A warm, nearly Christmas welcome to you all. 

One more note before Christmas and as the fixture selector always seems to do a couple of enticing senior fixtures to whet your appetite this weekend there is still more to look forward to.

Visiting last week briefly, those who travelled to Carlisle saw evidence in the first half as to why they are up at the top of the table, taking advantage of decisions in their favour and scoring a couple of thrilling, well if you supported Carlisle, tries.  They built up a 24-0 lead and things looked as gloomy as the weather. It improved with two cracking tries and all round a more competitive performance from the boys built on hope if not reward.

The reports from London Wasps also indicated a very competitive performance particularly in the first half, but one that did not sufficiently trouble the score board to bring reward; an experience also shared by the Development Team that travelled South. It is a tough league, but I also receive reports and have seen in matches a good spirit and results picking up from last season.

Back at Hall Road there were wins for both Men's Second and Third teams, both against top of the league teams and both, really encouragingly (for someone scared he might have to start playing again), with full squads and plenty of youth. It is important that at all levels those of us not playing support those who are in whatever way we can.

On Sunday, events were restricted by the weather; the Colts postponed and sadly the use of the Memorial Ground curtailed.  Here's hoping that will soon dry out and we can provide for a full complement of fixtures.

This Saturday the Memorial Ground hosts a Tyrrell's Premier 15's game against Harlequins.  As you should know by now it is preceded by the Women's section Christmas Lunch.  Mark Flett advises there are still spaces if you book before Thursday, there are good numbers but they can always be better.

Both Ladies First Team and Development Teams are at home and would appreciate your support, as will the Men who travel under the Mersey to meet Birkenhead Park.  Our teams are looking to get back to winning ways, both sets of supporters hoping for an early Christmas present. It is always nice to visit old friends and I am sure many of you will make the trip.

If not at either venue, for anyone loitering in South Manchester the Seconds turn out to try and avenge an earlier defeat to Wilmslow, the Thirds having packed up for Christmas.

On Sunday, although I do not think the Colts have a fixture the Minis and Juniors will hopefully have a last outing before Christmas.  Good luck to all who make it out on the pitch this weekend.

UPDATE

It has been brought to my attention that the Junior Colts have agreed to play Chester on their AGP on Sunday, kick off should be 12.30 and all support would be appreciated by the players.

Next Friday we have our Carol Concert with the Formby Silver Band providing the back drop to some Christmas carolling.  Tickets are only £3, the fire should be on, Christmas is but one weekend away and if ever there was an alternative to Mad Friday then this is it.

I hope to see you there and then again on Boxing Day as a Firwood Waterloo and Crosby St Mary's meet at about 2.15 for the annual charity game in part now held in memory of Nick Gilbertson, but also a chance for us all to catch up with friends from far and wide at the Club.  For those with strong enough constitutions the 27th December should bring a game between St Mary's School Old Boys.

Finally, and as always, thanks for taking the time to support the Club in your various ways it is appreciated.

Dave

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