Under 17s

Sunday 30 April

Just a reminder that we have our final Sunday of the season at the club on Sunday. I have not heard from Alex, Freddie or Chino as to whether they will be there (please let me know).

We start at 11am. See you then.

Dave

Sunday 30th April

Hi

We are meeting at the club on 30th April for our final session of the season. Meet at 11 am and we will finish by 12.30 and then have a drink and some food.

I am lacking a lot of responses. Can the following let me know if they can make it as I need to know for the food order:

Kym A
Luca B
Charlie B
Nick B
Jonny D
Callum D
Louis F
Jonathan H
Rocky H
Hamish L
Will M
Chino O
Sam P
Beau R
Freddie
Adam S
Alex S
Jack S

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 30 April

Hi

As it is the mini's last Sunday training session this Sunday we are going to have ours on Sunday 30th April. Meet at the club at 11am. We will play touch etc for an hour to an hour and a half and then try to sort out some food etc afterwards. However, keep the day free now and let me know if you can make it so that I know numbers for catering.

Dave

Tomorrow 2 April

Don't forget we start at 9.45 tomorrow. Everyone who said that they can play will play. Kick off at 10.45. This is the last match of the season so let's hope for a win.
Dave

today

If anyone is looking for something to do today, apparently the club have a tv/movie crew on site interviewing members and kids involved in rugby! Ex player Lewis moody  Martin Corry and Tom Shanklin will all be there to participate.  11 till 2pm.

Thursday Training and this Sunday - match against Vandals

Hi

We do not have the numbers to run a training session on Thursday so we will cancel that. The match on Sunday AT HOME will however go ahead. That said, I am still waiting to hear whether the following are available - please reply now:

Louis Fleming
Jonathan Harland
Hamish Lawless
Chino Onwuachu
Dan Owen
Sam Penny
Adam Scully
Jack Stace

Please note that this is the last match of the season. It is also a league game which we could really do with winning.

The plan is to try and kick off early (10.40) so everyone needs to arrive for 9.45 (which has the bonus that parking will be easier). Do not be late.

As there will be no more matches this season, we will then have a break until 23 April. I will let people have details of the arrangements for that day nearer the time.

Those who have not replied please reply now

Dave

Sunday 2 April - Vandals at home

An unlucky game today. It sounds like it was a good game, and we were unlucky to lose at the end.

Next week we play Vandals at home in our last league game of the season. A while ago I asked for availability, but as a lot has happened since then, I want to confirm things now. Also rather than having training on Saturday we are going to try an hour at 6pm on Thursday if there are enough boys interested.

So two things for you to reply about:

1. Availability for Sunday (arrive 10am KO at 10.40)

2. Whether you can make training at 6pm on Thursday

Please reply now

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 26 March - Ironsides away in the league

Hi

So that everyone is aware tomorrow we play at Ironsides.

The address is
Battersea Ironsides Sports Club
Burntwood Lane,
Earlsfield,
London SW17 0AW
020 8874 9913

We are hoping to kick off early so please try and be there for 9.45

Regards

Dave

Sunday 26 March - Ironsides away in the league

OK we are 17 players for this weekend so it is really important that everyone turns up. Everyone who said they can play will get to play.

Don't forget that for those that can make it we have an hours training at 4pm tomorrow afternoon.

Dave

Sunday 26 March - Ironsides away in the league

Hi

We are tight on numbers this weekend. Freddie. Adam and Charlie can you let me know of you can play.

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 26 March - Ironsides away in the league

As of now I am still waiting to hear whether the following are available for this weekend. Can you let me know now please:

Charlie Brown
Jonny Davies
Daniel Owen
Sam Penny
Freddie Russell
Adam Scully
Alex Soriano

As an advance warning there will be training at the club at 4pm on Saturday. Kick off will be slightly earlier (10.45) on Sunday to try and finish early as it is Mothers' Day

Dave

Sunday 26 March

With apologies to all of the mothers but I just checked the Surrey RFU website. We are AWAY at Ironsides next weekend. Fortunately they have confirmed that KO is still 11am

Dave

Sunday 26 March

Bad luck today.

Next weekend we have Ironsides at home in the league. Please let me know availability now

Thanks

Dave Wilkinson

Sunday 19 March - Old Cats

Hi

We have 21 boys available this weekend so everyone gets into the match squad. It is however a league game, so game time is not guaranteed.

As Saturday is a big day for England rugby and lots of people will want to watch the England game, we will not hold a training session on Saturday. Instead please turn up at Old Cats for 10am on Sunday.

I am told that parking is a nightmare at Old Cats. They say parents should drop off at club and then park in the Caterham Dene Hospital car park on the right hand side of that car park.

The address for the Old Cats ground is:
Old Caterhamians RFC
Park Avenue
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 6AH

See you on Sunday

Dave

Sunday 19 March - Old Cats away

Still no reply re availability for this weekend from Jon Harland, Chino Onwuachu or Max Quenby. Please let me know if you are available now.

There will be training on Saturday but I am just waiting for Adam to confirm the time and will then let you know.

Dave Wilkinson

Wheelchair Ruby Needs Help

As some people will know wheelchair rugby is a mixed gender team sport created for people with Tetraplegia (either through injury or genetic disorder) and a sport that provides inspiration and hope in spinal units and military rehab units throughout the UK. At the elite end, it is a sport that gives people with some of the most severe levels of disability the chance to compete at the highest level, the Paralympic Games. England's, Mike Brown is one of the Ambassadors for the sport and does what he can to promote and fund raise for it.

Unfortunately in December of last year UK Sport made a decision not to provide any further funding to the elite end of the game; despite it being able to demonstrate a consistent improvement in its competitiveness against the top four teams in the world. Great Britain is ranked fifth, despite only missing out on a semi-final spot in Rio by the roll of a wheel (eventually losing in extra time in its deciding game).

The funding cut comes even though UK Sport acknowledges that the sport has genuine podium potential. The impact on the game is massive - not just for the elite team but also for those at the lower levels (due to the inevitable profile that the elite game brings in terms of volunteers, sponsors and so on).

The sports governing body has now launched a crowd funding appeal to support the team in attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics – the following link is to an article in the Independent which gives a little more background. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/gb-wheelchair-rugby-crowd-fu...

Bearing in mind that the lost funding totals some £3m (spread over the full four year cycle), filling the gap will definitely not be an easy challenge. However, the intention is to raise as much money as possible to give the guys and girls the best opportunity of qualifying. So, based on the principle of "if you don't ask you don't get", if anyone does feel that they can spare a few pounds (personally or corporately), please click on the following and hand over the cash - however large or small, it all helps. http://gbwr.org.uk/ Currently the total raised sits out £13,000 which means they have a long way to go. The RFU provides some funding but cannot bridge the gap as the sport is a separately regulated sport. However, hopefully those involved in the able bodied game can still help. Please help if you can

March 19 - Old Cats away

I am still waiting for a lot of responses re next week's league game at Old Cats KO 11am. Please let me know now if you can play.

Dave

19 March - Old Cats League game away

Having just sent my email re this weekend, I have now heard that we will play the Old Cats league game on 19 March (11.15 KO at their ground). We will then have a further league game the following weekend.

Please let me know availability for the 19th now

Dave

Sunday 12 March

Hi

Unfortunately for various reasons the game this weekend will not now go ahead. Accordingly we will now train as normal at the club.

We still have a game in for next weekend though, and then have a league game the following weekend and are also trying to rearrange the Old Cats and the Vandalls league games. Thus there is still a need to train to improve on the areas where we need to improve to ensure we win the final league games

See you on Sunday at the club for training at 10am

Dave

Sunday 12 March

Hi

I am still waiting to hear about availability for:

Kym Azzopardi
Jonny Davies
Jonathan Harland
Hamish Lawless
Will Martin
Chino Onwuachu
Beau Roberts
Adam Scully
Alex Soriano

Please let me know now as at the moment it looks like we will have to cancel for this weekend.

Regards

Dave

Sunday 12 March

Well done today. A close fought game so good to get the win. Nick is now home and all is OK after the bang on his head.

Next weekend we are currently away to Roslyn Park. Please let me know availability now.

Dave

this weekend

The bad news is that old cats have messed up their schedule and cannot play. The good news is that we have sorted out another game. It is against Sutton & Epsom who we have beaten twice but narrowly second time so they will want to beat us this time.

As a result of the change we will now play at home. They would like to kick off early so, if we can be on time we will kick off between 10.30 and 10.45. Please be on time.

As it is not a league game we will not now train on Saturday and everyone who said they could play will do so.

Dave

This weekend and easter

Hi

I am still waiting to hear from Jonathan re availability this weekend.

I am still waiting to hear from Jonathan, Max, Freddie, Jack re availability on 2 and 9 April

Please let me know now. thanks

As it is a league game this weekend we will have a training session on Saturday - this time starting at 2 pm for those that can make it. With the numbers who are available for this weekend, everyone who has said that they are available will be able to play so please make it to Saturday training if you can

Dave

Easter Holidays - urgent reply needed

Hi

As some of you know we have been having real problems rearranging the Vandals league fixture. What I need to know now (and I mean by an immediate reply as I do not have time to chase) is whether you will be away over the Easter holidays on 2 or 9 April. If not too many are away, we may be able to play the league game on one of those weekends.

Please reply now

Dave

5 March - Old Cats League Game away

Hi

Next weekend we have a league game against Old Cats away. Please let me know availability now. I am waiting for the KO time to be confirmed

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 26 Feb

We are at home tomorrow. We are tight on players so everyone who said that they can play needs to turn up. Please be there at 10.00 am for the warm up. KO at 11

Regards

David

Sunday 26 Feb - Chipstead at home

Hi

I have still not heard from the following re the availability for Sunday:

Jonny Davies
Louis Flemming
Jonathan Harland
Chino Onwuachu
Adam Scully

It is not difficult to reply so please let me know now

Dave

Sunday 26 Feb

Next week we have Chipstead in a friendly at home. Can you please confirm your availability for this now.

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 19 Feb + comedy night

Hi

Just a reminder that it is training this Sunday. It is really important that everyone makes it down as we then have 5 matches on consecutive weekends starting with a friendly game against Chipstead at home on 26 Feb.

On the social side of things:

WRFC COMEDY NIGHT!!!

On Friday 24th March the club is hosting a comedy night. These are always great fun and it would be good if we can get a good turnout from the age group.

Tickets are £20 each and available online here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BMVXoZToQ1bDxvesdmOVf1qSYhlgbYen2oH2eyL...

Please speak to Geoff if you are interested.

Doors open at 7:30pm, there will be free bar snacks for early arrivals! Showtime is 8:30pm.

See you on Sunday

Dave

Sunday 12 Feb

All

As it is half term this weekend there is no training this Sunday. There will however be training on 19 February. The following Sunday (26 Feb) we are then due to have a friendly game against Chipstead at home

Regards

David

sunday 29 January - Old Cats

Hi
Both we and Old Cats struggled with numbers for this weekend. Hence the match has been postponed. There will be training as normal on Sunday but not on Saturday.
Dave

Sunday 29 January - Old Cats AWAY

Hi.

A real lack of response this week on availability.

I still need to hear from:

Sean Davies
Louis Flemming
Jonathan Harland
Will Martin
Chino Onwuachu
Sam Penny
Max Quenby
Freddie Russell
Adam Scully

It is not difficult to reply. Just click reply. Please do so now and let me know whether you/your son can make both training at 4pm on Saturday and/or the match on Sunday

Dave

Sunday 22 January - Old Cats AWAY

I should have also said that there will be no training either as our grounds will be frozen too. Dave

Sunday 22 January - Old Cats AWAY

Hi bad news

I have just heard that the match will need to be postponed. The pitches will be unplayable due to the hard frost. Instead the match will be played next weekend (29 January). I believe that the KO time will remain the same but await confirmation of that.

Before you discard this email please confirm

1. availability for 29 Jan
2. whether your son can make an hours training at 4pm on Saturday.

Normally I do not ask for availability for training but with more and more boys getting Saturday jobs we need to be sure that it is worth running the sessions.

Thanks ....... remember reply to the two points above now.

Dave

Sunday 22 January - Old Cats AWAY

Hi

The squad for this Sunday is:

Azzopardi Kym
BOYD Luca
BROWN Charlie
BROWN Nicholas
DAVIES Jonny
DREWETT Callum
FLEMING Louis
HARRISON Rakan
LAWLESS Hamish
MARTIN William
ONWUACHU Chino
Owen Daniel
PARK Samuel
ROBERTS Beau
RUSSELL Frederick
SHEPPARD Thomas
SCULLY Adam
STACE Jack
VERGA James
WEBB Thomas
WILKINSON Edward
WILSON Conall

If anyone is no longer available let me know as then we may be able to fill the place.

There is a training session tomorrow at 4pm at the club. If you can, please come down.

I am told that parking is a nightmare at Old Cats. They say parents should drop off at club and park in the Caterham Dene Hospital car park on the right hand side of that car park.

The address for Sunday is:
Old Caterhamians RFC
Park Avenue
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 6AH

Regards

Dave

England V Italy

Hi

If you are interested in participating in the club ballot for tickets for the forthcoming England V Italy international, the ballot has opened. See attached link for the form to fill out and instructions. https://goo.gl/forms/9cVzxnRwNeDQudof1

Any queries please email the club chairman - Paul Craig - paultcraig@gmail.com

Move quickly as the ballot closes on Sunday.

Regards

Dave

England V Italy

Hi

If you are interested in participating in the club ballot for tickets for the forthcoming England V Italy international, the ballot has opened. See attached link for the form to fill out and instructions. https://goo.gl/forms/9cVzxnRwNeDQudof1

Any queries please email the club chairman - Paul Craig - paultcraig@gmail.com

Move quickly as the ballot closes on Sunday.

Regards

Dave

Sunday 22 January - Old Cats AWAY

Hi

The latest news is that KO will be at 11.30 on Sunday so boys should be ready to warm up at 10.20. I am waiting to hear if there will be a changing room for us to change in. The location is:

Old Caterhamians RFC
Park Avenue
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 6AH

In terms of availability, ignoring those who I believe are injured, I seem to be missing replies from Sean Davies, Daniel Downs, Jonathan Harland, Adam Scully and Conal Wilson. Please reply by tomorrow evening or you will be assumed to be unavailable.

Regards

David

Sunday 22 January - Old Cats AWAY

Well done today. A hard fought win (13 - 12) in awful conditions.

Next weekend we have Old Cats away. I do not know the kick off time yet, as I will not hear that until later this week. Remember, as it is a league game, we can only take 22 players and playing time is not guaranteed.

We will be running a training session at the club on Saturday at 4pm to get ready for the match the next day.

By way of update, after Old Cats, we have Chobham on 5 March and Ironsides on 26 March. I am still trying to get the Vandals match rearranged and can then look to friendlies.

Please let me know availability now - don't wait to be chased. Thanks

Dave

Sutton & Epsom - Sunday 15 January

Hi

We have had more boys available than we can take in the squad. Hence some hard choices have had to be made. The squad for this weekend is:

Azzopardi Kym
BOYD Luca
BROWN Charlie
BROWN Nicholas
DAVIES Jonny
DREWETT Callum
HARLAND Jonathan
HARRISON Rakan
LAWLESS Hamish
MARTIN William
ONWUACHU Chino
OWEN Daniel
PARK Samuel
ROBERTS Beau
RUSSELL Frederick
SCULLY Adam
SORIANO Alex
STACE Jack
VERGA James
WEBB Thomas
WILKINSON Edward
WILSON Conall

Please arrive for the warm up to start at 11.40. We are playing at Sutton & Epsom's home ground:

Sutton & Epsom RFC
Cuddington Court
Rugby Lane
Cheam
Surrey SM2 7NF
Tel: 020 8642 0280

In addition there is a training session at 4pm on Saturday at WMRFC. Please make every effort to attend if you can.

The weather is unpredictable this weekend. Please check your email before you leave. I should know by 11am so will post a message if things change. If you do not hear from me please turn up.

As not everyone who is available can play this weekend, if anyone in this weekend's squad cannot make it please let me know asap (07818 452 216)

Dave

Sutton & Epsom - Sunday 15 January

Hi

A good response so far re availability for Sunday however I am waiting to hear in respect of Jonny Davies, Daniel Downs, Rocky Harrison, William Lambert, Sam Park and Tom Sheppard. Replies are required by tomorrow evening to be considered available for selection.

KO on Sunday will be at 12.30 at Sutton & Epsom so the warm up will start at 11.40. More details will come out with the squad list for the match later this week.

Dave

Sutton & Epsom - Sunday 15 January

Hi

At last our first league game. It is away at Sutton & Epsom but I am awaiting details of the start time. In any event we will have a bit of pre match training at 4pm on Saturday.

Can you please let me know now whether your son is available. Please remember it is a league game so we can only take 22 boys and there is no guarantee reserves will get on, as we play to win.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dave

Training - Sunday 8th January 2017

Happy New Year to you all!

This Sunday we have training/preparation for our first League game on the 15th January. Bryan Croke will be down to help us in this so a good turnout is expected.
There will be an additional training session on Saturday 14th January at 4.00pm for an hour.
10.00am start on Sunday, don't be late!

Adam

Sunday 11 Dec

Hi

The arrangements tomorrow are:
1. arrive for the match (if your son is playing) for 9.40 (as it is a 10.30 KO) - We may need a bit of help setting up for the lunch so can a few parents give me a hand with that so that it is done before the game
2. Xmas lunch will start between 12.30 and 1pm
3. Turkey cooks - please bring the warn turkey (carved if possible) to the kitchen at about 12.30

Thanks and see you tomorrow

Dave

Weybridge Vandals

You may remember that I have been trying to rearrange the Vandals game to after Christmas. They have finally suggested that we play in the evening on Friday 27th January. I do not know yet whether this will happen, but, so that I know whether it is even possible, please can you let me know if your son would be available to play on that day.

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 11 December

Next week we are due to be at home to Esher. Arrive at 10 for a 10.30 Ko

We then have our Christmas lunch later. While people have said whether they can make the lunch can you now let me know if your son will be playing in the match.

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 4th Dec Training

Hi
There is training this coming Sunday with Bryan Croke coming along to do the session. For those who trained with him last time he took a session you know how good he was, so everyone try and come along even if it is just to watch.
We have a friendly at Home against Esher the following week (11th Dec) before the Christmas Lunch, so those wishing to play need to be there this week.

All the best

Adam

Concussion

As you probably know we have had a number of boys suffering from concussion this season. As a club we take this very seriously and operate the RFU return to play protocols. As an extra step we are now also seeking to ensure that players all understand why we are so concerned about the concussion risks and are also able to identify the symptoms in each other so that we can take appropriate action.

With this in mind all players need to undertake the online course at the attached link http://www.englandrugby.com/medical/concussion-awareness/players/

I know that this takes up some precious playstation/xbox time, but it is important and can help prevent serious injury or death. Please can all players therefore undertake the course and let me know when they have done so.

Thanks

Dave

This Sunday and Christmas lunch

Hi

Thanks to everyone who has responded to my last email.

We currently have 21 boys signed up for Christmas lunch. However, at present we are in a position where we will have to withdraw the U17s from the lunch as I only have one volunteer to cook a turkey and we need two. Clearly if we cannot feed the boys we will have to pull out. That would be a shame, so can I please ask once again for volunteers to cook the turkey. The drill is you buy it, we pay for it and you then cook it and then bring it to the club on the day. Anyone able to help out? If we do not have two cooks by Sunday we will withdraw from the event.

For this weekend we currently have 22 boys available which is great. I believe I have not heard regarding the availability of Jonny Davies, Daniel Downs and Hamish Lawless. Please let me know if they are available

On Sunday please turn up for 11.30 (KO at 12.30) at

Sutton & Epsom RFC
Cuddington Court
Rugby Lane
Cheam
Surrey SM2 7NF
Tel: 020 8642 0280

Thanks

Dave

Sunday 20th November - away to Sutton & Epsom

All

I put out an update on facebook on Sunday but forgot to put it out an email also - sorry.

This Sunday we are away for a friendly at Sutton & Epsom. We are playing at their clubhouse rather than in the normal field in the middle of nowhere. The address is:

Sutton & Epsom RFC
Cuddington Court
Rugby Lane
Cheam
Surrey SM2 7NF

Kick off is at 12.30. So everyone should arrive for 11.30 so that we can warm up before hand.

Please let me know if your son can play. Those who have already responded to the facebook post obviously do not need to respond again.

Secondly can you also let me know if your son will attend the Christmas lunch on Sunday 11 December after the Esher game in the morning?

Finally, I am a bit lacking in volunteers to cook a turkey for the Christmas lunch. We will fund the cost but the cooks will need to buy the turkey, cook it and then deliver it to the club house on the day please. Please help us out.

Thanks

David
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