Hello - hope you are well.
I thought I would say a little about my travels this week to try and distract you from the travails of daily life.
Last weekend I nipped down on Saturday to watch the Women’s teams at Saracens, with the Firsts rounding off their Tyrell’s Premier 15s season against the league winners, while keeping track of the men at Stockport.
We started with the Women's Development team playing at Haberdashers Aske School, a very impressive venue. Saracens needed a bonus point win and managed to achieve that despite our best efforts. The Firsts played at Allianz Park, following on from the end of Saracens v Glasgow who were kind enough to play as a warm up game. It was good to catch up with relatively local lad Dave Strettle, still speaking highly of the help people like Dave Reed provided in his early years. Funny old game rugby.
The Women despite a really competitive start succumbed to the power of the Saracens team but the experience for the team must have been amazing. A good crowd stayed behind and the game had the full razzamataz of fiery entry, music and updates to the crowd. It will hopefully have whetted the collective appetite to work to compete with these teams next season.
News from the North was good and a bonus point victory was definitely required with other teams also recording positive results. The Seconds succumbed to Rossendale, always a tough place to play, but the Thirds maintained the momentum of the previous week to win against Sefton.
Sunday morning I made the shorter skip to Clatterbridge to watch the Colts playing Wirral in the Colts League Cup. The game was in the balance until the last quarter when the lads stretched their lead with a couple of good tries owing everything to well-timed runs and passes to split an obdurate Wirral defence. There is more to come from the team and in their two finals we can expect two great games against the other quality team in the region, Warrington.
Now to this weekend, the Men entertain Carlisle in the First team and for both teams it is a key game. Last year Carlisle visited about the same time of year needing a couple pf points to stay in the league. They have improved significantly this season and sit proudly on top of the league and will travel hoping to be crowned champions. We have our own issues to satisfy and so a great contest is again in prospect. A really entertaining game last year finished something like 36 -34 to us and a similar score on Saturday would serve both teams well.
There should be a good crowd, in spite of competing events on Merseyside, Carlisle are bringing a second coach and an extra 20 or so spectators, we have a WOPs lunch and sponsors from Mercedes and it is great to hear the Club will be full. If you can come down to support please do.
The Seconds head North and South, the Men to Vale of Lune, the Women to Worcester Valkyries, while the Thirds go East to West Park St Helens. For each of them it is a last trip this season and I wish them all every success.
I would mention that the Crosby Royal British Legion will be collecting before the game and then, in a few weeks, will hold an event, I am told to finish off the year as our sponsored charity. If you want a charity to be supported by the Club next year then please let Peter Cureton know and we can look to then let the members make the choice. Your support though the year for all our causes has been brilliant, thank you.
Sunday brings more Lancashire Cup action for the Under 15s at Fylde and Under 16s at home to Wigan, with the 12s and 13s both competing in Lancashire Waterfall competitions.
Tailing off a little in momentum, and for those still awake after reading this, I will leave the social message details to be picked up on the website but am grateful to the committee looking to put together events like the Summer Ball and look forward to that.
I also hope you can make it to Manchester next week. With this league everything will go down to the wire and as much support as we can muster and friendly faces for the players and coaches will be a big help to them.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading