If the rest of 2018 is anything like the first week at Kenilworth Rugby Club, then we have lots to look forward to! I simply wallowed on Sunday in the warm glow of feeling really proud to be part of the club and the game of Rugby Union. More wallowing was to follow when I heard that the final amount raised in aid of Prostate Cancer UK was a whopping £1,571.00 – all raised in one day! Can I, on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, thank you all so very much for your generosity, particularly so soon after Christmas.
There was so much that went on last week for us all to be really proud of our rugby club and the family of Rugby in general. The highlights for me were:
• ‘Rugby Tonight’ on BT Sport last Wednesday when members of our senior men and ladies teams represented the club so very well, by being both audience and participants in demonstration drills, that they have been invited back to participate again next year.
• Pirates (Vets) pre-match lunch organised by the travel guru – Dom Carrick, prior to the important clash with Malvern. 80 ‘Pirates’ together only means one thing – lots of banter, lots of storytelling, lots of laughing and lots of beer..... (Great food as well by Nick Moore).
• The game – what a great game of Rugby that was! Two excellent sides, both wanting to play attractive rugby, a very competent young referee, no niggle and a game that both sides should be extremely proud of. Yes, disappointing to just miss out on a win, but the lads should be proud of themselves – nothing was left out on the pitch.
• A volunteer posse of our Ladies section extracting gate money and contributions to Prostate Cancer UK from all those coming down to Glasshouse Lane to see the game. The Ladies section have added so much to the club and done much to enrich us.
• Post match, the club remained full for hours. The piano was wheeled out and songs (all clean!) were enthusiastically sung – including a medley of war songs! We were later to learn that £3.5k was taken behind the bar that day!
• Both the 2nd XV and Colts turned out with strong competitive sides with the 2’s returning to the club having thumped Spartans away from home. The Colts put in a good performance against a strong Broadstreet side only to lose with the last play of the game.
• On Sunday around 250 Mini’s and juniors turned out for the first time in 2018 and braved the cold for both competitive games and training – they are our future.......
• To round off the weekend our superb Ladies travelled all the way to Norfolk to play Wymondham Wasps who play at the level above us. We won the Intermediate Cup game 23-17 and now find ourselves in the quarter finals and still unbeaten this season! and finally.......
• Malvern Rugby Club – First of all telling us how much they were looking forward coming to a ‘proper’ Rugby Club, then post match ‘tweeting’ to say: ‘Always in the balance. A great game, against a proper rugby club, who win or lose are hospitable and sportsman like’.
I’m still wallowing.....#kenfamily