Mon 02 Dec 2019 10:06

I realise in reality that is just wishful thinking from someone who is in work for a five day week, but also it is a hook for a shameless pitch for this Friday Night in particular.  

We are hosting a "Night at the West End" at 7.30 Friday and there are still places to fill.

I know we do not have many of these events and we have maybe lost the momentum that draws people to the Club for non-rugby events, but I would ask if your option is sitting at home Friday to consider changing plans, coming down as a couple and enjoying what I am sure will be a great event. You should get the chance to see the man who has worn the mask of the Phantom of the Opera,  I can offer to put it on if that makes the event more palatable.  You can roar along to the Lion King, Dream a Dream with the Miserables and even maybe there would be a reference to a rugby club in the Mamma Mia section.  A meal, live and up close entertainment all for £30 seems too good to miss so if you can join me that would really help make the night.  Contact Raychel to snap up a couple of tickets please?

Hard sell over now to some Soft Cell, although just the "Say Hello" bit not the "Wave Goodbye" hopefully. I  have a short report on my weekend with Dave Ward tours to Dublin to the Wanderers 150th anniversary dinner.  This was all I might have imagined, a stylish event with about 950 people attending and a lot of good will expressed to Firwood Waterloo within all the celebrations. For Wardy and I to be mentioned in the introduction as honoured guests along with Peter Rossborough from Coventry, Andrew Slack of Australia, a host of Wanderers ex internationals and the guest speaker Joe Schmidt was really appreciated.  It was a special night of celebration, the photos I tried to take was of Joe Schmidt addressing the event.  Pete always wants pictures, this is by me not of me.  The thing that impressed me most in a really impressive evening was that all sections of the Club were represented and honoured, men, women and the coaches and parents of minis.

On the rugby front I missed our trip to Wilmslow, but able deputies Mark F, Lol, Steve C and Tony McClure reported back with details of a contest closer in possession and position than the score might suggest.  However, a strong Wilmslow side showed by their finishing why they are league leaders and why they are picking up bonus points.

While the Second Team game fell victim to Stockport not being able to travel, a slightly happier story unfolded for the Thirds, beating Northwich comfortably.  I am afraid the haze of Saturday has interrupted the flow of information as to what happened on Sunday, I know most teams were training or resting but I hope all enjoyed a good day.

I have opened with an invitation to the Club on Friday night but have to make an honourable exception for the Women's Teams.  Both are to travel to London on Friday for the re start of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s League with an early kick off against Harlequins.  Not the easiest return after a month off, but the first of four games that will shape the season, as it is followed by games against Richmond, Worcester Warriors and then Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.

The Club is going through an audit process with the RFU over the composition of the league next season and going forward.  Good performances and good support at this time and as we go through the season would help. The game against DMP on 21st December is being streamed live and there will be a lunch before that I would ask you to find time for in what will be a busy lead up to Christmas.

The Men's First Team has a free week to refresh and get their Christmas Shopping done, but there is rugby at the Club with the Seconds having a tough looking fixture against Wirral and the Thirds renewing rivalry with Christleton 1sts at the Fortress.

I am a little early with this for a full report on Sunday's activities and apologise for that but will be at the Coaches’ Meeting this Thursday and will look to provide an update from that in next week's note.

So I end this week looking forward to seeing lots of you on Friday and wishing all our teams the very best for Saturday, especially our teams travelling to Harlequins, please give them a surprise!

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