After a season of ups and downs, I want to thank captain Chris Steele and all the players and their coaches who showed an indomitable spirit in the closing stages of the campaign to make certain that the club will again play at level three for the eighteenth year in succession. This is a feat of which we should be justly proud of, and which was attained despite a long injury list from the beginning of the season, and which kept are excellent Physio team and Doctor busy.
The whole campaign was nervewracking and gave our very loyal band of spectators, many heart-break moments, and I pay tribute to them for that loyalty and hope that the enjoyment they get from watching the “Green Machine” was worth it and that we can count on their support next season.
Whilst the headlines are mainly about the 1st XV, we are very much a community club, and we have run 2nds 3rds and 4ths, something which many of our peers unfortunately seem unable to do. The Foresters had an amazing season and won the Yorkshire Merit League, topping the table 21pts ahead of Hull Ionians. They just beat the Fourths for our own Cath Harrison Trophy, although Mick Greenwood’s heroes did finish top of their Merit League table.
The Minis and Juniors had a great season at all levels, in particular the Colts, who won not only the Yorkshire Cup but also the “Cock of the North Trophy”. Our junior sides are products of our Academy, which under the direction of Hedley Verity continues to be a great asset to the club.
None of what has been achieved would be possible without the financial support of our Main Sponsors and our thanks are due to Healthcare, Insite Property and Oldfield Electrical. In addition we are grateful to Skipton Building Society and all who advertise in the Programme, to our Cavalry Club Members, Patrons, Vice Presidents, the Rugger Ramble Committee and 200 club Members.
I thank my fellow Committee Members for their devotion to the club and it was fitting that one of these often unsung heroes Roger Tiffany was made a Life Member at the Dinner last weekend. In addition success at the club is due to many others and without the input of the programme editor, ground staff, gate men, raffle sellers, bar and catering staff, the Club cannot function.
Finally, don’t forget the AGM, to be held on Thursday June 6th at 7-30pm, and the Rugby Force Working Day Saturday June 15th 10am onwards.