Dear rugby colleagues,
It is a great pleasure and honour, as President of Greystones Rugby Club to extend a warm welcome to all members and visitors at DrHickey Park this year. For over 76 years, this Club, co-founded by the legendary Eric Archer, has been a beacon of all that is good in the game of rugby football, from earnest and dedicated endeavours on the pitch, to the social camaraderie that permeates the very fabric of this great Club.
The Club would not function without the support of our very generous sponsors and in thanking them for their valuable contributions, I would ask all members to make a special effort to support their businesses.
I would also like to put on record our appreciation for the wonderful support of our previous main sponsor Eddie O’Dwyer of Dwyer Nolan. Our new main sponsor for the next three years is Heatons and on behalf of the Club, I would like to thank John O’Neill for his foresight and confidence in the Club. Rest assured that the monies will be shrewdly used in the best interests of further development of the Club.
Although Greystones has a new President, a new Coach, and a new Captain this year, we still are resolute in our mission, which is promotion to Division 2A of the AIL League. I would like to wish Kevin Lewis and all the coaches, Simon Malone and all the captains not forgetting the managers and volunteers every success during the coming season and beyond.
The youth section grows in both numbers and importance as each year passes and with now some 600 participating, the Club has the backbone on which to build more great teams in the future.
Ladies’ rugby, which was virtually unheard of in Greystones a couple of years ago, has now become a well established part of the fabric of the Club with over 50 members competing for places. I wish them continued success following on from their impressive achievements of last year.
Looking to the current season as it unfolds, the Club as in every other year depends enormously on members’ support and I would urge all members to come along and support the teams and the Club functions, ensuring the fostering of both team spirit and joie de vivre amongst the players, the members and the sponsors.
In conclusion, I would like to remind the members that this is your Club; this is your very important social outlet from the working week, so please take advantage of it, support it and offer any constructive views on how to improve what I believe is a very healthy solid community resource.
I wish Gary Nolan and his hard working committee and Eddie Lonergan and his staff every success in achieving the very stretching goals they have set themselves for the coming year and I will give them as much assistance as possible to ensure the targets are surpassed
To all, have a great season and as often heard at rugby matches, “I’ll see you in the bar”.
Greystones RFC 2014-15