Last week Caldy travelled to the capital to play league leaders Ealing Trailfinders on their all-weather pitch. Ealing had their strongest squad available, full of players with Premiership and International experience. Keeping the score respectable would have been an achievement, for the Ravers to pick up a 4 try bonus point on the road was beyond expectations.
Arriving late due to train issues, a somewhat underpowered Caldy squad, missing a clutch of senior players, were 21 points down after only 15 minutes. But how they rallied! After just about surviving the initial Ealing onslaught, Caldy found a foothold in the game with two first half tries by Mike Cartmill and Ollie Hearn. Emptying the bench for the final 15 minutes secured the crucial bonus point with tries by Joe Murray and Matt Gallagher picking up another so valuable Championship point.
Tomorrow the Ravers are going to play only their fourth home Championship match of the season at Paton Field against a strong Hartpury side.
The visitors from Gloucester sit one place and one point above Caldy in the Championship table with very similar playing records. They are exceptionally good travellers. Strong performances on the road, including two thumping bonus point away wins against Coventry and Cambridge, have seen Hartpury pick up 12 points from their 5 away fixtures.
Caldy’s Director of Rugby Gareth Davies knows just how vital Caldy’s home support will be against the West Country outfit. “There is no doubt that the noisy and passionate support from the ‘Bank’ got us over the line in our last home game, the pre-Christmas win over a full time Doncaster Knights side. It was special. A home crowd lifts any team, but our crowd iseven more important for Caldy. We are always the underdogs in every Championship fixture and tomorrow is no exception. We have never beaten Hartpury and for sure we will need everything the Bank can give us.”
Tomorrow’s game against Hartpury will be the featured match in Sunday’s Rugby Paper with pictures being taken by Caldy’s Kieran Free. Please do give Kieran a crowded and vibrant ‘Bank’ for his backdrop.
This week there is no game for Caldy’s 2nd xv. Last week a much-reshuffled 2nd xv side picked up an away win at Macclesfield to keep their long unbeaten run going. But it was oh so close. An exciting contest saw the lead frequently change and with only a minute or so to go the young Ravers were 20-19 down. Up stepped Freddie Arista to kick a tricky penalty to close out the win 20-22. The unbeaten run now stretches to eighty-seven games.
Finally, after this week’s shock news that Gloucester’s Louis Rees-Zammit, Northampton’s Harry Mallinder and Coventry’s George Smith have all quit Rugby Union to join the NFL’s International Player Pathway, Caldy’s Head Coach Matt Cairns is delighted to confirm that for the time being Caldy’s Nick Royle has decided to remain at Paton Field.
Matt Cairns has selected the following squad for Saturday’s 1st XV Championship fixture against Hartpury at Paton Field. The match kicks off at the early time of 2 pm.
- A Aigbokhae
- O Hearn
- J Sproston
- M Gerrard.
- S Dickinson
- E Murphy
- C Booth
- JJ Dickinson
- C Pilgrim
- R Hayes
- B Jones
- M Barlow
- C Wilkinson
- N Royle
- M Kilcourse
- M Gallagher
- R Higginson
- N Rushton
- S Olyott
- C Ridgway
- J Murray
- M Cartmill
- L Barker
Sporting Lunch Co-ordinator
Over the past few seasons, we have successfully run a number of sporting lunches, and this have created a major source of income for the club. However, after the retirement of Bob Cooke, who did an outstanding job, we need to replace him. We are looking for someone to take on the role of organising an event which will be held on Friday 10th May. The large marquee and facilities will be in place for Past Players event the following day.
The person taking on the role will not be starting from scratch as Bob has provided an extensive booklet/ template for the organisation of the event, and there are people who will be there to assist. This includes a list of sponsors and other contacts.
- Emma Analay – Bar Manager and help with sourcing speakers
- John Wylie – Facilities, Kitchen, Tables and Marquee Hire.
- James Smethurst – Social media and website
The Co- Ordinator will need to
- Source speakers
- Contact people to book tables (maximum seating in Marquee 27 tables)
- Arrange to print publicity flyers – and get into local shops and other local clubs.
- Source Auction prizes (we have lists of people who have given in the past)
- Pass on names for invoices to be paid.
If you are interested, please contact Mark Loughran 07858 779285, John Wylie 07845 228564 or Tim Kilpatrick 07768 022412.
Your help will be greatly appreciated and will continue to secure the future of the club.
Jess Baker Memorial Rugby Tournament
Head of Year 11, Teacher of Physical Education, West Kirby Grammar School