The Friday Feeling 28th April
Last weekend’s fixtures saw contrasting fortunes for Caldy’s two senior teams with the 1st xv losing at home against a very strong Doncaster Knights and the 2nd xv winning away against an impressive Jersey RFC who had swept all before them at level 7 with a perfect winning season.
Caldy’s Director of Rugby Gareth Davies was sanguine about the reverse against the Knights. “It was an uncharacteristic error strewn performance by the lads at the end of a gruelling Championship season but we are thankful we have one final game away against Hartpury tomorrow to end the season on an uptick. I know the squad is determined to finish on a good performance.”
The Ravers squad will have some notable milestones to celebrate with hooker Tom Clarke and full back Elliot Gourlay notching up their 50th outings for the Ravers and captain JJ Dickinson recording his 300th match for Caldy’s 1st xv. Win or lose at Hartpury it is sure to be a memorable return coach trip!
Matt Cairns has selected the following squad for Saturday’s final Championship game of the season away against Hartpury.
Last weekend Caldy’s 2nd xv put their record breaking 69 game unbeaten run on the line when they travelled to play Jersey RFC. They returned from Jersey with their unbeaten run extended to 70 games after a brilliant 22-17 win against a very experienced and powerful Jersey side. Coaches Andrew Soutar and Christian Jones couldn’t be prouder of their squad.
“This win was achieved by the togetherness and spirit of our young side who defended heroically against a very good and hugely powerful Jersey team. We took our chances when they game but I have to credit our defence. It was awesome!”
The invitation to travel to Jersey did however result in Caldy forfeiting the semi final of the Halbro Premiership League Cup as Andrew Soutar explained.
“The opportunity to go to Jersey meant that we needed to rearrange our semi final fixture against Chester RFC. The league acceded to our request and we worked with Chester RFC to find a suitable alternative date. Unfortunately, Chester were not able to manage to play on any of the 14 alternative dates we provided to them. We wish them well in the final against Sedgley Park”
A message from Tim Kilpatrick
A huge thank you to all our Caldy Community Rugby coaches, parents, players, volunteers & supporters who have helped make this such a fantastic & unforgettable rugby season.
SATURDAY – safe journey to our 100+ Tourists heading to Hartpury & the 40 strong squad of Caldy u13s playing games v Cheltenham Tigers, Old Patesians & Malvern.
SUNDAY – good luck to all our Caldy teams entering the Hoylake Festival & our Caldy Junior Colts League Cup Final v Winnington Park.
Have a great rugby weekend everyone !