I trust that you are all enjoying Autumn!
Yesterday the saw the first team away at Buckingham, the seconds away at Bracknell and the Bandits at home to a touring side from Llandeilo.
Hosting touring sides is something that we do not have the opportunity to do as often as we like, so this was a great opportunity to show of our club and our hospitality. I was at this match which was played in a fantastic, competitive spirit, with BRFC winning 27-24. This was obviously followed by an entertaining evening at the club.
Unfortunately, the news was not so good for the first team, who traveled away to Buckingham with a team decimated by injury and players not being available. In a hugely disappointing result, they lost 73-21! This is almost the direct opposite of the result from the last time we played Buckingham and whilst, they are renowned as a tough team to play, we need to have a good look at ourselves to ensure that this does not happen again. Unfortunately, the game also saw Ryan Morgan taken off to hospital, hopefully not too badly injured. Both Ryan and his brother Sean, injured at Wimborne, are big losses to the team.
Unfortunately, the 2's also lost, 12-0 against Bracknell. Whilst it is always a shame to lose, this result, against a very good side, is surprisingly positive as on the day, with the amount of players pulling out, the 2's did brilliantly to put a side out, let alone hold Bracknell to 12 points.
On Sunday, we held our first Mini's Tournament for the year, brilliantly organised by Richard Wilson and his team in spite of the bad weather leading up to the day.
The weather gods were pretty good to us on the day, with people only getting wet whilst setting up and taking down the tents etc. The boys and girls playing all had a fantastic time and as usual, were very complimentary about the tournament.
It is days like this where you really see the huge benefit of the Rugby club working as a community. The work done in advance by Richard and his team and on the day by a huge number of volunteers from right across the club, was brilliant and was all done to ensure that 1000 children could run around in the fresh air, enjoying a competitive sport.
In other news, I want to give my absolute and sincere thanks to Tony Rees, for the brilliant way that he has run the clubhouse and bar for the last 14/15 months. Tony stepped in, with no prior experience of such a role and has done a fantastic job. Tony will very shortly be moving on to new adventures and I hope that you will join me in both thanking him for all he has done and wish him all the very best for the future. He is not disappearing of the face of the earth and we will still see him at the club be it on the "customer" side of the bar!
I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have found a superb replacement, that will help to take the club to new levels. Paul Campion has worked in the pub trade for many, many years, having run the White Swan in Beaconsfield, The Sausage Tree and The Bootlegger in High Wycombe along with many others. Having retired from running pubs, Paul is very excited about this opportunity and will bring a whole heap of fresh ideas to the role, not just in running the bar, but in how we can better utilize the club house through lettings, more club events and much more. He will do things his way, so there will undoubtedly be changes so please get behind Paul and support him so that we can all work to make BRFC an even better place for everyone that uses it.
Next Saturday, the 1's are at home to Windsor, the 2's at home to Witney and the Bandits away to Barnet Elizebethians, all kicking off at 3pm. Their will be the normal pre-match llunch at the club so please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat!
See you on the touchline.