“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.”
Anne Frank (1929 - 1946)
I would like to wish everyone associated with Clifton Rugby a very happy New Year and a prosperous 2019.
The calendar new year comes halfway through rugby union’s season and it’s always a wonderful opportunity to look back and plan ahead.
On the field, the club continues its successful start to the season. The Banshees girls team is playing matches, and the minis and juniors look like being competitive again as cup fixtures start to take place. Last season saw finals and Cups for the Juniors and Colts in Gloucestershire and Combination competitions and the Senior first XV winning the Combination Cup for a record 3rd time in a row.
At the end of season Ball, Players and Members were recognised for their contribution on and off the field. 1st XV players Lucas Roy-Smith represented Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games 7s, Alfie To’ala played in the Bermuda Classic (and got engaged too!) and Blake Boyland continued his rugby development by playing for Team GB in the u18s Youth Olympic games.
The new season started with the confirmation of Matt Salter as Head Coach, a visit by BT Sport to use the clubhouse as the studio for their TV show and once again there was a hugely successful Minis rugby festival. Alongside numerous radio and newspaper appearances, the Club’s profile continues to be strong and the future certainly looks bright for Clifton RFC.
Off the field, the Committee, Members and Volunteers continue to astound and delight with their passion, energy and support. There are some ambitious plans and changes coming and you are warmly encouraged to participate and become involved as the year begins. Please look out for a Club development meeting to be held soon.
Have you thought about supporting the Club more closely? There are plenty of ways to do so: volunteer an hour behind the bar, enter the 200 Club monthly draw, join the committee, sponsor a player, buy a pitch board, have your company name on the shirts or in the programme - just ask - there’s great value and satisfaction to be had supporting the Club.
This is our 1st XV’s 11th year in National League 2 (level 4 of rugby) and it’s a wonderful standard of play and a launchpad for many successful rugby careers. This January, we have 3 home matches; make a New Year resolution to come and support the men in Lavender And Black.
Match details can be found on the Club website.
Once again, I wish you the very best of years and hope to see you pitch side soon.
Updated 19:51 - 9 Jan 2019 by Wyn Tingley
Clifton Rugby Football Club