9 months ago
By Niel Kenny
A perfect storm causes fixture problems
I would like to say a big thank you to the guys who turned out and travelled to Reeds today. I understand that the exercise was really frustrating and those who turned up feel let down. Let me put things into context. We endured what could be described as a perfect storm. People were not available for various valid reasons. This was as a result of the weekend being designated a cup/international weekend. Having been knocked out of the cup members assumed that the weekend was available to do other things. However, we were caught out by the bad weather two weeks ago. The RFU 'dictate' that games should be played on the earliest possible Saturday. Hence the situation we found ourselves. There is a strong argument that at this level where players play for personal enjoyment and achievement, rules should be more flexible than they are. However, the players who did turn out today have provided us with a case to argue that we were prepared to play and did turn out, therefore, whilst Reeds will get 5 points for the win we should not be penalised with a 5 point penalty. It is now up to the club via the committee to argue this case. If we hadn't made any effort we would not have a leg to stand on, but thanks to those of you who did turn out we have a case. I spoke to the referee and he was very supportive of our position.
We have three games remaining. The first is away to Wellingtonians next week, the final two games are at home on April 7th and 14th when we have lunch at the club for past players. I would ask that you all make a special effort to ensure your availability so that we can ensure a strong end to the season, and to show the past and future players that the club is worth supporting and playing for because the players we have are strong in character and talent. Its down to you.
A big thank you again for the guys who turned out today, we ALL owe you a drink!
Updated 17:26 - 29 Apr 2018 by Niel Kenny