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Lanark Rugby Club and junior Eagles ready to soar with big year ahead

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Members of Lanark Rugby Club and Lanark Eagles at the club's 'Calcutta Cup Open Day'

Report from Lanark Rugby Club AGM, Wedesday 19th June by Iain Hughes - Club President:

Last Wednesday (19 June), we held our AGM which was an extremely positive affair.  I will remain as President of the club for a further 2 years and will be assisted by my new Vice President Derek McGuinness and we will both be supported again by our Secretary David Orr and Treasurer Susan Thomson.  Our 1st XV Captain Andrew Angus will also remain in place for a further 2 year term and he is like us all excited to be back playing league rugby this coming season.

We have re-entered league rugby after a brief spell away to consolidate our position and under the guidance of Howard Kennett and a strong squad we look forward to all the competitiveness and challenges league rugby brings in the season ahead.  We will be playing in West Division 3 which this season has 12 teams and the fixtures are split between 2 conferences similar to the Pro 14 set up.  We will play each team in our own conference home and away (10 matches) and then each team in the opposing conference either home OR away (6 matches) and with the way the fixtures have been made up this year we have been favoured with 9 matches at home so we have high hopes of strong home performances in front of a good local crowd and doing well over the season.

A large portion of the AGM was taken up discussing The Lanark Eagles, our junior section.  Alan Kennedy provided a very positive report on how he had managed to work his way into the fold with many teams he had struggled with in previous years.  This has seen the Eagles travel to more competitive tournaments and games and this has seen a real development of the boys and girls involved and in some instances winning or being runner up in age group sections at tournaments.  We also spoke about the long term development of the Eagles and early plans are being drawn up to potentially see if an investment can be made in either a Development Officer or a share of one to promote rugby at P6/7 age groups in the local primary schools over the next school year or the one thereafter in order to grow our P5 section at present so that when they reach S1 at Lanark Grammar we will have enough players to sustain entering competitions as a Club and hopefully as a School Team and that would pitch us in with the 'big' rugby schools in the country and this again will assist in the progression of the Eagles rugby development.

As I said in the beginning it was a hugely positive meeting and I am excited to continue as President and lead the club forward in the manner I have since 2015 as we seem to be back on track.

To find out more about joining Lanark Rugby Club, please visit www.facebook.com/LanarkRugby

To find out more about the junior section, Lanark Eagles, please visit www.facebook.com/LanarkEagles

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