Travels over it was good to be back at the Club at the weekend, an enjoyable afternoon with a very good game to watch and friends to meet.
The First Team played Birkenhead Park and after a well-attended and enjoyable lunch they provided the perfect final course. There were some less familiar faces as a number used the game to bring guests, quite a number had travelled from the Wirral to enjoy the day. It was nice to see Chris Shelley and his wife Debbie join us, all thanks to the Women's team's initiative to donate to South Sefton Food Bank. We found out from Debbie, the manager there, that Chris was in charge of South Liverpool Food Bank and the contact was established. Strange how contact continues to develop through rugby. Your generosity to their cause, to Zoe's Place as well as your support of the Club raffles is appreciated.
As well as the Shelley's, it was great to renew acquaintances with Martin O'Keefe, also nice to see Christian Saverimutto, Simon Wright and James Uren and many more visit.
The game was as hard as we expected but after limiting Park when they had the benefit of the wind, the team scored some very good tries to pull away and secure another bonus point win, with the enthusiasm in defence as impressive as the skill in attack.
It sets up a top of the table encounter with Burnage this week where that enthusiasm for both will be needed again. I have to admit that my crystal ball gazing went sadly awry in October when I agreed to take my daughter and her boyfriend to an international because they had never been. They chose the minor game in Edinburgh this weekend, all the more ironic as they live in Manchester. Can you sense an apology…… already delivered to Stu and a deputy arranged in Lol, who would both appreciate as much support as possible this weekend in what should be another great game.
Going back to last Saturday and reports came through that the Women's Development Team travelled to Harlequins and came away with a 25-0 defeat against the league leaders. The effort to make those trips is one that a few of us can recall from past times and I salute each of you who travelled down. There is a little break before the next game and it is good to see the players and coaches continuing to work on skills even though there is a while to go before the season starts again.
Travelling less far and securing success at Ellesmere Port were the thirds who recorded a win to keep them solidly mid–table. I have not found a podcast to amplify that achievement but I am sure it was a mighty one.
There will be a bit of a shock to the system this week with both Seconds and Thirds in action. The Seconds entertain Kendal Seconds and the Thirds take on league leaders Prenton. Those fancying a call to arms and a mention on an Andy Swain podcast, please contact our favourite narrator.
On Sunday, and I apologise that I have not made it down for a few Sundays, there is another big clash, the re-arranged Lancashire Cup clash between our Under 15s and Bury at home. Pitch details yet to be released by Kevin, but with a number of new recruits this year it would be great to see people down supporting them, although Storm Ciara may put a bit of a dampener on the events of Sunday. See if you can brave it.
Good luck to all teams.
Looking forward hopefully to sunnier times, you will have seen, hopefully, the save the date for the Ball, see if you can and bring some friends. Before that the Dublin party will have flown, set sail etc. please see if you can be part of it.
That is it for now, if you want me to mention something for your group or team please contact me, in the meantime have a great weekend.