Service Wash September 2018
September can only mean one thing, rugby is back!
Firstly, thank you for your continued interest in, and support for our club. Whether you are a player, sponsor, volunteer, coach, parent, committee member or a supporter, you are all vital to our future and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Tewkesbury Road during the season. As per usual I start the season full of optimism.
Our men’s first XV have every opportunity to challenge for League and Cup honours this season which was ably demonstrated in last seasons cup game against Cheltenham United (plus some of their friends from their first XV). We gave them a really tough game, drawing in the last minute but going out as the home side. Hopefully a more settled 1sts will also benefit the 2nds over the season.
The vets should also continue to make their regular games.
The Ladies XV improved steadily over last season, and the experienced they gained should really help them continue to do so over this term. They are building a good squad and barring injuries should be looking at a much improved league position. Look out for them on BT Sports Rugby Tonight soon!
I’m delighted that our youth section is continuing to grow steadily, overseen by Daddy Shark Lee Janes. The enjoyment of the kids is evident and I’m delighted that we’ve signed up to the RFUs half game initiative, ensuring that every child gets at least half a game. Also, look out for an exciting event with Winstons Wish and Oxford University Rugby soon…
Sadly, a few club stalwarts have stood down from their roles at the club over the past season. I hope to see all of them on the sidelines or a VPs function soon:
Amanda Bryne was part of the ladies section at Service since it’s foundation, playing, captaining and laterally coaching. Her passion and commitment will be much missed. She leaves behind a legacy of a vibrant and growing team and much to be proud of.
Heath Barnes coached the men’s section for the past three years, helping stabilise the club and bringing a huge amount of experience and expertise to the role. He also masterminded the winning of our first silverware in many years. He has left solid foundations for our new head coach, Paul Stickler to build upon.
Unfortunately last years club captain is leaving us to return to Cardiff with a new job. Tom was an excellent captain and did a lot for the club, including looking after us on numerous socials. We’ll definitely miss ‘Vengeance’ and the drink raffle. Baileys and Redcurrant anyone? Best of luck Tom, look forward to you coming up for the odd game.
Finally Robbie Grey has handed over the reigns of men’s fixture Secretary to Ash. An often thankless task, Robbie managed to find fixtures and referees when often it seemed impossible.
I wish them all the very best and thank them for their support and efforts. Without such people, we have no club.
Here’s to a new season. If you are interested in helping the club in any way, as a volunteer, sponsor or in some other way, please get in touch. Also, grateful for any feedback.
Chair Cheltenham Civil Service RFC