The Chairman Reports – July

Its been a refreshing break for all as we look forward to the final stretch of games approaching in August. Kicking off on Saturday we have 5 back-to-back and very important fixtures, 4 of which are at home. After a great start to the season its all teed up for an exciting climax so if you find yourself on a limb there is no better and welcoming environment than the Brooksider on a Saturday afternoon.

For those of you who didn’t manage to get down to the Brooksider towards the end of June for Derby we can report that it was a fantastic event with some good old fashioned rivalry, real passion and a super atmosphere. The scores, except for the Old Crocks game, were all a bit one sided, but better than last year, so we on the move upwards. Our guys played their hearts out and gave everything for the white jersey but on the day were beaten by very well drilled and talented Hamiltons outfits. The experience of playing one of the top South African club rugby teams definitely put us in a good stead for the future as the guys learned what it takes to be and get there.  You will see below a more detailed report on the day in general but from our side well done to Hammies for some exhilarating rugby which was enjoyed by the crowds. It was also refreshing to see the both clubs and the crowds enjoying the bar after the game. It was a real party which seemed to be enjoyed by all.

On the club front it’s been quiet over the last few weeks as everyone has enjoyed a bit of time off before a hectic August. Not all of us took a break though – many thanks to Lionel for taking the reins and putting together what we hear was a great WWE Karaoke night. The rumour is circling that Biggie has a great voice……one to watch J.

In other event news we have started putting in place the planning for the End of Season Function which, after much discussion and debate, has been moved from a formal sit down dinner at Kelvin Grove to a more casual cocktail type function on the B field under a tent at the club. Our feeling being that it is very important that we make the function as financially accessible to as many members as possible and with the nature of the function we had in mind at Kelvin it was very difficult to accommodate this. The date set is looking like it will be Saturday 4 October but we can only confirm this as soon as WP Rugby have let us know when the final of the Presidents Cup will be. We are looking at a star studded complement of speakers so please keep that weekend diarised. Details are to follow soon. On the night we will be doing the R25,000 Raffle. Please try your best to support this initiative. Its R100 per ticket with the first prize a whopping R20,000. Tickets can be bought from Martin at the bar. If you feeling lucky a book of 10 tickets will get you one for free ie. R900.

On the event front it doesn’t stop there. On the 9th of August we will be hosting anotherRenaissance Lunch for the St Georges game (a big one). Invites coming out this week. In addition to this and seeing that its Women’s Day on the 9th we will be going out of our way to encourage the ladies to join us. More details to follow.

Finally it was great to see club rugby alive and kicking on Saturday two weeks ago at False Bay. The Bay took on Hamiltons in front of a packed house with the enticement of Community Cup rugby in 2015 at stake. Whoever said club rugby was on its way out would have been eating their hats when witnessing scenes like this. Well done to both these great clubs for the spectacle and hopefully, with a bit of luck, we can meet them in similar circumstances next year. Long live Club Rugby!!!!

See you guys on Saturday.

All the best,

Bruce and Anton