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Saturday 9th April 2022
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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
A few thoughts from our DoR
We knew that the last two fixtures were going to be tough. Syston were sitting third in the league when we visited their Leicestershire ground. In the past we have had some tight battles and knew we would have to be on top of our game. Over the last few seasons they have consolidated there position in the league and really pushed on. A very similar club to ourselves they have adapted their playing style to what is required at this level. We could learn a lot from them . We started well and got early points on the board. At the halftime point the score was all even . So many times during the break we have emphasised the importance of the first ten minutes of that second period and getting the first score.
As I have said before, the difference between chasing the game or defending a lead makes a massive difference. We had our chances to score first but ill discipline let us down. They took their opportunities and put us under pressure in the right areas of the park. Again a battling performance but came away with no points.
The following fixture saw us visit the already promoted, top of the table Newport. Again we knew it would be tough but again started well. The rest of the game reads very much like the previous fixture. The top sides always take their opportunities when on offer. They can also up the tempo and pace of the game when required. Again another battling performance but no points.
One of the main tools we have used from a coaching perspective this season is the use of match video analysis. The ability to re-watch the game and to talk to the players with a visual learning tool has proven invaluable. One of the standout areas is how the better sides reset and recycle their players quickly. The importance of having active players even off the ball is one of the main areas we need to improve on.
With only two games left it would be easy to loose focus on any targets for the season. The two teams above us are only a few points ahead and both have tough fixtures to come.
One of those teams are our visitors today Nuneaton. We know all games any given week are going to be tight. But our aim must be to get maximum points from both games and potentially finish in a respectable 9th position.
Hopefully this attitude will make for some exciting rugby to finish the season off.
From the Gallery
The Young Bloods
All of the following players have featured on a 1st XV Team sheet this season