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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) -

Current players, including Greenwich Students

...And players from yesteryear

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.

Paul Walsh presents a cheque to Carlos Gonzalez-Vendell

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:

Player of the Year - Nic Patten

Most Improved Player - Rob Stanley

Top Try Scorer - Charlie King

Players' Player of the Year - Tom Henderson

Commemorative Ties were also presented -

Charlie King receives his '100 Games' tie

Ciaran O'Flynn receives his '50 Games' tie

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;;

Chris Jeffrey: 07872 382302;;

Steve Homewood: 07795 45404;;

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