|Newsletter 2 - 2009|
Newsletter 2 - 2009
Firstly a big thank you to all those who have renewed their membership for the 2009 season. Without your support of our club we would not be able to survive. We hope to be able to give you some news on the progress of the revamp at the park very soon, and where we hope our new Clubrooms to be.
Unfortunately the season hasn’t got off to the perfect start for OUR boys, but the win in Sydney last week certainly helped them get back on track. A good contingent of Supporters Club committee and members made the trek across the ditch for this game. It was nice to be in a great stadium and a lovely balmy evening (instead of a howling easterly) to sit and watch the Crusaders win. Who knows just having you at the park could be the difference as they are really lifted to hear a home crowd roaring.
It has been good to see some of the players in the Boots bar after the home games. This is to happen throughout the Super 14 season for each home game, so make sure you stop by before and after the game. We have a Supporters Club Crusaders player of the day for each home game, and a big thank you goes to Konami, Coasters Tavern and Black Heart, for their generosity of prizes for the player of the day.
The recipients to date:
Sat 14 February against the Chiefs: This was too hard to pick so we gave the prize to Toddy.
Fri 27 February against the Hurricanes: Casey LaulalaSat 14 March against the Western Force: Ryan Crotty
Sat 28 March against the Stormers: Thomas Waldrom
A talented midfield back who has represented New Zealand at Under-19 and Under-20 level, an ankle injury halted Ryan Crotty’s debut season for Canterbury just as he was establishing himself. Rehabilitation in the pool wasn’t too hard for Crotty as his mother Robyn is a former New Zealand water polo representative so he is a good swimmer. His father Steve played rugby for Nelson Bays. Crotty made his first start for the Crusaders in the 23-23 draw against the Western Force. He started at second-five inside Tim Bateman, who played centre, and scored the first try early in the match.
Thomas Waldrom represented his school, St Patricks Silverstream, in athletics, specialising in the discus, shot put and hammer. He is also a very good runner, regularly among the leaders in the pre-season fitness tests. He earned himself a place in Hurricanes folklore in 2007 with a brilliant try after the hooter to beat the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium and the Crusaders newcomer is sure to become a favourite in the south thanks to his sense of humour. Waldrom is a powerful player with deceptive pace and footwork. His brother Scott, an openside flanker, played one game for the Crusaders in 2004.
CRUSADERS SUPER 14 DRAW 2009
AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP
A copy of the Air New Zealand Cup draw will be put in the next newsletter. There will be 7 Home Games and 6 away games for the Canterbury team.
RUGBY WORLD CUP NEWS
The draw is out for the 2011 World Cup and the games that have been allocated to Christchurch are: