Wed 31 Oct 2018 14:32

Welcome to the October edition of Touchline!

Two months into the season and it is fair to say there is a great vibe in the club. Having been involved at Tabard RFC for many years in various roles, it feels that all sections are coming together to create ‘One Club’, which is brilliant to see!

There is still a long way to go, but huge steps have been made, working together on the hugely successful family day was the first example of this. Parents of our minis section are playing a huge part in the marketing and community aspect of promoting the club which is fantastic to see. Next week will be our first fireworks display in many years, and looks to be a big community event alongside Newberries School – let’s hope this is the beginning of a great community partnership.  

Many of you will have attended the School of Hard Knocks fundraising dinner earlier this month, again an event attended by a cross section of club members, which was hugely successful and a great night was had by all.  As I’m sure our president, Ross Hopcroft, will tell you, the programme is going well and plans are in place to ensure this programme continues for the coming years. Gone are the days of foreign imports, the future of the club lies within our local community and only with initiatives such as this the future of the club is guaranteed, so please get behind it in any way you can.

From a playing perspective, it’s great to see some good results from across the club. The 1st and 2nd XV have had some good results and played some great rugby. The minis have taken part in various festivals and reports of good scores and lots of fun have been received.  

Closer to home the women have had a good start to the season with 3 strong wins, all played with 12 players or less against teams with match day squads of 20+ players. However, the season has not been without its challenges, such as our recent game against Haringey, due to 4 injuries the game ended at half time and the women are now carrying a considerable number of injuries.

As usual if you know any women who may like to try Rugby they are welcome to come down any Wednesday evening.

One of our new recruits, is Bridget, this is what she said after her first game “I turned 51 on Friday and played my first rugby game today. I’m sore but happy. Never ever stop learning, challenging, fighting, laughing and living your best life”. It really is a game for everyone, come on give it a try!

I am also really pleased to report that Tabard now has a growing girls section. We have more girls than ever playing as part of our minis section on a Sunday morning. We also have 6 girls playing with our U11 boys who next season will no longer be able to play with the boys. We are working on transitioning these girls to be their own team next season and so far it is going well. The girls attended an All Girls Festival at Fullerians earlier this month and we will be hosting one at Tabard on Sunday 25th November. Any girls in Year 5, 6 or 7 are welcome to come along.

Enjoy your November, when the real rugby weather starts to kick in! There is lots planned at the club so get involved!


Laura-Jo Pearce

Women’s XV Captain

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