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Chairman’s Christmas Message

Men and Women of Belsize

There is one more weekend of rugby until the short mid season break for Christmas. At this time of year I usually send a message outlining our recent achievements, and highlighting how in the past months we have reached heights never previously dreamed of. This is no longer the case.

As you will all know, on the pitch our success continues, with all league teams doing very well and either leading or pushing for the top. As these are leagues we have never reached before this is superb, but instead of these being achievements that we never thought we could achieve, these are now things that we have come to expect. Our expectations have been raised again and again, and every victory in the past few years has been built upon to the point where we all wake in the morning expecting to win, not hoping.

The same is true off the pitch, both on the financial and social sides, where we are stronger than we have ever been.

This isn’t to suggest that there should be any room for complacency, as success on and off the pitch is the product of hard work. It simply means that we can all relax this Christmas, and enjoy a few drinks and a bit of cake, in the knowledge that the graft is paying off.

It also means that we can come back in the New Year, energised for the fight and ready to tackle the challenges that a club of our size, and current stature, face. The massive target we have painted on our backs is one. More hard work, and the confidence in our ability that it has engendered, means that this should be a small mountain to climb and that more laurels await us in April.

Let’s therefore do all we can to ensure that we get to have another massive club day in April to celebrate the effort that everyone has put in. A smaller group will then jet off to represent Belsize at the frontier of world class touring, as always. I believe there are some cricketers joining us in Barbados so not only the pride of our club but the pride of our sport will urge us to win that particular party.

Thank you all for the effort and dedication you have shown to Belsize in 2014. Have a happy Christmas and New Year.

Belsize Invicta

Murphy

Belsize Clean Sweep

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.
The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Click below for matchday photos

BP warming up

Sterner challenges await next week as the 1s(away) and 2s(home) begin their league campaigns against Grasshoppers, the 3s(home) have friendly against Old Actonians 2s, the 4s(home) play British Airways before they make their league debut the following week and the 5s are due to make their seasonal debut.

We are now taking availability for games next Saturday. Given the league sides have restricted squad sizes, we will be ready to find a 5th team game a week early if numbers dictate.
Please complete the online availability form here to let us know if you can/can’t play: http://tiny.cc/Belsize_Availability

If you can’t access it because of firewalls, etc then send in an email to this address with something like the following in the subject line, by Wednesday 9am:

Zach Webb/Available/Hooker or Prop/No Car/07706 123456

i.e. Your name, your availability, your position, phone number and whether or not you’ve a car.

Also, a few of you are still only confirming availability with coaches or captains, given the need for myself & Mark O’Brien to have quick visibility on numbers to gauge the amount of games we need, this has to stop ASAP.
Please use the online form or email to let us know if you are around.

Belsize Park vs Old Alleynians – Pre-season Friendly

Last weekend saw the second and final club day of the preseason with four teams taking to the field in Dulwich against Old Alleynians. Belsize fielded 79 players in an afternoon that saw another clean sweep for the central Londoners. The 1st XV ran out 38 – 14 victors, the 2nds 104 – 5, the thirds 41 – 17 and the fourths completed the rout 31- 22.

The Belsize attacking flair was evident across the board as free flowing rugby lead to the tries rained in from all areas.

Club Blazers

Given the verbal interest last season, especially on Finals Day, about club blazers we have sourced a supplier.

By sheer coincidence we were able to buy the previous batch off the peg from Brook Taverner, as modelled above by Matthew But that was a seasonal design that has ended and will not be renewed.

We now have a potential new supplier willing to replicate the blazers already in existence but need to determine interest levels before going any further.

The details of ordering a blazer are:

  • Cost is £150
  • Two payments required
  • 50% deposit upon order confirmation
  • 50% balance due around 4 weeks before delivery
  • Minimum of a total of 10 blazers required for the club to justify placing the opening order
  • We’ll confirm individually when we have reached the minimum total and require the deposit to be made. This will most likely be done online through our paypal payment system
  • Wait time of approx 18 weeks between deposit and delivery
  • Delivery will be to the club, and distribution to individuals from there.

This supplier is proving to be both more cost effective than our off the peg find last year, but also offers the opportunity to split your payments to the club. We are also then able to place orders in batches of 5 after this first bulk purchase.

If you would like to submit your interest then please fill in this form: