Well done to Olly, Marshall, Harry and Harvey from the under 15s who played for Bristol U15s against Colston's school this week. Fantastic achievement!
The midway point of the 2018/19 season fast approaches. A tremendous amount has been achieved at Keynsham Rugby Football Club, both on and off the pitches.
Firstly, well done to all those who have represented our Club by taking to the pitch and thanks to all the coaches, referees, volunteers and supporters who help make it all happen.
The Club’s minis festival was hosted at the Crown Field in October and despite the diabolical weather conditions, was, yet again, a tremendous success. The feedback from our visiting teams was positive without exception and a great complement to all those volunteers who organised and helped make the festival happen on the day.
Our Under 18s squad is going well in the Colts National cup with good wins against Hereford RFC and Bromsgrove RFC. The next round sees the squad travel to Leicester where they play Syston RFC on February 9th.
I am sure you will all have noticed the improvements made to the club house and patio areas and I would like to thank the many volunteers, from all sections of the club, who have given of their time (and from their pockets) to help complete the various projects. What I would ask is that while we all enjoy our club and its facilities, please can we always respect those facilities, making every effort to ensure they are left clean, tidy and in good order for the next member that needs to use them.
On the social side the senior section got the season off to a great start by organising the annual Music and Cider festival. The introduction of the Gin and Prosecco bar to this year’s event proved a winner and has prompted a gin festival that will take place later in the season – date to be confirmed.
In January the Club is very privileged to have Jason Leonard speaking at our annual Sportsman’s Dinner. Needless to say, it’s a sell out and a quick reminder for those lucky enough to have reserved tickets that the final payments has to be with the Jenna by 11th January 2019.
And so, what is a very important annual event in the Club’s diary, on which have enclosed a note prepared by our President. I don’t think I can add anything to Rupert’s words, other than to say it’s an 11.30am kick off and I hope to see you there.
BOXING DAY 2018
As everyone knows, on Boxing Day the Club has a game of rugby between the under 30s and the 30s and over.
This game has been played on Boxing Day for well over 50 years and is a tradition and part of the Club's Christmas festivities.
The game became a Memorial Match following the tragic accident in the early hours of Christmas morning 1992 when two Club members were killed and eight injured by a drunken driver outside the Club entrance whilst waiting for taxis after our Christmas Eve disco. Some forty others witnessed this terrible accident.
This year the game will not only be a memorial to those who died in the accident but also to all Club members who have died since the Club was formed.
Please come along and support this Memorial game and enjoy the festivities in the clubhouse afterwards with food, music and a Christmas drink with your friends and other Club members.
John "Rupert" Hibbitt.
Interested players – please contact John Pearce for the U30s or myself for over 30s. Via whatsapp…
There are still tickets available for the New Years Eve Family Party - please contact Rich Seward on firstname.lastname@example.org asap if you do not want to miss out as they are almost sold out.
Finally, I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a very peaceful and successful 2019
This weekend is a busy one at Crown Fields. On Saturday the 1st XV welcome Lydney for their first home game in 4 weeks, they will be looking to bounce back after away defeats to Thornbury and Launceston.
The 2nd XV are also at home as they welcome Cheddar Valley for their Somerset 1 league encounter. Both games are 2.15pm kick offs and we hope you can get down the club to cheer on both teams. The 3rds make the short trip to Midsomer Norton for their Merit table game. Good luck to all of our senior teams in action this weekend!
On Saturday night the club is hosting the first tour fundraiser of the year in the shape of the Wine and Cheese night. If you would like to attend there are still places available, more information can be found below.
On Sunday morning the Minis host Cleve and Old Bristolian's whilst the U15s welcome Bath. The U18's are also in action as they welcome Trowbridge in the afternoon. Come down and watch the next generation of Keynsham players in action.
The 1st XV game vs Coney Hill is OFF!! Disappointingly the Gloucester team can’t raise a front row so we take the 5 points. The 2nd team are still playing at Crown Fields as they host Bridgwater and Albion, you can find team selection for the game here. The game is a 2.30pm, get down and support the boys. The club will also be showing the England game v Japan which is on at 3pm. #KRFC
Keynsham RFC Minis Festival 2018
With festival entries confirmed, pitches repaired and marked out, toilets delivered, BBQ’s set up, First Aiders standing by and rain driving down .... it was time to kick off the 2018 Keynsham RFC Minis Festival.
The cars began arriving just after 8:00am being professionally marshalled by Rich and Neil’s team to the new car parking area on the bottom fields. Very quickly the car park was filling up and queues began forming at the BBQ’s.
Our wonderful band of team managers were set up in the bar frantically registering 125 teams and handing out 1300 medals for all the players.
As the rain increased marquees were erected and rapidly became filled with players, coaches and parents alike trying to avoid the worst of the weather. 10:00am approached and the coaches reluctantly gathered on the pitches to discuss how the weather had ruined their hairstyles and the best way to manage the rugby ahead of them.
With all systems in place at 10:15am the first whistles echoed around Crown Fields and the ground shook with hundreds of boys and girls chasing rugby balls in every direction. As the rain continued to fall the rugby was played in disobedience. Teams began adapting to the conditions and raised their handling and kicking game with lots of fantastic phases of play as a consequence.
The rugby and rain continued through the morning with players becoming muddier and muddier as games went on and yet they persevered driven by the love of the game. Final whistles were blown between 1:00pm and 2:00pm with well-earned medals being awarded to all players.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved during the day. The coaches and team managers, the volunteers running the car parking and BBQ’s, the cake bakers (I happily past each variety through the taste test!) Bill & Natalie working so hard in the kitchen, and all the very special bar staff.
In particular I would like to thank David Brown and the team at Farmdrop for sponsoring this years’ festival.
However, the biggest thanks go to all the boys and girls who brought us at Keynsham RFC some wonderful rugby and more importantly the spirit of the game in very tough conditions.
Keynsham RFC Minis Chairman