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.
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