Truro RFC Communication Newsletter December 21st 2020
This is merely a short communication update on a few key points regarding Truro RFC over the Christmas period and into the New Year.
First of all, rugby has made its first tentative steps towards restarting, with both colts and senior fixtures on 19th December and a set of youth fixtures on Sunday 20th December. Truro were the first club in the county to host a contact match for over 9 months when the colts entertained a hybrid Penryn/Perranporth side on Saturday morning, which saw a spirited performance from the away side not quite matching the speed and accuracy of their Truro hosts. The seniors travelled to Falmouth that afternoon for a mixed Ready4Rugby and applied contact match, running out as victors in a well contested match. Then Sunday saw loads of potential future talent take the field as Truro hosted St.Agnes across all age groups from U7s to U11s in competitive matches for the first time this season.
Unfortunately, the club was unable to come up with a suitable Boxing Day fixture, which means that the clubhouse will now be closed over the entire festive period from 21/12/2020 to 06/01/2021, reopening on training night, Thursday 07/01/2021.
But, good news on the horizon with regards to a more formal structure to the season for 2021; Cluster leagues and cups will be commencing from mid-January for 1st XV, 2nd XV and Colts XV, fixtures will also be in place for the youth section, girls and ladies teams. Once we have formal fixture lists for all, they will be posted on the website. But, at last, hopefully, rugby will be restarting in the New Year.
Of course, that is under the proviso that the country does not enter a third, potentially stricter national lockdown following the short Christmas relaxations and the emergence of the new variant of the CV-19 virus currently making quite a stir in the South East. We would hope that, with us being in a Tier 1 area, and also geographically situated a long way away from that particular Tier 4 area, we may avoid any further restrictions, and all plans are currently being made for rugby’s restart in January.
I am proud of the way we have conducted ourselves as a club, and similarly proud of our entire membership, with regards to the adherence to our collective responsibilities throughout this most difficult of periods.
Over what will now be a very different Christmas and New Year holiday break compared to what we are used to, we owe it to ourselves to remain suitably watchful, especially if we wish normal rugby club activities to return in January as they are currently planned.
Of course, Christmas is a time for family, but it is also a time for caring for others, especially given this Christmas is going to be so socially different to anything we have previously experienced. Our thoughts are there for those who are not blessed with a strong and supportive family unit, or for those just not able to share time and space with family due to CV-related travel / socialising restrictions. Just because the clubhouse is closed and there is no opportunity for rugby based gatherings, if anybody has any reason to call on the wider TRFC family for support please remember you can get in touch with us at any time – TimBrocklebank@gmail.com / TruroRugby@gmail.com
Just before I sign off, the club held a second super-sized 100 club draw, with the numbers drawn by Club Captain, Ross Denning –
4 x £50 = Rhys Ellis Davies, Geoff Gilbert, Dave/Nicky Hambly, Dave Driver
1 x £100 = Mike (Muscles) Richards
1 x £200 = Brian Chenoweth
1 x £500 = John Shipwright
So, congratulations to all those lucky winners.
All that leaves me to do is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with the hope that 2021 will see some return to normality in all walks of life, with a huge fingers crossed most of all for rugby.
Thank you for your support and loyalty over these strange times, and we will get through this to the other side, in a position of strength. Stay safe, stay well, stay responsible, and we hope to see you all fit, healthy and raring to go in January.
Carl Price, Truro RFC Chairman / Truro RFC Board of Directors