First Training 2013/14 – Sun 6 Oct, 2pm

Dear all,

As this year’s committee put the final touches to our prep for the 2013/14 Cambridge footy season, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new CUARFC members (and welcome back some ‘old’ club stalwarts..).
Our ultimate aim is to capture the Varsity Cup v. Oxford in Oxford circa. March 2014. Despite the varsity loss in 2013, the 2012/13 season was one of our best to-date – seeing us win 2 excellent games v. Birmingham Sharks & Wolverhampton Wolverines – so we’re looking to work hard between now and March 2014…
We also want to build on the excellent work by previous committees in creating this genuine and unique ‘footy club’ feeling that we have – so we’re also going to party hard somewhat at times.
So to kick this 2013/14 season off….

Our 1st Training session takes place this Sunday (October 6th) on Parker’s Piece at 2pm… followed by post-training drinks at the Alma

Looking at some of the training schedule/games & activities planned, it already promises to be another very exciting year for the club both on and off the oval – details of which will follow in due course

Also check out our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/CUARFC.

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AFL Grand Final Screening in Cambridge – Sat 28 September

We have arranged for The Alma to record and then replay the 2013 AFL Grand Final and pre-game entertainment for us from 1pm on Saturday afternoon, 28th September 2013.

If you would like to view the game at a reasonable hour then please join us for lunch and a pint and what promises to be an enthralling encounter.   We will start the pre-game entertainment at 1pm and then the game will start around 2pm.   This year’s entertainment include Hunters & Collectors (Half time) and Birds of Tokyo (pre-game).  The national anthem will be sung by Tina Arena.

The Alma is located at 26 Russell Court, just north of the botanical gardens, between Hills Road and Trumpington Rd.

Please feel free to pass this on to any interested parties.   Any score spoilers will be lynched!

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Club trip to the AFL match in London – 3 Nov

The CUARFC is organising a club daytrip to London to watch the two football exhibition matches that are being held at Surrey County Cricket Club  (KIA Oval/The Oval) on Saturday 3rd of November.   Plans at the moment are that we will be travelling as a group from Cambridge via train and then tube to KIA Oval, possible drinks afterwards at a nearby pub, then train back home.   Tickets will be £25 each (which includes booking fee, payable to the CUARFC bank account, info below) plus the cost of return train to London (approx £16) and tube ride (a few £’s). Tickets for the game only will be purchased as a group booking by the CUARFC whereas the booking of train tickets and tube costs are the responsibility of members.  Partners and friends are more than welcome to accompany the club.   Times for train ticket bookings are below.  The CUARFC committee are also attempting to have a meet and greet with the Port Adelaide players on game day. We won’t know if this is possible until a day or two before we go.

If you are interested in attending this club day,  please email Miles at mjd202 before Saturday 20 October for details.

The planned itinerary for the day is:

  • Team meets outside Cambridge train station at 9.45am Saturday 3rd November.
  • Collect train tickets and catch 10.15am train to London King’s Cross Station (arrive 11.04am)
  • Catch Northern Line tube train to Oval Tube Station (KIA Oval)
  • Matches are approx 1pm-7pm:  AFL Europe have the curtain-raiser (Mixed team of Islands of Britain, Ireland and Iceland  vs  Mixed Europe Continent) 1pm, then the main event, Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs (3pm).
  • Possibly meet with Port Adelaide AFL players after the game (subject to talks with Port Adelaide – tba)
  • If time permits, drinks at The Greyhound until 9.30pm– pub located next to Oval Tube Station (336 Kennington Park Road)
  • Catch Northern Line to London King’s Cross Station 9.45pm
  • Catch 10.15pm train to Cambridge (arrive 11.05pm)
  • Train ticket Cambridge-Kings Cross return (to be purchased by members -  Super off-peak Day Return ticket for 10.15am depart Cambridge-Kings Cross, then 22.15pm train Kings Cross-Cambridge =  £16).  This ticket gives us options for return time too.
  • Bring Oyster card for tube train.   Alternatively buy tickets on arrival at Kings Cross or get a Super off-peak Travel Card which gives you tube travel included = £22.
  • No drink bottles or alcohol are permitted into KIA Oval.
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Footy Training Starts This Sunday 14 Oct

Gents,

I hope you all had a fantastic summer break but it is now time to dust off the footy boots and get fit as the 2012/13 CUARFC football season is just around the corner.

Training starts this Sunday 14th October at Parkers Piece (North-Eastern corner) at 2pm, then we will head over to The Elm Tree pub from about 3.30pm to re-hydrate!

This first training session will be a meet and greet, a bit of running around to increase the heart rate and a skills refresher.  For first timers to Aussie Rules this will be a good opportunity to learn how to kick, handball and take a mark etc….

Please make sure that you bring your footy boots and mouth guard (gum shield to the Brits!) to Sunday training sessions, and a water bottle to every session.  For newcomers or those who just want to try football, no need to buy footy boots or mouth guard just yet!!

Please make every effort to get to Parkers Piece for the first Sunday training session of the season to get acquainted with your new team mates and to blow out the cob webs as we have a big season ahead of us.

Note: For the remainder of this year training will be
Thursday nights (6.30pm -  venues tba)    -     will be mainly fitness sessions (we will be running street circuits, gym visits, circuit training with the Gaelic footy guys etc…)
Sunday afternoons (2pm) at Parkers Piece   -   all things football, i.e. skills and drills and a short game at the end of every training session to increase match practice.

See you all on Sunday!

Cheers,

Miles.

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CUARFC at Freshers’ Fair

CUARFC will have a stall at the Freshers’ Fair taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Kelsey Kerridge.

Please come along if you would like to find out more about the Club or if you are keen to play for the Mighty Light Bluesin the 92nd AFL Varsity Match against Oxford, which we will be hosting in Cambridge this year.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, but are eager to play for the team, or just to give Aussie Rules a try, please email the committee at:
soc-cuarfc-ctee@lists.cam.ac.uk

We hope to see you in Freshers’ Week!

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Grand Final Viewing – Sat 29 Sept

We have arranged for The Alma to record and replay the AFL Grand Final for us at 1pm on Saturday afternoon, 29th September 2012.

If you would like to view the game at a reasonable hour then please join us for lunch and a quiet pint and what promises to be an enthralling encounter.

The Alma is located at 26 Russell Court, just north of the botanical gardens, between Hills Road and Trumpington Rd.

Please feel free to pass this on to any interested parties.   Any score spoilers will be lynched!

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Miles.

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Summer Kick of the Footy – Sun 9 Oct

For those that are around Cambridge this weekend, a few of us will be meeting this Sunday (9th Oct) at 3pm on Parker’s Piece (North-Western corner) for a kick of the footy, and of course, drinks at the Elm Tree afterwards. Please feel free to join us.

Cheers,

Miles.

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President’s Report, Season 2011-12

Dear all

As season 2011/12 draws to a close for the Light Blues, the committee and I wanted to take this chance to thank all those players and supporters for their involvement with Cambridge footy.  Our sophomore season as a stand-alone club was another strong one, and while the ultimate prize remained just beyond our grasp, there is no doubt that the gap has narrowed and that persistence will see the elusive Varsity Cup returned to its rightful place at Parker’s Piece.

One of the aims of the committee for the year was to continue building the atmosphere of the club off the field.  We wished to develop the feeling of a “true” football club, a place where anyone with an interest in football in Cambridge could meet and converse with like-minded people, regardless of their experience, background or athletic ability.  We wished to do so to not only encourage as much on-field participation as a possible, but also in the hope that the spirit of such a club, one of inclusion, participation and humility, would provide a welcome contrast to some of the less admirable aspects of life in Cambridge. To that end, we hope that events such as the John Daley Invitational, won by the indomitable Tomas Harrington, the fundraising night with the North London Lions (and the conception of Bob the Drinking Mascot), the presentation dinner (where Bob met an untimely end) and Sunday post-training pints will remain integral aspects of the club.

Of course the ultimate aim of the CUARFC is to win the annual Varsity Match, and this year we were unable to accomplish this goal.  The final score of 9.11.65 to 4.12.36 belies the fact that this was one of the most competitive Varsity matches in recent times.  The Light Blues dominated much of the first half, with persistent effort through the midfield and half-back line resulting in Cambridge winning the inside-50s count in the first two quarters.  Rumor has it that the Dark Blues began the match with some of the better players on the bench (including their ringer) in the hope of saving said player’s legs for the latter stages of the match, a strategy that was reversed before quarter time as we took the ascendency.  Unfortunately, dogged defense from the Dark Blues kept the scoreboard in check, with a lack of support for our tall forwards a telling factor, and the battle of the midfield shifted their way in the third quarter.  With one key ball-winner Sean Ryan, going down with a broken rib in the first quarter, and injuries to our two ruckmen Nick Owen and Patrick Myers prior to the match, it was clear we would face an uphill battle to secure the ball as the game wore on, and this became telling as Oxford kicked away in the premiership quarter.  With the honors split in the final quarter, Oxford ran out five goal winners to again claim the Varsity Cup, their superior fitness and disposal by foot being the difference on the day.  All who donned the light blue on the day can hold their head up high, and special mentions must be made to our best afield Daniel Juhasz as well as Paul Newberry, Pat Stirling and Ciaran Boyle for their terrific contributions.

We must now make note of several stalwarts of the club who are unfortunately leaving us for greener pastures.  This year we say farewell to ex-committee members, Joe McIntyre and Jon Ketchesen, both of whom have earned four caps for the Light Blues and have made crucial contributions getting the club off the ground.  Ketch’s ability to recruit from incoming LLM classes and Joe’s as until recently unacknowledged ability to monster a pint of ale will both be especially missed, and we hope that they can build the legacy of the Light Blues in London and Adelaide respectively.  We also say farewell to two terrific on-field servants of the club; Tom Elton and Dan Juhasz.  Tom has been one of the most talented athletes the CUARFC has “produced”, having never touched a Sherrin prior to three years ago, and since then has learned to consistently out-mark many of us who’ve played the game for decades, and also how to put the ball on a plate to a leading forward.  He leaves with three caps for the club.  Dan, our best-and-fairest this year will also be sorely missed, not just for his telling contribution on the pitch, but also as a terrific character to have around the club.  We wish him the very best of luck back in Oz, and on the professional roller-derby circuit, when that time comes.

A few administrative notes for those who are interested.  We end the year with a small net positive cash position, thanks in part to the kind contributions of ex-players and supporters of the club around the world and ongoing fundraising efforts through the year.  We have completed our kit expenditure, purchasing a set of football shorts for the club to go with the jumpers obtained last year.  Having now acquired proper AFL posts for our home fixtures and a full kit, two major capital expenditures that the nascent club needed to fund have been acquired and we are in a terrific position to build the financial resources of the club in to 2012/13 and beyond.  I would like to sincerely thank Miles De Blasio for his tremendous efforts keeping the books for the club.  We would be severely lost without his diligent service as Treasurer.  I would also like to sincerely thank Jarrod Voss for his tireless efforts as club captain and committee member.  He was instrumental in organising many of our events including the John Daly, the presentation dinner, and fundraising with the North London Lions, as well as again leading from the front on the field and the training track.  We are very lucky to have both of these men around for season 2012/13 and hopefully beyond.

Finally, we wish to formally introduce the CUARFC committee for 2012/13.  We have been able to recruit a very strong leadership group for next year, and we are very confident in their ability to produce another terrific year for the CUARFC, one that will hopefully lead to our deliverance:

President: Tomas Harrington
Treasurer: Miles De Blasio
Secretary: Ross Dennis

They will be in touch shortly.  In the mean time, for those that are around, we will be meeting this Sunday at 3pm on Parker’s Piece for one last kick of the footy, and of course, a jar at the Elm Tree.

Best wishes
James Brugler
President CUARFC 2011/12

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CUARFC v Birmingham – Sat 25 Feb

CUARFC will be hosting Birmingham University for a friendly match this Saturday at St John’s College pitches. Kick-off is at 1pm.

Players to meet outside the changing rooms at 12pm.

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Match v North London cancelled. Gathering at Maypole this Saturday.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the practice match scheduled for this Saturday 11 February because of the weather.

Although the match is off, we will still be meeting this Saturday evening for
dinner and drinks in the Maypole pub at 6pm. We would like to invite all
CUARFC members (past and present) and WAGS to what I’m sure will be a
great evening. As an extra incentive, we will be hoping to raise funds
by raffling off a few of our CUARFC heritage jumpers and some of Brendan
Plant’s famous cured meats. This will be a great chance to get together
for a few brews as a team, so we hope that you will make every effort to
be there.

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