EX-CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 8TH FEBRUARY 2020
Yes, it is me again! Tim is still away in New Zealand but will be landing at Heathrow on Saturday morning and will make the match although a tad jaded from his long flight.
Welcome to this exciting match against Old Whitgiftian in the divisional semi final of the RFU Junior National Vase. This is the furthest we’ve come in this competition and the winner of this tie will meet either Canvey Island or Hendon in the Divisional Final on 14th March (venue yet to be drawn). After that, well there are still a few games to play before the ultimate prize of playing at Twickenham. However, one step at a time as Old Whitgiftian will be formidable opponents and one who we have met before in 27-20 loss several seasons back in this same competition, albeit away from home.
The first team enjoyed a very hard fought 18-3 win against Southwark in their Kent 1 league match which knocked Southwark from their top spot to third and moved us up one place to second. Kings College jumped up a place to first with wins over HSBC and Old Gravesendians, whilst we enjoyed a 50-0 win away at Whitstable. We now have 5 games left in the league season with the notable matches being played at home against Kings on 15/2 and Hastings on 29/2. A further fixture to note is Southwark playing Kings away on 29/2. Needless to say, our fortunes rest in our hands and with training numbers in the high 30s and low 40s, the future looks bright.
The Nomads enjoyed comfortable wins over Edenbridge (38-7) and Ash (34-14) and would have looked forward to playing Bexley today in the Kent Salver quarter final. However, Bexley were unable to field a side and had a league fixture to rearrange and therefore, gave us a walkover. This was a great shame as Head Coach, Chris Catt, was looking forward to putting out a strong side for this tie. Never mind, there’s always the semi final to play!
The ladies have continued to power on from strength to strength in beating Worthing Ladies both home and away with 44-0 and 25-17 wins respectively. They now sit top of their league but with some tough fixtures ahead of them. Best of luck Ladies.
This past weekend saw the U14s and U15s in Kent Cup quarter final action. Although the U14s lost their tie, the U15s came out victors against a tough Thanet side. Well done all round!
9th February Cranbrook ladies v St Francis Ladies home. 2.00pm
15th February 1sts v Kings College (Club Lunch) at home. 2.30pm
22nd February 1sts v New Ash Green away. 2.30pm
22nd February Nomads v Whitstable II at home. 2.30pm
23rd February Cranbrook Ladies v TJ Pink Ladies at home. 2.00pm
29th February 1sts v Hastings at home. 2.30pm
29th February Nomads v Medway IV away. 2.30pm
PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK'S MATCHES....
NOMADS 34 ASH 14
CRANBROOK LADIES 25 WORTHING LADIES 17
U15s WIN OVER THANET