There was a good turnout of nearly 50 for our excellent Club Dinner on Friday 8th April at The Rectory Field.
– Unfortunately, illness prevented our Guest Speaker, Ireland & British Lions and of course, past Askeans Coach, Stewart McKinney and our own wordsmith, Dave Shute from being there - Other guests, however, stepped in to fill the breach (More about that later on). There was a good representation of past players across the ages, current players and a good number as well from University of Greenwich RFC, (Greenwich Students) -
Our Chairman Steve Homewood was our MC extraordinaire, proposing toasts throughout the evening, introducing speakers and ensuring it was all in good order – ‘In the nicest possible taste!’
In his role as Chair of Trustees, Friends of Askean RFC, Paul Walsh presented a cheque for £500 to Greenwich Students, which reflected the charity’s Purpose of supporting and promoting rugby in Greenwich, through Askean RFC.
Consistent with our welcome at the Rectory Field in our first season here, Blackheath Sports Club provided excellent hospitality – meal, bar and table service. Chairman Steve presented bouquets and expressed Askeans’ sincere thanks to Marilyn, Linda, Kerina and Chef Dempsey
In turn, Marilyn said a few great words expressing how much Blackheath Sports Club have enjoyed Askeans’ presence this year (Well, most times!)
The ever popular ‘Envelope Raffle raised £ 500 and prizes were won by: Jack Henderson – Rugby ball, signed by Northampton Team James Roddy - £25 Adam Maguire - £15
The Toast to the Club proposed by Chairman Steve reflected our season – It’s been challenging – and let’s press on.
Team Captain Jack Henderson’s Response was deft and reflected Chairman Steve’s Toast, throwing down a challenge to players to carry on playing – and to play regularly.
Jack also presented the awards:
Commemorative Ties were also presented -
And so to ‘Filling the breach’ - Jeff Woollen and Robert Noble stepped up to deliver speeches in place of Stewart McKinney which entertained, although for those of us of advanced years and a sensitive disposition, were somewhat ‘Lost in Translation!’ The final word, however, was quite rightly delivered by our irrepressible Director of Rugby, Ian Lunn, who tapped into the theme of ‘Never Give up’ with a heartfelt speech of integrity, sincerity and burning honesty – Nothing else to say………….
Here is a list of those who were there…..
Steve Homewood Alan Hunt Ian Lunn
Paul Duggan Carol Houghton Tony Daley
Richard Tranton Jeff Woollen Graham Smith
Dave Ricketts Phil Mason Mark Morahan
Alan Eastick Paul Walsh Ian Johns
Sean McManus Robert Noble David Lunn
Chris Jeffrey Tim Keepax Andy Jeffrey
Danny Walkden Shane Walton Frank Turner
Devon Maynard Rob Stanley Jack Henderson
Holly Coppins Jess Matthews Christian Carillo
Maddie Daniells Charlie King Holly Jarvis
Ciaran O’Flynn Tom Henderson Carlos Gonzalez-Vendell
Thom Armstrong Seth Adam Maguire
James Roddy Dave O’Connor
Steve Gray Nic Patten
And it doesn’t end there!
We have an excellent ‘Close season planned, for playing and non playing members alike – and please make a note in your diary for:
Friends of Askean RFC Golf Day
Friday 20th May 2022 at
Pedham Place Golf Centre
London Road, Swanley BR8 8PP
Bacon Rolls from 10 am – A round of Golf
& a 2 course meal for £56.00
To secure your place, please contact:
Ian Johns: 07957 596070; email@example.com;
Chris Jeffrey: 07872 382302; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Steve Homewood: 07795 45404; Homewood.email@example.com;