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Oct 22, 2011, 6:06 PM
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Saturday 22nd October 2011
Re: [The Moose] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
Roundhegians 33 Bramley Phoenix 26 (HT 23-6)
Admission £2 (including 4pp programme)
Attendance 90 (h/c)
Tea (in a mug) 70p
Finally got the Memorial Ground ticked off after hearing Roundhegians had resumed programme production. This fixture was top versus second in Yorkshire Three, and proved a decent game. Bramley shipped two two tries in the first nine minutes and another brace in the last eight, and this was the difference between otherwise evenly-matched teams. At least the visitors picked up a deserved bonus point to reward a gallant effort. By the 15th minute, Roundhegians, whose speedy full-back crossed twice from distance, were 17-0 up and apparently cruising. Four further penalties, two to each side, left the hosts 23-6 up at the break.
Bramley were the better team in the second half, which the referee extended with an astonishing 13 minutes of stoppage time. A converted try and two penalties saw Phoenix close the gap to 23-16 before their kicker missed a crucial shot at goal. Relieved Roundhegians replied with two tries from their replacement right wing, who finished two chances very well indeed. Two late penalties clinched a bonus point for Bramley, but they could not force a try during the seemingly endless period of added time.
The Memorial Ground is in the affluent Leeds suburb of Roundhay. Roundhegians were founded in 1926 by former pupils of Roundhay School, but are now an 'open' club. Eighty-eight trees were planted around the ground in memory of players killed during the Second World War. A lovely gesture, I thought. The site, owned by the club and, I'd imagine, worth an absolute fortune, has two pitches. The first XV pitch is nearest the entrance on Chelwood Drive. A clubhouse (dressing rooms, bar, toilets etc) and a badminton hall are positioned in the south-east corner. Grass banking, from which the pitch is railed off, along the east and west touchlines offer elevated viewing. Trees, their leaves a riot of beautiful colours at this time of year, surround the ground, along with red-brick semis. The only cover is a bijou shelter for the manual scoreboard operator. There are rudimentary lights - for a narrow training area between the two pitches.
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Oct 22, 2011, 9:19 PM)