Monday, 29 August 2016

Training tonigh - Monday 29/08

Hello guys!

It's bank holiday but the training is still on! Please join us at 7:30pm. If there will be enough ladies, we can split from the guys and do some more prep for our first game.

Andrea

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Players news - August 2016

Players, supporters, friends,

The pre-season is full-on and we have very good numbers on the trainings. At the moment we are being coached by James Wakefield and the coaches from the Return to Rugby. Also Monday mixed fitness session have a good turn out from the women side, which makes me particularly happy as this is one of my goals for this season. Guys are also more used to our presence now, so we start to be properly noticed and we receive help and support from their side. We even managed to impress them with Rosie's super-pass;) It actually impressed all of us, I don't care if the guys are impressed;) This Monday we have learned a lot of things about the defence and it would be very good to be able to implement this during the game. Wednesday was Robin and tackling basics - ground is hard as stone and we do need rain!

In regards to the coach issue - I am pleased to announce that we have a preliminary agreement with a coach and he will be joining us end of September/beginning of August. This is a really ambitious guy and I hope that our cooperation will be as successful as Matt's with the men's team. More details will follow.
 
The season starts on 4th of September with our first game against St Francis. We have booked the minibus so the travel is secured. Numbers looks good at the moment so I am very optimistic about it. Now what we need to do is WIN :) Let's start the season well.

I want to also mention the recruitment program targeting the universities. We have secured a deal with a network of small campuses and we will be hosting a recruitment open-day on 25th of October. Also, Matt has secured an agreement with Queen's Mary and RFU and we are going to get some new players from them. 

Some other admin things, especially for the new guys - please remember that you need gumshields and it would be nice if you could buy the club socks at the bar. We should look like a team ;) Also, the short are available at Millwall store at https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/rugby/rugby-union/millwall-rugby-club.html 

Don't forget about your membership - if it's due - pay it :)

Also, for those who still didn't sign up for this - Jodie organises a recruitment gathering/social event in the Greenwich park this Saturday at 2pm. There is a ball game planned, bit of leafleting and pub crawl so please let me or her know if you want to join!

Peace and love!

Andrea






Thursday, 11 August 2016

Last session

I'm so proud of you guys. Last training was really good and the numbers are starting to look really positive. I think we are building very successful team. We have some experienced players who are clearly inspiring others to be better and to develop and we also have few beginners who are really doing well. I can also see a lot of energy in all the girls. On top of that we have James as a coach and the coaching support from Robin. It looks like Randall and some other coaches from Back2Rugby may get involved too! See you next week!





Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Training 10/08/2016

Hello Millwallians! (is that even a word?)

It's the training day today and I want to encourage everyone to come. I hope you are all pumped up with emotions and motivation after watching rugby sevens at the Olympics.

We have an amazing coach and fantastic group of new girls so let's get to work :) I also want to remind that our first game is in less than a month so we should get together and practice, practice and practice! Can't wait to see the effects of that hard work that we did this summer.

Peace & love

Andrea

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

First training - done

So fellow ruggers.. We finally came back. The clubhouse was full of people and Matt the coach gave us a bit of a speech about the player's survey. Unfortunately, the girls were not included, so we were warming up our calves and ankles (and patience);) After that, we have all headed to the pitch and started some work with James Wakefield and James Newman. It was absolutely great to work with those two! We had a few new players including some proper beginners so that was additionally interesting.  Anna was around too with her 8 months belly taking some pictures and thinking what hurts more, giving birth or being tackled by Amanda.  Well, I can tell you, both are pretty painful ;)

Let's go to work!


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Pre-season starts tomorrow!

Ladies, don't forget that the pre-season starts tomorrow and we have a new coach to help us with the preparation for this exciting season. Don't forget your boots - the ground is hard, but not that much. I was playing touch last night in hard-pitch boots and it was bit too slippery. Let's go to work!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Urgent - BOOT APPEAL - Kenya

Ladies, Marcella Collins from Saracens and FRN went with Maggie Alphonsi to Kenya for some charity work. Apparently there are some really talented rugby players in Kenya but it looks that they are lacking total basics like BOOTS. So they have a deal with an airline, that it will deliver for free to Kenya all the boots that we will collect. It can be your old boots that you are not using anymore. But you are free to buy some brand new too! Originally, they said they will be collecting them at the FRN 7s, but I am going to do it earlier so please let me know if you have any or bring it to the Wednesday training.

Andrea