Training on as normal on Wednesday. 7pm on the pitches. Please remember drink, gumshield.
Sunday details to follow
Good Morning from a very bright but chilly West Lodge,
The weather has turned Spring like and hopefully the pitches will have dried out in enough time for a feast of rugby on Saturday at West Lodge.
The 1st XV have an important BT National 2 fixture v Aberdeenshire with a win securing our position in the league for next season. I know that all the players and coaching staff are aware of the task in hand and will be pulling out all stops to get the win.
The 2nd XV are at home also with a game v Allan Glens and a win will keep the pressure on the league leaders, East Kilbride. Finally on Saturday the under 18 team play Newton Stewart in the final of the West Regional Bowl with a 1pm ko.
These are important games so your touchline support would be very welcome and it does make a difference. Also on Saturday the S1/S2 teams are having a car wash commencing at 1.30pm in aid of their upcoming Tour to Ireland at the end of April.
On Sunday the Micros are at their usual time of 11am. The Minis are entertaining Dalziel and Birkmyre so it will be a busy Clubhouse. The under16’s are at Marr for a final in the West Youth leagues.
MenZone the Gents Barbers offer a wide range of hair services for boys and men from their cutting edge salon at 47 Eastwoodmains Road diagonally opposite Williamwood Railway Station. They also have their own range of MenZone hair products. While for example a Cut & Finish is normally £11.00 for men, £8.50 for senior men and £9.50 for 16-19 year olds, they are offering members of WRC a 10% discount.
Well done to those groups who have already booked their fund raising nights in aid of the floodlighting and drainage on Pitch 3. This development when completed will make a huge difference for our Junior sections as Pitch 3 will be a dedicated area for them. If you can, support these functions as every pound collected will go towards the project.
The guests in the Boardroom for lunch tomorrow are our main sponsors Old Pultney Single Malt Whisky and Caorunn Gin. They are coming to end of their three year tenure as main sponsors and we would like to thank them for their valued support over this period. They have also provided invaluable assistance for our Beer Festival. Their products are available behind the bar and I can assure they are well worth tasting!
As usual I will make my weekly plea for Volunteer helpers – if you can give 1 hour a week in some fashion it will make a difference. Please speak to myself, our President Jon Jewitt or Vice President Craig “Percy” Percival that is if they ever stop their perpetual motion when involved in all matters pertaining to the Club.
Have a great weekend and I hope you can get down and support one of our teams.
Yours in rugby
This Sunday is the last training day before the Easter Break and remember – THE CLOCKS GO FORWARD!! – So you get an hour less in bed. It’s also Mother’s Day, so Mum’s, come and treat yourself by helping out with the Micros on your special day…!
I also wish to note that we have booked the hall for the P1-P5 Fundraising night on Friday 19th May 2017. This is a Family Evening so bring everyone along. It’s also an evening that needs to be organised by everyone, so if you have any ideas to raise money to go into our new Pitch 3 facilities, please let us know. Food, Cakes, Raffle, Tombola, Rugby Cards, Games, Dances, Prize Draws, you name it. 100 people spending £15 each will achieve the target we are setting for each age group. Of course, more would be even better!
I’ll have a handout at Training and look forward to hearing your ideas. 11.15hrs registration and on the pitch, or in the hall from 11.30hrs to 12.390hrs.
I look forward to seeing you then.
Yours in rugby,
07989 502 810
First the bad news. The snow this morning has messed up the pitches and the club has cancelled all midweek training including ours.
Assuming that (for once) the forecast is correct and it is dry for the rest of the week then on Sunday we will welcome Dalziel and Birkmyre to our club. Meeting at 11.00 with a 11.30 k/o. Thanks to everyone who helped at the last home game with the catering. We need a similar effort this Sunday. I know it is Mother’s Day so hopefully we will see some Dads step up to the mark and help out. As ever we need help with baking and to help serve after the games.
Training will be at its usual time of 11.15hrs registration and then 11.30hrs on the pitch, or in the hall until 12.30hrs. Given the weather forecast it is likely to be indoors, so please make sure the players have the appropriate clothing for either option. We will have a few coaches missing on Sunday, therefore we’re always on the look out for volunteers.
As noted previously, we have won a significant award from the SRU and Sportscotland to floodlight and refurbish Pitch 3, which your child will be one of the first to benefit from its use. There is a 20% funding shortfall that Whitecraigs must meet, so I am appealing for volunteers to step forward to help organise family fundraising events. Each age group is tasked to raise £1,500.00, so please let me know if you can help. Please, please , please help!
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Yours in rugby,
07989 502 810
Good Morning from windy and wet West Lodge,
This continual wet weather is playing havoc with the pitches. We have a few games to play before the season ends, at all levels. So Pitch 1 is now out of bounds for everyone, Pitch 2 only to be used in areas that are suitable. Pitch 3 and the training area are ok. Please use common sense.
No senior rugby this weekend as Scotland play Italy at BT Murrayfield tomorrow. Having been at Twickenham last Saturday, it was a very disappointing day and the defeat had to be taken with a large helping of humility. To take a line from Flower of Scotland we were “sent homeward tae think again”. However tomorrow is another day and there is plenty to play for – pride, world ranking points and and high placing in the Six Nations. It is a full house with a large party of our S1/S2’s being there and should be an entertaining game.
On Sunday the minis are away to Hillhead/Jordanhill with a 10.30am meet time at Hughenden.
The u18 team have reached the final of the Bowl and this will be played on the 25th March at home against Newton Stewart.
The under 15 team are top of their Cup group with one round of fixtures to be completed so hopefully they will reach the semi-final stages.
Today’s sponsor is Charles Frazer Butchers from the Avenue. Club members are entitled to a 15% discount with a card, which can be obtained from behind the bar. it is important that if you use the services of one of our sponsors (listed on www.whitecraigs.org), please mention that you are from Whitecraigs Rugby Club. This is very important to the sponsors and to us as this information is useful when renewing our relationships.
I mentioned our web site www.whitecraigs.org. This new web site is full of very useful information about the Club and I would like to draw your attention to one area in particular – VOLUNTEERING. This is not a dirty word and like every voluntary organisation we need more. It does not to be a fully committed or time consuming role but we cannot continue to rely on a few to run the Club. Various roles are listed on the web site and if you can help out please contact me email@example.com and I will point you in the right direction.
The 1st XV have four important league games to play and your support will be much appreciated by the players:
25/3 – Aberdeenshire (h), 1/04 – West of Scotland (a), 8/04 – Kirkcaldy (h), 22/04 – Peebles (h)
Finally, thanks to everyone who turned up last Saturday to watch the Calcutta game at the Club. The bar had a great day and the atmosphere was very special. Please try and repeat this tomorrow in what will be a feast of rugby from 1.30pm to 5pm.
Come on Scotland.
Training for the kids on as usual tomorrow night starting at 7pm. As usual an hour for P4/5 and 90mins for P6/7. Please remember drink and gumshield.
On Sunday we make the short trip across to the West End to play at the Hillhead/Jordanhill festival. Registration is at 10.30 for an 11.15 kick off. Garnock, Glasgow Accies, Lenzie and Paisley will also be playing. All players will get a medal for attending and there will be a bouncy castle and slide (presumably for the coaches).
This should be a great day so please make every effort to be there. Parking instructions and address below.
Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC, 32 Hughenden Rd, Glasgow, G12 9XP
For the third week in succession I won’t be able to make training: as small matter of the Calcutta Cup has distracted me this weekend, so you will be in the hands of Mark, Percy, Barry, et al.
As usual, registration will take place at 11.15hrs and then training will take place from 11.30hrs to 12.30hrs on the pitch, or in the hall, so please ensure the Players have appropriate clothing and footwear for both options.
Some of you may have seen that the Club were successful in being awarded £45,000.00 through the Scottish Rugby Union and Sportscotland as an 80% contribution to carry out essential drainage works and the installation of floodlighting to Pitch 3, which will become a dedicated Youth Training Area and enable us to extend our dark nights training and expand new sports within the Club/Hub. The works will take place during the closed season and will provide a significant contribution to the Youth Section – YOU!
Each age group will be tasked to raise £1,500 – £2,000, which is as reasonable as it is achievable, however, we are entirely reliant on you to help and make this happen. If you have any fundraising ideas, or wish to step forward to assist with this, please let me and Percy know.
Yours in Rugby,
07989 502 810