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Chairman Geoff Robins, Mike Tindall MBE and Ian Colley MD of Fish Saltus,
the Sportsmans Lunch sponsor and our principal partner.

Season ends with a royal occasion, a close result and a Super Sunday for the Juniors.

The crescendo of the season at Farnham Rugby Club did not disappoint.  On Friday afternoon 400 guests assembled for the Sportsmans Lunch, the club’s premier social event and fundraiser.  After two years of COVID-cancellations, the guests were not disappointed. After a splendid meal, they were royally entertained by guest speaker and ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall. Interviewed by Club President - and fellow international - Geoff Bond, Mike regaled the audience with anecdotes from his rugby career including his role in England’s World Cup winning campaign of 2003 together with one or two charming insights into life among the Royal Family.

On Saturday, the 1st XV made the short trip up the A3 to Cobham where in a thrilling encounter, they were pipped at the post by a drop goal.  See website for match report.

While "not the result we wanted", the game proved beyond doubt that the 1st XV belong in London 1.  The club should be proud of the endeavour of the entire squad (46 players used!) and the hard and skilful work of the coaching team led by Ali Chisholm and Gary Stennett - not to mention the faithful support home and away.  I can't tell you how much the lads appreciate the noise from the balcony!  What a 2022-23 season we have to look forward to!

On Sunday, hundreds of Minis enjoyed success at various festivals while the Junior Boys and Girls wrapped up their Waterfall Cup campaigns.

We're not quite all done - see below - but this is the last of the season's regular newsletters.  Enjoy the summer.  I will!

Two out of three ain't bad for the U13 massive.
Tackle! U13 player Cam Boston brings down his man
in the Waterfall Trophy final
The Farnham U13 "Whites" won the Waterfall Trophy beating Old Rutlishians A 9 tries to 1
The Farnham U13 "Blacks"  were runners up in the Waterfall Cup final with a narrow 3-4 loss to Barnes A
The Farnham U13 "Maple" beat Reeds B 7-6 to secure the Waterfall Plate.
The girls do the double over double teams
The Girls U18 Hawks played in their Waterfall Cup Final against a combined Cobham/Warlingham side. Farnham was quick out of the blocks and scored an excellent try in the first five minutes of the match. This was just the start the team needed and settled the nerves. The forwards gained dominance through the set pieces and the breakdown which ensured quality front-foot ball for the backs. We scored some excellent tries in the first half to lead 33-5 at the break. The second half started with the same intensity and we scored a quick try to maintain the momentum from the 1st half. More great interplay between the forwards and the backs ensured a couple more tries. The match was stopped early due to the high score of 59-5.  The points from Rebecca Johnston with two tries, Holly Thompson with two and one each for Molly Tebutt, Tilly Poland, Rosie Peet, Iley Bailey  and Maddie Healy  - who also made seven successful conversions.
 
The Girls U15s played their Waterfall Cup Final at Cobham against a combined Cobham/Dorking team. The opposition started strongly, scoring 2 tries before Farnham hit back with a try from fullback, Hattie. However, Cobham scored again and it took a long distance try from winger Polly to keep Farnham in the game, going into half-time 19-14 behind. 
The Farnham girls stepped up a couple of gears in the 2nd half. Aggressive defence combined with strong scrummaging and running with the ball led to 31 unanswered points. There were tries from centre Mimi and scrum half E-J interspersed by another three from Hattie cruising into the line from fullback. Fly half, Phoebe, converted 5 tries culminating in a final score of 45-19 to Farnham. 

Farnham host the Senior Surrey Cup Finals

Next Saturday the club is hosting five matches between Surrey club teams in a festival of cup finals.  The Warriors and the Vets are in action.  Get down to support.

The schedule of matches:
12:30  Farnham Vets v Guildford Vets for the President's Cup.
14:10  Farnham Warriors v Old Ruts for the President's Barrel.
15:40  Battersea 2nd XV v Worthing 2nd XV for the President's Tankard
           Purley John Fisher v Lightwater for the Chairman's Jug
           Kingston 2nd XV v Bec Old Boys 2nd XV for the President's Jug

Award winning Sunday

The club will be busy this Sunday morning with all the Minis at home having a run out before they gather for presentations and awards.

Looking ahead to future seasons and with our players' welfare uppermost, the Farnham branch of My Dentist will be on site to offer advice, fitting etc of gumshields.  Do make the most of this opportunity with our latest commercial partner.

The U15s are sending a squad to the County Junior Sevens tournament at Old Cranleighans - and don't forget we host our own U14's Sevens Tournament next Sunday morning (8th May).

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