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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
Last weeks game was always going to be a arm-wrestle of a fixture.
The weather forecasters were correct and depending on where on the pitch you were the wind seemed to be blowing in varying directions. But as we say it’s the same for both teams.
A tight first half saw us go in trailing by only 4 points. Having probably been on the worst side of the weather we had to be pleased with the score. The previous week had seen us put in a dogged performance in the second period against Doncaster. The same would be needed again.
November has seen us hit with a mounting list of injuries. We have had to shuffle players positionally to try to balance the team. Also, we have had to draft in players where it is their first experience of playing at this level.
Again, early injuries and a yellow card in the second half against Syston saw us put under pressure and finally lost the game.
Another big challenge faces us this week in the form of Newport. It is traditionally always a tough game against them and they are in the top of the table battle at present. We will again be fielding a much-changed side due to more injuries. For the younger players coming in they need to take the opportunity to impress and learn from this experience.
Director of Rugby.
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