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September 2017

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. Well the season is underway so there is lots of news within the club both on and off the park, so read on and see what has been happening and going to happen!

 

AGM

Having told you about the new appointments in the club, announced at the AGM, I thought I would give you details of the financial report for 2016-17. I’m delighted to reveal that we made an operating profit of £555 as at 31st May 2017. This compares to a loss of £1,688 last year. Bearing in mind we were closed for 3 months last year due to the refurbishment, this result is an outstanding achievement by the club and even more so when you look at other clubs who are struggling just to exist! Bar income is up nearly £11,000 which proves what a wise decision the management committee made when we decided to go ahead with the refurbishment!  There has been a tremendous amount of hard work by the management committee and others to achieve this result and of course you, our members. So thank you to everyone for your help and support, we certainly couldn’t do it without you. The trick now is to build on this and work even harder to make sure the club continues to move forward and stay in the black. Figures for the summer quarter June, July and August suggest that is happening with a 26% increase in sales for the period. As I say, the hard work has to continue and I know with Simon Evans at the helm we are in good hands!

 

MRFC CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership fees are now due, so if you are not on the direct debit scheme please ensure you make payment as soon as possible. Remember that membership categories marked with a * symbol below are eligible for a 15% discount during Happy Hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! The Juniors and Mini’s now have a Family Membership scheme which is due for payment by 1st October. A reminder that you can secure some great benefits by upgrading and becoming a Patron: Membership for 5 years, exemption from any increase in fees and minimum 15% discount at the Bar! Also we will be holding special events for both Patron and VP members which include a free buffet and exclusive use of the Ivor Hixson Lounge. Look at the Social calendar for dates for these events!

Membership rates – w.e.f. 1st September 2017

Patron - £500 (Membership for 5 years, exemption from any increase in fees and minimum 15% discount) Special event during the season

*Vice President - £75   (Special event during the season}

*Vice President OAP - £60 (Special event during the season}

*Family Member - £35 (See below for Junior and Mini players)

*Full Member - £30

*Playing Member - £30

OAP - £20

Student - £20

Social Member - £15

Junior Playing Member -) £35 Family Membership due by 1st October 2017

Mini Playing Member -   )

 

ON THE PITCH

Following the trio of pre-season friendlies the 1st XV were all geared up to start the serious business of the league with the opening game at Llanybydder, only for the game to be called off due to Llanybydder unable to raise a team. All very frustrating and maybe one of the reasons for the disappointing performance against Loughor last weekend, with the boys going down 15-27 in their first home game. Obviously it is only one game and there is a lot of work to do but with players still returning from holidays etc, hopefully there will be a better result with the trip to Hendy. The Youth get their season under way this weekend when they visit Vardre.

The next League fixtures for the 1st XV and Youth XV are listed below.

1st XV                                                                                     Youth XV                             

Sat 16th Sept – Hendy (A)                                                   Vardre (A) League

Sat 23rd Sept – Tumble (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m.                     Gorseinon (H) League

Sat 30th Sept – Pontarddulais (A)                                                T B A

Sat 7th Oct – Aberystwyth (Plate) (H) k.o. 2.00 p.m.    Maesteg (A) League

 

JUNIOR SECTION

The Juniors have been busy preparing for the new season which will shortly get underway but we already have some great news. Scrum-half Lloyd Davies and Back-row Josh Rupersinghe have been selected for the Ospreys U16 squad. I also hear a number of Mumbles Juniors have been selected for the Swansea Schoolboys U11 squad. Further proof that there is a lot of good coaching happening in the Juniors, long may it continue!

 

100 CLUB

Its congratulations to Chris Davies winner of the August super draw of £500! For just £5 per month you can also be a winner. By joining the 100 Club you will be entered in the draw with a chance of winning £50, while every 4th month there is a super cash prize of £500! See club steward Skinny and complete an application form. You have to be in it, to win it!

SOCIAL EVENTS  

There is only one place to start and that is the 3 day rugby festival with the finale on the Sunday with the Cracker 7’s making it the best ever tournament for the club. Friday night saw friendlies for both the Youth and 1st XV against Swansea Uplands in memory of former Uplands star Tom Pugh who passed away in his sleep aged just 25. I delighted to say with the proceeds from programme sales the club were able to make a substantial donation to the Tom Pugh fund and I know his Mother and family were overwhelmed with the way Mumbles RFC made the occasion so special for them. On the Saturday the Juniors and the WRU had rugby tournaments for most of the age groups and while the numbers were disappointing a good day was had by all. Sunday saw the Cracker 7’s tournament with 7 Men’s teams and 3 Ladies teams entertaining the large crowd who basked in the glorious sunshine! With no less than 4 sponsors on board and The Contenders keeping the crowd in the park long after the rugby had finished, I can safely say we had a fantastic Cracker 7’s financially and for the public, as I had countless requests from people booking for next year!

So that’s what has been happening, now to give you a heads up with what will be happening over the next few months. It really is a busy social calendar.

Sat 21/10 – VP and OAP VP Reception in the Ivor Hixson Lounge 5.00 p.m.

Sat 28/10 – Halloween! Themed evening with ‘The Contenders’ tickets £5

Fri 17/11 – Junior Coaches Social evening

Fri 1/12 – Whisky tasting evening with Dafydd Morris of ‘Cheers’! Tickets TBA

Fri 15/12 – Members Christmas Lunch – Festive Meal + Glass of Prosecco on        arrival. Tickets TBA

Sun 17/12 – Christmas Carols with Mince Pies and Mulled Wine! Free!

There are also Christmas Parties for the Junior age groups throughout December, dates and details available from Jon Price and Robin Bonham.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Last month I announced the new Facebook page set up by Rebecca Evans and Julie Jones and a selection of the senior team. Well the response has gone off the scale with over 8,000 likes and sharing comments from all over South Wales and beyond!

The Facebook page name is Mumbles Rugby Club est. 1887. We would like everyone to continue the support by liking the page and if they wish to they can message through pictures which the production team will put on.   

   

Well that’s about it for this month, I said it was busy, long may it continue! Don’t forget to book your tickets for the events that are coming up. I would suggest as early as possible because I think they will be sold out very quickly! Meanwhile please come along and cheer on the teams and of course onto BAR 1887 for a pint or two after the games, the boys really would appreciate your support!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com

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