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


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.

The award

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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.


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 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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SSA Accounts for 2013/14

The SSA accounts for season 2013/14 are accessible here: SSA Accounts

Copies will also be available at the AGM.

Alex Sanderson and Kevin Sorrell to present the Coaches’ Review of 2013/14 at the SSA AGM

Alex Sanderson and Kevin Sorrell have been signed up to present the Coaches’ Review of 2013/14 at the SSA AGM on Wednesday 9th July in the Players’ Lounge at Allianz Park. The schedule for the evening is:

7:00 pm Arrive (Free snacks/ pay-bar)

7:30 pm Coaches’ Review of 2013/14 with Alex Sanderson and Kevin Sorrell

8:00 pm SSA AGM

8:15 pm Saracens News and Q&A with Andy Duckworth, Director of Marketing.

The evening is open to all existing and potential members of the SSA.

SSA Player of the Month for April – Schalk Brits

Following the Premiership semi-final victory over Harlequins, Schalk Brits braved the crowds in the Olympic Bar to receive the SSA Player of the Month award for April.


The award was presented to Schalk by SSA social media guru, Debbie Knight, whilst a concerned Don Barrell looked on.

At last! Alex Goode receives his Player of the Month award… for January

GoodeyIt’s been a long wait, but the SSA Player of the Month for January, Alex Goode, finally made it to the Olympic Bar after the victory over Worcester Warriors in order to receive his well deserved trophy. Alun (Gryff) Morgan was n hand to present Alex with the award.


Previous SSA Player of the Month winners are:

September : Jacques Burger

October : Billy Vuniploa

November : Richard Barrington

December : Richard Wigglesworth

January : Alex Goode

February: Chris Wyles


We opted not to run the PoM for March, due to the 6 Nations and LV= Cup games making

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Chris Wyles; SSA Player of the Month for February

Chris Wyles receives his SSA Player of the Month award from Phil Mayo, SSA Membership Secretary, following another great day at Allianz Park – sunshine, full house and an awesome victory over 2nd placed Northampton. Man of the Match from the Saints game, Marcello Bosch, joins in the congratulations for Chris.

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