30 May 2024

Another well-attended vice-presidents’ day

By Steve Crook, Hornsea RUFC president

An eventful week ended with a great day, on a warm sun kissed afternoon at HQ, which looked simply stunning.

There was a really good turnout, which always helps make the day a good one, so a big thank you to each and every one who came along to support the club.

The two Hornsea and Holderness Junior RUFC matches were both very entertaining and a great advert for our club.

They resulted in two narrow defeats against Scunthorpe RUFC and Aireborough RUFC, but the lads should be very proud of their efforts. Everyone I spoke to only had good words about them.

A few thank yous: Firstly, thank you to all of our vice-presidents for attending and their very generous donations.

A huge thank you to Lynda and Richard Carmichael for organising the buffet, which was supplied by the Floral Hall – it was a feast of the highest order!

The buffet was very kindly sponsored by two former players, vice-presidents and club greats, Jon Dexter and Richard Dee.

Thank you to vice-president Chris Shuttleworth, who generously sponsored the clubhouse barrel, and vice-president Brian Morley, who very kindly sponsored the grandstand refreshments.

Thanks to Ray Badcock for selling so many raffle tickets, and to everyone who donated a prize. There were so many that the prize draw seemed to go on forever, so thank you for that!

Our club photographer Carl Wiles took more than 800 pictures during the day, which we’ll share over the course of the next day or two. Thank you so much, Carl, for all of your time, expertise and effort.

Thanks to the juniors and the coaching staff of Pete Woolsey, Scott Morley, Matthew Havler, Andy Keyworth, Zach Jebson and Iain Poole for putting on two great curtain-raisers for everyone to enjoy.

As ever, thanks to Nick O’Mahony, Ed Webster, Jonty Ashton and James Hill for assisting with putting on the day.

My final thanks go to all of the players who came together to put on a club game at short notice, following our opponents cancelling on us in the week. We managed to get about 40 players, ranging in age from 17 to 56, and it was a joy to see everyone, especially those who used to grace the field some years ago.

It was a great game, which ended 17-14 to Hornsea. I hope there were not too many sore bodies afterwards.

Thanks again, one and all – see you next time!