Chairman's report

24 August 2015

Dear Members,

Wow, what a season this has been, so far. By far the toughest we have experience, which had to come at some stage. It is said that it is easier to get to the top, than to stay at the top. We are now in a critical stage of Masi Rugby Club, it was hard work and fun growing the club to get to Section C, now it is still hard work and fun, however, we have to “box clever”, show even more support for each other in order to maintain our current status and obviously for future growth.

Our first team is currently lying at #8 out of 16 on the log. Judging by the quality of our opponents, we have done well, however, we have some very competitive members who believe we should have won all our games! Realistically speaking, a very good base has been laid for next year. We need to win our remaining game with a bonus point (and plenty points) in order to enjoy home ground advantage during the first round of the Presidents Cup during September.

Our second team is lying fifth on the log and can end at #4, which shows that we have depth to push for first team positions. Our third team is also at #7 and can realistically end at #6. So, the two teams supporting the first team are delivering, in the sense that once the first team is taking the field, they know their mates have performed well, and does wonders for the ‘uumph’ required for another winning performance by the first team.

Our U20’s are lying 10th, with four wins and one draw. For their first season in in a very competitive league, they have shown great spirit and determination and shocked a few of the top teams. Some of those youngsters have revealed form for future honours in our senior teams.

Our “Junior Academy” is growing steadily; the U15 consists of 22 players and the U19 of 21 players, of which some play in our U20 team. An U12 team was also introduced at Kleinberg Primary School in Ocean View. Hokisa (Homes for Kids in South Africa) has kindly donated gym equipment which will be utilised during the summer program. Incidentally, the summer program will also include study time and presentations on life skills.

Although we are building a solid foundation for Masi RFC’s future, there are still challenges for the “Junior Academy” to overcome, e.g. the current field used at Ukhanya Primary School is not in a good condition, game time for the U15’s, introduction of a women / girls team and then the biggest challenge, transport. Please feel free to chat to Frank Charlie about our “Junior Academy”, and to offer assistance.
We are pleased to announce that most of our members have paid their subs, always a challenge, for various reasons, in any sports organisation. The Lotto allocation was a great help, which paid for kit (jerseys, shorts, tracksuits, balls etc.), general administration and the day-to-day running of the club (part of the roof was replaced), and league participation. Although nominal, we also pay the City of Cape Town for the use of the Noordhoek facilities. The municipality, in turn, is assisting us with the maintenance of the facilities; the collapsed ceiling was replaced within a day!

Running a rugby club is very costly; we therefor rely heavily on sponsorships. The companies and organisations that are helping us are mentioned on our website and the match day programs. Please support them where possible. To raise funds we had a very successful (and funny) quiz evening last Friday. Well done to all involved. We will also introduce a R10 000 lucky draw which will take place on Friday evening the 9 October 2015. Tickets are R100 each, only 200 printed, which means you stand a chance at 1 out of 200, much better than the Lotto! Another date to remember is the 17 October, our annual dinner.

Your committee has also decided to revisit the structure of the committee. Currently we have “few people doing more work”, however; the idea is to have “more people to do less work”. We have identified certain roles and responsibilities which cover the effective running of the club, especially communication. This structure also allows for individuals to learn and develop their individual skills within a structured environment with clearly defined roles. These experiences can be added to your CV. More details will be available on our website and Facebook soon.

Last, but not least, thank you to everybody for making Masi RFC “the place to be”, especially our coaches, managers, people looking after the kit, transport, you know who you are, it is greatly appreciated by all our members!

One more home game left (before President’s Cup), let’s give them hell!!

Life Beyond Rugby

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