CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 26TH JANUARY 2019
Firstly, may I wish everyone a belated happy New Year on behalf of the Club.
The club is unbeaten in all 3 senior teams in January. The 1sts had a great away win against HSBC. The Nomads are in 3rd position in their league after victory against Edenbridge 1sts and the ladies are still at the top of their league after defeating Blackheath 92-5.
The Colts had a tremendous victory against the Dutch touring side on 30 December. What is very pleasing moment is that there is strength in depth, and this bodes well for next season. There is also very strong competition for places both senior sides and the team spirit throughout the club is excellent.
Our goals this season are: -
(a) the 1st team to be in the top 4 and for them to win the Kent Salver;
(b) the Nomads to remain in the top 4;
(c) the ladies’ team to win their league;
(d) some of our excellent young adults to start playing in adult teams when they are deemed ready for that next step.
Today we welcome Sheppey and our referee Ross Alexander. The Nomads are away at Gravesend. Our Ladies play at home against Seaford on 3rd February at 2pm. This is the crunch game and we hope that they will receive great support
It has also been a great pleasure over the last few weeks to see Nathan Earle scoring for Harlequins, Ruaridh McConnochie for Bath and Harry Sloan for Ealing Trailfinders.
It has also been a delight for us that Ben Wood who as a very young referee was awarded development referee of the Dubai sevens tournament at the beginning of December. Well done Ben!
The development plans move on apace we shall shortly be issuing tender documents to any interested builders. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are making a very generous donation towards the construction. The interest from the community has been growing; we are hoping to grow activities at the ground and are looking to start Netball and American Football
The next club lunch is on February 9th when we play King’s College Hospital.
We are delighted that James Green has re-joined us as Forwards coach and he will be an invaluable aide to Chris.
Our thoughts and prayers however are mainly with our President Mike who is not well.
Cranbrook XV's post match huddle after their fine last minute win away against old foes HSBC
A TRIBUTE TO LONG SERVING CLUB AND COMMITTEE MEMBER....
Every successful amateur club must have active supporters to survive. Cranbrook Rugby Club is particularly fortunate to have a good number of helpers to look after the many aspects of its organisation. Dave Davies has always been at the forefront of Cranbrook’s support teams. Dave joined the committee shortly after joining the club in the early 70s and was appointed Club Secretary in 1978, holding the position for 25 years. He retired from the committee in 2018.
Dave was always an active member in the early days designing and building the original clubhouse, and he was one of the main organisers of the upgrading of the clubhouse following our £24,000 grant from the pool’s promoters in 1978. Dave and his first wife, Thelma, ran the bar for 13 years and he organised the building of the new bar after the original was destroyed in a scrum practice. Dave also designed and helped build the seating in the 1st and 2nd team changing rooms. For some years now, he has been an active member of the Thursday morning cleaning team which, amongst other things, took the posts down every year until recently, repainted and refurbished them. Dave is the only member of his team still working at the club.
Throughout his over 40 years membership of the club, Dave has contributed unstintingly as player, supporter, and committee member helping to build the club from its early beginnings to its present strong position in the community. Thank you, Dave!