Dear SRFC VP,
With Bournemouth failing to raise a side for their visit to Sherborne 2nd XV last weekend and, I believe, North Dorset Colts suffering the same issue for the intended fixture against Sherborne Colts on the Sunday there was just the one senior game last week. This saw the 1st XV in league action against bottom side, Blandford. The visitors had shown improvement in previous weeks and had won two of teir previous three league outings. However, Sherborne had also shown a return to form in their previous game, in the cup at Windsor, and last weekend continued to suggest that they were getting back to the levels that had sen them go unbeaten before Christmas. The win, by 54-0, was more in line with expectations and picking up the bonus point sees Sherborne continue to lead the table as the season enters the final stages. There are some tricky games for all three sides chasing the title but Sherborne's visit to Marlborough in March and the fixture between Marlborough and Trowbridge on the penultimate weekend look to be key to deciding the title now.
All three senior sides have a free weekend this week. However, there is still an opportunity to watch some excellent rugby at the club.
On Friday evening the mini/midis entertain near neighbours, Yeovil, under lights. This will involve matches for the under 7s through to the under 11 age group and matches start at 18:30. This will not only offer you an opportunity to see how well the mini/midi section of the club is run and the enthusiastic talent on show. If some of you can go along it will be good to identify to the players, and more so the parents and coaches of those involved, that there is a real interest in all the playing sides at Sherborne, and not just the senior sides, from our section. I do hope that some of you will find the time to go along and experience the quality rugby and organisation first hand.
I have spoken to Mike Trew with regard to this season's VP buffet and we have decided that this will be held on the evening of 6th April when Sherborne host our good friends North Dorset in what looks like being an important league fixture. There is no charge for this event, other than your gate admission to the match, as this is an opportunity for the club to thank you for your support of Sherborne RFC over the season. As such I hope that many of you will be able to come along and meet up with your fellow VPs on the evening and enjoy the atmosphere in the clubhouse before and after this league match. As we are catering for those attending we do need to have a good idea of numbers so could you please let me know that you are intending to come along to this event.
Finally, I am sure that you will all be saddened to hear of the sudden death of Doncaster front rower Ian Williams at the age of just 27. Ian collapsed during training at the club on Tuesday and, I believe, passed away on the way to hospital. Ian was not only a team mate of former Sherborne Colt, Tom James, but also a former pupil of Sherborne School. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his colleagues at Doncaster Knights and all who knew him in the wider family of rugby.
Updated 16:17 - 22 Feb 2018 by Philippa O'Grady