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Kilburn Cosmos RFC October Newsletter

1 year ago By Charles-Antoine Migliore

Happy Fall Cosmos family!

Kilburn Cosmos' 21st anniversary season started grandiosely with a successful Browne’s cup, but the rugby season has turn over a new leaf and all the teams are now focusing on winning and learning from the losses. Each section's chair will introduce its team's progress through the newsletter.

During the Browne’s cup, we had the chance to have the presence of Brent's Mayor, Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan and our Club Founder and 1st Chairman, John Tymon. The Telegraph newspaper was following London Welsh and they filmed their games and the footage can be found in this article . The Shayne Whyte Memorial Trophy was introduced as well in honour of one of the Club’s legends gone too early. And the day end up in a grand finale thanks to some talented Karaoke performances. This would not have been possible without your attendance and all the volunteers involved. Thanks all and keep it running!

Coming up is the first men doubleheader at HOME, this Saturday. It will be the occasion to celebrate all together and hopefully enjoy the last sunny afternoon around a BBQ. You are all invited to watch the league games and join the party! The Ladies team will then complete this month by hosting the Halloween 80s Prom Night party on Friday 27th October.

Finally, our Q&A this month will be with a Ladies team player, who recently married one of the men's player...I will let you discover who at the end of the newsletter! (Congrats to both of you!)

Before leaving you with each team’s news, we would like to introduce the 21st Anniversary logo in its two versions. If you see it online, like and share!

A word from the Juniors

Our Junior Chair, would like to welcome back all the Juniors to the season!
We had a great day recruiting new members at Queen's Park Day. It's also great to see some new faces donning the coach's shirts but still vacancies for some more!

Our U7-U11's travelled to Regent Park Royals and all came away victorious.

The U13's had to taste defeat in their first "league" game vs Bank of England. Unfortunately due to illness & injury coach Mark was missing some core players, but the replacements and debutant, Arthur, stepped up and performed admirably. Bank of England were quick off the mark and capitalised on the fractured organisation of the Cosmos defence and by half time were leading by 30 points. The Cosmos regrouped at half-time and came back well, winning the second half, but still went down 20-45. Lots to work on and we expect great things from this squad moving forward.

The U18's also tasted defeat from Enfield RFC. We have had a disappointing start to the season as the backbone of the team have yet to come back due to study pressures and taking on weekend jobs. The Cosmos was effectively a scratch side thrown together that morning with some U17's stepping up. They all performed well and if endeavour resulted in scores they would have scored plenty. The opposition included 5 county players but some of the Cosmos could push them for their places. The game was played in great spirit and although we failed to score the boys left the field with a deserved respect from the opposition and their coaches. It won't be long before some are pushing for places in the senior teams, so watch this space.

I would also like to remind all Juniors and their parents that memberships are now due but should they need to pay in instalments then to speak to their coaches.
Here's to an even more successful October!

A word from the Senior Ladies

We started our season strong with Browne's cup, winning 32-15 against Stockwood Park RFC. Casey, Ika and Jovi all played for the opposition at one point as well, but for the ladies, Rugby always wins.

The ladies had a fantastic away game against Harlow this month. They played a team that was a league above us last year, and we played 12s with only 1 sub. Although we lost (only by 6 points!), we were very happy with our performance. We had our new player – Emma – scoring 2 tries in her first match, and it would have been a hat trick if we weren't called back for a penalty.

Our training stays as it is for now, Tuesdays at 7 under the floodlights in Gladstone Park, and on Sunday at 12:30 between the posts.

Our next match is at home against Hackney Ladies this Sunday, which is always food fun! Come and check it out.

A word from the Senior Men

The season got off to a flying start with a high intensity game at Browne's Cup. Well done to the rejuvenated London Welsh who took home the cup this year.

The B's collected the inaugural Shayne Whyte Memorial Trophy with a 66-12 smashing of Welsh 2s. You can find a video of the introduction by DVD, Jon and John thanks by clicking here .

Both teams have got off the mark in their respective leagues, with some gutsy performance being put in throughout September. Preseason objectives look well in hand. The A's currently have the second best defence in the league while the B's are hitting their attacking objective of averaging 25 points a game.

Training continues on Wednesdays 7-8.30pm. In addition, our extra monthly session is on Tuesday the 3rd of October and is for forwards.


We would like to take this chance to welcome our new sponsor Handelsbanken and thank our patrons!

Q&A with a Cosmos

We are concluding this issue with the interview of Kimberley Hay. She grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She is now 30-year-old and a Domestic Violence Caseworker.

How old were you when you started playing rugby?

Do you have a nickname?
Cam/DTB/Kimmy Do Da

What is your biggest accomplishment in sport?
Catching a super duper high ball, then winning DOD and throwing back a pint in the fastest time I ever have in front of my [then] fiancée's parents...

Who is the best trainer in your squad?
Ruth - Girl knows what she's doing and does it in STYLE!

Do you feel vertically challenged?
No, I'm loads taller than Vanessa.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Run forwards, pass backwards.

Which team(s) do you look forward to playing the most and why?
Hackney because they are a great bunch of girls but are also a tough team to play against. I always get manage to get fended in the face by them.

Most embarrassing moment on a rugby field?
First match I played I rolled my ankle after the first few minutes (when there was no-one else around) and had to come off for the whole game.

What Is your favorite sports movie?
Remember the Titans, circa 1999/early 2000s

What actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Tom Hanks

And finally, who is the longest in the shower?

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Where next?

Great opportunity for players (and parents) to learn more about how to coach kids. Thanks to a clear approach, you will have a better time when you come down to assist with junior training on a Sunday morning (and them too)!
Kilburn Cosmos at Queen's Park Day It’s that time of year again when the wonderfully weird wacky and fun residents of Queens Park show the rest of London how to put on a ‘Fun Day’.

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