After four weeks without a match, Jersey Reds Athletic are starting the New Year with a bang. The Athletic have back-to-back home games in the Zoo Shield which they'll be looking to use as a platform to improve their league standing.
Although Mylo's boys are currently in seventh place in the Zoo Division One, the Athletic are within six points of third-placed Barnes and have games in hand on most of the teams above them.
First up for 2017 will be Old Elthamians this Saturday, January 7th. Kick-off at the 'Stade Athletic' (formerly known as pitch 2 at St Peter) is at 12noon and although their won't be a lunch for this match, the marquee and Barclays Pavilion will be both be open before kick-off and after the final whistle (the Clubhouse is closed ahead of a private function). We'll be showing the Aviva Premiership 'Match of the Day' in the Pavilion - Exeter Chiefs v Saracens is live on BT Sport at 3pm.
The following Saturday - January 14th, Athletic will host Esher Cardinals. This is another 12noon kick-off, and will be followed by lunch in the Clubhouse from 2.30pm. Places are available at just £15 per head - book with Sean Dunne by email or call 499929. It's a European rugby weekend, and the Wasps v Toulouse Champions Cup game is live from 3.15pm.
With the 1st XV having a well-earned post-festive season rest this weekend, and then away in Wales on january 14th, we hope all supporters will make the effort to come up and cheer on the Athletic.
Why not get yourself a Hot Pot (Curry or Chilli served with rice) in the supporters marquee £8 per pot.