Rugby club doomed by 2e2 disaster rescued by Manx reseller
Friday, 22 March 2013 16:35
Balls still taken in hand after integrator disintegrates
Small reseller on the Isle of Man has not only snapped up collapsed 2e2's operations on the island, but also agreed to sponsor a rugby club previously backed by the crashed integrator.
All eyes were on 2e2's staff, customers and creditors when the biz hit the skids six weeks ago, but Douglas Rugby Union Football club - whose players' shirts feature the 2e2 logo - was also braced for the worst.
Today club chairman Peter Horsthuis told The Channel that 2e2 Isle of Man's new owners, Argon Technologies Ltd - a reseller that salvaged the operation and 27 island jobs - has come to the sport team's rescue, too.
"We were coming to the end of year two in a three-year sponsorship," he said. "The club's president met with the new owners [Argon] to agree shirt rebranding and sponsorship."
Horsthuis said Argon's branding will emblazon players' tops and fresh kits will be dished out next season.
Douglas Rugby Union Football club is the oldest of its kind on the island and sits in second place in the South Lancs-Cheshire second division, although promotion is seemingly a dead cert after 19 wins out of 21.
The Argon logo will appear not only on the shirts and the club's stadium, but will have pride of place on Quarterbridge - the "busiest" roundabout on the island, the chairman said. Horsthuis would not disclose the terms of the deal, and would only say it was "good value". Presumably players can expect oranges at half time from their new sponsor.
Douglas host league leaders Sefton
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:41
2E2 Douglas Rugby Club welcome league leaders and newly promoted Sefton to Port-e-Chee this weekend in the South Lancs/Cheshire division 2 top of the table clash this saturday. Sefton have already secured promotion to division 1 next term and a win would guarantee Douglas a berth alongside them next season.
Earlier in the season in the reverse fixture this was the battle of the unbeaten teams and this time round Douglas have a score to settle having received a firm beating at the hands of their opponents that day.
The pack for Saturday should be similar to the one that took on Southport, Niall Killey is available for this game and should be where he belongs in the number 8 shirt. James Creasey and Craig McGee should fill the other back row positions. The front five should be the one that has been pretty much ever present with Todd, Ferns, Pote, Hooson-Owen and Thompson hoping to provide good clean attacking ball from the set piece. Douglas will have Craig Lea and Liam Murphy from the bench to provide attacking impetus when introduced.
In the backline, everything should remain the same as the Southport game with mercurial Snellgrove at scrum half and Skipper Goodall at fly half with back rower Christian Brew filling in at full back should Mike Hebden be unavailable. Stephen Tansell and James Wood should be the willing strike runners in midfield backed up by speedsters Callum Carine and Nathan Pierce.
Douglas know they have to be on top form this weekend to topple Sefton and although Sefton are already promoted Douglas know that this does not mean there will be complacency from the Liverpool outfit. Douglas only require 3 points to guarantee promotion so there is a carrot at the end of the tunnel, however with Sefton 7 ahead at the top Douglas will look for a bonus point win to move to within 2 points of their opponents and then attempt to take the title race down to the final games of the season.
Kick off is earlier this week at 2:15 and all are welcome to attend and hopefully support the team in the quest for promotion.