Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a health & happy New Year.
I will be down at Imber this evening to see ‘Dirty Soles‘ playing live in the members bar. We have been promised some festive treats of Mulled Wine & Cider and Minced Pies. Hopefully see you later for a lively evening.
Now for those reading this expecting to hear the latest gossip from the Imber Dog Club I am afraid you will be bitterly disappointed.
When Yogi said to me yesterday ‘get yourself down to Imber early I have a pleasant surprise for you’, I was not expecting this;
Anyway the pleasant surprise was that’ Dave The Grounds’ was also there to help. You may remember Dave , he is the star of the ‘Imber Court Groundsmen Calendar‘ and can occasionally be found during the winter drinking tea by the electric fire in the Grounds Yard Hut.
So all we had to do was tip the 12 wheelie bins full of muck onto the Kitchen Garden area and as Yogi said sit back during the winter and we will be ready to go in the spring.
It was back breaking work for some but I am sure Yogi appreciated the words of advice he was getting from Dave who was concerned that Yogi had missed some at the back of the bin.
The mucks in now and just needs to be spread. A great effort by all and a big step forward in the progress of Imbers Kitchen Garden
For the educated ones, can anyone give us the famous Francis Bacon quote to do with muck?
I was at Imber earlier this morning spreading the muck (more about that later), and I could not resist taking a few pictures.
Father Christmas has just arrived at Imber to see the children before they watch our Christmas Panto this afternoon.
It is nice to see that Santa has brought his little helper.
Apparently Santa has given his little helper permission to stay out late tonight and attend our Imber Christmas Quiz which starts at 7pm.
A big thank you to Neil Sinclair for providing us with this match report from last Saturday’s Met Police Rugby Team’s fixture at Imber Court.
Police Go Second With Nailbiting Victory Over Old Johnians
In the last league game before the long Christmas break, The Met played newly promoted Old Johnians from Leatherhead. It was a fitting bookend to the year, the two clubs having met in the Surrey Cup on the first weekend of January. Like the first game, this was a very close affair.
The Met have often been accused of slow starts this season but were quickly on the scoreboard, chasing their own kick off and putting together great play between the pack before Jamie O’Sullivan collected a chip over the top of the on-rushing defence to touch down for a try, duly converted by JJ. Connolly.
It was fortunate that The Met had such a good start. Old Johnians dominated from the restart and scored two tries in very similar positions, to the left of the Met’s posts. Neither try was converted but with less than 15 minutes gone, the visitors found themselves 10-7 ahead, soon extended when Cormac Healy was penalised for not getting to his feet before playing the ball after a tackle.
The Met regrouped and played some fine rugby of their own, again utilising ball carrying from the forwards combined with the pace of the outside backs; Will Jay was particularly outstanding, his pace and angles taking the Met deep into Old John’s territory. The Met stormed back into the ascendancy with three unanswered tries of their own. Will Jay, JJ Connolly and Chris Kiernan crossed the line to secure the bonus point for four tries before half time. It was an uncharacteristic day from the tee for Connelly, but the Met still turned around with a 24 to 13 lead.
The second half continued with the Met still dominating the game and two further tries were added. Excellent turnover ball was used to maximum advantage and coolly finished off by Richard Baldwin and Dylan Richards. Connelly added one conversion, making the score line 36 to 13, and the lead seeming unassailable.
But Old Johnians weren’t prepared to give up. Scoring a try of their own which edged them closer to their bonus try point, and an unlikely come back was underway. Still in a commanding position The Met were reveling in the Imber Court floodlights which so brilliantly illuminated an otherwise gloomy Surrey afternoon. But Old John’s still caught the Police napping and grabbed another converted try to bring themselves within two scores at 36 to 25.
And so it was that when the Met were awarded a penalty more or less in front of the posts on the visitors’ 22, Skipper Hall chose the option to kick for goal. Connelly nailed the simple three points and the Met’s cushion was once again a comfortable 14 points. Possibly The Met thought the game was ‘in the bag’ . Old Johnians had other ideas and brought the game to a nervy climax. A penalty and a converted try closed the gap to a single goal. As the scoreboard clock ticked past the 40, Old Johnians worked the ball into the Met’s right corner and surged over for their sixth try. Fortunately for the home side, the conversion drifted across the front of the posts and they remained two points to the good. From the restart and less than 2 minutes on the ref’s watch Old Johnians attacked the wide spaces where they had latterly had so much success. But a knock-on by Johnians’ centre gave Met the put-in at the final set-piece from which the ball was belted over the crowd for a nail-biting 39-37 victory.
It was two great performances and both sides fully deserved their Christmas Socials after a wonderful display of all round rugby.
The Met take a winter break now and are back in league action on Saturday 14th January 2017 away at Old Guildfordians hoping to carry on their charge in Surrey 3.
Last night I bumped into one of our members Jim McCulloch from the Imber Court Dog Club. Good news, his ankle is on the mend and he had just been back in the Imber Pool for his weekly game of Volley Ball.
At our last committee meeting Jim volunteered his services to tidy up our Rear Gate Roundabout and in his word ‘plant a few things’. For those that use the rear gate this roundabout has been a bit of an eyesore and in need of some love and attention.
Well no more.
Jim reports that the roundabout has been worked upon and has now been planted with 500 Daffodil bulbs. A huge thank you on behalf of our Club to Jim and his fellow volunteers for making a difference.
I am looking forward to this coming spring with the first sighting of the mass of daffodils and produce from Yogi’s Kitchen Garden.