CHAIRMAN'S NOTES 23RD NOVEMBER 2019
We are very grateful today for the sponsorship by Buss Murton of the programme for today’s match against New Ash Green. Buss Murton are one of the main sponsors of the club and we thank them very much for their continuing support. Their excellent advert in the programme explains the services that they provide as solicitors in Cranbrook.
We welcome Kevin Willis as our referee and I am sure that we will show him the respect that all match officials deserve; they do a difficult job and without them games cannot be played.
We have 4 former Kent County presidents with us today-Mike Newsom, Robin Taylor and Colin Blackham and we are delighted that Colin and Lyle Ellard are here today to represent New Ash Green.
Most importantly however today is a lunch to say thank you to the Club Sponsors and Volunteers; the committee have been much impressed this season by the work being carried out by our Juniors and Mini sections of the club. We have over 400 who attend on Sundays and so the dedication and skill shown by both our volunteers on the pitch and also our volunteers off the pitch who help with registration and catering is much appreciated by us all.
Running a community club such as ours takes a great deal of work and is also reliant upon the generosity of our members and of course our Sponsors, whether it be in financial or practical assistance. As we move towards the major fundraising we are always happy to welcome new sponsors and offers of assistance.
Since the last home game, the Ists beat Whitstable 60 – 7 and then in a very muddy field won away at King’s College Hospital 12 – 5. This victory was very pleasing as we stuck to our guns in very difficult conditions and were rewarded by the dominance of our scrum and the desire by the backs still to play running rugby. We currently lie 2nd in Kent 1 behind Southwark Lancers.
The Nomads remain unbeaten recording a 41 – 5 victory against Whitstable and a very commendable defeat of Medway IV 30 – 14. Today they play Leigh and then they are faced with games against Maidstone seconds and Sevenoaks 4ths. All 3 of these games will be challenging but under the leadership of Phil Catt they have a very strong side.
Cranbrook ladies sadly lost 12 – 21 to Tunbridge Juddians, but that is their 1st defeat of the season. I hope that many of us will turn up tomorrow at the club to watch the next round of the Junior National cup against Beccehamian Ladies with a 2 PM kick-off.
Tomorrow at 1.30 the under 18’s play Dartfordians at home. The under 14’s are away at Dover and the mini section will be training.
With the incredible amount of rain that we’ve had recently it has been difficult for Mark Scott and his team to keep the pitches in good order. The seniors have started training at the Bedgebury riding school indoor arena; the minis and juniors have showed great restraint and responsibility in resolving where to train to avoid causing lasting damage to the pitches.
The news is that Dickie Swallow and Olivia Cornwallis will be arranging the club ball on May 16, 2020; this is always a great occasion so please look out for posters advertising the tickets. I myself am engaged elsewhere that night and so the Ball will be even more enjoyable.
I imagine that the Christmas lunch may well be fully booked and so if you wish to come on 14 December. Please contact Chris Hambridge as soon as possible.
Next week we have 2 home games on the Saturday and the ladies are here on the Sunday. I thank you all for your support and look forward to seeing you throughout the season at all our matches and lunches
Tim Fagg Chairman
24th November Cranbrook Ladies v Beccehamian Ladies at home 2pm - Junior National cup.
30 November -1sts v Lewes at home 2pm - Junior National Vase
Nomads v Maidstone 2nds at home 2.30
1st December - Cranbrook Ladies v St Francis ladies at home 2.00pm
GIRLS RUGBY IS WELL AND TRULY UNDERWAY AT CRANBROOK RFC!
Given the huge success of our Ladies team, Lyndsey has spearheaded the drive to fill the gap created when girls aren't allowed to play mixed rugby beyond U11s. And what a great start it has been with more numbers joining us 3 weeks in! Therefore, any girls from 12 to 17 are welcome to join myself (Peter Jovanovic) and Shaun Ashdown for training at the club every Sunday from 10am. Join us every Sunday!