do, but what you can and will do through our sport."