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Your News Sevenoaks enjoy a great weekend

What a great weekend of rugby at SRFC, with the Wooden Spoon breakfast on a glorious Saturday morning before the nail-biting England RWC win shown on the big screen, then a sumptuous supporters lunch swiftly followed by a great 1st XV win and then a much more leisurely BBQ to wind down the day as the sun set over Knole Park….then another explosion of rugby on Sunday with more RWC action and lots of success from the Juniors. Read on for more details of all of these activities.

The future's bright - the future's blue and gold! In their first-ever taste of competitive rugby at the weekend, the Sevenoaks U7s managed to win not one but two trophies, scooping the Foxbury Festival in Chislehurst and sharing the honours with Maidstone in the Medway Festival. Well done lads - looks like yet another successful SRFC age group in the making. Go to for a great photo of our boys in action.

On Saturday the visit of Brighton, who had made a strong start to the season, brought an equally strong performance from the 1st XV. Having clearly exorcised the demons of the previous week’s defeat at Deal on the midweek training pitch, the lads set about their south coast opponents with some relish, quickly establishing a healthy lead they were never to relinquish.

An excellent crowd at the Paddock enjoyed some typical “Sevenoaks” running rugby but this time based on the platform of a solid tight five. Five tries gave us our first bonus point win and a tense final ten minutes, in which two sin-bins and two tries conceded brought the visitors closer that they might have expected to be, should not detract from an excellent all-round effort. Final score: Sevenoaks 40 Brighton 35.

Elsewhere, there were close defeats for the 2s against Gravesend and for the Development Squad, while the Acorns won a high-scoring encounter against Edenbridge.

This Saturday the 1s travel to East Grinstead for a tough encounter against the side clearly shaping up to be this season’s high-flyers, while the Acorns and the Bs both have home matches, so come along to the Paddock and enjoy some fine rugby and great ales from Colin.

This Saturday we have the following fixtures with five teams out – all 15h00 kick-off:

1st XV - AWAY v East Grinstead

2nd XV - AWAY v Old Alleyians 2's

3rd (Development) XV - AWAY v Medway 3's

4th (Acorns) XV - HOME v Gravesend 3's

5th (Sevenoaks Gentlemen) XV - HOME v Westcombe Park 4's

Please enter the following date in your diary for some great U19s rugby. Their next match is v Trojans RFC on Sunday 16th October with a 13h00 kick-off at the Paddock. Trojans RFC are from Hampshire and we are playing them in the 2nd round of the National Colts Cup. This competition is for teams from all over England and the final is at Northampton Saints, scene of our fantastic U17s win 2 seasons ago.

Rugby World Cup

We continue to screen all the key Rugby World Cup games on Saturday and Sunday mornings with breakfast (to go with the Guinness), so make the clubhouse your venue of choice as you follow your team’s fortunes in the best of all rugby tournaments.

Future screenings are:

Sat 8th Oct at 08h30 – Quarter Finals – England v France – the BIG one!

Sun 9th Oct at 08h30 – Quarter Finals – NZ v Argentina

Sat 15th Oct at 09h00 – Semi Finals

Sun 16th Oct at 09h00 – Semi Finals

Sun 23rd Oct at 09h00 – FINALS

The breakfast served during the screening of the England v Scotland match last Saturday morning was in aid of the Wooden Spoon, a most worthwhile charity that assists disabled children through sport. A record £1,200 was raised from the breakfast, a raffle and an auction. Well done to all involved in the organisation and thank you to all the donors – the amount raised was a record and double the amount raised by any other club nationwide!

Senior Rugby Chairman

After two (and a bit) seasons at the helm, our much beloved and cherished ChiChi (aka Paul Shirtcliff) is standing down as Chairman of Senior Rugby. This was announced at the AGM and he has most graciously continued in the role until a replacement was found.

We would like to thank Paul for all his efforts and notable achievements in this role and wish the most capable Alan Crane, his successor, all the best in his new role. Rumour has it that ChiChi has agreed to continue presiding over the infamous annual players Court of Injustice, so we will still have the pleasure of seeing His Most Dishonourable, resplendent in full wig and gowns, wielding the paddle with (suspiciously enthusiastic) fervour.

Club Handbook and Membership Renewal forms

The Club Handbook and Fixture list for the 2011/2012 season and membership renewal forms were recently sent out to members. If you did not get this, then please email me and I will make sure that it is dispatched post haste.

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