Posted: Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
Author: Olly Stratton
Categories: Club News, Rugby News, VF Camp

Valley Fort Chairman's update - March 19

Valley Fort parents,

Topics for this week

1.       Training Schedule

2.       HKFC Festival, Sunday March 19

3.       Sevens tickets update and school release letters

4.       V is for Valley Fort end of season celebration, Saturday, May 6

5.       Valley Fort ESPN Fantasy League

6.       Upcoming event (some repeats from last week…)

a.       Macau mini Mini Festival on Saturday, March 25

b.      AGT at King’s Park on Saturday, April 1 (girls)

c.       Beach 5s at Repulse Bay Beach on Saturday, April 1 (U9 through U12)

d.      USA rugby dinner “Meet the Eagles” Wednesday, April 5

e.      Pyrenees 7 (P7) Dinner on April 4

f.        Valley Fort Easter Rugby Camp – Thu/Fri April 13 & 14

Before getting into the details, just a quick update from last weekend. It
was a good weekend for Valley fans (and England fans for that matter, with a
resounding win over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup and a win in the Vancouver
Sevens…). Many thanks to everybody who showed up to support at King’s Park.
For those who didn’t make it and have not read the newspapers, the Knights
had a heartbreaking 27-26 loss to HKFC Dragons in the NL1 Grand Final, the
Black Ladies beat Gai Wu 15-7 in the women’s Premiership final and SocGen
Valley beat Kowloon 22-13 in the Premiership final. Well done to all who
have played so well throughout the season. The celebrations went long into
the night and through the next day – photos below and attached, including
the many of the prems players back at the Valley Bar and Grill at 4pm on

Also congratulations to the U19 10s team that won their tournament last
Sunday. Photo below and attached:

1. Training Schedule

Friday, March 17. There is no HKIS training for U9 through U12.

Sunday, March 19. HKFC Festival so no training

And for next week:

Friday, March 24. Regular HKIS training for U9 through U12

Sunday, March 26. Regular training at Stanley Fort and St. Stephens (except
U8 will be training at St. Stephen’s, potentially joined by some of the
smaller HK island clubs for introduction to tackle training)

Colts, please look out for messages from your head coaches.

2. HKFC Festival, Sunday March 19

Sunday marks the final major festival of the 2016-17 season. You should have
already received details of match times from your age group coaches. It’s a
special event as the mini rugby culminates with the U12 Richard Hawkes and
Kim Lam Cup finals played in front of a big crowd at the HKFC main pitch. I
attach the HKFC Mini Festival Programme. Summary schedule (details in
program and now uploaded on HKMRFU app):

·         U5  12-12.30 on Hockey pitch

·         U6  9-12 on Hockey pitch

·         U7 9-12 on Main pitch

·         U8  9-12.45 on HV5

·         U9  8.30-12:45 on HV4

·         U10  12.30-5.10 on HV3

·         U10G  10-12.15 on HV3

·         U11  8.30-2.10 on HV8

·         U12  12.40-7.25 on Main pitch

·         U12G  3-5.50 on HV8 followed by finals on Main pitch

A few reminders from HKFC organisers:

1)      Souvenirs. To sign for/pick up you need to go to the Main Control
Point, which is a large tent located just beside the Training Triangle and
to your left just after the HKFC public entrance (via the Jockey Club/Happy
Valley racecourse).

2)      Water. While obviously recommending all parents bring sufficient
water for their mini players, for the outside Happy Valley pitches that will
be used (HV8, 5, 4 and 3) there will also be Bonaqua water available at
each. Inside the HKFC there are two free water fountains; one on the left on
the way to the toilets under the main stand and one beside the hockey pitch.

3)      Happy Valley Pitch Access. As per last year there is no access to
Happy Valley pitches from the HKFC as HV6 and HV12 remain closed for
engineering works. Parents can enter the Happy Valley pitches from 2

a.       South Ramp of Happy Valley Racecourse. When approaching the HKFC
public entrance from the Jockey Club/Happy Valley racecourse (via Morrison
Hill road), rather than turning left in the underpass to enter the club,
turn right and walk up the South Ramp

b.      Wong Nai Chung Road. Enter from the public park entrance on Wong Nai
Chung Road (at junction with Sing Woo Road) which brings you out by HV8

Please see blue arrows on attached HKFCMap.docx (and please note, that there
is no access from Wong Nai Chung Road at junction with Broadwood Road)

4)      HKMRFU App. Match schedule is now loaded on the mobile app. Access
with your smartphones using the following links:

a.       For iTunes AppStore:
> &mt=8

b.      For Google PlayStore:

And the usual reminders from me:

·         Kids must wear the following:

o   Mouth guards. No mouth guards, no play

o   No jewelry (or tape over if it can’t be removed)

o   Protective gear must be World Rugby approved

o   No glasses.  For World Rugby approved protective goggles check out:  Once obtained, players should
register via HKRU medical department so that they are
aware and can inform stakeholders accordingly. Contact HKRU medical if you
have any other queries about sports goggles

·         Don’t forget to bring water bottles (refills will be available
from Bonaqua stations) and sunscreen

·         I’d like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of
our behavior throughout the festival. We will all be wearing Valley Fort
kit, or looking after kids in Valley Fort kit, and therefore representing
the club. Please adhere to the kids, parents and coaches code of conduct at
all times (it’s on the website if you want to check it ). I do not want to hear any
complaints from the organisers or from other clubs about Valley Fort kids,
parents or coaches. Some thoughts:

o   Just remember that it’s a game. The important thing is to treat
opposition and referees with respect. And to have fun. Winning is a great
boost for the kids, and I’m confident we’ll do well, but I’d rather they
play well, behave well and enjoy themselves and not create a scene

o   RESPECT THE REFEREE at all times. They are volunteers and it’s never an
easy job. I do not want to hear any complaints about VF players, parents or
coaches abusing any referee.

o   Respect the opposition. Applaud their tries as if they were our own

o   Get behind our own teams in a positive way

o   This is really tough to hold back on, but particularly for the
non-contact, too many voices will confuse the kids. The onfield coach should
be the one communicating with the kids, not the parents or other coaches

o   If you have any issues that you want to raise, please do it
constructively with your team’s head coach

o   Please go out of your way to thank HKFC volunteers – pitch marshals and
anybody else you see wandering around. They are putting a huge amount of
effort into organizing this

In summary, the festival is all about the kids having fun playing rugby.
Please make sure that they do…

3. Sevens tickets

The deadline for Sevens tickets applications has passed. Thanks to all of
you for your patience! We are processing applications now and hope to get
back to everybody with a first draft of ticket applications by the end of
the weekend. You will then have 2 days to get back to us with any changes,
and if tickets are still available, you will have the opportunity to request
more. If you have any questions, please email We are responding to questions within 24
hours…  Collection details to follow.

One thing on the Sevens showcase games. For those kids playing on Friday
(U7, U9, U10, U10G, U11 VF1, U12G), I have attached school release letter
templates for you to use.

4. Valley Fort end of Season Party, Saturday, May 6

You should have all received an invitation by email to the V is for Valley
Fort end of season celebration planned for Saturday, May 6 at Mr and Mrs
Fox, a Swire Properties restaurant in Quarry Bay. Sign up for tickets and
start getting in the mood…

5. Valley Fort ESPN Six Nations Fantasy League

As we approach the final weekend of the Six Nations, while England can’t be
overtaken at the top of that league, there’s still all to play for in the
Valley Fort Fantasy League. Andrew Stratton (U11) pulled ahead last weekend
doing a last minute swap: “I think  Jonathan Joseph will score some tries”
which he duly did – three of them, plus a man-of-the-match award, and all of
that in just 57 minutes… Andrew’s Squad of Dreams is on 358 points, chased
by the Irish teams, Marcus O’Connor’s Pints’a’Plenty (347) and James
Donnelly (345). Harry Nichol’s Solid XV not quite so solid last weekend
dropping down to 4th and Bastien Hersey’s XV still with a lot to do on 184
points to push Duncan Smith’s Marburians (216) into last place this weekend.
The Dog House award to David Mallinson for forgetting that Wales vs Ireland
was played on Friday and not being able to update the THREE Mallinson teams
prior to the last round. Oops!

6. Upcoming Stuff

Quite a few things here, some Valley Fort things and some interesting events
that have been brought to us by some coaches and parents.

a.       Macau festival – March 25. We are participating in a small festival
in Macau. One team each for U6, U7, U8, U9, U10/U11 combined. Games played
from around 10.30 to 2.30. Noah Berliner is tour manager and coordinating
ferry tickets and entertainment…

b.      AGT at King’s Park on Saturday, April 1. Head coaches have probably
already been in touch, but we are entering teams from U5/U6 through U19.

c.       Beach 5s at Repulse Bay Beach on Saturday, April 1. This popular
tournament is back after a year away, and we are entering 2 teams in each of
U9 through U12. Contact head coaches if interested.

d.      USA rugby dinner “Meet the Eagles” Wednesday, April 5. Support the
USA Rugby 7s team during its upcoming visit to Hong Kong by attending the
annual charity dinner that Valley Fort parents Ed Sippel and Andy Schroth
are helping to organize at HK American Club (Town Club) on Weds, April 5, 6
to 10pm (Wow! These Americans go to bed early!). The USA Men's Rugby 7s team
is a non-profit sports organization that relies largely on donations from
the American community worldwide.  The players will be joining the charity
dinner. Tickets are US$260 for individuals and tables are also available
from US$2,340. For details go to link (also
copied at the bottom of this email). For more information, contact Jessica
Welsh at or +1-720-508-8015, Grace Tam at or
Ed Sippel at

e.      Pyrenees 7 (P7) Dinner on April 4. Eric Lorin, Olivier Arzel, Andre
Marzloff and Thierry Barot are organising a fun rugby lovers dinner for the
P7 at HKFC on April 4 with the objective of helping to finance the P7 who
are competing in the GFI 10’s tournament on April 5 and 6. Players attending
the dinner will include two former French internationals, Imanol
HARINORDOQUY and Damien TRAILLE (Eric, maybe they will no longer be “former”
– France look as though they need some help in the Six Nations!). There will
be speeches from the two VIP guests, and lots of gifts (shirts, rugby balls,
food tickets for 10’s and 7’s …) with their Pyrenees 7's tombola and some
exclusive auction prizes. Imanol and Damien will also run a kids training
session that afternoon. Details to follow. Prices range from HKD680 for
individual seat, HKD8,160 for “rugby lover” table up to HKD18,000 for VIP
GOLD table. Please email before March 20  to book your

f.        Valley Fort Easter Rugby Camp – Thu/Fri April 13 & 14. If
interested, please sign up through Jessie on

Have a great rugby weekend,


Oliver Stratton

Chairman, Valley Fort RFC

Tel:  +852 9026 0520


From: USA Rugby Trust []
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:02 AM
To: Sippel, Edward
Subject: Join Us for the Hong Kong Dinner

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>     Join us for an exclusive opportunity to dine with
USA Olympic and World Rugby athletes!


As a nonprofit organization, USA Rugby Trust raises funds to support your
Eagles national teams and to grow the game at every level across the United
States. By attending the second year of this exclusive event you will be
directly supporting your USA Men’s Sevens pathway of promising and current
USA Eagles athletes.

You will have the chance to dine with members of the Eagles Sevens squad and
hear about their remarkable individual and team journey to get where they
are today. Whether sitting with Perry Baker who recently dotted down his
100th try, Danny Barrett who ran in a 2017 Las Vegas 7s hat trick of three
tries in match 1 for the USA, or hearing how Maka Unufe made the switch from
high school football to Pan American Game’s bronze, you will get to hear how
these players came to live, love and excel at the wonderful sport of rugby.
You will also hear from USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne, Men’s Eagles Sevens Head
Coach Mike Friday and members of the Golden Eagles supporter group.

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Hong Kong event and show your support
for the Men’s Eagles and USA Rugby Trust. Please reserve your seat now!

Event Details:
American Club (downtown)
The Clipper, Town Club
48/F, Two Exchange Square
Central, Hong Kong
April 5, 2017
6-10 p.m.

Individual RSVP - $260 USD
Table of 9 RSVP - $2,340 USD
Table of 11 RSVP - $2,860 USD
Table of 12 RSVP - $3,120 USD
Table of 14 RSVP - $3,640 USD

For more information contact:
Jessica Welsh at or +1-720-508-8015,
Grace Tam at,
or Ed Sippel at

>     RSVP for the Hong Kong Dinner Today


Chris Reed




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