News & Comment (Always refresh the page to ensure you are looking at the latest version)
2020
 
Virtual Competitions - Pairs
23rd Jun
 
Hmm, the results of matches 1 and 2 in round 3 seem to have been flipped. Sorry about that. At least it's virtual. Must try harder.
 
Virtual Competitions - Heats
14th Jun
 
As I've said before, the technology used for the Virtual League won't work for competitions, so each competition heat will be presented on its due date in the form of a video.
From 9:00pm tonight (14th), simply click on the 'Competitions' link from the home page and you'll see this screen:-
 
 
Each rectangle at the bottom of the screen represents a 'thumbnail' for each video and will populate each Sunday as the current one is released just before 9:00pm
You can select any thumbnail by clicking it and it will appear in the top half of the screen where you can play it in the normal way.
We're actually relaying the videos via our own YouTube channel for optimum performance, hence the other icon links.
Later on the Sunday night, the 'results' will be presented in static form on the appropriate competition page.
Creating the video is a time consuming process, so give us your feedback on the forum.
 
Is it random ?
12th Jun
 
At the six week point in our Virtual League, I thought I'd have a look at the scoring distribution.
Just using Section A as an example, this is what the six week span looks like.
 
 
 
Re-opening of Virtual Competitions
9th Jun
 
Registration has been re-opened to allow latecomers to enter. Entry to each competition will close at lunchtime on the Sunday prior to the date of
its heat to give me time to prep the virtual competition video.
 
Virtual Competitions - date changes
4th Jun
 
For technical reasons, have had to delay all Virtual Competitions by one week. See 'Key Dates' page for updates.
 
The Throw Must Go On...
13th May
 
Inspired by Committee member Gav Carter, here's an extract from today's Oxford Mail...
 
 
Obituary - Francis Coles
 27th Apr
 
Sadly, just heard of the passing last Sunday of Francis Coles who, until a couple of years ago was a regular player for the Lamb & Flag at Hailey.
 
 
"Francis was a valued member of the Lamb and Flag team for many years. He was so well known that when we visited any pub someone would always know him and you could hear someone say “hello Francis how are you”. He was not only well known through Aunt Sally but also as a football referee in the county for many years. God bless you Francis, you will be greatly missed by your many friends" - from the Lamb & Flag A team
 
As always, from the Committee and on your behalf, our thoughts and condolences go out to family & friends.
 
Obituary - Dave Wicks
 14th Apr
 
Again we share with you the sad loss of another of our stalwarts - Dave Wicks - steward of Witney Rugby Football Club.
 
 
Our thanks to Mick Stickley, captain of the 'Touchliners' team for the following heartfelt tribute -
 
"Sadly, Dave succumbed to CoVid19 in the early hours of Wednesday last week at the tender age of 64. He had suffered a stroke the previous week and had subsequently been taken into hospital where he sadly passed away. Dave had been a great supporter of the various Aunt Sally teams that we had at Witney Rugby Club during his time as steward. He had also won the Landlords' Cup on a few occasions and is the current holder, having won the last competition that took place - a memorable occasion for all those who were present!
He will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have come across him. Given the current situation there will be no celebration of his life for the foreseeable future. However, that will take place at some point I'm sure".

As always, our condolences go out to family and friends in these awful times.
Here are links to an article in the Oxford Mail and to the Witney RFC website.
 
Obituary - "Murph"
 5th Apr
 
With great sadness we inform you of the recent, untimely, passing of Chris ("Murph") Murphy, Aunt Sally stalwart of the Jockey Club.
I'm sure you'll join us in expressing our condolences to family, friends and the team.
 
 

"Our brother Chris Murphy, 51 years young. son, husband, father, brother, uncle, mate and friend.

Tragically taken away from us all, way too soon.

You will be sorely missed".

RIP MURPH THE JOCKEY CLUB XX
 
Registration
 18th Mar
 
Despite the decision below, we would encourage remaining teams to register, so that once restrictions are lifted, we are in a position to create
a league structure if the timeframe permits.
Registration will therefore remain open. No subscription fees are required until further notice. Any already paid will be refunded.
 
Coronavirus
 18th Mar
 
An executive decision was made tonight to the following effect:
 
In light of the government’s increasing advice to minimise social interaction thus limiting the spread of coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the start of the league and competition season until further notice. The AGM is also cancelled.
We take this step with the greatest regret, but the health and welfare of our membership have to take precedence.
If restrictions are lifted in time, there may be the possibility of running a 9-week league season from mid-July, in which case an AGM will be convened.
We will keep monitoring the situation and will update you as appropriate via the web site. Please check it periodically.
Thank you for your understanding.

 
The Chairman and Secretary thank the Committee for their support at this difficult time.
 
First documents for 2020
 20th Feb
 
'Key Dates' and 'Pre AGM Newsletter' are now published on the 'Document Downloads' page and can be viewed or printed.
 
 Web Site changes for 2020
 1st Feb
 
Captains will need to register a username & password for 2020 in order to log-in.
Trying to log in with last year's details won't work, but you can re-register using the same username & password.
A log-in is required to carry out any of the following :-
 
  • Team registration/Add new players/Edit team details/Change log-in
  • Entering Scores
  • Correcting scorecard errors (new)
  • Competition entries
 
Correcting score errors is one of the most useful new features for 2020.
Historically, if an error was made in entering a score, a phone call/email to Sec resulted in the whole scorecard being wiped and was then re-entered by
one of the captains.
Now the scorecard can be brought up on screen by a logged - in captain and only the incorrect part edited and saved.
Only the participating captains can edit a given score and a log is kept of the event. This is why it is password protected.
This is not serious security, so it is permissible to store the captain's user name & password in your browser.
If a username or password is forgotten, just phone/email/text.
 
A new 'User Guide' to logging on and registering your team is now available from the 'Document Downloads' page.