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CRANBROOK V WHITSTABLE SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2019, KICK OFF 2.30PM, SANDS PITCH

CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 9TH NOVEMBER 2019

It may be hard to accept but it has been 6 weeks since the Cranbrook 1st men’s team have played at home; the reason is the World Cup and that this season in Kent 1 there are only 10 sides. Since our last home match, the 1sts have beaten Old Gravesendians 94 – 10 but lost to Southwark Lancers 0– 13. The 1sts are currently 2nd in Kent 1.

The Nomads remain undefeated and beat Edenbridge 36 – 19, had a walkover against Gravesend thirds, defeated Ashford 3rds 62 –0 and had victories of 28-0 against Ash and 19- 5 against Folkestone 2nds. The major challenge will come when they play Sevenoaks 4ths on 7 December. Much of the success of both teams can be attributed to the numbers that attend training and of course to the excellent work carried out by Chris, James, Josh and Phil. This week we had 38 attend training on Tuesday and 41 on Thursday; we are looking at raising an occasional 3rd team and if anyone reading this fancies an occasional run out whether by way of return to rugby or by way of learning a new skill, they are encouraged to attend training where the spirit is fantastic and the enjoyment is high.

Today both teams play Whitstable and we wish them both well. We welcome today Paul Goddard from Sussex as our referee with Mark Powell as his referee adviser.

Our successful ladies team continues to win their matches except for a 15 – 15 draw against Lewes ladies seconds, although it appears that there were many first-team players playing from Lewes on that day. Their match tomorrow against Worthing has been postponed as Worthing cannot raise a team and their next match is against Tunbridge Juddians Pink Ladies away on 17 November.

The Colts have had a successful start to the season with victories against Gravesend, Medway and Beccehamians, with a loss only to a very strong Beckenham side. We are very grateful to Dickie Swallow for taking over the management of that team and we express our thanks to Steen who is now concentrating on his role as co-chairman of the Minis section; Steen has been an excellent coach and leader of various junior teams. Steen will still be refereeing junior matches and it was good to see him in the middle when the under 16’s defeated a strong East Grinstead team last Sunday 10- 7.

Can I ask all coaches to ensure that the website is kept up-to-date as regards their results as it is good for all of us to be able to see how they’re getting on but sadly too many sides have not had their results recorded?

I must express the appreciation of the club to Jo Wookey, for stepping in to help us whilst we looked to appoint a 2nd team physio. Hopefully Lee Harker will now be able to take on sessions every week as backup to Sam Hollyer.

In the kitchen I hope that you have all said hello to Luke who is doing an admirable job weekends and we thank Sasha for her ongoing assistance as well as to Luke’s wife Lindsay.

If I can throw a more serious note into the program, can I urge all members to show the respect our volunteers and bar staff deserve. Respect is by nature reciprocal. At times we are very busy in the clubhouse and a little bit of humour and patience go a long way to ensuring that our service improves and that there are smiles on everyone’s lips.

There is a Sponsors and Volunteers lunch on 23 November for our match against new Ash Green and of course the famous Christmas club lunch is on 14 December when we host Faversham. Those who wish to attend must inform Chris Hambridge as soon as possible.

On the club house development project, I am pleased to say that Sport England visited us a few weeks ago and found our project and plans to be more than acceptable and with fingers crossed we are hoping for good news from them in the near future. Once our plans have Sport England approval we can approach other bodies for grants in the knowledge that what we have produced will be accepted by those bodies

If you are looking for Christmas presents Michelle has produced gift vouchers for the club shop. What more could you want?

As a final note I of course caught our sadness in England not winning the World Cup but it was wonderful to see so many people in the club that morning supporting our team. I thank you all for coming along and hopefully will be back in the New Year watching England in the 6 Nations.

#StrengthandHonour

Tim Fagg

Chairman

Forthcoming Matches

16 November- 1sts v KCH away-2.30

Nomads v Medway home 2.30

17 November- Cranbrook Ladies v TJs away 2.00

23 November- 1sts v New Ash Green at home 2.30

Nomads v Leigh away 2.30

30 November -1sts v Lewes at home in the National Cup

Nomads v Maidstone 2nds at home 2.30

1st December - Cranbrook Ladies v St Francis ladies at home 2.00pm

LADIES UPDATE

The Ladies had a brilliant tour to Barcelona earlier this season and not only retained their fancy dress trophy but won the Ladies rugby competition. They are unbeaten so far this season and lie second in the table behind Lewes who used a fair number of 1st team players in their Seconds 15-15 draw against us a few weeks ago. The Ladies next fixture is against Tonbridge Juddian Ladies who they face at Tonbridge on 17/11. They also played Westcliff in the first round of the National Ladies Cup and chalked up a 22-10 win. What a great start to the season and well done to all the team!

Not quite sure that's straight?
Winners in Barcelona!

GIRLS RUGBY HAS STARTED 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. 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. We had 8 eager girls start last Sunday and from little acorns we hope to have a blossoming pathway to Senior Ladies rugby in the not too distant future. Join us every Sunday!

After an amazing start to our Girls section last week, we are looking forward to this Sunday! Come along and join us and our coaches @ 10am Sunday morning 🏉☺️👧 Rugby is amazing for making new friends, building confidence, fitness and fun! Any questions please feel free to ask, always happy to help!

ENGLAND BID FAREWELL FROM JAPAN!

Although England's defeat in the RWC Final by deserved winners South Africa was not easy viewing from an English perspective, they did have a good world cup with the semi final defeat of New Zealand to be long remembered in years to come. As a final gesture in the last episode of Rising Sons, the England squad made a fitting tribute to their original rugby clubs up and down the country. Amongst these players was Ruaridh's tribute to Cranbrook RFC....

However, now the RWC is over for another 4 years, Ruaridh reports back to duty at Bath this coming Monday and may be back in action the following Saturday in the European Rugby Champions Cup against Ulster Rugby at the Rec. We wish him well and hope he continues in his rich vein of form.

FINALLY, HERE ARE YOUR CRFC TEAMS TO FACE WHITSTABLE TODAY

Good luck lads!
Other divisional fixtures today
Very early season table
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Peter Jovanovic
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