CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 9TH FEBRUARY 2019
Sad news from Our President Mike who reports that Derrick Martin has died. There is a separate note about Derrick who was a prime mover in the Club in the 1950s. Hopefully as many of us as possible can attend Derrick’s funeral.
Our Sponsor today is the main Club Sponsor Hire4Lower. As ever our grateful thanks to Colin and Yvonne are due. Thank you to you both.
Today we welcome Kings College Hospital to whom we lost 18-24 when away before Xmas. Our referee Zach Kinnaird has travelled from Hampshire and we extend our usual hearty welcome to him. He is being advised by Graham Bough
Following a comprehensive win against Sheppey last week 50-0 we are currently 5th in Kent 1 whilst KCH are 6th. The Nomads beat Gravesend 3rds 19-15 last week to remain in the top 3 in Late Red League Today they are away at Medway
Tomorrow at 11.00am our Colts take on TonbridgeJuddians Colts at home in the Kent Cup. Please come along to support. .
Our Ladies travel to Heathfield on 24th February in the crunch match of their season. On the same day we are hosting Kent Under 20s v Sussex in the County Championship with a kickoff at 2pm.
Next week the 1sts travel to Footscray on a League and Kent Salver double header, whilst the Nomads are at home against a very strong Sevenoaks side
I am sorry that I cannot be with you today. The next lunch is on 23rd March against Gillingham Anchorians, with the final lunch on 6th April.
#Strength and Honour
As Tim alluded to in his opening words, Derrick Martin unfortunately passed away last Wednesday after a difficult period of illness. Derrick, who was Club secretary for about 10 years in the fifties, was responsible for designing and building the original clubhouse. The funeral will take place in Ulcombe village Church at 2.00 PM on Thursday 21st Feb. Club Blazers to be worn if available. It would be really appreciated it if we can give Derrick a good send off.
MINIS TOUR 2019
Enough can't be said about touring throughout the club, especially in the Minis and Junior section of the club. There is currently a recruitment drive for more tourists, and it is the highlight of the year for the age groups. A lot of hard work goes into organising these events and we urge all members of the age groups concerned to go. Not only is it great fun for the kids to have fun and pit their skills against teams from outside of Kent but it gives parents a chance to have a bit of fun as well. Please contact John Tapp on the details below if you are interested in the Minis tour to Chichester in May.
As the children migrate from Minis into the Junior and Colt section of the club, then each age group becomes responsible for making the decision to tour either in the UK or overseas. Some organised tours include Barnstaple & Exeter, Bristol, Dungannon & Enniskillen, tours to Hasparren and a tour to Budapest. These have all been great fun and the children still talk of them fondly to this day. Some of the highlights can be seen below...
Quite often, family membership will mean more than one or two children playing in different age groups through the Mini and Junior section. Two brothers have been known to play alongside each other into adulthood and although not as often, fathers do take the field with their off spring in order to share that kindred spirit together in a game of rugby. However, it is rare to find three brothers playing alongside each other and the last Nomads game saw Luke, Hugh and Tom Alderwick share that platform..
However, this isn't the first time this has occurred at the club as the three McConnochie brothers played together at the start of the 2011/12 season. Hopefully, this trend will continue?