Saints v Bideford 2nd March 19
February has been an amazing month for weather with temperatures hitting and exceeding the mid-teens but not so great for the Saints. March is only a few hours away as I type this and Spring-like optimism abounds for a better run in to the end of the season!
On 22nd December Bideford recorded a 103-0 win over Chard. This form didn’t last as league challengers Crediton took a close win against them on 5th January 21-16. Since then very close scores have been a theme for Bideford with some of them going the wrong way and others not. They did turn over Kingsbridge at Kingsbridge which is no mean feat before, a week later, losing to bottom of the table Paignton at home. So if we are looking for a pattern there isn’t one! They then went on to confound any statisticians by beating Saltash away then put the icing on the confusion cake, Sidmouth at home!!
They now sit a little more safely in 10th position on 35 points after 20 games. Basically it would seem that what you see on the day is what you get!
Saints as mentioned above have had a February to forget. Narrowly defeated by Wadebridge and Wellington in the league then a comprehensive defeat to the Camels again in the semi-final of the County Cup. This leaves the Saints mathematically in third but threatened by Wellington with a game in hand. They have experienced a number of injuries recently leaving key players off the park. This has offered some opportunities for those on the fringe of the first team which positively highlights our depth as a club.
Heartfelt words from Captain Miles Davey: “I’d be lying if I said that I’m not hurting from a disappointing Saints weekend. Every team has its good and bad days but in my experiences days like Saturday can only make you stronger as an individual and team. Our focus now is to learn and adapt in our last six league games proving we are a great team. This Saturday brings great motivation, having gone to Bideford earlier in the season to lose narrowly. We owe ourselves and the supporters a backlash performance especially at home! Saints Family! Let’s go COYS”
It would be fantastic to see a huge crowd up at Tregorrick Park this Saturday. The Saints really need to hear your voices so let’s make that happen!
The Sinners have a return match against the Camels second team at Tregorrick also this Saturday. They kick off is yet to be confirmed and when I get it I will update everyone but your support for them is also appreciated. Colts are away to Penryn.
Yours in Rugby
Ale, Gin & Cider Festival 2019 – Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April. Bands so far confirmed: Friday night we have ‘The Dweebs’. Saturday we welcome ‘The Tregony Teachers’ followed by ‘One for the Road’ then ‘The Hoodle’!
Want to sponsor either the Friday night or Saturday afternoon and evening session? We have put together a really good package for any business or entity that wants to take a greater part in Ale and Cider Fest 19. More details are HERE. Contact our Sponsorship manager Julie on firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to sponsor a barrel? Get in touch with Darren at email@example.com to talk about how you can!
Senior Players Awards Night – Friday 10th May in ‘The Seahorse’ at Pentewan Sands. A 3-course meal and live music from the Mighty Off-Beats will accompany Senior player and other awards. Tickets at £30 each will be limited for what promises to be a fantastic night. Get them early to avoid disappointment from Lesley Bennett via either 07890 001117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 club –You can still join…Your number will be assigned in the next month’s draw. Feeding funds into purely rugby activities is central to our strategy to grow the whole club, providing help to the people who volunteer at Tregorrick to get qualified and to buy equipment when needed. If we don’t invest in ourselves we won’t progress! The fund that we are placing the money in is explained HERE. The form is available around the club in wall holders. Please get behind this…3 cash prizes a month and it needs your support!
RFU Grand Draw – The last chance to buy some will be at this game then its too late! More details HERE but in essence sell some tickets and we will be able to afford some nice new tables which helps us attract more function and events business which in turns helps us to keep fees down! Let’s have one last push too move some!
Pre-Match Lunches – HAVE TOTALLY SOLD OUT! We are running a reserve list. We always seem to get a few drop outs closer to the time at this time of the year due to illness etc so get your name down with Tich today. He’s available on email@example.com. More details are HERE.