TRING RFC 1ST XV 24 TUNBRIDGE WELLS RFC 1ST XV 31

TRING RFC 1ST XV 24 TUNBRIDGE WELLS RFC 1ST XV 31

Following the disappointment of last weeks failure to take the points vs Sidcup Wells travelled to Tring in Hertfordshire for this London and SE Premier game with 12 members of the squad not available or injured. Here was another crop of new players to assess as Finlay White replaced Luke Giles at fullback, Rich Webster replaced injured skipper Mike Doherty in the centre, Ben Day took over from Jack Anderson at fly half, Toby Talbot came in at 6 and Stuart Nicholls started as hooker.

Whether the journey took its toll or Wells are going to be slow starters the side found themselves 12-0 down after 19 minutes having conceded two tries to a lively Tring back division who scored tries through Ben Hogan at Fly half – which he converted and through left wing Rory Hardman.

From this point on though Wells grew in confidence with a solid scrum platform and Nicholls finding his range at the lineout and his jumpers. This gave the visitors field position and debutant Finlay White kicked a simple penalty on 26 minutes to start the process of reducing the gap 12-3.
With Josh Brockman and Ben Harrison gaining yards in the loose and the Wells getting ball to their backs and with the defence tightened and widened nicely a forward passing movement saw Brockman go over for a try halfway out on the right with Fin White converting on 31 minutes 12-10.
Tring then put in a ten minute assault on the Wells line before halftime but the Wells defence stood solid to leave the score at 12-10 to Tring at halftime.

As the teams came out for the second half it was clear that the momentum of the game had shifted to the Wells although an early attack in midfield saw Angus Horne lose the ball in the tackle and Tring picking up a succession of fine cover tackles as the Wells got back to defend saving the day.
As the half developed though the visitors enjoyed more of the ball and more play in the home half with Fin White hitting a further penalty on 52 minutes to take the visitors into the lead for the first time 12-13. This was immediately responded to though by the home team as Wells missed a tackle in midfield to allow right wing Jake Olley to pick up an unconverted try halfway out 17-13. White responding a minute later with another penalty for offside this time from 30 meters 17-16.

At this stage and from the kick off ill discipline saw a Tring centre sent to the bin with a yellow card with White adding his fourth penalty of the afternoon and gaining the lead for the Wells at 17-19 with the last quarter to play.

With the game opening up Brockman, Horne, Harrison and Nick Doherty started to punch holes in the Tring defence and on 65 minutes after a telling break from Brockman wing Jake Smith finished off with a brilliant dive under the cover into the right corner for an unconverted try 17-24 on 65 minutes.
Wells continued to enjoy the majority of possession with the front row solid in the scrum as Gabriel O’Brien, Jason Lord and Jack Anderson were rolled on as subs. Despite having to demonstrate a tighter defence as the final whistle approached Wells were on the attack through the middle again with Angus Horne showing incisive play to put right wing Toby Wallace in for a converted try to take the score out to 17-31 on 70 mins.

All looked good for Wells until they lost a player to a yellow card for a tip tackle and the last 8 minutes of the game saw them thrown into defence as Tring scrum half Richard Beeney went in for a converted try to pull the score back to 24-31. Despite this score and being a man down the Wells team showed spirit and organisation to see the game out and secure the first win of the season.

There is no doubt that coaches Ben Kayser and Dave Strettle will have their jobs cut out in selection once all the Wells squad are available as a number of players put their names forward for the team sheet next week with Fin White, Josh Brockman and Ben Harrison all putting their credentials forward for Man of the Match with Tring going for Brockman in a close run thing with Harrison.

Next Saturday sees Wells with 3 sides at home at St Marks with the Firsts hoping for a big crowd as they take on Brighton KO 3 00pm.

100 Club – August draw results

The winners from the most recent draw are:-

1st prize (£250) no 20 Colin Jarman

2nd prize (£100) no 101 Richard Draper

3rd prize (£50) no 9 Roger Clarke

Please contact Alan Skinner at skinners205@btinternet.com to join this important club fundraiser.

Chas Spence Joins TEK Group

The connection between key club sponsors TEK Group grew even stronger with the announcement that former 1XV Captain and current club coach, Chaz Spence, has joined the sales team at TEK.

“It’s great to have Chaz onboard” said Charlie Harding, BDM TEK Group. “We’ve known Chaz since his playing days at the club and his professional experience combined with the drive and commitment he’s shown at TWRFC makes him the perfect fit for TEK.”

“It’s great to part of the team at TEK” said Chaz, “2021 has been a big year TEK recently celebrating their 50th anniversary and I am really looking forward to helping the team drive the business forward towards achieving the next 50”

For more information on TEK Group products and services please go to www.tekseating.co.uk or www.sitstmart.co.uk

Autumn International Tickets

The RFU have indicated that Twickenham will be opening to full capacity (so long as licenses are granted by Borough of Richmond) and the Autumn internationals will go ahead as originally planned.

Schedule:

  • Saturday 6 November – England v Tonga – KO: 15:15                 
  • Saturday 13 November  – England v Australia – KO: 17:30 
  • Saturday 20 November – England v South Africa – KO: 15:15

To satisfy as many members as possible we will be keeping requests to a combined total of 2 tickets per member across the Australia and South Africa games (can be a single ticket for each). The Tonga game should not be a problem and no restrictions will apply.

Allocations will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and the club will work through the list once our ticket allocation is secured. Requests can only be accepted from ‘paid up’ members of the club – there will be a £5 admin charge per ticket on top of the prices detailed below.   

Ticket categories and prices:

Australia/South Africa

Premium £122 – 139

Cat 1 £112 – 125

Cat 2 £97 – 107

Cat 3 £79 – 87

Cat 4 £57 – 62

Tonga

Premium £67 – 77

Cat 1 £55 – 62

Cat 2 £49 – 55

Cat 3 £39 – 45

Cat 4 £32 – 37

Junior tickets are readily available for the Tonga game for all the Cat tickets for £22 each and we may be able to secure some for the Australia/South Africa games at £27.      

Please apply for tickets, stating the category, via email to Stuart Montgomery at: Montgos.89a@hotmail.com

June 100 Club Results

The results of the June draw are:-

1st prize – No 65 Rob Greig (£250)

2nd prize – No 47 David Moxon (£100)

3rd prize – No 34 Kathy Hosker (£50)

If you are interested in joining this important fundraiser for TWRFC then please contact Alan Skinner at skinners205@btinternet.com

21/22 Membership

The exec have set the membership fees for the 21/22 season at:

Senior Player£80
Family with single child£160
Family with multiple children (or senior player plus one child)£200
Social Member or VP£80
Concessions/Students£50
Senior Player match fee£10

These can be viewed in full, with notes and more details on the membership page (along with the links to sign-up for direct debit schemes for a vice-president or social member, any existing DDs just roll-over into 21/22)

Playing membership will be administered using Spond if you aren’t yet registered please join spond. For members already registered on Spond, you will receive a payment request in early July. Payment isn’t required until before the first session of next season, Sunday September 5th (or after 2-session trial for new joiners); but summer cash-flow is ever an issue so early payment is definitely appreciated.

With the exception of the two items called out below fees remained unchanged from the previous seasons. We felt this was the right thing to do; we are really proud of all that TWRFC delivered in adversity, but we also appreciate how much our members stood with us in what was a tough year. We have evaluated our costs against those of other local sports clubs, and feel this is a fair level that is still fantastic value for money, and will enable us to continue to invest in the improvement of the club for our members.

  1. We are now asking families with multiple playing children to pay slightly higher membership than those with only the one child. The exec have long felt that our current ‘one-size-fits-all’ youth membership structure has been slightly unfair to those with just the one child.
  2. We are simplifying the approach to match-fees as a straight £10/match-fee (in effect removing the notion of a cap). I will be monitoring the impact of this, and if it gets silly will look into it again. The rational for the change, comes out of sympathy for our poor team captains who would have to administer anything more complex, in the changing room, potentially wearing nothing but a towel.

Chairman’s Update: 3G – Alternative Grass Pitch

In my last update I mentioned that the club was planning for the future, looking at how we continue to develop and grow as a club. A key part of those plans includes looking at delivering a 3G Alternative Grass Pitch (AGP). Even with all the work done on improved drainage this year there is still demand for all year round playing space at St Marks now and in the future.

Whilst the club will benefit from access to an AGP we are keen that this development is part of us becoming a community sports hub. To that end we have been working closely with local schools, sports clubs and the council, as part of their sports field strategy, to develop  plans and supporting business case.

Given the intended location for the AGP is alongside our current 1XV pitch we are working very closely with TW Borderers Cricket Club on plans – which include the creation of a new cricket square on the land to the south of the 3rd XV pitch and the construction of a cricket pavilion adjacent to the current Sussex square. This will ensure no loss of playing space for the cricket club.

We are well progressed on pulling together all of the technical reports required for submission of a full planning application over the next few weeks. In addition to the AGP, the planning application will also include installation of hard standing in front of the clubhouse, new storage for equipment, cricket pavilion, new cricket wicket and extending and improving our onsite parking.

As part of the preparations for planning, the club held a Public Consultation evening for residents in the neighbourhood to talk them through the plans and take on their feedback ahead of making our application.

The full suite of plans will shortly be available to all members to view in the café. We would warmly welcome you to take time to have a look next time you’re in the café.

Whilst a lot of work has gone into getting the AGP project to this stage, we recognise that planning is just the first stage. Once we have planning, we then need to start fundraising for the actual build – we have some interesting plans in development and are looking at what grants we could apply to for funding. But, we will still need help from all our members to support fundraising, so please keep an eye out for more news on that front.

The fundraising stage of the AGP project will also need a lot more support to deliver so if you are interested in helping please contact Steve Daly in the first instance on 07825 286 813.

If you have any questions about the proposed plan please send them to secretary@twrfc.com and we will come back to you.

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Proposed Plan
Proposed paving improvements and equipment store
Proposed equipment store – front elevation
Proposed improvements to existing parking
Proposed extended parking
Proposed Cricket Pavilion

KIWI RUGBY CAMP

This summer NZ Rugby Experience will be back at St Marks running their Kiwi Rugby Camp 2nd – 6th August, 9am to 3pm. The Camp is one of the highlights of the club calendar where players form 6yrs to 16yrs can experience learning rugby the Kiwi way including the famous Haka!

NZ Rugby Experience have been running the camps at St Marks for over ten years and put on amazing camp where players learn not just the skills but also the ethos of rugby.

The camps are incredibly popular so be quick and book your space – the cams is £175 per player, sibling discounts and day rates are available. Follow the link below for bookings:

Spond Club

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May 100 Club Draw

The results of the May draw were:-

1st No 52 Pete Gould £250

2nd No 60 Malcolm Greenslade £100

3rd No 25 Sarah Clarke £50

There is still “room at the inn” so if you’d like to support the club with £10 per month and have the opportunity of cash prizes then do contact Alan Skinner at skinners205@btinternet.com

Chairman’s Message – Volunteers Needed

As we approach the end of one, very challenging, season and prepare for the next one there are a number of volunteer posts that we would like to fill ahead of the season starting.

Some have opened up as current long standing volunteers are standing down, and we thank them for their support over the years, but many are driven by the clubs desire to be better, improve our proposition and appear even more professional.

In addition there some project specific roles to help support key projects the club is embarking on.

Have a look at the details below  – feel free to contact the leads noted against each role if you want have a chat about the role or how you could help.

Fixtures Secretary Senior Squads (Contact: Mike Rigby 07793 458 856)

Purpose: To take responsibility for organizing league, cup and friendly matches for all of the adult teams at the club and ensuring the fixtures provide the right standard of rugby, reflecting the needs of your club.

 Key aspects of the role:

1. Coordination of fixtures propose a fixture list for all teams, reflecting the ambitions of the club, confirming the list in writing by June of each season. Coordination of a group of volunteers to arrange manage fixtures, if applicable.

2. Ensure information is distributed to relevant parties Ensure that the relevant lists are supplied to the RFU, Referees Societies and other relevant agencies, confirming the fixtures with opponents at least two weeks before the game and that they are provided with kick-off times, directions to the ground and, if applicable, complimentary match tickets.

3. Dealing with any unexpected problems that arise Deal with match cancellations and finding new fixtures; handle any fixture queries throughout the season.

Is this role for you? If you are enthusiastic, patient, well organized and conscientious, with a familiarity with the club and its vision and strong communication skills, you could be the source of all knowledge about upcoming matches, keeping the season alive and on schedule.

Events Manager (Contact: Nick Van O’  07977 577 906)

Purpose: To ensure that all events, such as those to provide additional investment, motivate people to attend and/or reward volunteers, are successes in order to ensure the future well-being of the club.

This role is split across two areas:

Part 1 – Is the social side of the club – Helping co-ordinate our fundraisers and working with existing volunteers to bring a full calendar together

Part 2 – Is the commercial side – Working with local businesses who hire our pitches and club house to ensure they are well looked after and this valuable income stream grows

Key aspects of the role:

1. Lead the organisation of all events Plan, organize and lead a team to deliver major events, e.g. Summer Balls, Sportsmen’s Dinners, Tournaments, Beer Festivals, etc.

2. Work with other officers to set targets In consultation with other club officers, set targets for each event in terms of increased participation, funds raised, rewarding volunteers or simply having more fun.

3. Maintain a calendar Put in place a calendar of events to maintain momentum and awareness throughout the club.

Is this role for you?

If you are motivated, well-organised and well-connected, excellent at inspiring others with experience in event planning and understand and are aware of other competing activities, you could hold a position that is instrumental for keeping the club running.

Equipment Manager (Contact: Mike Rigby 07793 458 856)

Purpose: To ensure the club maintains a consistent identity across the club and ensure that appropriate kit and equipment is available for all teams. This helps set the tone for the club and our ability to function on the pitch.

Key aspects of the role:

1. Arrange and buy all equipment for the club subject to agreed budgets and need.

2. Keep an up-to-date list of all club kit and equipment.

3. Responsible for storing, arranging washing and repairing maintenance of all kit and equipment.

 Is this role for you?

If you are familiar with the culture of the club, enthusiastic and well-organised (and the owner of a washing machine!) you could hold a position that is truly essential to the club

Assistant Clubhouse manager (Contact: Nick Van O’ 07977 577 906)

Purpose: To help ensure the effective running of the Club House café. The Café is a key part of the club in-terms of offering quality service to members and visitors but also a key revenue stream.

Key aspects of the role:

1. Operate the café with optimum stock levels managing costs and wastage 

2. Work with staff and volunteers to ensure the café is effectively staffed

3. Ensure Café runs within required licencing and food safety standards

Is this the role for you?

If you are well organised, maybe have some hospitality industry experience, and want to help run one of the key parts of the club let Nick know.

Webmaster (Contact: Mike Rigby 07793 458 856)

Purpose:  To create and maintain a dynamic and easy to navigate website to showcase the club, ensuring that up-to-date information is presented attractively for visitors.

Key aspects of the role:

1. Lead on website creation and maintenance Create/update the website and design a navigation structure for players, opposition, coaches, volunteers, spectators, members, sponsors, media and other stakeholders, ensuring that there are regular updates to the news stories on the front page of the site (work with the Social Media Officer to share these articles) and the fixtures and results section.

2. Act as a point of contact for website content Liaise with the Communications and PR Manager and the club committee to publicise club events on the site and ensure the site complies with the code of conduct and reflects the values of the game.

3. Maintain the commercial side of the website Promoting sponsors, where applicable, and managing any e-business transactions that occur on the website.

Is this role for you?

 If you have good IT skills and a working knowledge of website creation and design, sound judgement and a strong attention to detail, you could hold a position where you will have the chance to be creative and put your web design and journalistic skills into practice for the betterment of the club.

Alternative Grass Pitch Project (Contact Steve Daly 07825 286 813)

In my most recent Chairman’s Update I mentioned the club was embarking on a strategic project to deliver improved facilities with the main deliverable being an alternative grass pitch (aka 3G). We are looking for a number of volunteers to help drive this key project. If any of the roles below are of interest please contact Steve.

Fundraising:

1. Organise and administer our fundraising efforts

2. Design, create and deliver a fundraising event

Design:

1. Help design branding/style for the project

2. Design marketing collateral

Organisation Design:

1. Help with designing target operating model required to support the club going forward

2. Support implementing the agreed operating model

Grants:

1. Support identifying opportunities for grants to support funding the project

2. Initial submissions and management of applications through the grant processes.