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SKY BLUE TAT
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Nov 12, 2012, 5:08 PM

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SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER
QBE INTERNATIONAL.
ENGLAND v FIJI. 54-12
ADMISSION. £ 40
PROGRAMME £ 6
ATTENDANCE . 81,110

My first visit to Twickenham in which i was very impressed. A cracking atmosphere before and during the game. England won this comfortably ,but it took them 18 minutes to get their first points on the board. England led 25-0 at half time scoring 3 tries and a further 4 in the 2nd half. Fiji went over twice in the 2nd half. England's Danny Care was sin binned after 10 minutes and Fiji's captain Deacon Manu was sin-binned just before the half hour mark. Toby Flood kicked 3 penalties and 4 conversions. An excellent day out. England now face tougher matches against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in the next 3 weeks at Twickenham.


cherryhopper
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Nov 13, 2012, 12:18 AM

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SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER
LEEDS CARNEGIE 38-12 MOSELEY @ WHARFEDALE RFC attendance 1427
Admission £15 incl programme; Chilli & Rice £5.30
Nice setting surrounded by hills in Yorkshire Dales. Small elevated main stand along halfway line on far side with 5 rows of green plastic seats, near side had a terrace which was mostly covered, near end had wooden fence with pathway behind, far end was a no go area for spectators with a stone wall just inches away from the edge of the try area. One sided game in which the home side secured bonus point with 4 first half tries, Moseley replying with 4 penalties to make it 26-12 HT but failed to trouble the scoreboard in second half whilst the hosts added 2 more tries for a comfortable 26 point victory.


cherryhopper
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Nov 16, 2012, 10:59 PM

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FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
ROSSLYN PARK 20-14 ESHER
Admission £10 incl programme (12 black & white pages inside 8 page colour shell); Bolognese & Pasta £5 (refused to pay £9.50 for Beef Stew & Mash!). Attendance not given out, guess close to 1,000.
Nice old ground with plenty of character just 5 mins walk from Barnes station. Old wooden main stand next to a small terrace with grass bank on far side, near side has a narrow terrrace running length of pitch with 3 rows of wooden benches pointntless when everyone stands, perhaps there to fulfill a minimum seating requirement if they win promotion to Championship but enough room to put temporary stands over the training areas behind each goal which make viewing difficult a long way back from pitch. Esher led 3 times with kicks, second one a drop goal, only for hosts to level then lead with the first try just before HT 13-9. A penalty try increased the lead early in 2nd half before the visitors finally got over the line 2 mins from time but too little, too late.


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Ostrich
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Nov 17, 2012, 5:59 PM

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Sat 17/11/12 - National 3 Midlands
Hinckley RUFC 35 Scunthorpe RUFC 11
Admission including programme: £6 (16pp including a topical article on last weeks’ internationals)
Raffle: £1, but no winning number was announced ......
Refreshments: tasty beef and H.R bun, coffee £2.50 at the main clubhouse
Attendance: 142 (h/c)

Second visit of the season to the town of Hinckley, this time to see the hapless soccer club’s more illustrious neighbours. The rugby club play at the Leicester Road Sports Ground, which is just down the road from the Greene King Stadium in the direction of the town. Turning in through the gates, there’s an extensive if rough car park (a bit like United) immediately on the left, between the road and the railed, floodlit rugby pitch, which has a substantial dugout but no stands. Behind the nearside goalposts is the clubhouse, looking a bit worn, and changing rooms.

I entered the bar to be met with a “club dinner” in full flow. “You can’t stay here unless you go and stand quietly HERE at the bar, or get a coffee from the servery over THERE, but we’d prefer it if you went to the lounge”. So I went to the lounge, where there was another meal going on, this time a ladies hockey club. Another official: “You’ll have to go right down THERE …” So I went right down there and found myself in a cupboard cum cloakroom, although it did have a menu for the “Leicestershire RFU Grand Centenary Dinner” mounted on the wall. The cupboard soon lost its attraction, so I ventured outside to explore.

Alongside the clubhouse are courts for the local tennis club. Watched a bit of action, then meandered round the back of the clubhouse and headed for the adjacent cricket pitch, which backs onto the Hinckley United ground. Perambulating towards it, I glanced left up a track and noted a hi-viz jacketed steward at some gates with a box, so wandered up to him to find out what was going on up there.

“That’ll be £6.”
“Pardon?”
“You’ve come for the rugby?”
“Well, yes ….”
“It’s up there “ – pointing to a distant building with a pitch behind it.

Oh, I said – so that’s not the rugby club pitch down at the entrance, by the clubhouse? No, we’re now on the new pitch – up there!
Right …. can I bring my car up, seeing as how you’ve got a car park up here? No! Officials and players only.
OK …. can you get refreshments up there? No! There’s no facilities.
Good grief!

Wandered back to the main clubhouse and braved the custodians to extract a coffee and bun from the servery, then walked back to the new pitch. This was also fully railed, with a basic electronic scoreboard in one corner, a covered standing area, and a clubhouse that wasn’t a clubhouse. The changing rooms are there, but peering through the windows, all the other rooms contained piled furniture, dustsheets and paint pots. Enquired, and found out that the building was eventually going to house the changing rooms for all the rugby sides playing, but nothing else. "It'll take time and money to complete". Even the toilets were locked. “You’ll have to go back down to the clubhouse” one hapless spectator was told …

As to the match, Hinckley came out and posted 8 points in the first 5 minutes while Scunthorpe were still asleep, a penalty and a try from a tapped free kick that McFedries ran in direct from 20 yards. Scunthorpe then laid siege to the Hinckley line, and must have had 80% of the territorial possession in the remainder of the first half, only to see Howe score a breakaway try for Hinckley on 22m, a flowing move finished off in the corner. Scunthorpe elected to put points on the board with a 26m penalty from Barker, but Hinckley came back with a push-over try 3 minutes later. Just before the interval, the visitors were rewarded for effort when Barron rolled over the line from the back of a maul for a try to make it 18-8.

Scunthorpe were briefly back in contention shortly after the restart with a second Barker penalty, but then dissent meant a Hinckley penalty was moved 10 yards forward and into range, Smith knocking it over. On 61m, in a more even second half, Walsh rolled over the line after Hinckley had pressurised the defence, and just before the end, Constant scored Hinckley’s final try, again from close range, making it 35-11.

A fair result at the end of the day – Hinckley took their chances when they came, and defended stoically in the first half when they needed to. Scunthorpe were let down by a weak back line, and couldn’t turn superiority in the scrum into points.


romulusfc
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Nov 19, 2012, 3:23 PM

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Ostrich mate, how the devil are you? Smile

Came here to post about a Rugby match I covered and here you are, why weren't you watching the Roms!?!

Anyway, back to my reason for posting.

Bournemouth 22-27 Launceston - National Two South

Context here http://theonionsack.blogspot.co.uk/...-national2south.html with report and photos also linked.

Both matches at Chapel Gate in the last two weeks going right to the wire.



http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/romulus/

Grounds- 122

Last new- Studley Entaco, home of Feckenham FC.

Grounds this season- 13 (4 new)

Games this season- 20

Goals this season- 65

Last game(s)- Romulus 1-3 Carlton Town- Evostik NPL One South- Mon 22nd Aug

Stourbridge 2-0 Arlesey Town- Evostik Southern Premier- Sat 27th Aug

Sutton Coldfield Town 3-1 Romulus- Evostik NPL One South- Mon 29th Aug


Seagull
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Nov 19, 2012, 6:29 PM

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17th Nov 2012
Cumbrian Division
Windermere 28 Carlisle Crusaders (2nd XV) 0
Att: 90
Admission £1
Prog: 4pp, free with admission

I'd heard whispers that this was a nice little set up and for it's level, boy did it deliver. Set in a natural bowl on the edge of Bowness, this is a truly idyllic location with the clubhouse and dressing rooms at the top of one corner with a rather small carpark. Most of one side is railed with a small wooden grandstand straddling halfway and providing a good view of the action. There are good vantage points on both sides with plenty of elevation on offer.

Admission was collected at the top of the slope with a free basic 4 page programme available from a champagne bucket (the rah rah boys do things in style, y'know Wink).

The game in truth wasn't great and the home side won at something of a canter, registering their fourth (and bonus point) try early in the second half to complete the scoring.

Boots or wellies would be useful as much of the pitch surrounds were very wet/muddy, but the pitch itself held up well.

A visit comes very highly recommended.


Ostrich
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Nov 24, 2012, 4:55 PM

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Sat 24/11/12 - National 3 Midlands
Sutton Coldfield RUFC 13 Ampthill RUFC 10
Admission including programme: £5 (20pp glossy, topical articles)
Refreshments: hot pork bap with burnt bits £3 in the clubhouse
Attendance: upwards of 172 (h/c). Inhabitants of lower bar to be added, so at least 200.

In the light of the weather – the cold, heavy rain set in from around 13:00, and there are zilch covered spectator facilities at Walmley Road – I very nearly abandoned this one in favour of Plan B (Romulus v Loughborough Dynamo), but, armed only with a flu-jab, a velcro-covered waterproof and an umbrella, I decided this was a “must-see” game, even in a downpour, and wandered down to the ground. Enquiries at the gate revealed the game was definitely on, no inspection or anything, and indeed both sides were warming up on the main pitch which actually looked in very good nick.

Pre-match, I decided to ensconce myself in the upstairs bar and was lucky enough to secure a second row seat in front of the picture windows which gave a panoramic view of 75% of the ground, (and nothing of the remainder), but no matter, it was warm, dry, and the atmosphere, especially in the second half, was superb.

This match was between the top two in the division, Ampthill arriving in first place only by virtue of points difference, so the onus was on Sutton to get a result. But the conditions didn’t favour Sutton’s usually expansive running game, and given the greasy conditions, they often let themselves down by poor handling. However, both packs were well up for it, and we proceeded to witness a right forward battle with the game constantly flowing backwards and forwards.

Ampthill started pressuring Sutton early on but the defence was resolute. Sutton hardly got out of their half in the first quarter but scored an unconverted try in the left corner after 18m in what was their first serious attacking move. Ampthill responded with a 28m penalty in front of the posts converted by their full-back, who then attempted two long-range penalties just before half-time, both narrowly wide.

Two minutes after the restart, an Ampthill forward was sin-binned but Sutton couldn’t make anything of the temporary numerical advantage. However on 52m, the referee, who had an excellent game throughout, brought a Sutton penalty 10 yards forward and Groom converted easily to make it 10-3. Ampthill responded quickly and when Sutton were penalised, a kick into touch followed by a catch and drive saw the pack go over, the try converted, and suddenly it was 10-all.

Sutton’s hard pressed defence then fended off almighty Ampthill pressure, including another speciality catch and drive from 5 yards out, and with the clock ticking down, it looked like both sides had pretty much battled themselves to a draw. But on 76m, Sutton won a penalty wide on the left, about 20 yards out, Groom held his nerve and slotted the ball between the posts. 13-10 and the bar erupted with joy!

Just time for Ampthill to come back, win a penalty of their own 25 yards out, and go for the equalising points. But the kick, while on target, fell agonisingly under the bar – and that was the last play of the game. Right down to the wire .... enthralling stuff!


The Moose
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Nov 24, 2012, 5:14 PM

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24/11 Southern Counties South: DEVIZES 6 TROWBRIDGE 7

ADM: No PROG: Yes but sold out ATT: h/c 175

With being marooned this week by monsoons a plenty common sense prevailed especially with many of my footy options succumbing to the elements. So a relatively local trip then to watch an eggchasing derby in yes you've guessed it.... persistent rain!

Poor game really in abysmal conditions but at least it went ahead and considering the mudbath it was played in both sides gave their best. Mistakes by both sides knocking on constantly but Trowbovegas just about deserved the win scoring the games only try.

Only cover was on the clubhouse side of the London Road ground with the rest open to the elements. After being unable to get through many local roads this week due to the flooding I was grateful to get any sporting action in and a new ground as well.

KRTM Cool


Feversham Lens
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Nov 24, 2012, 7:48 PM

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Saturday 24th November 2012
Wilmslow 13 Carlisle 19 (HT 3-19)
North One West
Admission £5
Programme (w/a) 36pp
Attendance 80 (h/c)
Tea £1

With the awful weather rendering pointless any long trips to watch football, I opted for a medium-length hop for rugby union - my usual 'wet Saturday' standby. I never expect to be well entertained by the 15-a-side code and this dreary contest was a par-for-the-course kick and clap offering. To be fair, the first half was reasonable, but normal service resumed after the break, when the game petered out in a midfield attritional slog. I've said this before, but I'll say it again: how can anyone watch rugby union every week?

Carlisle (third at kick-off) had some pace and a few ideas, and deservedly led 19-3 at half-time. All the visitors' points came from their sturdy fly-half, who scored a soft 27th-minute try, converted it and added four penalties. Wilmslow, fifth in the table and largely ineffective, replied with a penalty. The hosts were much improved in the second half, however, and a strong start was rewarded with a 45th-minute penalty try. Neither side looked like scoring again until the last minute, when Wilmslow landed a penalty. An inability to pass and catch (schoolboy stuff, God knows) robbed them of the chance to mount stoppage-time pressure.

The Memorial Ground is hidden away amid the mansions (as in should be taxed) of this frightfully affluent Cheshire stockbroker belt town. It's built on a shelf above the Bollin Valley and water meadows known as The Carrs. Nice place for a pre-match riverbank stroll, despite the locals appearing happy to let their ghastly mutts crap whenever and wherever they pleased. There's a small stand (looks old, but isn't) with a few rows of bench seats on the near side and an ugly assortment of buildings adjacent containing the clubhouse and dressing rooms. Old habits die hard in rugby union: I was asked to leave the main bar because I wasn't a member. Nice. The main pitch is railed off and (unusually for this level of rah-rah) the ground has floodlights, which were switched on for the second half. There is also a second XV pitch and a training pitch. Mature trees fringe the entire site.

Wilmslow (to their great credit) do an excellent programme. Not the standard four-page insert amid a static ocean of ads one tends to find at rugby union, but an issue whose content changes completely every game. Good work!

As ever with this code, I came away reminding myself not to hurry back. At least it stayed dry. Driving back to my Huddersfield weekend stopover, the downpours didn't hit until the east side of the M60 was reached.


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Workington FC
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Nov 25, 2012, 12:09 PM

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Saturday 24 November 12
Loughborough Students 5 Ealing Trailfinders 41
National League Division One
Admission £8
Programme £2
Att - around 200

Comfortable win for the bigger Ealing side. As usual a low level of Rugby ball handling and decision making skills. Good performance by 'Sir' from an Ealing point of view. Suprised the Student side are not playing at the new stadium. They still play on the basic pitch at the front of the campus. The programme is a 48 page shell with a 4 page insert. Very good shell with lots to read.


cherryhopper
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Nov 25, 2012, 7:33 PM

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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time. Ground grading obviously not as strict for National League One as football's Step Five despite not letting Birmingham use their own ground in that division. Was hoping for plenty of Friday or Sunday opportunities when rugby & football clashed. After learning of the new stadium I visited the old ground last February for their shock 27-17 defeat to Leicester Lions on the same day their Rugby League team were playing Hunslet Old Boys in the Challenge Cup which I only found out when some of their players arrived to watch the end of the Union game that it was played on Holywell Pitches behind the new stadium.


D A
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Nov 25, 2012, 9:16 PM

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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time.

He knows that he did both ? 14-00 & 15-00 !



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Seagull
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Nov 26, 2012, 11:56 AM

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Raging Bull NW League 4 North
Bae Warton 56 Bolton 3rd XV 0
Admission/Prog: None
Att: 15

Due to family commitments I had very few options open and this was barrell scrapeage of the highest (lowest?) order.

This is the regional league structure that sits outwith the National Leagues and is primariliy for non-1st XV's (in some cases as low as 6th teams!), but there are a few 1st teams in there and Bae are one. On a very heavy pitch Warton played some reasonable stuff at times as their faster backs ran riot; I lost count on the tries but I think they ended up with 9 and had the bonus point secured by ht.

The ground is part of the complex next door to Warton Aerodrome that once was home to Bae Warton's football team in the West Lancs and was also used in years gone by by Preston NE Youth. There are two cricket grounds, the football ground (still where it was), a junior football pitch and the rugby ground, plus a large modern changing room block, but no other facilities bar a single dugout on the RU pitch.

Not the most thrilling of afternoons but better than staying at home (honest!).


Workington FC
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Nov 26, 2012, 4:53 PM

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This may have had something to do with the fact Loughborough University FC were playing Bridgnorth in the main stadium at the same time. Ground grading obviously not as strict for National League One as football's Step Five despite not letting Birmingham use their own ground in that division. Was hoping for plenty of Friday or Sunday opportunities when rugby & football clashed. After learning of the new stadium I visited the old ground last February for their shock 27-17 defeat to Leicester Lions on the same day their Rugby League team were playing Hunslet Old Boys in the Challenge Cup which I only found out when some of their players arrived to watch the end of the Union game that it was played on Holywell Pitches behind the new stadium.

According to the football match programme. It states that the stadium will be used for predominantly for football and only the one off "special" Rugby Union games.


cherryhopper
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Nov 30, 2012, 7:49 PM

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Early KO Sat 1 Dec: National League 3 (London & South East) Tring v Gravesend 1pm. Match was abandoned last Saturday due to bad light when they kicked off at the ridiculously late time of 2:30. Ground is in Cow Lane next door to the Football club who are home at 3pm.
Also Twickenham is offering Free Entry to England v New Zealand women's international 5pm assuming enough people leave after the men's match.


cherryhopper
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Dec 1, 2012, 8:23 PM

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST - SOUTH WEST 1 WEST - SIDMOUTH 22-23 CAMBORNE
ADMISSION £3 inc PROGRAMME 8 page insert inside 32 page shell - PASTY £2 - TEA 50p
ATTENDANCE 150 Approx.
Making a last minute decision this morning to head west to escape the freeze to a town giving me the choice of 2 sports the visit of 4th placed Camborne appealed more than Sidmouth Town's bottom 2 clash v Plymstock, keeping the football there as an option for Boxing Day. Lovely ground right in town centre with an old green painted wooden stand beyond white 2 storey building housing bar and changing rooms, plastic railings on both sides which offered scenic views, the far side decked with park benches one a memorial elevated on a small wooden terrace with scoreboard behind, the near end has advertising boards on a wooden fence with footpath behind, the far end backs on to a care home with pink fascia and an appartment block offering a free view of the game from the balconies. No parking at ground, left my car in a side road off Station Road a 5 minute walk away. As for the game the hosts opened the scoring in the second minute with a well worked try but missed the conversion and two subsequent penalties which they would rue later. The visitors kicked their first points only for Sidmouth to reply immediately with their second try. 2 Kicks and a late try gave Camborne a 14-10 HT lead, all kicks in second half scoring going 10-17; 13-17; 16-17; 16-20; 19-20 (drop goal) to set up an exciting finish where home side took the lead 22-20 only for Camborne to have the last word with a penalty 2 minutes from the end.


PaulC
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Dec 8, 2012, 5:26 PM

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SRU West Division One (4th tier of pyramid)

Marr Rugby 46-3 Glasgow High/Kelvinside
Fullarton, Troon
Attendance 200
Admission £2 including programme


Marr continue to steamroller the opposition this time annhilating their closest rivals for the second time this season.

The league table is astonishing and possibly unique - Marr is the only club in the league with a positive points difference having hammered all the other teams in the league:

League table - scroll to bottom
http://www.scottishrugby.org/...p=447&Itemid=789


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simonblues
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Very local today to visit a ground I have driven past lots of times.

Midlands Three West (North)
YARDLEY AND DISTRICT 14-28 ECCLESHALL

A little concerned when I was told that the visitors were stuck on the M6 but we eventually licked off at 2-30 and just managed to finish without needing the available floodlights.

Home side on top early before falling 0-10 behind, visitors led 7-20 at half time. Yardley rallied after getting a red card for a head butt and pulled it back to 14-20 but late scores clinched a deserved victory.

Glad I decided on rugby today with puddles on the pitch in places but no issue about the match going ahead.


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Sat 08/12/2012 - Midlands 1 West
Berkeswell & Balsall RUFC 0 Stoke-on-Trent RUFC 51*
* Ha! – the scoring following a second half incident - opinions on the touchline differed! It looked to me like a straight penalty in front of the posts so I scored it as 3 pts: 0-47. The scoreboard and the Stoke supporters around me scored it as an unconverted try to the no.8 and strangely thought the kick was missed – 5 pts: 0-49. The referee however must have awarded a penalty try which was indeed duly converted – 7 pts: 0-51 as per RFU website!! Cool
Admission and programme £3 (16pp, match specific, a good effort!)
Refreshments £2.20 - J2O and crisps from the bar
Attendance 66 (h/c)

A re-completion of the M1W league clubs for the Ostrich. BBRFC play in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle between Solihull, Coventry and Warwick, technically in Honiley Road, Meer End, which is just off the A4177 south of Balsall Common. It's directly underneath the southern incoming flight path for Birmingham International Airport, which led to the interesting spectacle of a low altitude PIA Airbus lining up with the floodlights during the second half.

BBRFC is a relatively new club, founded in 1981. There are two pitches, side by side, the main one railed, and with a manual scoreboard. The main pitch is also floodlit, the second pitch half-floodlit down one side only. There's plenty of acreage on the campus for a third full-size pitch, but this area seemed to be marked out with three mini-rugby pitches.

Through the gates, there's a car park for around 60 cars on a rough surface that comprised equal measures of gravel, mud and oak leaves, and the smallish brick and tile clubhouse and changing rooms are set at an angle in one corner. I didn't venture into the bar initially as the Members' Christmas Dinner was in full swing for around 80 folk, and therefore perambulated round the ground where ominously just one side was warming up. Numerous intense mobile phone calls were being made by various officials and as kick-off time approached, I thought I'd better find out what was happening. The guy I spoke to (who turned out in fact to be the Warwickshire Society match referee) advised that Stoke had been held up on the M6 (see Simonblues report above! Laugh), but were now straggling in, seemingly in a convoy of cars, and he was therefore intending to kick off 15 minutes late at 14:30.

So, back to the bar, where I managed to quietly tuck myself away from the happy hordes lunching, for a juice and crisps, no other food being available today for casual visitors. Eventually the teams emerged and threw everyone by lining up for the kick-off on the far training pitch, requiring us spectators to trek across the main pitch, which proved to be a quagmire.

As for the match, it really was no contest. Stoke, playing down the slight slope, carved up the home side remorselessly in the first half, leading 0-29 at the break. BB hardly got out of their own half and were outplayed in just about every department, especially the scrum. Their handling was poor and their tackling often desperate in defence. Stoke's aptly named fly-half Sam Christmas led the festivities with some accurate place-kicking, Duggan, Wilshaw and Rowley all scoring tries.

After an audibly expletive-laden half-time coaching talk, BB made a better fist of the second half, but even when awarded a penalty in front of the posts - "Let's get some points on the board, let's get moving" hollered the coach - contrived to make a right hash of the kick. Stoke were more or less happy to hold them at bay, and then let rip up the hill in the closing stages, scoring two more tries from Christmas and Loska to complete the whitewash.

BB were promoted into M1W this season, and at this half-way mark currently occupy one of the three relegation slots. A long, hard winter in store for them, I'm afraid ….. Unimpressed


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Saturday 22nd December BROADSTREET RUFC 24 SOUTH LEICESTER RUFC 40 National 3 Midlands

Attendance-est 100+ Admission-£5 including programme-a 4 page insert in a 24 page advertising shell

With local football decimated I turned to a rare bit of egg-chasing with a visit to Broadsreeet RUFC which is situated just on the A46 Rugby Road just out side Coventry; Buncranaboy had alerted me to the fact it had a decent amount of cover, although the rain stopped around 2pm; after an excellent pint of Rev James in the plush clubhouse I ventured out for the 2.15 pm kick-off between Broadstreet (12th) and South Leicester (3rd). The home side stormed into a 17-0 lead early in the first half and that prompted the visitors to wake up and realise they were heading for a humiliation; from then on their better handling and superior tactical kicking saw them claw back the deficit and run out convincing and deserving winners. Although it was not needed I sat in the 200 seater stand with a viewing balcony alongside both tacked onto the back of the clubhouse. I spent the game in the excellent company of cl of this parish!


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Saturday 29/12/12. Premiership. London Welsh 15-34 London Wasps @ Oxford United FC.
Adm £15+, prog £3, att 10,045.

The combination of a local derby and a potentially winnable game helped Welsh to record an all-time club record attendance. It also led to massive traffic jams with the last stragglers making it into the ground just before half time. Best option was to park a mile away and walk, which was easy enough.

Welsh don't normally open the east stand, but there were a few people there on this occasion. The bars did the usual food options, and stayed open after the game which was very welcome. There are the usual signs banning taking alcohol to your seat, but these don't apply for the rugby. There's a pub outside the ground which was doing more trade than the stadium bars before and after the game.

The game? Reasonably competitive for about 70 minutes, then Welsh collapsed. Reasonable entertainment, but less atmosphere than you'd get at a football ground with a much smaller crowd. Can't see myself going back, but I can now say I've seen a premiership game.



Cambridge City - on a tour of places we've never heard of and can't spell.


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Sale 33-27 Worcester
Attendance: 6,347
Admission: £35 / £14

A very rare rugby union visit for me. I think it is the first game I have been to since the sport turned professional. It was certainly Part-Timer Junior's first ever game. It was also my first visit to the Salford City Stadium, which was pleasant enough despite having that meccano and lego feel about it of many new grounds. The pitch was fantastic given the recent weather and it was also a pleasantly mild but windy evening.

I won't attempt a match report given my relative ignorance of the nuances of the game except to say that Sale deserved their win as they looked much the more threatening side but made life difficult for themselves by their indiscipline. They conceded three early penalties to gift Worcester an early nine-point lead and continued to infringe for much of the game. The end of the game struck me as bizarre. Trailing by six points and knowing that time was up, Worcester chose to kick a penalty into touch, thus ending the game. Admittedly they were in their own 22 and had they conceded a score they would have lost their losing bonus point but surely you always attempt to win, don't you?

Some general thoughts about watching rugby union after so long an absence. It is a very different game to when I used to watch Wasps playing regularly on a mud heap in front of a couple of hundred spectators! Physios, ballboys and water carriers constantly patrolling the touchlines are irritating to spectators in the front row (or at least they were to this one) even though they did attempt to keep low and out of the way. Is it really necessary to have so many of these people on the pitch at every breakdown? I found it very distracting. Finally what a pleasure it was to be in a rugby crowd instead of a football crowd. When the referee made a decision they usually criticised the players for being stupid instead of the referee. On one occasion when a spectator disagreed with a decision he shouted his displeasure at the referee ending it with the word 'Sir'.


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Saturday 5th January 2013
Burnage 24 Bradford & Bingley 7 (HT 13-7)
National League Three North
Admission £5 (including unimpressive 24-page programme)
Attendance 120 (h/c)

Refreshments available - but took my own

A fourth kick-and-clap outing of the 2012-13 season and, unfortunately, this was no less dull than the previous three. Unable to get through to a couple of North East football secretaries, and lacking the motivation for a 120-mile drive for an EMCL tick at Aylestone Park, I opted to cross the Pennines and play a 'get out of jail free card' with a visit to Burnage's Varley Park and its 3G pitch. It was the first rugby game of either code I'd seen on an artificial surface - and it played, well, as if it were grass. Sadly, a pristine pitch cannot do anything for the absent core skills, abysmal decision making and shortage of broken field running that so blight the 15-a-side code.

At least the right team won. Burnage were no great shakes but didn't need to be. They took what few scoring chances they created, tackled reasonably well and, on the whole, simply sat back and waited for the visitors to drop the ball, which they did every couple of minutes. It really was astonishing that Bradford & Bingley had so much possession during the second half yet failed to register a single point.

The teams, both looking over their shoulders at National League Three North's relegation places, traded tries after a scoreless opening quarter before Burnage took a firmer grip on proceedings with a 39th-minute touchdown from a rolling maul to lead 13-7 at the break. Penalties in the 42nd and 53rd minutes pushed the hosts out to 19-7 and as the visitors' big pack ran out of steam, and their backs of ideas, Burnage added a 79th-minute try to secure a rather flattering margin of victory.

Varley Park (like Adams Park, Wycombe) is in a pleasanter setting than its dreary approach through an industrial estate would indicate. Spectator accommodation is minimal, with only the near side and far end accessible. Burnage need to think about getting some hardstanding laid: no-one took kindly to paddling about in thick mud. There's neither cover nor dug-outs but the venue is floodlit. The lights were switched on for the last 10 minutes. A fairly standard RU clubhouse (vast bar, twerps in loud blazers etc) is positioned between the car park and the 3G pitch. The site features two other rugby pitches (both grass), a five-a-side football court and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt golf course. Mature trees on three sides of Varley Park make a pleasing backdrop, though the incessant din from traffic on the adjacent M60 does not.

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Saturday 05/01/2013
The Championship – Stage 1
Moseley RUFC 23 Jersey RUFC 19
Admission: £17 + £2 transfer to stand seats. Blinkin’ heck! Pirate (Well, it is the second tier of the RFU, I suppose ….)
Programme: £2 (48pp glossy, flatters to deceive, however, 27pp advertising and zilch about the visitors)
Refreshments: £2.18 chicken pie and litre of milk from local shop by the ground before the game. Wasn’t going to pay any more after the soddin’ admission charge but it was perishing up in the stand today, so relented: £1.80 coffee and Mars bar from snack bar at half time
Attendance: I’d say around the 1,000 mark.

Somewhat taken aback by the admission charge, so whinged for a concession (£12), but they were adamant the Ostrich didn’t qualify. Advised them most soccer clubs gave concessions at 60, and was then granted a chocolate from the bowl on the table at the pay-station in lieu …. Would have preferred the £5 deduction Unimpressed.

I’ve been here just once before, when Bournville used the ground for a one-off league match, but it must be at least 45 years since I last saw Moseley play, back in the old days at the Reddings. I call this ground “Portakabin Central”. There’s 16 portakabin hospitality boxes stacked in two tiers behind one goal, and numerous other portakabins dotted around housing the changing rooms, club shop, bar etc. Apart from these, there’s a (rather open to the elements) stand with around 800 seats and a canvas roof (which was about 80% full today), a small platform on the other side for a TV video camera, a manual scoreboard and that’s about it. Parking for, I guess, 150 cars outside the ground.

Both sides are in the basement of the 12-team Championship, only Doncaster Knights below them, nevertheless, there was some attractive running rugby and slick handling on display today. Jersey took the lead with a second minute penalty, and Moseley equalised 5 minutes later. Jersey fly-half Le Borgeois then attempted an ambitious penalty from just inside his own half which, with the wind, fell just under the crossbar, and attempted the feat a second time from a couple of yards further into his half on 18m, this time he got the distance but was slightly wide. He was, however, accurate on 26m with an easier attempt to make it 3-6.

Moseley then shocked Jersey with two quick tries, a sudden breakaway two-on-one situation which Hayter took over the line, and a close range effort from prop Thorp. Neither was converted.

A further exchange of penalties early in the second half made it 16-9 – Moseley fans were urging their side on to score two more tries and a bonus, and King obliged with a score after sustained pressure in the left corner, giving the home side a 14 point cushion, but Jersey were looking increasingly confident and stunned the home side with two quick tries in the 68th and 72nd minutes, a fast movement down the right wing putting Griffiths in, followed by a charge-down of a defensive clearance; it was unclear which player took it over the line. Neither try was converted so the score was 23-19, and Moseley had to navigate a nervous final 10 minutes before securing the win. An entertaining match !

Plus point: they played Meatloaf’s “Dead Ringer” at half-time …. Cool
Minus point : what I’m going to call the “Yodelling Twerp”. Some eejit in the stand kept breaking into a long solo two-pitch warble, at the climax of which, everyone else in the stand shouted “WHAY” and broke into a round of applause. Obviously some sort of ritual. The first time it was startling, the second time tedious, the third time annoying; by the sixth time, I was ready to put out a contract …. Frown

Journey back to the city centre by bus in the company of a Jersey fan (there were more than a few present today) – interesting to hear his thoughts on the game out there on the Island – and on Guernsey FC too!


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The Championship – Stage 1
Moseley RUFC 23 Jersey RUFC 19

Attendance: I’d say around the 1,000 mark.

EDITED TO ADD: The Jersey website gives the attendance as 1,001 !! Laugh

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