In a previous post on this blog, I bid my rugby playing career a fond farewell. I remained keen to contribute to the senior side of the club however, despite hanging up my playing boots.
As a result of this desire to remain involved, before this season (2017/18) started I took on the role of 2nd XV manager working alongside Nick Adams the 2nd XV captain, a very capable fellow…both on the pitch and off.
I enjoyed my involvement both pre-season and once the season started. Watching the lads train and talking over positions and tactics with Nick, and between us bringing coaching help in the form of Ian Spiller, Ozzy and Stu Lusted on board. The lads themselves are a talented bunch, capable of giving a great account of themselves on the pitch and wearing Yatton colours with pride. Match day prep (changing room, shirts, water bottles – with which my young daughter was very keen to help) was great fun, plus helping the lads with strapping and warm up etc. The games themselves, sharing triumphs and defeats with the lads (many of whom I have played with and am proud to count as friends), as well as shouldering as much off-field burden for the captain as I could, was a sheer pleasure and another reason I did it in the first place.
It’s also nice to both enjoy what you do and have your efforts appreciated, which I know Nick did.
There’s no doubt that performing this role, that I was very keen to do, takes time out of one’s life. In an attempt to accommodate it I gave up time spent on other interests that were also dear to me (see HERE). However, in ALL circumstances I firmly believe family must come first. With my stepdad fighting terminal cancer and my mum needing support, my mother-in-law shortly to be hospitalised for a knee operation and other circumstances coalescing in my life, I took the unpleasant decision to step down. I simply could no longer spare the time as my family needed me.
Sadly, on Christmas Day 2017, my stepdad Bill lost his battle with cancer, so my mum will need more support than ever. My mother in law’s operation is imminent as well. It is sad and not without regret I had to step down as 2s manager, but family has to come first.
Best of luck to Yatton RFC’s 2nd XV for the rest of the 2017/18 season – you are a fine body of men, gentlemen…and can be assured of my best wishes and support. Up the Yat!
(Back Row, L – R): Fred Blanks, Lewis Hynam, Mike Gane, Steve “Fudge” Hazell, James “Nosh” Nash, Ryan Langman, Nick Adams (c), Pete Quinn, Jon “Milky” Smith, Ryan Thorpe, Simon Foley
(Front Row, L – R): Josh Hullah, Stu Hill, Paul “Moley” Catchlove, Charlie Harrison, John “Macca” Mackay, Tom Clarke, Will Tobin, Tom Patch
(photo taken 16th Sep 2017 @ Weston Hornets RFC following a 50 – 8 victory)