After a number of weeks where the "will we won't we" question centred on the weather we have almost seamlessly moved into another, and new, period of uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus and how it will affect us.
That it will affect us seems certain according to the Government, when and how badly seems more uncertain. You will see elsewhere on the website that the Club is looking to follow Government and RFU advice, continuing for now to operate as close to normal as we can but monitoring the position. This weekend's games are scheduled to take place but the position could change at short notice so be aware.
As individuals we should just follow the hygiene advice and reduce the risk of spreading by contact. I am just about getting used to the elbow bump and also favour the St Helens greeting, administered from a distance, of "Na then, alreet" the choice is endless.
It seems a long time ago since we entertained Warrington and the Men's First Team secured a solid victory, with a bonus point, 32-10. The Warrington team belied their league position and stretched us, coming back into the game just after half time before a couple of late tries brought us home. The work rate of all, especially the front five in the defensive effort required remains one of the pleasing aspects as an observer. It shows a togetherness despite, at times disruption, it will be needed again at the weekend against Bowdon who surprised many by beating Wilmslow at the weekend.
The efforts of the squad and the spirit was highlighted by a second win in a row for the Seconds 19-17 against Wirral. The squad has been brilliant in the support for the First Team and these wins against some of the better sides in the Conference with first teams in the league above us are really pleasing and well-deserved.
This week they are at home seeking revenge for their only recent defeat against Stockport. I am sure all will be working to make good to continue the run. If not going to Bowden why not try the fresh air at the Memorial Ground. I understand the Thirds will be in party mood with a significant birthday possibly leading to some guest appearances. Northwich are the opponents on the field of dreams, go well and enjoy the celebrations.
The Women have another week to wait, albeit the international fare is reduced by no Italy England games. Saracens await them next week and I am sure we are starting to get set up for that. I am looking to make the trip down to support them.
The minis and juniors are also scheduled to play on Sunday. The under 14s and Under 16s with Lancashire Cup games if possible and the younger ones visited by Liverpool Collegiate. Again the Section will be guided by any news that we receive from the RFU or decisions taken by the Government, with personal decisions to be taken and advised if possible if there is a connection with someone who is unwell.
To date, the RFU has advised that they will use both Government and Public Health England's guidance which is published on the Government website and updated daily. However, while typing this I am also hearing that football has been cancelled for three weeks so I guess the position will keep changing and we will keep you advised through the website.
It is all a bit unsettling but if help can be provided through the Club we will try to do so. Keep looking after yourselves, and, where you can, each other. A little less lighthearted this week I fear, hopefully I can subject you to what passes as humour for me in the very near future, and there I was complaining about the weather!
In the meantime please stay well.