Clubman of the year: Mav Anderson

This evening saw TWRFC’s annual Awards Dinner.

Most photos will go up much later today, but for now…

This year’s, ‘Clubman of the year’ award goes deservedly to Club stalwart Mav Anderson. The award was presented by this year’s guest speaker, John Bentley.

Congrats to Mav. He’s had an especially busy year and has still put in a ridiculous amount of time and effort to the Club, as he does every year.

W&H 7S SUCCESS FOR TWRFC LADIES

Over 370 rugby players from Kent, Sussex and Suffolk attended the open Kent Girls Sevens on 28th April, which formed part of the Whiting & Hammond Kent Sevens weekend at Tunbridge Wells RFC.

A cluster session was held for 14 Under 11 girls from several clubs. The Under 13s Girls competition was run on the “waterfall” format with the twelve sides being split into 4 groups of 3 in the afternoon session, based on the morning’s qualifying groups. The top-ranked group was won by Heathfield, with Medway Golds runners up and Horsham Green in third.

Ten sides competed in the Under 15s competition. The  Cup was won by Aylesford who were very impressive in a 31-0 win over Medway in the Final, whilst  Sudbury beat Tunbridge Wells 39-5 in the Plate Final.

Uckfield Vixens beat Medway 21-10 in the Under 18s Plate Final before the weekend’s rugby reached a fitting finale for the host club as Tunbridge Wells White defeated Sudbury 21-14 in the Under 18s Cup Final, securing victory with a length of the field try in the dying seconds. This completed a remarkable clean sweep of awards for Tunbridge Wells Ladies Under 18s this season, who now have the 2018/19 Kent League,Cup and Sevens titles in their possession.

O2 Touch returns to St Marks

Great News! O2 Touch is back from Wednesday May 22nd at 7pm – 8.30pm at the Club!

We play proper touch 6 v 6 with rolling subs and are lucky enough to have 3 England international Touch players/coaches at the sessions to teach the game.

Please come up, bring your mates and have a great Summer of Touch.

No Metal Studs please, trainers you will slip so blades, mouldies or proper touch boots recommended. Please bring water / refreshments!

Regional Trials:

We as a touch centre are closely affiliated with England Touch and we are looking out for players to trial at the upcoming South East Regional Trials with a view to playing for either the South East Sharks or South East Taipans at the Touch Nationals on August 2019. You may attend either trial or both.

The trials are as follows;

Wandsworth Common, Bolingbroke Road, London on Sunday 19 May

Juniors (under 18yrs): 9am – 11am

Opens (18 – 30yrs) 11am – 1pm

Seniors/Masters (30yrs and upwards) 1pm – 3pm

Canterbury RFC, CT4 7AZ on Sunday 2 June 2019

Juniors 12am – 1.30pm

Opens/Seniors/Masters 1.30pm – 3pm

 

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Please follow us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/O2touchtwrfc/ for regular updates on sessions, matches, tournaments and touch specific coaching videos and tips….

Survey results are out!

So, we now have the results of the first survey of the youth membership in a number of years. Firstly thank you to the 120 odd (of our 500+ family memberships) who took the few minutes to complete the survey. The results are a really good guide to the Exec in where we are doing well and where we need to focus our attention. I will not cover all the results in detail in this article but I can assure we are treating all the responses with huge value. Here are our key findings:

Q. What is important to you in your choice of club? The strongest answer gave a resounding pat on the back to our volunteer Coaches who are clearly attracting members to our club with the quality of the coaching and the sense of community they are building.

Q. What is most important in terms of future of the club? No surprises here with Improved pitch drainage; improved clubhouse; and improved parking. The three topics we spend a lot of time thinking/planning for on the Exec. We have plans to address all three of these topics but with limited resources we have to prioritise. More news to come here soon hopefully.

Q. What would make you use the Clubhouse more? More socials were requested and more food options. Also, interesting to see a desire for more family friendly elements to the clubhouse. Food for thought for us here as we are striving to diversify our revenue streams.

Q. What would improve your child’s rugby experience? Great to see the answer more 1st XV engagement at training as we all have a desire to make the club feel like one club (not a senior and junior section). I think we need to encourage more youth engagement with the 1ST XV home games and more 1st XV players at the club on a Sunday. Also, we heard loud and clear that training should be predominantly around game play (rather than drills) and they want LOTS MORE FIXTURES. Modern rugby courses all coach us to focus our training sessions around game play rather than drills so your feedback is a good reminder for us. We all love game time!

So plenty for us to work on from this survey: A lot of positives and areas for us to focus our minds on. Thank you to all responders and an even bigger thank you to all those who said they would like to volunteer to keep this club the massive community asset it has become. We will be in touch soon!!
Any questions please comment below or email me.

The results can be found here: www.twrfc.com/youth/survey/results/

Mike
Youth Chair
Board Director

U18 Ladies win Kent-Cup

Congrats to the Under 18s who won the Kent Cup on Sunday in a 72-0 thriller.

They now hold 3 of the 4 County titles having won the League earlier in the season and the X-Sevens last month. Just the Kent Sevens to go on the 28th.

TWRFC Annual Awards Dinner

The TWRFC Annual Awards Dinner will be held on 10th May at The Spa Hotel. Drinks reception from 6.30pm followed by a three course meal, speeches and special guest, British and Irish Lions legend, John Bentley. £45/ticket.

Contact your captain or Michelle Greenall to secure your place.

This Saturday 13th April

This weekend the first XV travel to Hertford for their last game of the season. We have a coach leaving the club at 11am and if any members would like to join the players please let Michelle know. There is a social planned for the return journey – please contact Stu Nicholls or George Montgomery for details of that.

Squad to travel to Hertford:

Aston Croall
Joshua Pankhurst
Brendan Crosilla
Christian Earle
Josh Hawkins
Ben Isbell
Mike Hathaway
Dave Allen
Charlie Rigby
Frank Reynolds
Max Hobbs
George Montgomery
Mike Doherty
Jake Caddy
Ryan Taylor-Dennehy (c)

Stuart Nicholls
Matt Symonds
Rich Murray