Jersey Athletic to start pre-season work


The Jersey Athletic team that will compete in The Shield in 2013/14 is about to start pre-season training.

Players will be gathering at Jersey RFC at St Peter on Tuesday July 23 at 6.30pm for a training session, followed by a squad meeting to outline plans for the season ahead.

Preparations for the new season follow a successful application to join The Shield, a merit table competition offering fixtures against the second teams of clubs such as Blackheath, Richmond and Ealing Trailfinders. This will provide a good standard of competitive rugby to players who wish to represent Jersey but cannot commit to the full-time schedule of JRFC's 1st team.

The Jersey Athletic side will play their first league match on Saturday September 14 against Richmond at St Peter.

Chris Scott, Chairman of the Jersey Athletic Management Committee, said the training session would be open to all players.

"We aren't just looking for those who have previously represented Jersey RFC - players from the Island's junior clubs will be welcome to attend and compete for places in the side," he said. "Fixture planning for the junior clubs will take Shield fixtures into account, meaning that players can still play for their club side in the local league."

Players are encouraged to attend the club on Tuesday to find out full details. Anyone with any queries in advance of this, or is interested but unable to attend, should contact Jersey Athletic Head Coach, Dai Burton, on 07797 715800.

Jersey Athletic Fixtures 2013/14
(All Saturdays)

14-Sep Richmond (H)
28-Sep Blackheath (A)
12-Oct Old Albanians (A)
26-Oct Henley Hawks (A)
02-Nov Worthing (H)
09-Nov Esher (H)
16-Nov Chinnor (A)
23-Nov Cinderford (H)
30-Nov Ealing (A)
25-Jan Worthing (A)
01-Feb Old Albanians (H)
08-Feb Richmond (A)
15-Feb Henley Hawks (H)
01-Mar Chinnor (H)
15-Mar Esher (A)
22-Mar Ealing (H)
05-Apr Cinderford (A)
12-Apr Blackheath (H)

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