Dear 200 Club Member,
Welcome to Newsletter number 20.
Firstly can I give the condolences of the 200 Club to Rachael on the passing away of Jerry Rubin. Jerry was a man of integrity who played 6 matches in my year as Captain of the 1st XV and who played in the first Rhinos match in 1986 when we smashed Basingstoke 6 – 4. He will be greatly missed. His funeral will be at Reading Crematorium on October 15th at 11.30 a.m.
There is only one Jerry Rubin. RIP.
Some disappointment for the Club 1st XV in the local derby against Abbey, losing to a good try in the last minute. Our team produced enough chances to win the game but didn’t capitalise on them. Abbey had less chances but took them. It was not all doom and gloom as the team appeared to be just a little away from a performance that would put 50 points on some opposition.
This was the case for the VP’s lunch game against Slough. The 1st XV, with a few changes, played the best half of rugby seen at Holme Park for many years. They scored some very good tries, whilst limiting Slough to minimum possession. The whole team did well, the passes stuck, the off-loads went to supporting players and all the players ran with determination and broke tackles. They led 32-0 at half time. The second half wasn’t quite so entertaining, but the game was already won. Slough did come back but the defence held except once and we did score another try. Final score 39 – 5.
The Wanderers had another good win, beating Newbury 2nd XV 39 – 10.
Well done to all the players of both teams.
Also last Saturday, one of our 200 Club, Gillian Rackley organised a cakes sale, raffle and auction and raised a substantial amount for leukaemia research. Well done to Gillian, a former player and winner of a 200 Club prize in June.
The draw for September was made by the 2nd XV referee and he pulled out the following:
£200 – Number 137 – Greg Poet, a coach for the under 11 and under 8 minis
£100 – Number 84 – Karen Wheeler – a lady who does many of the background jobs for the Exec Committee
£50 – Number 118 – Josh Nicol – Club Treasurer and 1st XV player.
Well done to our winners, spend your winnings wisely.
The 200 Club Team are progressing very well with updating Rumbles Bar. Mike Brooks and Phil Wilson have put up all the photos that we can find and Mike is now looking at ways of updating the Honours’ Boards.
The Front entrance of the Club is being updated and thanks to the Club members who have helped with that. There will soon be a new “Welcome” sign, purchased by the 200 Club to greet you.
The 200 Club have also purchased the materials to enhance the medical facilities at the Club including a new scoop stretcher and head immobiliser. We hope they won’t be needed but the Club must have them.
The 200 Club is going to have another pre-match lunch and I was hoping to have this on January 12th when the 1st XV play Abbey. Unfortunately that has already been booked out for the RFU so we will need to discuss this at our next 200 Club committee meeting on October 18th.
Next month sees one of our two “bumper” draws when we are giving away £1000 in prizes. 1st prize £500 followed by £250, £100, £100 and £50. Look out for the next newsletter to see who has won these prizes.
Other dates you may not be aware of are:
Jan 26th 2019 – Honours’ Cap Lunch
Feb 16th 2019 – Past Players’ Day
March 9th 2019 – VP lunch
April 6th 2019 – VP lunch
May 4th 2019 – Memorial Game
May 16th 2019 – AGM.
Come to the Club to meet old friends, or even new ones, support the teams and help to increase the bar profits.