In my last note before Christmas, and probably for this current year, I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a great time over the holiday season. May you receive all that you wish for, especially if that is a bit of a rest!
I wanted to thank everyone who has helped me in my first stretch as President, those deputising for me at various games, those running all the teams for their efforts and those running the Club. That is all the people working behind the bar and in the office and around the grounds. Also to everyone who has played for, supported or sponsored our teams. The Club needs all of you to pull together to keep us ticking over. I am grateful to you for your time and energy and hope we can all work together to push on in the New Year and at the same time enjoy ourselves.
The penultimate weekend of the first half of the season was marked by the weather. Really, results were as disappointing as the weather was cruel, although credit should also be given to Birkenhead Park, Harlequins and Wilmslow for their efforts to enable the games to be played on Saturday. From me it falls to say a well done to all of you venturing out on Saturday and Sunday. After all the disappointments, we should regroup and look to enjoy the next outings. I am sure you will.
Although the Men's section now regroups until the New Year, the Ladies have one more game away on Saturday in the Tyrrell's Premier 15s at Hartpury-Gloucester. The matches are not easy in this league as we are pitting ourselves against the best players in the country. I look forward to travelling down to watch the game and cheer them on.
A sad note to mention within these thanks was the news that this season's President at our friends from Dublin, Wanderers F.C., John Roche-Kelly, sadly passed away at the beginning of the month, something I only became aware of over the last few days. A sad loss and a sobering one, I have a little belatedly sent our condolences to his family and the Club.
I move on a little slowly to club events of the season and I hope to see a good number of you at the Carol Concert on Friday night from 7.30pm and then on Boxing Day for the game against Crosby St Marys from about 2.15. Remember it is not too late to join in either event, singing or playing or both, in between I hope you have a really enjoyable day on Tuesday.
Thank you again.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.