Posted: Friday, Apr 21, 2017
Author: Olly Stratton
Categories: Club News, Rugby News

Valley Fort parents,

Firstly, I hope that you all have had a good Easter and your kids have
enjoyed their school holidays. Just 2 more weekends of Valley Fort rugby
(sob, sob!), although don’t forget the Valley Fort end of season party on
May 6 (and, for some, the Aberdeen tournament on May 7). For the record,
there will be training for all Minis at Stanley Fort on April 30…

Second, and before getting into this week’s agenda, a quick debrief on the
Sevens, which was once again a spectacular event which I hope that all of
you enjoyed in whichever way you participated – the showcase, banner
carriers (congratulations to Hugo Berney, Eugene Hector, Annabel Sleigh and
Phili Mallinson), the march past, ball boys, or just as spectators. On the
ticket allocation process, I do feel that we were able to accommodate 99% of
Valley Fort demand, and I’d like to thank Hester Grisel and Hannette Otten
for all their help in what was a very complicated process, thanks also to
Jessie, Andrew Hui and others who helped in distribution, enveloping, etc.
and thanks to everybody for their patience. Apologies to anybody left
disappointed by unanswered emails or messages over the course of the weekend
itself, but at that stage I’m afraid it’s pretty random as to whether you
catch my attention or not…. I think overall the process worked better than
last year, but we will continue to look for ways to improve it. Feedback

One quick heads up on international rugby. Many of you will have already
read about the British & Irish Lions touring squad selection. As always, a
few surprises, including the selection of 2 Scots, the omission of a couple
of strongly backed Englishmen, and lots of Welsh… Unfortunately Valley Fort
alum John Barclay, recent Scotland captain, was not selected (although this
wasn’t a surprise). However, I’m glad to report that Nathan Earle, the
Saracens winger who started his career at Valley Fort and who starred for
England in the Junior World Cup 2 years ago, has been selected in the
England squad to tour Argentina. Go Valley Fort!

And so onto this weekend and I’ll keep it quick, but key points are:

1.       Taipan tournament on Saturday at HKFC

2.       Valley Fort Girls Open Day at St. Stephen’s on Sunday. Please pass
the word and encourage daughters, sisters, friends, girlfriends to show up
and give rugby a try

3.       Minis training at Stanley Fort on Sunday. The Chiefs Super 18
Development Squad will be attending

4.       Valley Fort End of Season Party on May 6. Get your tickets!

1. Saturday, April 22. 8 to 11.45am Taipan Tournament for U9, U10, U11 and
U12 at HKFC.

This is a long standing tradition at HKFC where they host a series of games
throughout the day, culminating in the Taipan’s game, the Taipan’s XV vs the
Challenger’s XV, at around 5.15. All good fun, and the afternoon’s matches
include the Chiefs Development team against Hong Kong at 3.45. The whole
event kicks off with a minis tournament for the U9 through U12 age groups
involving the 4 top clubs (those who reached the semi-finals of the U12
Richard Hawkes tournament), this year HKFC, VF, HKU and SKS.

For U9, U10, U11 this is the one time that we select the best team available
across all our squads, and it’s organized as tournament ending up with
awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. So it matters! Congratulations to all
those players selected and best of luck!

I attach the schedule. All games are played on HKFC main pitch from 8am to
11.45am. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your first game and be
ready to play. Please also support the other Valley Fort teams. Supporters

For Taipan participants, we have booked Happy Valley pitch 8 on Friday,
April 21 from 6.30 to 8pm (that’s TONIGHT!). Given that we’ve had nearly 3
weeks since the last training session, please try to attend in order to help
head coaches get teams organized and kids prepared for the important games
on Saturday. (While U11 formally cancelled this session because of lack of
numbers, but I would encourage all U11 kids interested to come to HV8 for an
hour or so to have a run around, and potentially help out with other age
groups if they have gaps, or need some opposition). There will be no bus
service for this training.

2. Sunday, April 23. Valley Fort Girls Open Day for U6 through U19 girls.
10.30am to 12pm at St. Stephen’s

Please see attached flyer. This will be a great fun event for girls of all
ages, experienced players and newbies. We have a number of experienced women
players there to lead the day and to so the coaching.

The objectives from a club perspective are:

1.       Building a girls “club spirit” that transcends all age groups, with
a view to ensuring retention of players who will be keen to play again next

2.       Recruiting new players for next year

Please pass the word and get daughters, sisters, friends, girlfriends to
show up and give rugby a try:

·         Valley is having a Girls Rugby open day at St Stephens Stanley
from 10.30 - 12 this Sunday, April 23

·         There will be many Pro Coaches and Valley Fort Premiership players
down conducting fun games to introduce you to the game of Rugby in a relaxed

·         Come on down in sports kit and see what this growing sport is all

·         Don’t forget if you introduce a girl who signs up to play next
season you will get paid HKD200!

For those with girls in U6, U7, U8 we’d prefer that you participate in the
Girls Open Day at St. Stephen’s. For U7 who are presenting end-of-season
awards on Sunday, you can first go to the Fort for 10am start, then leave to
go back to St. Stephen’s after the awards presentations (which should be
around 11am, so you can catch the last 45 minutes at St. Stephen’s)

3. Sunday, April 23. Minis training for U5 through U12. 9.45 to 11.45am at
Stanley Fort

We will be visited by Chiefs Development Squad (the team that will play Hong
Kong on Saturday afternoon), so the session may be longer than usual. The
timing will be something like this:

·         Start times (to help ease congestion)

o   9.45 – U9, U10, U11, U12

o   10.00 – U7, U8

o   10.15 – U5, U6

·         Chiefs schedule

o   10.15: Chiefs bus arrives

*       10.30: Chiefs players to join age groups to help support training
and join in the activities
*       11.00: age group debriefs and presentations
*       11.15 to 11.30: Chiefs vs VF coaches game of 8 v 8 Touch in front of
club house (U10 training area). If you’re keen to play, see me or Keir
beforehand or just be ready on the sidelines….
*       11.30 to 11.50: Group photo, presentations, mingling

o   11.50am Chiefs bus departs

Please see the attached layout of age groups. As per usual, with U11 and U12
taking up space usually used by U10 and U12 girls.

Please take the opportunity to hang around rather than rush off straight
after training:

·         Group photo with the Chiefs and mingling with their players (some
of whom may play Super 18 before the season is done, or may even get
selected for the All Blacks….)

·         Go to the Clubhouse to buy merchandise including discounted stock,
and also your end of season party tickets (please bring cash or cheque) –
see details below

·         Chez Patrick are laying on extra food and drinks…

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

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for our end of season party,
to be held at Mr & Mrs Fox on Saturday, May 6. It promises to be a Very
great eVent. I’m told the committee have signed up a rockin’ DJ and have
lots of other fun planned.

You can get tickets by emailing Allison Creel on or
seeing Jessie and other parents helping out at the Stanley Fort Clubhouse on
Sunday. Please refer to flyer below and attached.


Have a great weekend,


Oliver Stratton

Chairman, Valley Fort RFC




20170423 Valley Fort Girls Open Day

Stanley Fort Pitch Layout (U5 through U12) 2017-04-23



Last updated: 21 Apr 2017 01:47