David Page - DOR Chobham RFC

View from the Touchline

View from the touchline from David Page, Director of Rugby : Good afternoon and welcome to Fowlers Wells. Can I extend a special warm welcome to the Players, Coaching staff, Medical team and Alecadoo’s from our visitors today Guildford, they have travelled the huge distance all the way up from Godalming, so welcome, I hope your time is a pleasant one.


Since my short involvement with Chobham this fixture is the one that everyone looks forward to and it really does make the nerve ends tingle, gets the hair on your neck to stand to attention and seems to bring out all sorts of supporters including those with some excellent musical know how.


We have now had a two week break since that last game against Sutton and Epsom that has seen Chobham drop into 4th in the league and with new league leaders taking over. Those leaders are Guildford and so there is so much to play for – not only the local bragging rights. The defeat at home to S&E was uncomfortable for us as this has been a very rare occurrence in recent times but it does reflect the strength of the league and how hard it will be for all the top sides to mount and maintain a tittle challenge.


It seems an eternity ago since England played a game in the Rugby World cup – and in that time we have seen a truly great side lift the Webb Ellis Trophy. This has now been taken back to New Zealand where a true rugby nation will celebrate their success; while here in dear ‘old blighty’ the home nations will begin to rebuild their sides for the challenge in 4 years’ time in Japan. It will be interesting to see the RFU review on the England performance but somehow I cannot see ‘Turkey’s voting for Christmas’ – let’s just all watch this space over the coming weeks.


Mighty Chobham held its own World cup on Cup final day and this saw a vast number of players from the seniors, ladies, Mini’s & Juniors taking part in their own RWC Touch tournament. Huge credit to everyone who took part in one way or another and to Steve Cross for organising.


It has been a busy period for #Oneclub as the Mini’s went along on mass to watch a Harlequins training session, and were treated royally by our neighbouring premiership side – let’s hope that they picked up one of two tips.


The next big event is here in two weeks’ time – Saturday 21st November, the Day the 1st XV play Chiswick. This is Ladies Day at Fowlers Wells and In support of the Ladies I would ask everyone to make it a ‘Pink Day’. There will be a lunch for the Ladies with Topless waiters, 1st XV players auctioned off and who knows what else may happen, but it will be fun and will raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause.


Next week the 1st XV travel to Charlton Park, if you can join us their please do so, otherwise please be here on the 21st November for the game v Chiswick. Your vocal support today will be the 16th man, so please raise your voices, bang your drums and cheer on your Mighty Chobham side this afternoon.

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