I feel tempted to start this note with a chorus from an appropriate Saw Doctors song, "Will it ever stop raining?" but thought what have any of you done to deserve my singing!
So I decided that I should remind those who still feel that the pitches require a little precipitation after the summer drought, remember that! You can cease all prayers and incantations for now.
My return seems to have coincided with the visit of Storm Diana and while I will try not to be as wet as the storm, I promise to keep these notes similarly breezy, if a little brighter. Although before the sunshine there has to be a little rain and sadly both most of our senior teams came up short last weekend - the Men to Stockport on Saturday and the both of the Women's teams losing to Richmond on Sunday, home games I am sure we hoped we would win. In fact only the Men's Second Team came out on the credit side of a score line winning away at Rochdale. I am not sure if things improved in the junior section on Sunday, the papers I read did not carry the results.
Turning quickly to a bit of brightness, certainly warmth, I was informed that this was provided by the inestimable talents of Ray French in his presentation to Alan Ashcroft. It was great to hear of the warmth shown to Alan and then also to Tony Pugh, both a credit to the Club and the School with which they were associated. Great people.
This week, our teams are spread far and wide. The Women travel to Wasps old base in London in their Tyrrell's Premier 15's match and the Men go up to Carlisle, I am not sure which might be considered the tougher trip but both provide the chance to dust things off and test the team against teams that have performed well all season, a prial of wins would be great, (the Ladies Development team travel as well).
At home, let’s hope that despite the weather the pitches at Hall Road are fit to play for the Seconds and Thirds. The matches do not get any easier against league leaders Blackburn and West Park respectively.
On Sunday, the Junior Colts travel to Sefton and the 13s and 15s travel to Warrington, the 14s entertain Warrington. The minis were to entertain Ormskirk, although the danger said to be presented by shipping on the Memorial Ground pitch (I know that is a bit of an exaggeration), but I need the chance to show some imagination in writing these pieces. The weather means that it will be as much of an issue hosting the younger age groups on Sunday, as it is the older age groups on Saturday. Postponements in winter are always a shame. Really sorry guys if this is the case but we do get tremendous use out of the pitch and hopefully Storm Diana will pass and the storms E and F etc. will leave us alone.
In case I still have your attention, I have a few mentions for your diary as things are so quiet at this time of year.
15th December - Lunch before the Ladies game against Harlequins, a family event, adults lunch £16, children's lunch £8 please help my able predecessor/deputy Mark Flett make this a success before the game against Harlequins. Contact the office to book before 13th December please.
16th December - Carol Concert St Michael's Church, all are welcome.
21st December - our Carol Concert at the Club, Formby Silver Band, tickets from the Club £3
26th December - Annual Boxing Day Charity Match against Crosby St Mary's, kick off around 2.15. This is a pitch up and play event, so even if you do not receive a call, you turn up with kit and spend time on the pitch. If you manage to forget your kit then you can spend time renewing acquaintances.
Please support all of these if you can and before that whatever you are doing have a really enjoyable weekend.