It’s been a tough 18 months, but it looks like we’ll have a relatively normalised season from here on in. There are still COVID restrictions we must respect, but by and large on field activity is starting to return to all parts of the Club. So too we continue to work with our Covid Committee to make sure we can welcome Members and guests alike to our Clubhouse in a safe and compliant manner.
It was fantastic to see such life back in the Club last Friday night as we welcomed Lansdowne to Merrion Road, for the first time in a long while. A large crowd came out to acknowledge the return of Club rugby and the common sentiment across the many Members and guests I spoke to was just how fantastic it was to see live Club rugby again. It offers something different to the TV fare put on by Leinster, Ireland and the Lions – and the vast majority of opinions I heard concluding a very, very enjoyable alternative ! Well done our 1st XV, Eoin, Tommy and the rest of the management team – you did us proud.
I wish all our players, coaches and managers the best for the coming season. After the long lay-off that first hit is going to be a little bit harder, that second wind kicking in a little later and those bodies a little sorer in the morning. So our teams need the Clubs support all the more. For those of you who didn’t make it on Friday, let’s make an effort to get down to another game soon. And let’s spread the love across all our rugby teams – our 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U20’s and women’s teams.
I would also like to welcome again everyone involved in our newest rugby section – Touch Rugby. Introduced during lockdown Touch Rugby is a very welcome addition to the Club. An exciting format of the game in its own right, but also a very useful “gateway” for those looking to try out a less physical form of rugby or looking to supplement their handling and running skills.
And of course a special thank you to the army of parents and volunteers who make our vibrant mini’s and youths section happen. This is such an important section and has been by far the most active area of Club rugby throughout lockdown. By definition, it develops and nurtures our future, both in terms of rugby coaching and the Wanderers ethos.
We have also made great strides towards our vision of a new Clubhouse and home in Merrion Road. You’ll have heard at the recent AGM that the Development Committee have continued their hard work and that fund raising efforts are on track. Also that we will be reverting to you, our Members, before any big decisions or additional spend is incurred. More to come on this important and exciting development over the next few months.
So in more ways than one a huge season for Wanderers FC. Club rugby is open again and we can get back to what we are about – playing the sport we love, gathering with friends to support the Club we love and taking the next step in a new chapter in the Clubs history