Hello and welcome back to the season.
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We were back up and running last week with action on Saturday and Sunday in decent weather. The Men's First team enjoyed a good win against a very determined De La Salle team that made us work for every score, and it was pleasing to see a few tries after a bit of a drought, in tries only, in December. Congratulations to Captain Jack Weare hat trick in his man of the match performance (sponsored by The Good Catch), but it was a good all round team effort that looked a strong possibility, observing the focus shown pre-match and the way the team stuck to their plan despite determined resistance.
There was a good win for the Seconds in a tight game at Stockport that keeps the team in contention at the top of the Championship and the Thirds were awarded the game due to be played at Southport.
On Sunday the Colts started the New Year with a win in some style against Sandbach. I was told about some 70 yard tries, really well done. Minis and juniors are back up and running and the final piece of the jigsaw will be this Saturday when the Women's season kicks off again.
The Memorial Ground will host Firwood Waterloo against Bristol Bears Women at 2.15 on Saturday with a lunch before organised by Gill Burns. There is still time to book a seat, check the website please. It will be another tough game but I saw in the first half at Hartpury more evidence of the continued improvement in the group. Please support them if you can as the next Ladies’ game, the last home game of season is not until March. Also at home will be the Ladies Development Team, also against Bristol. The Development Team have had a tough season, affected by injuries in the squad which have made it hard to settle, but the team shows a competitive spirit for which they can be proud.
The Men will look to back up Saturday's win at Penrith, kick off at 3.00 on the floodlit 4g pitch. Although we won last week and they lost, the one thing this league has taught all of us is that nothing can be taken as an indication of what will happen the next week. What I am sure is the case is that the team will look to build on last week's display and a similar performance must give us every prospect of a positive result. Thank you to those making the trip to Cumbria, I am sure you will be warmly welcomed at a very hospitable club.
Elsewhere the seconds have a bit of a breather and the Thirds entertain league leaders St Edwards. If they have a similar team as was promised last week then it should be a good game. The main thing is that they are back playing regularly. I am grateful to the players who have stepped in.
Sunday I believe has the Colts at home again. It is hard to keep track of re-arrangements, but if I have it right, home v Chester 12.30 kick off. Before that the Under 16s entertain a team from Rotherham and away from Firwood Waterloo the Under 13s play Wirral. The Under 14s play Bolton and the Under 15s hope to play Liverpool Collegiate with the minis all training at home. The weather looks ok, why not come down and get some fresh air.
We said good bye last week to Andrea and the task of covering all that she helped with falls to be addressed. If I could please ask you to bear with us as seek to cover the administration side, make requests early and confirm them in writing if you can to help. Next week there is a WOPS lunch that I hope will be well attended for the Douglas game. Please book early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Can you also see if there is time to support our Charity of the Year - Crosby Royal British Legion at the Race Night on 25th January, details are on the website. Please try and support however you can.
Thank you as always for your help and support and please, wherever you end up, enjoy the weekend.