I trust you are well and that you enjoyed the weekend, which is what the weekend is about for most of us lucky enough to be away from the more restrictive environment of work. I had a good time, watched the Men's First Team and then travelled to London to a friend's birthday party. All good fun if a bit tiring.
I was updated on Monday as usual with the events of the weekend and that made me think I should make one of my periodic mentions of the RFU promoted values, that is TREDS Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. You can see this on posters around our club and on the website by clicking here.
I am not sure if it is the changeable weather at the moment or the impact of an unsettled and at times unpleasant political climate but unusually for us, we seem to either earn the displeasure of referees or too excitedly express displeasure at their efforts. I raise this not at anyone in particular, it is for everyone, me included, just to think about how we react during a game.
If you feel an official, or an opponent is getting things wrong please talk with the captain or coach. Let us be measured in our response. It is not always easy, but without control then we have chaos. Without referees we do not have a game.
Returning to rugby, the First Team win against Vale of Lune was as hard fought as the previous week against Douglas. Watching us look after the ball for the last five minutes in our 22 was both something of beauty and something that could deplete you of your fingernails. I hope all who enjoyed the game can continue the support this weekend for what will be another major challenge.
The Men's Second Team had a good contest with Wirral, but were overpowered and, due to the way their league works have a free weekend. The Thirds game at Widnes was postponed, but they try again this week entertaining Ellesmere Port at Fortress Hall Road.
The Women’s First Team picked up their first point last week with a four try bonus, including try of the week by Carys, against Darlington Mowden Park, but sadly it was not enough for victory. The great spirit in the squad was highlighted when a number of players then helped the Development Team who just succumbed 22-20, but also collected bonus points.
Last Sunday the Colts enjoyed a Lancashire Cup win against Widnes and this week return to the League to play at home on Sunday against Sedgley Park. The under 16s were waterlogged off, The Under 15s and 14s were edged out in the Lancashire Cup Pool games and return to friendlies this week with the Mini's competing in the Manchester Tournament.
I am preparing myself for a trip to Birkenhead Park on Saturday to enjoy what I am sure will be a very competitive game against a Club with whom we have a very friendly, but keen, rivalry. Both ourselves and Park have shown good early season form. I think we both have 3 wins and one defeat and both had good wins at the weekend.
Top quality rugby is also centre stage at the Club this Saturday. There is the opportunity of an early start, 9.00 am, to watch England v Argentina and maybe taste a bacon butty. Then we have Firwood Waterloo Women at home to Bristol Bears with the First Team at 14:00pm and the Development Team in action at 16:00pm at Hall Road.
Finally, just space for mentions for the Rugbyfest Fun Day lined up for the England v France game hopefully introducing us to new faces and re-introducing others to enjoy breakfast from 8.30, the England France game at 9.00am, the Under 10's at mid-day and then Firwood Waterloo Men against our friends from Burnage at 3pm. It would be great to welcome you with your family and friends to this day
The prospect for weekends going forward seems no less tiring but please enjoy them.