Rugby men ring in a new deal with hotel

East Retford Rugby Club have announced a five-year sponsorship deal with a local hotel.

Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor are one of the club’s new sponsors, and celebrated the partnership by hosting the annual sportsman’s dinner and presentation.

Players and associate club members were in attendance to recall the highs and lows of last season.

Guest speaker this year was former Scottish international Doddie Weir.

The 6ft 7ins veteran, decked out in a vibrant red and green tartan suit, mixed tales from his playing past with his own brand of self-depreciating humour.

East Retford first teamer Mikey Phillips walked away with a cash prize from a game introduced by Weir.

The evening continued with the announcement of the previous season’s achievements.

The first team struggled in Midlands East North Three and were subsequently relegated.

They fought hard but the combination of a long season with several protracted injuries in key positions demonstrated the need to build strength in depth.

The second team found greater reward for their efforts and concluded the 2013/14 season with a victory in the cup against Ashfield, bringing silverware back to East Retford for another season.

A club spokesman thanked their new sponsor for hosting the event.

He said: “We would like to extend gratitude and praise to Ye Olde Bell Hotel for the quality of service on the Sportsman’s Dinner evening.”

“The attention to detail was held in high regard by those who attended and the club on the whole would like to see further association for such events in the future.”

“Here is to another year with an ever developing number of players, supporters and successes at East Retford RUFC and a great partnership with Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant.”

The club is inviting anyone who loves rugby and wants to get fit to come down for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm, to join the ever increasing numbers that are pushing for a place in either the first or the second team at Ordsall Road.