The Off-Season: Withdrawal Level – Korma

With the amazingly successful first of three Academy Come and Try sessions under our belt, the madness is subsiding and we’re mostly at a pleasant, mild, coconut-based level of Spartan-homesickness.

We’re really busy as well – barely time to sleep off our Presentation Evening hangovers (alright – my presentation evening hangover) before we were back to the meeting room – literally – making plans for next year’s training and getting all our new players on board.

We were really pleased that 16 prospective teenagers came to the Academy Come & Try session, the vast majority of whom were asking how they could sign up and pay their subs before the session was even finished. We’ve still got six more Come & Trys across the board to run and that kind of attitude already is just so cool, especially from young people who notoriously have so many other things going on.

The club released its first episode of the new Black Tide podcast today, courtesy of our fine O-lineman Dave MacPherson, which we’re really excited about. It’s great to see all our black and gold arms spreading out into loads of different media and making sure the world is informed about HC Sean’s very old-school haircut, and unbelievably slow driving. Perhaps one day we’ll have some kind of Friday Night Lights-esque soap opera based on our activities, although hopefully with a slightly less bleak opening episode.

We’ve also said our sad farewells to Corinna Bourke this month too, our amazing social secretary who has run the gate, baked cakes, organised the awards evenings, the Super Bowl parties and all sorts of other stuff for the past couple of years. Although she’s been replaced by the almighty Aaron Millar and all good faith of social events to end all social events is held high, our greatest thanks to Corinna for all her hard work. You’ll still see Corinna at the gate, taking your coins and giving you programmes and cakes.

(You’re still bringing cakes, right?)

So that’s all from us for now – Come and Trys continue for the Academy this weekend and next, with the seniors taking place starting Sunday 22nd November in Chelmsford.

See you there!