At the AGM this week 4 new members were voted onto the committee. Please welcome:
|Gary Barr||Deborah Barr||Shaun Grady||Jonathan Woods|
Gary will take on the role of Secretary. Deborah is our Membership Secretaray. Shawn has been involved in the changing project and Jonathan has been focussing on the commercial side of running our club.
Steve Bowller was also confirmed as our new President replacing Alan who remains on the committee.
We'd finally like to thank Adrian Carpenter, who has stepped down as Secretary after 7 years of service the club, and Jimmy Dore who will step down from his Finance role.
We are now looking for a Finance Director to replace Jimmy so please get in touch if you are interested. Or indeed if you can contribute to our club in any other way - we always need more volunteers.
You can see the full committee here.
A high scoring encounter at Volac Park saw Cambridge beat Hull Ionians by 57-31.
The blood and sand pressed the visiting defence early on, and reaped the rewards as they put six tries past their opponents in a first-half attacking blitz.
George Furbank opened the scoring after a fine move, before Tom Trotter added his name to the scoresheet after a long series of phases on the visiting try-line.
Cambridge were then awarded a penalty try after Hull dragged down a rolling maul that was certain to go over.
Matt Hema scored his brace for the day either side of yet another excellent try, as a series of deft offloads cut the Hull defence wide open, and left Cameron Ruddock with the space to score.
Hull did reply to the onslaught with a penalty and two converted tries, both of which came from lineout and mauls following a conceded penalty kicked into touch inside the Cambridge 22. The only area Cambridge struggled to compete throughout the game was in their maul defence, and they probably would have been slightly disappointed to come in at halftime only leading by 38-17, after dominating possession and play for the most part.
Hull themselves came out from the break far better organised defensively, and the game was in a state of gridlock for a time. The visitors though made the breakthrough and scored once again courtesy of a lineout and maul.
Cambridge then lost one of their own lineouts just inside their own half, and were caught on the backfoot which let Hull over the whitewash again to bring the score back to within one converted try at 38-31.
Having dominated large parts of the game, Cambridge had managed to put themselves in a precarious position. However, they had left plenty in the tank for the closing stages.
With three excellent tries in the last twelve minutes, Cambridge put the gloss on a fine attacking display, even if there were a few creeks in the defensive door. The first was scored by Stef Liebenberg, as he touched down over the line after some gruelling work from the forwards.
Albert Portsmouth scored his long awaited first try of the season, but required a dive into the corner to do so. Lawrence Hutchinson wrapped up the win after a three-man breakaway from Jack Green’s well placed grubber kick.
The score line of 57-31 at the end of the game eventually conveyed some of the dominance that the hosts had enjoyed throughout large parts of the contest.
All in all, a thoroughly entertaining 13-try bonanza at Volac Park. There are certainly some areas to improve upon during training this week before the trip to bottom-placed Blaydon on Saturday, where anything less than five points will be seen as a missed opportunity to keep on creeping up the table.
Report: Dan Wright
Changing Room Project
Having already secured planning permission and funding of £420,000 we are now appealing to members, friends and supporters to raise the remaining £80,000 to get us over the goal line so that we can start this much needed changing room project.
For details of what this would mean to the future of your club and how to make a donation please see Steve Bowller's letter.
As you can see we are already on our way, many thanks to those who have contributed already. Can we get the team over half way before the end of this year?
If you haven't been in our revamped shop (now run by Tylers) this season why not pop in and check out what's on offer. In addition to rugby kit we have new club polos in stock and the latest Canterbury England and British Lions shirts.
The shop is open every Sunday morning from 10.00 am to 12.00pm and on Saturdays when the 1st XV are playing for 2 hours before kick-off.
We hope to launch a web-shop soon.
There are still places available for our pre-match lunches, although they are selling out quickly.
Contact JJ Jeffrey for table bookings, or follow the links below for individual bookings.
|10 Dec||Ampthill||Sold Our|
|17 Dec||Rosslyn Park||Last Few Remaining|
|14 Jan||Darlington||Last Few Remaining|
|28 Jan||Moseley||Sold Out|
|11 Feb||Blackheath||Sold Out|
|4 Mar||Esher||Sold Out|
|25 Mar||Coventry||Sold Out|
|8 Apr||Blaydon||Sold Out|
|29 Apr||Plymouth Albion||Last Few Remaining|
|1st XV Fixtures||Match Day Lunches|
|Sat 10 Dec 14:00||H||Ampthill|
|Sat 17 Dec 14:00||H||Rosslyn Park|
|Sat 07 Jan 14:00||A||Old Albanian|
|Sat 14 Jan 14:00||H||Darlington|
|Sat 21 Jan 14:00||A||Loughborough|
|Sat 28 Jan 14:00||H||Moseley|
|Sat 04 Feb 15:00||A||Macclesfield|
|Sat 11 Feb 14:00||H||Blackheath|
|2nd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 10 Dec 14:00||A||Bury St Edmunds II|
|Sat 28 Jan 14:00||H||Chinnor II|
|3rd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 10 Dec 14:00||A||Spalding 2|
|Sat 17 Dec 14:00||H||Cantabrigians 2|
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