Author: Dave Stevens

The Adventures of Charlie the Meerkat … “Easter Saturday”

On Easter Saturday I was dragged to this boring chu-, chu-, church. I can’t even say it. For some reason I saw lots of people bringing baskets full of food. Maybe, I thought greedily, we are going to have a feast because in the Bible Jesus had his last dinner. The priest came round with holy water with a magic wand like a fairy and sprinkled the water on all of us. It has gone on my arm, so I licked it. It tasted plain, I’d rather a fizzy orange juice. So it turned out it wasn’t that boring after...

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Young Hockey Stars Shine At Quicksticks Tournaments

With Bronze Medals for both the men’s and women’s teams at the Commonwealth Games last week and several Olympic Champions within the current Team GB Women’s squad, the sport of Hockey in England is definitely enjoying a purple patch at the moment. Much of this success can be attributed to top class coaching at a National level, but where do all of these talented players come from? For most youngsters, their first experience of this great game comes in the form of Quicksticks Hockey. So, what is Quicksticks, and how is it helping engage young people in the sport? The...

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Wanderers Veterans win the Spitfire Golden Oldies Plate Final 46-7

Played on Maidstone RFC’s ground a depleted Wanderers side ran out easy winners against Tunbridge Wells who also had selection problems. Wanderers opened the scoring after just one minute with a try from Captain Elliott Stokes that was converted by Tom Longdon. Two excellent tries soon followed from left wing Jonty Stevens and Peter Macaulay scored in the last play of the half as he fielded a desperate effort to clear the Wells lines to stride in to touch down for 22-0. In the second half Jonty Stevens completed a notable hat trick. Wing forward Ant. Knight was well...

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Thanet Wanderers Under 14 Squad Excel As They Compete in Annual Bournemouth Festival

On a misty Friday morning, eighteen players and their parents departed for the trip to play in the annual Bournemouth Festival. This was the first tour for this age group and they had high hopes of a fun trip. What we hadn’t told them just yet was that it was a 7.45am leave the following day! Still a swimming pool, arcade and some food seemed to keep them occupied that evening. Amazingly 18 boys appeared ready and on time, if not bright eyed to take the 30 minute trip from Sandford Holiday Park to Bournemouth rugby club. The boys...

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Thanet Wanderers returned to winning ways with a sparkling nine try demolition of Old Dunstonians. Despite a poor performance at Bromley the previous week, Thanet confidently picked the same starting XV, although injury to scrum half Lewis Stone meant a late call up from the 2s for seventeen year old Tom Walton. Beckenham based Dunstonians have had a successful season and the away fixture ended in a narrow three point win for Thanet. Warm sunshine, a dry pitch and a large vocal crowd bolstered by the attendance at the Paul Keohane memorial lunch made it a great afternoon for rugby....

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