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Time to vote for the October Player of the Month

Somewhat belatedly, it’s time to cast your vote for the SSA October Player of the Month. In accordance with our usual selection criteria, the nominations are: Brad Barritt, Kelly Brown, Charlie Hodgson and Billy Vunipola. The players were selected from the games against Bath, Gloucester, Clermont and Munster. The poll will close at midnight on Dec 2nd.

Click here to access the voting page.

We’ll be back with the November vote soon, and hopefully be able to present both the October and November awards after the home European game against Sale on December 13th.

SSA Quiz Night: Discipline, Honesty, Work Rate, Humility

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All four of those well-established Saracens’ values were in evidence at the SSA Quiz Night. With 17 teams (a record!) challenging for the prize of a table in the 100 Club for the LV Cup game against Exeter, a packed 100 Club worked hard on the pre-quiz curry before settling down to tackle the quiz with a sense of discipline and honesty. Humility came into the equation at the end of the evening when the teams finishing first and second opted to stand aside and let the prize go to the third place team. How did that happen?

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Darts Night Squad Announced

The confirmed Saracens players for the Darts Legends Night are David Strettle, Richard Barrington, Mouritz Botha and Hayden Stringer. The Saracens players will go toe to toe with the two former World Champions, Eric Bristow and Keith Deller, in this one-night-only event.

The evening will be hosted at Allianz Park by darts referee Russ Bray, aka ‘The Voice’ on Wednesday 26th November for only £25 including food and drink.

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Alex Goode – SSA Player of the Month for September

Alex Goode was voted SSA Player of the Month for September, and received his trophy after the win over Gloucester Rugby, from SSA Essex County Leader Clair Gonzalez.

 

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And now for something completely different… Darts!

dartsAllianz Park are proud to present an evening of Darts with legends of the game Eric Bristow and Keith Deller, hosted by darts referee Russ Bray, aka ‘The Voice’ on Wednesday 26th November for only £25 including food and drink.

Fans will be able to watch their favourite Saracens players go toe to toe with the two former World Champions in this one-night-only event.

Locals will have the chance to have their picture taken with the darts legends for an additional charge, while the ticket price includes a generous portion of sausage and mash, with a pint, glass of wine or

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SSA Awards Evening: Wow! didn’t that go well?

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First of all, a big thank you to all of our members who came along to the Awards Evening. We were trying a different format, i.e. a buffet reception, and judging by the feedback, it feels as if we’ve got the right formula for Awards Evenings in future seasons. But it wasn’t just the format that made the evening a success; the seven players who came along, our host Hugh Vyvyan, and our guests from the Club, the Sports Foundation and the Saracens WW1 Project all played a big part in making the evening a thoroughly enjoyable occasion.

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Saracens and the Honourable Artillery Company: Did you know….?

With Saracens returning this week to the HAC for their game against Ospreys, did you know that the relationship with the HAC goes back over 100 years.

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The first game between the two dates back as far as the 1900/01 season, with the Saracens ‘Crusaders’ side (effectively the 2nd team), under the leadership of J G Brodie, defeating the HAC “A” side for a rare victory that season.

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Saracens Rugby Club and WW1: Can you help?

Colin Veitch (Coaching Development Manager for the Saracens Amateurs) and Tom Weir (vice-captain of the amateur 1st XV) have approached the SSA in connection with the Saracens RFC WW1 Project. Colin and Tom have set themselves the goal of uncovering & recording, for the first time, the history of those Saracens Club members that fought and died in the Great War.

Their intention is to pay tribute to our fellow Saracens players who lost their lives in the conflict by creating a Roll of Honour at the Club, which they hope will serve as a permanent and appropriate reminder of their sacrifice.

SSA Away Travel 2014/15

We made the point at the AGM that we are facing two problems about away travel for 2014/15:

Firstly, coach travel to away games appears to be in decline, and secondly we no longer have a Travel Coordinator. Dealing with the second point first, if anybody is interested in taking on this role, please contact admin@saracenssupporters.org as soon as possible.

With regard to coach travel:

In 2013/14 we ran coaches to four games. In two other instances (Leicester and Gloucester) we planned to run coaches, but the take-up was so low that we had to cancel. Of the four games to which we did run coaches, three were at Twickenham

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SSA Committee and plans for 2014/15

Following the SSA AGM on July 9th, we would like to welcome Fraser Collett-Gorton to the committee in the role of Social Secretary. The full committee line-up is:

Chairman: John Trigg Treasurer: Graeme Davis Secretary: Gerry Kurzon Membership Secretary: Phil Mayo Media Officer: Debbie Knight Social Secretary: Fraser Collett-Gorton Communications Officer: John Trigg Travel Coordinator: vacant

After several years as Travel Coordinator, Julia Pich has decided to stand down from the committee. It’s a big loss – Julia has done an awesome job in managing the travel arrangements to away matches, and sadly, we didn’t receive any nominations to replace her. However, we will welcome anyone willing to volunteer for

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