Hello, while there is much to say about the events of last weekend and to look forward to for the coming days, I wanted to start with some news indicating I might be moving into the 21st Century.
As you may know I am not that technologically gifted. To be fair, references to me are never really coupled with the word gifted, and so perhaps the events of this week should give hope to others.
In simple terms, I went on the website, found the article for the Third Team and pressed "here", I was then treated to three or so minutes of the mellifluous tones of Andy Swain describing the fortunes of the MGM at Ormskirk. A finer mixture of Shakespeare, Churchill and "Have I got news for you" would be hard to find and I commend it to those who have held back from pressing "here".
Returning to the relative anonymity of the written word and to last weekend, the senior teams had two tough games. Well supported by a healthy crowd, buoyed by the support of Carlsberg, in all ways, and Firwood, for which we are grateful, I think we had hoped that the women would emerge from the 6 Nations hibernation and secure another victory against Worcester, but it was not to be. Despite some good tries we were undone by a spell of pressure at the start of the second half. Similarly, the senior men found the Blackburn defence hard to crack and our visitors effective at taking the few chances that arose for them. Neither of our teams stinted in effort and the men had some reward in a last minute penalty winning us a well-deserved bonus point.
The men's seconds were handed a walkover by Sale and the women's development team took on Worcester at Hall Road. I was able to watch some 30 minutes, it is hard to settle on these busy Saturdays, and while coming up short due to the power of the Worcester pack, it is possible to see improvement in the team who have been competitive and enthusiastic in each match I have watched. It was also good to see the First Team down supporting their colleagues.
As well as letting you listen to the exploits of the thirds I should tell you that the Colts progressed in another cup by beating a spirited Sedgley Park team on Sunday and elsewhere on the website there is news of Benedict Skea, Finn Gordon, Harry Furlong and Jakob Collins appearing for Lancashire under 17s. I am told Finn and Ben have been at the Club since they were 5 which is really nice to hear. I wish all of them the very best and hope they will be playing when the Club hosts the Lancashire v Yorkshire game on 28th April.
Elsewhere on the website can be found the achievements of the Under 13's, 15's, 16's but I want to pay testament to all the players, coaches and parents at all ages for their involvement and enthusiasm, more of which will be on show this weekend when the majority will be training save for those in tournaments at Preston or taking on Chester. Thank you.
Remember the changing hour guys and girls and more importantly guys remember it is Mothering Sunday as well.
Elsewhere this weekend, on Saturday the games are no easier for the senior teams. The men travel to Stockport who are tussling with us to avoid the third relegation spot. They just beat us in December and this would be a really good game to turn the tables in. The performance last week and the positive approach of the players and coaches is all that we can ask for and I am sure many of you will travel over on Saturday to cheer them on.
In my continuing inability to be in every place I want to be but supporting both teams I will travel to watch the women in their final Tyrrell's Premier 15's game in the league this season at Saracens. Again another tough prospect against the current league leaders, it will be a big ask to take something from the game but I am sure the team, which has impressed me with their effort and ability this year, will look to finish with a flourish.
At the time of typing I am not sure if the Women's Development Team are playing Saracens, but know that the Men's Seconds are due to have another go at playing Rossendale away and the Thirds take centre stage at home against Sefton. I hope all goes well.
Off the field again we wind down with only one more WOPs to go next weekend against Carlisle. Our guests are apparently bringing some 50 spectators to lunch so book your space now to avoid disappointment as we have sponsors upstairs as well. It was great to see the room full on Saturday and the same again would be brilliant.
As the season winds down, and some fingernails join it, on the field, off the field we want to keep the Club active. In that vein can I mention again that there are events to look forward to this summer. Those not joining Cheeky in Lyon can look forward to end of season presentations, details to follow, and then the Ball on 8th June. If there is an event you or your business want to host please think of using the Club and contact Raychel at the office to see how we can help.
In the meantime I hope you have a really enjoyable weekend.