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Season's end in sight...

It seems like a moment ago when we welcomed back full-on, post-COVID rugby, but now the signs of the season's end are in sight.  The 1st XV have played their final home game, the Falcons have hung up their boots for the year, the Sportsman's Lunch looms, the date is set for the AGM (Weds 11/5), the call for teams for the 7s (Sat 15/5) is out there and age group presentation events are starting to happen  We've even opened the ticket ballot for next Autumn's Internationals at Twickenham (see below).

Click here and take a moment to have a look at the season through the eyes of this publication.

..but there's still more to come

On Easter Saturday 2017 a thousand gathered at Monkton Lane to watch the 1st XV defeat Saltash to secure their place in the final of the Senior Vase at HQ. 

This Easter Saturday there is another game to watch that may well point to similar, future glories.

Our  U23s side play Old Reedonians in the return fixture of the game at Christmas. KO 2.30. The brainchild of Dom Parker, the U23 side provides an essential link between our Junior/Academy rugby factory and Senior Rugby for those players who are away at uni for most of the season.

If the earlier match is anything to go by, it promises to be a great game to watch.

U16 player Eddie Buckton (below) is, unsurprisingly. known to the his coaches and team mates as "The Whizz."

...on the subject of that factory

The U16's played their last meaningful game of their season last Sunday, defeating a feisty Andover side 29-10 in the Hampshire Cup.  It was a great game to watch with no shortage of endeavour and skill shown by both sides - particularly the victors.  These lads will continue their rugby career under the watchful eyes of the Academy's professional coach. It's time for the Dad - in this case Gavin Baker - who has been head-coach of the squad since they were U6 to have a lie in on a Sunday morning.

This cycle is repeated year in year out.  The club is forever grateful for those Dad's who have just started, are in the midst of or can see the finishing post of this ten year commitment,

A step back for the 1st XV?

After a four-match winning run against mid-table sides, the 1st XV were reminded just how tough this league can be when beaten by Horsham 12-50 last Saturday.  However, despite missing a handful of regular first teamers, it was not a poor performance by any stretch. They showed their true mettle by scoring the final try of the match after an all team move, .  But, somewhat reminiscent of the defeat at Chichester, one small slip and "Bang!" the oppo are in - especially if they have a lightening fast winger! 
Click here for the full report.

The team has two more games to finish off their season.  The COVID-cancelled fixture against KCS Old Boys is now scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 19th April under lights at KCS' New Malden ground.  The final league match is away at Cobham on the following Saturday 23rd. KO 3.00pm.  All support welcome! 

Ticket Ballot for the Autumn Internationals
is open.

From our Hon Ticket Sec, Ed Simpson.

I will only be running a ballot for the two highlighted games. The RFU will put the first two games on general sale (date tbc). 

England v Argentina, Sunday 6 November, KO TBC
England v Japan, Saturday 12 November, KO TBC
England v New Zealand, Saturday 19 November, KO TBC
England v South Africa, Saturday 26 November, KO TBC

Applications close on the evening of Monday, 2 May. You will be notified whether or not you are successful in the ballot the following week. Payments for tickets must be made by 10 June or your entry is forfeit. 

Sometimes we are allocated an odd number of tickets and so by entering the ballot you acknowledge you may get three tickets. These will usually be relatively low value seats.  NB a pair of tickets may cost up to £348 plus the club’s £7.00 handling fee.

The balloted matches are: 

1    England v New Zealand,    Sat         19/11/22 
2    England v South Africa,      Sat        26/1122 

Please indicate in your entry the preference for games. If you only want to enter the ballot for one specific game, then just put that one number in your entry. Ballot entrants may be allocated no more than one pair of tickets per series. 

NB Only one ballot entry per family and entrants must be 18 or over (though U18s may of course use the tickets!). Occasionally junior tickets (15 years and under) are available at a reduced price so please indicate whether, if successful, you would like one of these as part of an adult and junior pair.  

To enter the ballot for 1. NZ and 2. SA games, send an email to internationaltickets@farnhamrugby.org using the following format: 

Subject: AI Tickets 

First name & Surname: 

Membership Number: 
Preference (1, 2 or 1/2): 
Junior x1 (J):
Mobile Number: 

Here is an example what your email should look like: 
Subject: AI Tickets 
Jo Bloggs 
1111
2/1 
J or leave blank
07777 999999 
No further information is required, and no further correspondence will be entered into until after the draw. 

Good luck! 

With no game last weekend, a gang from the Falcons 1st team chose to chase an egg from Farnham to Guildford for the club's charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice raising £500.  Well done girls!  
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