Kavallieri RFC – the upcoming season

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:38

Last month’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) wrapped up a successful Kavallieri season 2010-2011.  The AGM, which is now a well-patronised event in the Kavallieri family calendar, was held at the Club House in Hamrun.  Kavallieri AGMs take the form of a strengths and weaknesses review, rooted firmly in the mantra that you need to know where you’re coming from to know where you’re going.  The many achievements were celebrated, but the outgoing Committee provided a roundup of the weaknesses that the incumbents will need to turn into opportunities in 2011-2012.

The AGM delivered the new Committee for the upcoming season which is now composed of Brian Miller – President, Mariella Camilleri – General Secretary, Pierre Mangion – Vice President, David Borg – Technical Manager, Sergio Degabriele – Treasurer, Tony Sammut – PRO, Josef Vassallo – Member, Edward Cassar Torregiani – Member.  Mariella Camilleri is replacing Audrey Vella who has been instrumental to the club in all these years. The same can be said on Reuben Vella who was replaced by Sergio Degabriele who takes over the club’s purse strings from Reuben Vella who will still take charge of the Club’s banking requirements. This Committee achieves one of the Clubs development objectives which is that of putting part-responsibility of the steering wheel into the hands of the younger generation.  Indeed, Mariella, Sergio, Josef and Edward, are all in their 20s, and the Club is entrusting them with this year’s execution and direction. Kavallieri RFC is also fortunate to have Tony Sammut (an old boy from the 90s) as PRO.

One of the more important announcements in the AGM was that of the Technical Staff team.  The team will be composed of no less than 12 coaches this year, a testimony to the Club’s commitment to development and growth. Indeed this comes a long way from the times where fielding even one coach across the board was a big challenge for the club.  Terenzio De Benedictis takes on the role of Head Coach and Director of Rugby bring his expertise as a Level 3 coach and his experiences in coaching clubs like Serie A1 Aquila RFC and the Italian Under 16 National Team to a Kavallieri RFC that is looking up at its future. His new team at Kavallieri includes people new to the club like Vinicius Ebram Fiore who will be a player and who will coach the Backs, and Darren Lamon who will take on the role of Community Coach. Vini (Vinicius) played with the Brazilian National 7s Team just a few months ago and is a lawyer by profession. Darren Lamon brings his vast experience to our schools and age groups. The Coaching Staff team is as following;

  • Terenzio De Benedictis  -              Head Coach / Director of Rugby
  • Patrizio Allegrucci             -              Coach – Seniors
  • Robert Bonavia                 -              Forwards Coach
  • Vinicius Ebram Fiore       -              Backs Coach
  • Susan Bradley                    -              Head Coach – Women
  • Amanda Cassar                 -              Coach – Women
  • Sean Doublesin                 -              Head Coach – Youths
  • Joseph Cutajar                  -              Coach – Youths
  • Darren Lamon                   -              Community Coach
  • Ivan Farrugia                      -              Assistant Coach – Youths
  • Neil Galea                           -              Coach – Minis
  • Patrice Debiere                 -              Coach – Minis

Kavallieri RFC is lucky to retain the contribution of its senior players (some retired, some still very active in the field) which is a clear sign that it isn’t haemorraging talent. The Club is also proud of the growth and improvement in the Women’s team which would indicate that its efforts are showing a return.

The season will kick-off on the 22nd October 2011 with the Ray Elliot Cup – a much anticipated event that pitches Kavallieri RFC against respected rivals Overseas RFC. The game will prove to be a credible litmus test for a fresh Kavallieri squad which will be without some of its landmark names this season but is nonetheless confident in its new complement.  The Ray Elliot Cup will be ever so closer to Kavallieri’s heart this year as Rhys Elliot, the late Ray Elliot’s son, joins the Club.

This season, Kavallieri will need to work without a large number of people who have contributed to putting it on the map – Daniel Grima, Sean Doublesin, Adrian Bartolo, Ishmael Borg, Chris Vassallo, Graham Attard, Samuel and Kristian Zammit will all be away from the game due to retirement, injury or personal commitments.  Injuries will be also delay the return of Josef Zahra, Dario Schembri, Mark Cortis, Roderick Attard and Daryl Psaila.  A season, therefore, that augurs well for those upcoming stars in the club and a massive challenge for the coaching staff that needs to gel a brand new team dynamic.  The rugby community, no doubt, will be watching.

Kavallieri is ever so grateful to its sponsors, Megaman, Cisk Excel, Camray Co.Ltd, Halmann Vella Ltd, PKF, Vassallo Builders Ltd, Pearl Bay Wines, Sundreams Ltd and Active Zone for the fantastic support and the continuing faith in the club’s long-term strategy.

For any enquiries please contact the Kavallieri Committee on kavallierisecretary@gmail.com or on 99496808.





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