I want to extend a thank you to my fellow OBRFC members for the many warm words of encouragement, sincere messages of support and reminders that I better not mess up for the season ahead!
Interestingly, the words of encouragement can be divided into 2 camps, those of a rugby forward or a back sharing their insights. The forwards, when communicating intimated I should “keep it tight”, noting progress was in “the hard yards” and that “it was the inches that mattered”. On the other hand, the backs cohort were more open minded, with words such as “soft hands” and “finding space out wide” being mentioned, along with “footwork” - whatever that means.
On behalf of our club, I extend a warm welcome to all visiting teams to Ollie Campbell Park. To the referees and your assistants, we greatly appreciate your volunteerism. Rugby cannot survive without you and we thank you sincerely.
To our members, sponsors and supporters, we try very hard to provide a vibrant club house for you to share and enjoy. We have invested significantly over the past 18 months improving our facilities and this is an ongoing commitment. We believe that we have a venue that you can be proud to host your personal and business events throughout the year and we hope you will consider OBRFC for any such occasions.
Our club depends on the goodwill of our members to continue to thrive. Please consider, at some point this season, giving back to OBRFC whether by volunteering for a role, joining a committee, managing a team, sponsoring or taking a table at one of our lunches/events.
To our various teams, senior men and women, junior men and women, under 20’s, youths boys and girls, minis boys and girls, vets, touch rugby and the men’s shed – we salute you! Parents of players, we are very grateful that you have lent your sons and daughters to our club. In return, we promise to provide a safe, welcoming team environment where they will develop life long memories and friends.
Finally to our players. Whether you train and play for competitive or social reasons, prepare properly, wear our jersey with real pride, respect the referee, compete until the final whistle sounds, shake the hands of the opposition, buy a drink afterwards for your opposite number, regale the highs and the lows of the match played and the season to come – these are the best years of your life.
OBRFC 2023- 2024