Oxford RFC

ORFC Green and Black Newsletter Issue 18 May 2022


Message from the Chair.

Pride of place in this final newsletter of the 2021-22 season must go to the club’s Senior team. Under the guidance of Director of Rugby Wayne Rushen, Coaches Dom Mathews Tom Wells, S and C coach Mick Willoughby coupled with the soothing hands of Physio Charlotte they managed to win their league. As seems to be the vogue these days the RFU are re-organising the leagues (which no one understands anyway) and they will find out in the middle of the month who they play next season.

As a club, we always welcome new players whatever their standard but it is always great when our own come to the fore. In their final league game on April 9th at least 9 of the starting side had a connection to the club either as past players or through their parents who played.

Normally a club welcomes individual players so it was with some surprise when Grove U14s approached us to join us next season. At Oxford, we do things the correct way! I immediately contacted the Grove Chair and we talked it through. At the same time, our coaches talked with our parents. Once muted it was always going to happen so next season's coaching and admin staff from both clubs have the challenge of coaching and finding fixtures for up to 40 players. The one huge advantage is that they will have NEW FLOODLIGHTS to play under.

My congratulations go to Ronan Casserly and Matt Cooper for cooking a terrific meal at the Senior Rugby Awards Dinner. Over £400 was raised for the floodlights appeal - thank you, Tom. In a team game rewarding individuals seems a little odd but the following were successful - Nomads Player of the Year GEORGE DODD, Players Player and Managers Player of the Year - former Mini and Junior player GEORGE HANLEY, Coaches Player the evergreen JOSH JELFS, Ron Martin Volunteer of the Year GARETH WYATT for all the work he does on our social media, Most Improved Player JAKE EADLE and of course RONAN CASSERLY was presented with his annual CASS CUP trophy.

Floodlights Appeal - developing the game.

The crowdfunding floodlights appeal ends at 23:55 on Sunday, May 15th. Thank you to those who have donated so far via crowdfunding https://crowdfunder.co.uk/poxford-rfc-floodlights-appealWe are over £15000.

Just because Crowdfunding ends the appeal does not. Doing whatever you can do throughout the summer is greatly appreciated.

We have paid our first installment of £20000 so there is no going back!

NHS Charity Touch Rugby followed by Thursday Night Touch Rugby Leagues - referees required.

We are working in collaboration with https://www.in2touch.com/england/to organise an NHS Charities Thursday Night Touch Festival on May 26th. If successful we will then run 8 weeks of Touch Rugby Leagues.

Get your squad of 10 together ages 14 upwards. Further details to follow - when I have them.

Our contribution is to provide 3 or 4 referees for the night. Full training will be given and you get paid for officiating. Contact me at chairman@oxfordrfc.comif you are interested.

Further Diary Dates

Mini Presentations Friday, May 6th

Junior Presentations Friday, May 13th

ORFC First Aid Course - Saturday, May 7th

NHS Charity Touch Festival - Thursday, May 26th

Family Fun Afternoon - Saturday, June 18th

Senior Training Begins on Tuesday and Thursday from July 5th

Useful Links

ORFC Nomads 1909 Clubhouse Venue Hire


All Enquiries mailto:enquiries@oxfordrfc.com


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John Brodley Chair ORFC

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