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President’s Message – season 2021 - 2022
I know all will agree that the past 18 months have been a most painful experience affecting each & every one of us - sadly some more than others. In many ways it is difficult to comprehend exactly what has happened since the forced suspension of all sports in early March 2020. Indeed I‘m sure at times we may have thought it would never end, but, thankfully, we are back at last and I’m delighted to be able to extend a very warm welcome to all players, coaches, supporters and visitors for another season of rugby at Dudley Kingswinforrd RFC.
Despite the extended periods of lockdown our management team have been busy and you will see many improvements in and around the clubhouse and grounds. The patio area around the front of the clubhouse has been completely refurbished and new security gates have been erected at the main entrance. All in-line with the sound and prudent management structures, designed to underpin and develop the club’s vital revenue steam’s over the coming years.
When the 2019-2020 season was suspended we were riding high at the top of Midlands 1 West which in turn rewarded us with a hard earned, well-deserved promotion following several seasons of near misses in play-off’s. This year we will play at - Level 5 - in Midlands Premier league where for the first time we will lock horns with – Oundle, Sheffield & Doncaster Pheonix. We renew acquaintances with – Syston, Paviors & Sandbach.& eagerly anticipate recommencing hostilities once more with old adversaries – Scunthorpe, Broad St, Burton & Nuneaton. In addition we have the ‘spice’ of local derby games against our near neighbours Newport, Bromsgrove & Bridgnorth.
So at last we look forward to a new season with much anticipation as all clubs will begin with much uncertainty following the long lay-off. For our part our coaching staff have a strengthened the playing squad ensuring competition for places will be tough as established team members are challenged by emerging younger players developed from within the clubs burgeoning Youth section & successful Colts team.
One thing is certain, that there will be no easy games. More than ever before we await a new season of challenging competitive rugby - bring it on – oh how we’ve missed it!
As ever we promise all visitors a warm, friendly welcome & we look forward to a season full of hard fought rugby played within the true spirit of the game.
We are proud of our reputation for pre & post-match hospitality - all are welcome. Above all enjoy your visit to DK.
Ken.Crane – President – Dudley Kingswinford RFC
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A few thoughts from our DoR
As we go into the second block of games, we know we must start turning pressure into points.
After a disappointing performance against Sheffield, we ramped up intensity in training.
This in turn led to a far better first half performance at Bridgnorth. But again, poor discipline and inaccuracy let us down in the final third. Refereeing decisions went against us and we came away disappointed in the result.
A week off has given players a chance to rest bodies and refresh. Coaches have reviewed game footage and discussed areas we need to improve. Tactical and positional changes will be made to hopefully address the areas of concern.
A look at the league table and we could say we have played some of the stronger sides now. But a look at results confirms there are no easy weeks. Any given week anybody can beat anybody. There is still a lot of rugby to be played this season and I believe that by Christmas the table will make for different viewing.
We will continue to put the work in on the training paddock and I am confident we can achieve our goals for the season. This week’s opponents have a similar playing record to us but a look at their results show that they have lost fixtures by very slim margins. We’re expecting a physical encounter and look forward to it.
Director of Rugby.
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