Posted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
Author: olly stratton
Categories: Club News, Rugby News

Valley Fort Chairman's update - February 19

Valley Fort parents,

With 160 Valley Fort kids and their parents heading off to KL tomorrow for
the KL Saracens International 10s Tournament, this weekend will have a
different feel for those back in Hong Kong. But you should be excited as
there's a lot of rugby to participate in and to watch. I've already sent a
detailed briefing to KL tourists, so this email will focus on important
announcements and upcoming activities for the whole club.

I'll keep this message brief with a few essentials that you need to know:

1.       Opportunity for a Sevens Suite

2.       Rugby this weekend

3.       Valley Fort Festival volunteering

4.       Save the Date: Valley Fort End of Season Party

5.       Valley Fort Six Nations Fantasy League

1. Opportunity for a Sevens Suite

As a club, and through friends, we've got access to different opportunities
around the Sevens, including a suite which could be the ideal venue for
entertaining partners, clients and friends. If you, your company, or
somebody you know is interested, please contact me as soon as possible.

2. Rugby this weekend

Friday, February 17. 6.30 to 8.00 HKIS training for U9 through U12,
including girls. Jessie will circulate the bus schedule. Please be reminded
that you should not put kids on the bus without some adult supervision -
whether a parent, a helper, or somebody else's parent/helper that know they
are responsible for the wellbeing of your kid. We cannot have a formal bus
mum service because we don't know who's going to be on the bus in each
direction. Our pro coaches on the bus have been asked to ensure good
behaviour (not just their own, but also the kids!), and to ask that kids
know where they are meant to be going, but cannot be responsible for
ensuring that every kid makes it safely home. So if you use the bus, make
sure somebody is designated beforehand to watch over your kid

Saturday, February 18. Valley Club Day at HV8, including presentations of
league trophies (Ma Jais, hopefully Prems and also Black Ladies) and life
member awards at 3pm. It's a full afternoon of SocGen Valley action, with
some excellent games in prospect, so go along to support

*         1.30 - Red Ladies vs. Gai Wu

*         3.00 - Soc Gen Prems vs. HKCC. Following on from a crushing 29-3
victory over HK Scottish in the top of the table clash last Saturday, we
enter the last round of league action with Valley holding a virtually
uncatchable lead

*         4.30 - Black Ladies vs. Gai Wu.  With Black Ladies unbeaten this
season (and for several years), can they finish off the league season with a
perfect record as they take on 2nd placed Gai Wu in what is likely to be a
rehearsal for a Grand Final? VF girls in VF kit will have the opportunity to
run water and possibly walk the teams onto the pitch before KO

*         6.00 - Knights vs. HKFC Dragons. Another top of the table clash,
with both teams locked on 50 points, and with 1 victory apiece in the
head-to-heads earlier this season. Who will win the league?

Sunday, February 19. Regular training schedule. Pro coaches will be there
for U9 through U12. Head coaches have each appointed a non-touring parent
coach to be in charge

*         At Stanley Fort. Plan for delays in entering the Fort as there
will be a security check. While you're at the Fort, go visit the Clubhouse
where Chez Patrick will be serving coffee, pastries and more. Jessie will
have all our latest merchandise which is well worth checking out.

o   9.45 to 11.30: U9, U10, U10G, U12G

o   10.00 to 11.30: U7, U8

o   10.15 to 11.30: U5, U6

*         At St. Stephen's. There is no parking at St. Stephen's

o   9.00 to 10.30: U11

o   10.30 to 12.00: U12

Don't forget to bring mouth guards, plenty of water, sunscreen and plenty of

Colts, please refer to emails from head coaches.

3. Valley Fort Festival, February 26

It's getting closer!

The organizers, led by George Von Burg, ably supported by Keir Macintosh and
Simon Anam have put in a massive amount of work and I'm excited by what will
be on offer at our Festival at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre, Sandy Bay. We
have additional sponsor support specifically for the festival from Marriott
Rewards (thanks Richard Boyer), Swire Properties (thanks Tim Blackburn) and
Ogilvy (thanks Adam O'Connor). We will be bringing the U5 mini mini festival
that we pioneered 2 years ago at St. Stephen's to the festival itself; we
will also have a coaches touch tournament where Valley Fort coaches will be
up against 10 other clubs (all of this taking place on the central pitch 3
from 12 to 2pm). We are bringing a large range of F&B choices (thanks Ed
Rolston) and new activities to really engage the kids between their games.

Given all that we are planning to accomplish we will need lots of help from
volunteers: to set up the evening before, to run various elements of the
festival throughout the day, and to help clear up at the end. Many hands
make light work, so please put up your hands and volunteer. Your head
coaches will be reaching out for help, but you can also contact George Von
Burg at directly. Remember that volunteers will get priority
when we allocate Sevens tickets....

For those of you needing to plan ahead, this is the overall schedule:

*         U5 - 4 x 7 min games, 1/12 size pitches. Playing on pitch 3 from
12.00 to 14.00

*         U6 - 4 x 8 min games, 1/8 size pitches. Playing on pitch 4 from
8.30 to 11.38

*         U7 - 3 x 12 min games, 1/4 size pitches (there will be 5 pitches).
Playing on pitch 2 from 8.30 to 12.50

*         U8 - 3 x 14 min games, 1/4 size pitches (there will be 5 pitches).
Playing on pitch 2 from 13.00 to 17.45

*         U9 - 3 x 15 min games, 1/4 size pitches (there will be 3 pitches).
Playing on pitch 4 from 11.50 to 17.57

*         U10 - 3 x 17 min games, 1/3 size pitches. Playing on pitch 3 from
8.30 to 11.50 (tier B) and 14.05 to 17.58 (tier A)

*         U10G - 3 x 17 min games, 1/3 size pitches. Playing on pitch 3 from
14.05 to 17.58

*         U11 - 3 x 19 min games, 1/2 size pitches. Playing on pitch 1 from
9.30 to 17.10 (the 5 tier A teams will actually have 4 games)

*         Coaches touch - 4 x 9 min games, 1/3 size pitches. Playing on
pitch 3 from 12.00 to 14.00.  VF have 2 teams entered. Thanks to Philip
Lynch and Ashlee Schroth for leading and coaching this team. Please come and

We do not plan to organizing Valley Fort buses as you can park at Cyberport
and either walk or take the free shuttlebus to Stanley Ho. We will however
make an exception for festival volunteers (those doing set-up and clean-up)
and organize a bus  to arrive at Stanley Ho at 7am and another to depart
from Stanley Ho back to the southside at 7pm.

4. Save the Date: Valley Fort End of Season Party

Our Party Committee have decided on, or been steered towards, a date that
hopefully works for everybody. No long weekend, no French holidays (not yet,
anyway), most pros still around. We're very excited to announce that the
party will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Mr & Mrs Fox, the Swire Properties
restaurant in Quarry Bay. The oldies not on the party committee (that's me
and Keir and the rest of the head coaches) are still negotiating with the
youngies on the party committee (that's Ashlee, Paige, Anna, Katherine and
others) about the theme and how racy we can make it, or not...

Put the date in your calendars. Further details to follow.

5. Valley Fort Six Nations Fantasy League

We now have got 20 people signed up in the league, and after the second
weekend of action, it's all change at the top, although unfortunately for
the Marburians, not so much change at the bottom. If last week was Stuart
Hogg week, this week was CJ Stander week. The Irish flanker ran in a hat
trick of tries and picked up man of the match against Italy to gain 37
fantasy points. It meant a good week for the Strattons with Andrew going to
1st place and Olly having the biggest rise up the table. We had a couple of
new entries from the Hersey family and despite missing the first week,
Stevos Legends are already pushing at the heels of the Marburians (91 points
vs 101 points) .

And so the leaderboard:

1.       Andrew's Squad of Dreams managed by Andrew Stratton (U11)
191 points

2.       Harry Nicol's Solid XV manged by his dad, Bill Nicol
190 points

3.       George Maltas (U13)
188 points

While you may struggle to catch up, you can still join up and start playing.
Again, I'll keep a record of the table this weekend and we can have a prize
for the best catch up player. It's a lot of fun and so I'd encourage you to
join, and to also sign up for your kids too. Click on the link below,
register and then select your team. Remember to do this before 10pm next
Saturday night (Feb 25) when the next round of matches starts.

Sign up using the link and the Valley Fort League password: 1303858-43923.

Whether you're in KL or Hong Kong, all the best for the weekend,

Oliver Stratton

Chairman, Valley Fort RFC

Last updated: 16 Feb 2017 19:56