So the season has nearly come to an end. We hope you all enjoyed the junior presentations on Friday and the Beefest on Saturday. It was great to see so many people at both events.
As well as the presentations on Saturday, it was great to see so many people take part in the touch tournament. From lederhosen, to cow outfits it was an interesting viewing spectacle and everyone appeared to enjoy the games and thankfully no major injuries.
The coffee and cake stall was in great demand considering the weather. Our thanks goes to the under 14 parents who ran the stall for the day.
The seniors friendly game was played in a great spirit, some slick champagne rugby was played, though my performance was more like a bitter shandy.
Many thanks to The Harvey family for running the barbecue and Scott and others for the hog roast. The hot food kept many people warm considering the weather.
The day was finished off with the seniors presentation, a few beers and disco. The highlight of the disco was the dance off between the dancing kings that are Billy Crossman and Lasty Senior.
Mini and Junior player photos by Carmel jane. The photos of players taken on the 14th April are still available to purchase from http://www.carmeljane.co.uk. There is a promotion running until 12th May that gives you 20% off and free delivery, please use log in code BB49.
As with everything that happens at the club we could not put on the training, games and events that we do without the numerous volunteers. Our many thanks goes to everyone who has helped out over the season. A special mention goes Andy Collings who was awarded the club member of the year. Coaching, cooking, DIY, groundsman, Junior fixtures secretary, referee and parent are just a number of the functions Andy has performed this year.
I will be updating the website in the next few days with the list of all the award winners across the whole club.
I have created an album of Beefest photos on the website that is available to view (You need to have registered on the website for access). If you have photos you wish to share these can be easily uploaded on the website or message me via the website and I will confirm how you can send them to me to added to the album
Click here to go the the photo album
Under 14's Cup Final.
On Sunday the under 14's played in the Essex waterfall cup final against Eton Manor. Here is a review of the game from Laurence (Under 14's manager).
"What a great game of rugby we had today; drive, commitment, determination and respect were were displayed in abundance by both teams.
The U14s beat Eton Manor in their Essex Waterfall Cup final 32 5.
It was a excellent, high quality game played in the true spirit of youth rugby.
With the score 5-5 at half time it could have gone either way as they were a capable side.
In the second half we had too much fire power in the end with our Forward runners being destructive, scoring four trys and the Backs scoring two from excellent cohesive back play as a result of quick ball.
The lads never stopped driving forward all day. I'm sure, at times the Eton Manor boys thought they were in the middle of a bee swarm as the boys never stopped coming at them all morning.
All parents can be proud of their sons and the spirit in which the game was played. The sportsmanship and respect they showed to the opposition and the referee (who was also the EM coach) today was commented on. Two specific points were made to me:
- Just before the presentation of the trophy the ref informed me he was very impressed with the respectful attitude of our players. When a decision went against them they listened to his explanation and got on with the game. There was no back chat, no disgruntled comments etc. He was very impressed.
- After running through them for over 50 mtrs. James our full back nearly scored a try but had the ball punched out of his hands on the try line by their full back who chased him down (He is the 2nd fastest 300 mtr runner in the country in this age group). The ref said James turned to their player and shook his hand to congratulate him on doing so. The ref was very impressed by this level of sportsmanship.
What I took from today's game was that we have a united squad that want to play for each other. When the whistle went the team immediately gathered and shared their victory. They came together as one. And they did so in way respectful of their opposition, no over celebrating etc.
A very, very pleasing end to what has, at times, been a challenging season."
REMINDER - The dinner and dance tickets are still available. Full details are available here
Thats all for now, I will still be updating the site with relevant news and updates over the summer, so every so often keep checking the website.