Ongoing Work at the Club: Help Needed!

The Fun Day was an unqualified success!

First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the players, from the Women’s to the Juniors to the Seniors for their much valued help on the day before and the Fun Day itself. Events like these don’t go off smoothly without the aid of dozens of people all trying their best and yesterday was a perfect example of what can be achieved when a united club pitches in together.

It was fantastic to see so many women, men and kids decked out in the striped jersey of Eve’s Ham, all performing their roles admirably. Everything from the parking, the games, music and even the BBQ, were managed by our players and it was wonderful to see that the people from the local area wanted to come and support us. Although no official attendance numbers were taken, the fields were pretty much full of people from 1pm and we were lucky enough to have the weather on our sides – let’s hope that all of our other events will be as well attended!

The money taken at the bar, the BBQ and from the raffle has been collected and put into the bank, leaving us with an unexpected dose of cash which we can now use to fix up some odds and ends around the club house.

Whereas last year’s fundraiser was specifically targeted at fixing our roof (a task that was completed this year!) the money from this year’s efforts will be going towards simply maintaining the clubhouse. The building that currently stands on our grounds dates back to the 80s. Although the basic structure of the clubhouse is solid, we’re finding that certain parts are showing their wear.

The kitchen in particular needs the most attention. Although some players might argue that the need for new training equipment is of greater importance than the state of our ovens – we believe otherwise. It’s imperative that we continue to maintain the entirety of the club, so that future generations of members can continue to benefit from it.

With that in mind, appliance repairs will be the first item on our list of improvements. For some years now, Margie and Andy have somehow been able to keep serving their delicious pies and pasties from ovens that are verging on the decrepit. Once these have been cleaned, fixed and updated where necessarily, they’ll be able to crack on and do an even better job than before; something that we’ll all be grateful of, I’m sure.

We’re also putting some cash aside to replace the large majority of the carpets throughout the bar, conference and reception areas. Many of these floors haven’t changed since the inception of the club. Now the floor is hardly the first thing that most people think to care about, but considering the amount of kids that we often see sprawled all over it, it would be nice to get some new ones in and might even persuade more people book events here, giving the club another valuable source of income.

Fingers crossed we’ll have all of these little updates finished by the time the season starts!

Best

Jeff ‘Bully’ Cowston

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Bringing the Community Together with Rugby

We’ve only got a few weeks left to go before the start of the rugby season!

The summer break is always a good time for us to reflect on the past season and what we need to do to improve ourselves –  as players and members. I wrote last time about how we’ll be making some changes to how selection works this season, this will hopefully usher in a new era of winning for Eve’s Ham, but I don’t want this change in attitude to only be felt by the players.

There’s an old saying that states that ‘a club is nothing without it’s supporters’ – I believe that applies to every level of competitive sports; from the biggest of International Tests to the competitive heights of the Aviva Premiership, right down to us here in the C Division Northern League.

We’ve been blessed here in Eve’s Ham to receive the support of the entire village, in addition to the families and friends of our First and Second team. The Rugby Club has been operating in some form for the last 80 years or so; no mean feat and it’s thanks to this constant support that we’ve been able to keep our coffers healthily stocked and our stands full of people.

With this is in mind, I’m happy to announce that the Committee will be scheduling a program of events this year that will hopefully appeal to both the supporters and the players alike. For the last few years we’ve always been overwhelmed by the response that we’ve got for our end of Season awards Presentation nights. The sheer number of people who apply for tickets each year exemplifies the demand in the area for more of these social occasions, so we’re going to be responding to that demand!

A sports club is more than a place for men and women to compete at, it’s a centre of the community – we’ll be reflecting that in the events that we put on this year. To kick off the proceedings, we’ll be putting on another Fun Day this Summer. Once more, all the takings from the day will be going towards the maintenance of the club and purchasing of new training equipment for the teams playing there.

This will be an event that will be completely family-friendly – with games, competitions, food and drink for everyone. We’ll also have the added treat of live music from The Bluesy Rascals, as well as a load of young performers and bands from the local area. The music will be playing from 2pm onwards and will probably finish up at about 11pm. This is a great opportunity for the supporters of the club to get to know the players and for us to start forging some real connection with the rest of the community.

All of our players, from both the Seniors and Juniors will have a job to do and we’ll hope that the older players hold off from drinking too much until the lion share of the day’s work is completed.

There’ll be more details to come in the next few weeks, so make sure to keep an eye on the village bulletin board and on here!

All the best

Jeff ‘Bully’ Cowston

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Fundraiser for Conservatory Roof Replacement

Alright lads and ladies!

The time has come for the yearly Eve’s Ham Fundraiser! We all did a great job last year with the 24-hour Pong marathon, props go out to Margie and Andy for winning the men’s and women’s, respectively. You both put the time in practicing, and it really showed. It was a wonderful day/night and we managed to raise a grand total of £834.22.

Now, I know these proceeds were meant to go towards renovating the home side shower rooms (we’re down to just the one working shower head and I know you lads like to keep clean), but something has come up. I’ve been contacted by a local business firm who are saying that, in return for some advertising boards and shirt branding, they can completely replace the conservatory roof of the club house at a discounted price. If we pull together what we made from the Pong marathon last year and factor in the reduced price, I reckon we’d need to make around £1000 to do the whole thing.

I know that’s a big ask, not only to go without proper facilities for another season, but also to try and raise more money than we have ever done before, but I believe we can do it. Here’s what I propose:

Ok, so look at ‘Matty’ the mattress. What I suggest is we all take some time to design and create our own novelty mascot costumes. Everyone pairs up in a team of two, one wears the mascot costume and their partner acts as a guide. Now here’s the twist: instead of running a short distance, we setup a 10k run in and around Eve’s Ham. Just imagine it, 20 or so colourful mascots with a corresponding partner in our new shirts, running round the town. The amount of publicity we’d get would be great and its something that the whole family could enjoy.

At the finish line we can get Joy and Dave to set up their fantastic burger van to raise a bit of extra cash, and I’m sure Joanne and the girls wouldn’t mind pulling an all day shift on the bar. Add this cash to the money that we can raise as individuals and we’ll hit out target in no time!

As always I’m more than happy to take any comments or suggestions; just shoot me an email, or better still, give me a call. Here’s a little motivational message to get us all fired up:

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Let’s do this for the future of the club!

All the Best

Jeff ‘Bully’ Cowston

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Part Two: Game Play, Position, Physiotherapy

How does a game of Rugby start? Well, the two teams line up:

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Before the game starts a coin is flipped to decide which team will ‘kick off’. Let’s say that Team B are kicking off. They are given the ball and one of their players kicks the ball to the other team.

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So, the Team B kicker kicks the ball to Team A, a member of team A (hopefully) will catch the ball and team A will then have possession. The game has begun! Let’s see what that looks like:

Did you see how everyone always passed backwards? Did you see how they kicked forward? Did you see how players lined up behind the ball?  It’s all there! So, in that clip Team B (England) kicked the ball to Team A (New Zealand). New Zealand gathered the ball and kicked it back, England than gathered the ball and began trying to build an attack. You’ll have noticed that regularly when a player is tackled with the ball lots of players pile in and the game slows, when players do this it is called a ruck if the ball is on the ground, or a maul if the ball is still in a players arms and he is standing up. When a player goes to ground they have to let go of the ball.  The ball then emerges and is passed out to players who have stayed away from the maul or ruck. The players who go in to the maul or ruck, and the players who stay out, are very different. It’s time to introduce you to forwards and backs. 

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So, generally, the forwards go into the rucks and the mauls and try and win the ball, they then get it out and pass it to the forwards who try and move forward again, hoping to eventually get to the other teams goal line. Sometimes, when there is a foul or if something happens, the game will stop and recommence with a scrum which is like an organised ruck, lets have a look at that:

If the ball goes off the pitch the team who had possession loses it and the other team gets to throw it back in, this is called a line out. In a line out, the team throwing the ball in have to throw it straight, so not back or forward. The forwards of each team line up, and try and win the ball:

So that’s kick offs, rucks, mauls, scrums and line outs. But the most exciting part of rugby is the try! Lets look at a good ones shall we?

Not bad! More next time!

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What Is Rugby? Part 1

Rugby is a sport that has been played literally for about 100 years or something. There are 15 players on each team. There is one ball. You can touch the ball with any part of your body. The pitch is a large rectangle split into two half’s and at the beginning each team is assigned their own half. Both teams want to get the ball through the other teams half and put it down in a space beyond the other teams half. If they manage to get through the other teams half and put the ball down on the other side they score points. In the game you can kick the ball in any direction, but you can only pass it with your hands backwards, meaning that to move forward you have to either kick it and try and run and catch it, or run with it past their players and through their half.

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So at the beginning of the game the teams start in the green area on either side of the middle line. The team on the right want to get the ball into the red area on the left, and the team on the left want to get the ball to the red area on the right. The next question is: How do they do that?

How do they do that?

Well now it’s time for some rules. So, when moving the ball from one player to another, whether with your hands or your feet, at the point that one player passes or kicks it, the player they are passing or kicking too must be behind them, as in, closer to the red area they are trying to defend than the the person passing or kicking. So, let’s look at the picture above and first, say that the team on the left is called team A and the team on the right team B. Team A are attacking Team B’s Goal Line, and visa versa:

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So, in the next picture Player 1 from team A has the ball and wants to get it too player 2:

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Whether he wants to kick it or too pass it with his hands, he has to make sure that when he kicks it or passes it, player 2 is behind him, which he is in the picture above. If player 2 was in front of him, like this:

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Then player 1 cannot pass the ball too him. In this picture player 2 is on the wrong side of the ball, he is ahead of the ball, and this means he is offside. If you are offside, between the ball and the goal line of the other team, you cannot interfere with play. So, let’s say that player 2 is back where he was before this last picture, behind player 1, in a position where they can receive the ball from player 1. Player one can either pass it with their hands or kick it with their feet, there are different rules for these two ways of passing. When you pass with your hands, the ball itself cannot move forward, toward their goal line, you have to pass the ball flat or backward. So in these directions:

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But not forward. So, for a pass from Player 1’s hands to Player 2 to be legal we need both A) Player 2 to be behind Player 1 and B) The pass itself to not move forward. With kicking, it is different. With kicking, A still applies, Player 2 still needs to be behind Player 1 when player 1 kicks it, but B does not apply, you can kick  the ball forward.

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If player 1 kicks the ball forward, and player 2 wants to catch it, player two has to have been behind player 1 when they kicked it (like he is in the picture above) and then has to run forward and try and get to where the ball will land and catch it. Player 1 may also kick the ball forward to get it out of a dangerous situation, simply giving possession of the ball to the other team. So, to move the ball forward a team will attempt to pass, kick, and run the ball into the other teams half and eventually to their goal line. If they can get to the goal line and put the ball down with their hands in the red area beyond it they have scored a Try!

That’s passing, and that’s part 1!

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