EX-CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 18TH JANUARY 2020
Given that Tim is on the other side of the world yet again and Scotty is cartwheeling down the slopes in Europe, it is down to me to pen a few words; these shall be brief.
January is a crucial month for the 1st teams aspirations of promotion and have kick started it well with solid away wins against Chipstead (22-20) in the RFU Junior National Vase and HSBC (45-3) in the league. HSBC has become something of a bogey team in their turf in recent years so it was especially gratifying to come away with such an outstanding result. Next up is Old Gravesendians who didn’t fare well against us earlier in the season and although we would look to do the same this time around, we cannot take them lightly; to do so would be at our peril. Looking ahead to the following Saturday will be the most important game to date against Southwark, who lead Kent 1; 2 places ahead of us by 4 points. I know the boys will be looking to avenge the 13-0 defeat we suffered at their place in October. They are a good side and do the basics well, so we have to be particularly vigilant a week from now.
The Nomads played their much anticipated game against Maidstone 2s and fancied their chances against a club that are a shadow of their former selves. Both forwards and backs dominated this encounter at The Mote and produced an emphatic 41-0 win, which sees them lie 3rd in the table behind TJs and Sevenoaks.
The Ladies produced a bruising display in a very hard fought 12-7 win over Lewes Ladies, who seem to change the make up of their side every time we play them.
Elsewhere in the club numbers have been great on Sundays with the Minis, Juniors and Girls in full flow; the latter whom seem to be thoroughly enjoying their sessions.
Numbers at senior mens training sessions have been brilliant with in excess of 35 lads turning up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, making sure that we can produce consistent squads on Saturdays; the results of which are evident. With the u18s coming of age and a few more seniors being involved, we don’t seem to be far off from producing a 3rd team (the Gerbils). All in all, things are still looking up and the club is very proud of the lads this season. Much of the credit for this goes to Chris Catt as Head Coach and to Phil Catt who has honed the Nomads into a fine side.
The weather has taken it’s toll on the pitches but we still have one of the best pitches in Kent, with our other pitches in fine fettle. This is all down to the excellent stewarding by groundsman and Club President Mark Scott making sure that any cancellations are kept to a very bare minimum. I will take this opportunity to remind all the Sunday club users to continue to rotate their drills on different parts of their training area in order to maintain, as much as possible, the decent condition the pitches are in, all things considered.
19th January Cranbrook Ladies v Worthing home. 2 PM
25th January 1sts v Southwark home. 2 PM
26th January Cranbrook Ladies v Seaford home. 2 PM
1st February 1sts v Whitstable away. 2.30PM
1st February Nomads v Ash away 2.30 PM
2nd February Cranbrook Ladies v Worthing away. 2PM
As many of you will know, Fergy Gask suddenly passed away just before Christmas. He was full of life, a regular First team player more than a few years ago, an U7s Coach and had just started getting back into playing rugby again. He will be incredibly missed and for those of you interested in attending Fergy Gask's memorial, the details are as follows:
St Laurence Church, Hawkhurst, Kent. The date is 31st January and the time is 14:00, dress code formal. Absolutely no flowers to the family please. If people want to give anything, please make a donation to the Royal Marines Association.
CHRISTMAS CLUB LUNCH!
The Christmas Club Lunch was an outstanding success followed by an impressive 57-3 win over Kent 1 new boys Faversham. Our new chef, Luke Pearce, ably assisted by Anthony Hacker and the U16 helpers, produced a fine lunch and equally fine desserts. The auction of prizes and ever present raffle produced much needed funds into the club coffers.
NOMADS AT MAIDSTONE
The girls were joined by some of the Ladies at their last training session as a warm up for their afternoon match against Lewes 2s...