Skills Jazz with Faz

December 22, 2010 by paul  
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Hi all,

This has come through from Saracens, it would be great if we could have some members of the club attend, it looks like a great evening

2011 sees Andy Farrell take up his new role as Saracens First Team Coach. It also sees him ’stepping up’ to deliver the first session in the 2011 Saracens Coach Education Programme.

Skills Jazz with Faz is the fourth installment of this season’s Coach Education Programme. The session will focus on skill development through game play; and backline attacking moves and options. As a dual code international and an established member of both the Saracens and England Saxons Coaching Teams, the expertise that Faz can share make this a not to be missed opportunity.

The session will comprise of a short presentation with a Q&A element proceeded by an hours practical using the Saracens Academy players.

Title: Skills Jazz with Faz

Venue: University of Hertfordshire – Sports Village, AL10 9EU

Date: Tues 18th January

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Cost: £10

For further details contact alexausterberry@saracens.net or call 07894783136.

Alternatively you can book online following the below link.

http://www.saracens.com/news/view.php?Id=6201

spot the ball

December 15, 2010 by paul  
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Something different from the caption competition, during a game this season, or last, who knows! the ball was thrown in for a line out.  Lets see if anyone can place where the ball should be. Usual rules apply (as deemed by admin/ed) submissions I think will be recorded automatically – good luck (if this proves to be popular it might happen again)Oh by the way – the original has been taken of the website to stop you lot cheating:)

December Caption Competition

December 13, 2010 by paul  
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You know the score……………….

Each month a photo will be added to this page. It is hoped that you can come up with a suitable caption to go with it; a prize will be awarded at the end of each month – good luck

Ok folks, with the festive season fast approaching and the Christmas party there were quite a few to choose from…..

for now here’s three for you to ponder over and hopefully come up with a little gem!

to submit caption please email pinnerrugby@gmail.com

Youth Section: U 14’s versus Wasps B (photos)

December 13, 2010 by paul  
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Protected: Mini Section away @ Hackney Bulls (photos)

December 13, 2010 by paul  
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Santa and his elves came and went – party photos

December 13, 2010 by paul  
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The Club Christmas party brought an array of costumes, flashing lights and some great singing – bar the Three Stooges and Feed the Phil!! (only joking)

Here are some of the images from the earlier part of the evening……

dehors joué, une victoire très douce, des photos et rapport de match

December 13, 2010 by paul  
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following P&G’s fourth win on the trot, here are some of the photos from the game against London French RFC Score 24-10

Herts / Middx Div 2.   P&G 24    London French 10

Pinner make it four in a row

P&G’ s, ayant gagné la promotion dans deux course à pied de saisons, la vie au départ trouvée dans la plus haute ligue un peu plus dure. Pourtant en enregistrant leur quatrième victoire successive et la cinquième de la saison ils atteignent le stade à la moitié de la moitié supérieure de la ligue. Les visiteurs des Terrains de sport Shaftesbury samedi étaient le français de Londres, aussi nouvellement promu, avec qui ils avaient deux rencontres proches dans la saison précédente…….. Only joking, here’s the English version!

P&G’ s , having gained promotion in two seasons running, initially found life in the higher league a little harder. However by recording their fourth successive win and the fifth of the season they reach the half-way stage in the top half of the league. The visitors to Shaftesbury Playing Fields on Saturday were London French, also newly promoted, with whom they had two close encounters in the previous season.

Pinner made a dramatic start when shortly after the kick-off captain Reza Sibilant powered over to score close in.  Mark Razzell added the conversion to give P&G an early 7 – 0 lead. This induced a bit of complacency in the home side who were forced to play much of the next half hour in their own half.  With only five minutes to go before half-time London French were adjudged to have handled in a ruck on their 22 metre line. Ignoring the chance of 3 points the captain took a quick penalty before passing out to James Burns who found prop Aaron Nicholas on hand to score on the right. The conversion was unsuccessful but following the re-start P&G’s again attacked and were awarded a scrum on the visitors 10m line.  The Pinner pack had begun to dominate the set pieces enabling No 8 Bernie Richter to pick up the ball and serge forward well into the 22. When finally stopped he managed to pass  the ball to right winger Chris Jepson who went over in the corner to give the home side a comfortable 17 – 0 half-time lead.

The second half started with Pinner being more positive with the pack shoving London French back on several scrums.  Line-outs were not so clear cut.  After thirteen minutes another decisive scrum, this time on the visitor’s 22 saw interplay between the scrum and fly-halves creating an opening for centre Alex Goring to run through the defence from 30 m out to score under the post. This time full-back Mark Razzell made no mistake.  Pinner had now earned their bonus point for the forth try and had secured a 24 – 0 lead.  The home side now appeared to relax, too many penalties were conceded.  This enabled London French to get back into the game. They were only deprived of their first try by a strong tackle by No. 8 Richter.  On the half-hour P&G’s lost the ball in a ruck on their own 10 metre line and some not too convincing tackling allowed the visitors to score wide out on the right bring the score to 24 -5.  London French now began to press heavily sensing a possible turn round. With a couple of minutes left they won a scrum on the P&G 22 and moving the ball swiftly to the right scored their second try to bring the final score to 24 – 10 for the home side.

Next Saturday P&G’s are away to Ickenham hoping to repeat the early season victory. The Club will be staging its usual Boxing Day match at Shaftesbury Playing Fields on Sun 26th December with the kick-off at 11:30 am followed post Christmas festivities. All are welcome, whether as players or supporters.

Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Old Millhillians 9 8 0 1 239 106 133 4 36 0
Royston 10 7 1 2 204 114 90 6 36 0
Old Merchant Taylors’ 9 6 2 1 228 86 142 5 33 0
Belsize Park 9 5 1 3 184 130 54 4 26 0
Pinner & Grammarians 9 5 0 4 198 212 -14 5 25 0
Ickenham 9 4 1 4 161 111 50 5 23 0
Old Isleworthians 9 4 0 5 145 202 -57 1 17 0
Quintin 9 2 1 6 121 186 -65 4 14 0
Uxbridge 9 3 0 6 150 269 -119 1 13 0
London French 9 2 0 7 136 175 -39 4 12 0
Old Tottonians 9 1 0 8 80 255 -175 1 0 -5
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Belsize Park 17 – 21 Old Isleworthians
Old Merchant Taylors’ 12 – 10 Ickenham
Pinner & Grammarians 24 – 10 London French
Royston 29 – 7 Quintin
Uxbridge 45 – 22 Old Tottonians

Christmas Party oh yeah

December 11, 2010 by paul  
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This Saturday is The Pinner and Grammarians Christmas party!

Following the 1st XV home League fixture with London French K.O 2.30pm

We haven’t had a Christmas party at the club before (definitely not in the last 10 years) so this already is the most fun Christmas party ever held there!!! This is open to all players, partners, coaches (Steve Woad and mini’s) and also the parents of the minis. So here are the stats:

What time will this amazing evening start?:

7pm reception with entertainment starting at 7:30 (no, not a stripper!!!)

Will there be food?: Yes there will be, so do not stuff your faces too early with mince pies

Is there a theme or dress code: The theme will be Christmas!! This means fancy dress (things like Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, Christmas pudding etc) or clothes that have the colours of Christmas ie: Red or Green. There will be a prize for the best dressed individual and also the best dressed couple, but when have I ever needed to ask you guys to make an with on fancy dress? I think the words ‘any excuse’ come to mind :)

featuring the:

What else do you have planned?: After dinner we will have a few xmas games before we make way for our resident crooner Les O’Connor (Chaffe to everyone else) to run his Karaoke bar. So if you have any requests, please send them to Les O’Connor and hopefully he will be able toad it to the list. Finally we will have a DJ to take us in to the early hours of the morning

What is the cost of such a fantastic evening?: Tickets will be £10 on the door which will get you food and all entertainment. Depending on numbers, it may get you a drink as well!

The evening starts at 7pm and the theme is Christmas Fancy dress! So this can either be a full on outfit or just Christmas colours (green/red)!

There will be food at 8pm (Curry), and various bits of entertainment over the evening.

Such themes and games include:

‘Oddly enough’

‘Piss off northerners/welsh/French/hillbillies’

‘Getting naked’

‘Squeeze me, tease me’

‘Odd shaped balls’

‘Pissed’

‘I’m bored’

‘Rampant rabbit’ + Brennivin

Our resident ‘man with the microphone’ Les will be on hand to help loosen up the vocal chords with a great evening of sing –a-long tunes

Please note this is for adults only, but anyone can come. Friends/family etc.

Tickets are £10 which covers food and entertainment

Its going to be a good ‘un, so make sure you do not miss out

November Caption Competition

November 27, 2010 by paul  
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Each month a photo will be added to this page. It is hoped that you can come up with a suitable caption to go with it; a prize will be awarded at the end of each month – good luck

Ok folks, there has admittedly been a slight lull in the caption competition recently but hopefully with the festive season fast approaching there should be some great images appearing

for now here’s two for you to ponder over and hopefully come up with a little gem!

to submit caption please email pinnerrugby@gmail.com

Protected: Training Sunday 21st November with Hampstead visiting team

November 21, 2010 by paul  
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3rd win on the bounce: Pinner 15 Quintin 9

November 21, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner vs. Quintin

This weekend saw Pinner host Quintin for the first time this season, which proved to be a thrilling and interesting game for all involved.

Off the back of their great result the previous week, Pinner wanted to establish their dominance early on. From the kick off, they made their intentions well known. Smashing the opposition up front, they made sure that Quintin had no disillusions about the level of physicality they were to be facing. Owing to the intensity and weather conditions, handling errors were numerous, resulting in the forwards being able to size each other up early on. The Pinner pack made short work of the Quintin scrum, however, and drove them back with relative ease giving a rising lift to morale.

In the middle of the park, Quintin were trying to ship the ball wide but the mobility of the Pinner back row left them unable to break the gain line. Unfortunately, Pinner’s tenacity forced them to concede a penalty early on right in front of the sticks. Quintin took advantage by adding 3 to the board. Pinner then came storming out of the blocks once again, taking the fight to the opposition and reminding them they were unlikely to get a rest bite. The handling errors were in abundance and Pinner looked tentative in open attacking play, which led to numerous scrum times, which Hans loves. This suited the home side though, who stole the advantage at almost every defending scrummage. Attacking strongly, Pinner did so well but often fell at the final hurdle, which frustrated many players leading to further infringements. Eventually, a penalty was awarded to Pinner and gave them a chance to level the playing field, which they took through the boot of international man of legend, fullback Mark Razzell. Hero.

Shortly after, in what can only be described as a moment of madness, prop/hooker/man of questionable wardrobe choices Steven (Stephen? Whatever) Devine (sweet irony) threw the ball  in frustration after dropping it just over the line (the third time the ball had fallen from his usually dependable grip within the first five minutes), thus, not giving Pinner a try;  which unfortunately hit the referees head. Even though, on reflection throwing the ball in disgust of his own inabilities,  this probably wasn’t the best of ideas, as it earned him a red card and a stern finger wagging from Captain Reza Sibilant, who was playing the role of angry dad. Hobo accepted the decision graciously, and had started to walk off the field even before the card was shown – a long, lonely walk to the showers with head bent and shoulders slumped he watched the remainder of the game from a park bench. 10 minutes in and Pinner were down to 14 men. Actually, it’s probably more like 13 and a half because Razzell doesn’t take up much space.

A quick reshuffling of the pack and Pinner were fairing well despite their disadvantage. They were still dominating in the scrum and the breakdown, but Quintin were managing to hold them out. Not for long, though, as they were tiring and Pinner were hungry for points. After sucking in the defence, Pinner found themselves with lots of space outside so as the ball came out wide, Sibilant found himself with plenty of options. Of course, he didn’t take any of them because he never does, but he danced his way through the flailing arms of defenders like he was auditioning for the lead in ‘Street dance 12’ and crossed the line to rolling eyes of Pinner players. The conversion was unsuccessful because Razzell slipped on a wayward worm.

The rest of the half was filled with frustrating situations for both sides, as they failed to capitalise on chances.

The second half began and it was business as usual for both sides. Pinner carried on their advance and forced Quintin to make desperate tackles, but ultimately it was their own lack of clinical finishing that was letting them down. Shortly into the half, Quintin were given a kickable penalty which they took full advantage of bringing the score to 8-6. Shortly after, they were presented with another opportunity, making it 9-8 in favour of the visitors. Pinner needed to up the tempo.

After twenty minutes of trading blows, Pinner found themselves once again in the opposition’s half. In a moment of confusion among the defence, fly-half David Luiz chipped the ball past the gain-line, kicked it on again passed the fullback, collected and scored to put Pinner back in front. A wonderful individual effort and it definitely wasn’t knocked on.

Both teams were now tiring, as they had fought hard to keep themselves in the game. Quintin weren’t ready to give up, however, and upped the tempo to test Pinner’s resolve. Unfortunately for them, they were left wanting because Pinner’s defence held strong and with that in mind, there never looked to be much danger of Quintin snatching the victory.

Final score, 15-9.

Special mention goes to James Byrne who had a stormer of a game and also to Craig Lane who did something hilariously silly.

Saturday, 20 November 2010
Belsize Park HWO Old Tottonians
Old Merchant Taylors’ 28 – 0 London French
Old Millhillians 43 – 21 Old Isleworthians
Pinner & Grammarians 15 – 9 Quintin
Royston 22 – 8 Uxbridge
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Old Millhillians 9 8 0 1 239 106 133 4 36 0
Royston 9 6 1 2 175 107 68 5 31 0
Old Merchant Taylors’ 8 5 2 1 216 76 140 5 29 0
Belsize Park 8 5 1 2 167 109 58 3 25 0
Ickenham 8 4 1 3 151 99 52 4 22 0
Pinner & Grammarians 8 4 0 4 174 202 -28 4 20 0
Quintin 8 2 1 5 114 157 -43 4 14 0
Old Isleworthians 8 3 0 5 124 185 -61 1 13 0
London French 8 2 0 6 126 151 -25 4 12 0
Uxbridge 8 2 0 6 105 247 -142 0 8 0
Old Tottonians 8 1 0 7 58 210 -152 1 5 0

Back to winning ways – P&G 1st XV 50- Uxbridge 10

November 15, 2010 by paul  
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This week Pinner 1st XV ventured over Swakeleys Roundabout to Uxbridge RFC in what was possibly their most convincing game this season.

With the second outing of the Pelicans (Pinners ‘new’ Vets team) proceeding their league game hopes were high after their recent victory over Royston RFC and from the first blow of the referees whistle they stated their intention. After some poor handling by the opposition it was Pinner who took control in the middle of the pitch and with quick passing straight to hand pushed the ball out wide into the hands of Bernie Richter, who with a full head of steam cantered to the try line swerving the oncoming defence and popped the ball down for a fantastic start to the match, unfortunately it was not converted, the boot of Dominic Coyle not quite into action at such an early stage of the game. However, his trusted boot was more accurate only a few minutes later when Captain Reza Sibilant side stepped and baffled the defence with diagonal runs both left and right to go through to the line for Pinners second try, all within the first eight minutes into the game. Normally, at this stage Pinner usually find themselves on the back foot from the restart, but today Pinner showed why they were promoted last season and will be a force to be reckoned with this season; full of pace and quick hands the ball glided into the hands of Alex Goring running at speed to go through the desperately grabbing Uxbridge backs and drop below the posts. The three tries made in quick succession gave Pinner a massive confidence boost and had a profound effect on the opposition, who spent the rest of the half defending against powerful and clinical forward play.

There followed what could only be called high quality rugby from a team determined not to let the opposition any way back into the match. The ball was now in flight most of the time with breaks being made by Craig Lane, who on two occasions found that his head not only worked faster than his legs but also was to heavy for them – resulting in a comic like running action and falling short and being caught by players much heavier and slower than him!

With the forwards, Simon Whitecombe, Aaron Nicholas working extremely hard to put pressure on Uxbridge they found themselves driving over from a ruck and the ball moved through the hands of scrum half Sam Markham who with quick thinking gave the oncoming Reza Sibilant the opportunity to side step two Uxbridge players and dive over the line to the cheers of the faithful Pinner supporters and his team mates, Dominic Coyle converted the try. It was following this exhilaration that Pinner took their foot off ‘the peddle’ and their concentration waned. This, had in the past allowed for the opposition to score and yet again was the familiar pattern, poor handling and tackling brought the best from Uxbridge who now were given the chance to run with the ball, passing out to their winger who, despite a desperate lunge by firstly Mark Razzle then Bernie Richter crossed the line. These points now boosted Uxbridge and despite Pinners scoring advantaged, started to alter their mindset and fears of a come back were becoming apparent, a second try late into the first half brought the half time whistle at the right time; a team talk by coach Steve Woad was required to get Pinner back into the winning mentality. Half time: 26-10

With the mosquitoes now hovering around every stationary person, the second half proceeded to with what was going to be a real soul searching experience for Pinner, could they get back that exhibition style rugby seen in the first thirty minutes or was the late charge of the last ten minutes of the first half going to change the balance of play? Only time and fading light would tell.

Both teams were ready to take the fight to the other side once more. Unfortunately for Uxbridge, it was Pinner who took the initiative from the restart, deep within the oppositions twenty two the ball ran loose after a great scrum and driving Uxbridge back with ease; saw charging at pace, the hooker Stephen Divine following the ball (causing a reading of 5.5 – 6.1 on the Richter Scale within the Uxbridge area) into the corner with a very worried fullback looking over his shoulder and the ground moving around him, all he could do was to kick it out into touch in fear!

The resulting line out was competitively won by Martin Goodwin who daintily swerved a tackle to pass to Reza Sibilant to run in and score what was to be his hat trick try (something we will not hear the last of for some time!), again the trusted boot of Dominic Coyle pushed the points margin further in Pinners favour.

Heads were up at this stage and the team could smell a victory coming their way.

Making up for the first half comedy running, Craig Lane counter attacked running virtually the full length of the pitch after catching a hopeful kick from the Uxbridge scrum half to cross the line with two defenders making last ditch attempts to bring him down to the ground, giving Mark Razzle the opportunity to add more points to the tally, which he did. The referee had previously awarded a penalty to Pinner for the Uxbridge number eight coming in from the side during a ruck which, again, Dominic Coyle put between the up rights. With the light fading and a Pinner side buzzing with confidence the game was secure, however, there was more action and points to be had. Man of the match, Simon Whitecombe, along with Reza Sibilant who had both recently, represented Middlesex, led the way forward with powerful running and almost unstoppable pace broke through the Uxbridge forwards and drew in the backs which left a huge gap for Alex Goring to exploit and add more points to the ever increasing total. It was left to David Luiz to convert and take the score to the fifty mark.

This was a most impressive win for Pinner, building upon the superb turn around victory in the last league game, the next fixture against Quintin at home will be a hum dinger! Congratulations to all that played, a truly entertaining game of rugby.

Saturday, 13 November 2010
Ickenham 3 – 13 Royston
London French 12 – 25 Old Millhillians
Old Tottonians 5 – 37 Old Merchant Taylors’
Quintin 39 – 14 Belsize Park
Uxbridge 10 – 50 Pinner & Grammarians
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Old Millhillians 8 7 0 1 196 85 111 3 31 0
Royston 8 5 1 2 153 99 54 4 26 0
Old Merchant Taylors’ 7 4 2 1 188 76 112 4 24 0
Ickenham 8 4 1 3 151 99 52 4 22 0
Belsize Park 7 4 1 2 167 109 58 3 21 0
Pinner & Grammarians 7 3 0 4 159 193 -34 4 16 0
Old Isleworthians 7 3 0 4 103 142 -39 1 13 0
Quintin 7 2 1 4 105 142 -37 3 13 0
London French 7 2 0 5 126 123 3 4 12 0
Uxbridge 7 2 0 5 97 225 -128 0 8 0
Old Tottonians 7 1 0 6 58 210 -152 1 5 0

Pinner Pelicans versus Uxbridge 2nds (photos)

November 14, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner Pelicans ventured over to Uxbridge RFC on Saturday 13th November for their second fixture of the season, match report to follow, but for the moment here are some photographs of the action…..

Under 14’s complete winning weekend

November 14, 2010 by paul  
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Under 14s Middlesex Herts Div 6 – Pinner & Grammarians Vs Kilburn Cosmos

17 – 10

Bottom of the table Pinner hosted Kilburn Cosmos on Remembrance Sunday at their Hatch End home. Following a well respected two minutes, Kilburn had the better of the opening period and they went close twice in the first fifteen minutes, once dropping the ball when over the try line and later diving and touching down a yard and a half short. However, Pinner were winning most of the scrums and a lot of work on the training ground was beginning to pay dividends.

Later in the half there was some powerful running from both sides with Tyler Hone, Bradley Stevenson and David Wilkinson most prominent for Pinner, but the final ball failed to impress and equally committed tackling brought the runners to ground. Evenly matched throughout, half time was reached at 0-0

Rain began falling heavily in the second half and the slippery conditions served to open up the game and Kilburn drew first blood. Missed tackles allowed their number 12 to slide over in the corner for an unconverted try. Pinner’s reply was instantaneous with a thirty yard break by Bradley Smith which culminated with him offloading ten yards from the tryline to winger Adam Rees who skipped beyond Kilburn’s tackles to score behind the posts. Harrison Davies easily converted the try and all of a sudden Pinner had a lead that they were never to lose.

The game was beginning to flow from end to end but once again, Pinner’s skill in the scrum showed. Bradley Stevenson, Captain for the first time, picked up the ball from a scrum on the halfway line and set off on an unstoppable diagonal run that saw him go over in the corner. The range with a wet ball was just beyond Davies’ boot and the scores were 12 – 5. Kilburn were far from out of it and Pinner had to maintain their concentration levels. There were two scores in the last three minutes. Pinner’s front row drove the maul forward and the ball came to the hands of No 8, Tyler Hone whose 25 yard solo effort, over in the corner, sealed the match. During the final play, Kilburn were gifted a consolation 5 points but the day belonged to Pinner. Pinner’s David Wilkinson was named Man of the Match but there were many, many contenders in what was our finest performance to day.

Pinner Mini section & Kilburn Cosmos @ Grasshopper Festival – photos

November 14, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner Mini section: Under 9/10/11/12 helped make up teams with Kilburn Cosmos during the B Festival at Grasshoppers RFC.

Here are some photos

Last minute wonders – Pinner 26 Royston 22 match report

October 31, 2010 by paul  
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This week, Pinner travelled to take on Royston in what was to be a physical, entertaining and surprising match.

Conditions were favourable and both teams looked to take advantage of this by playing fluid and clinical rugby, with Pinner initially reaping the benefits. After some early posturing from both sides and a deadlock in the middle of the park, the ball was spread wide through the Pinner back line. Fullback and superstar Mark Razzell broke the gain line, carried the ball one hundred and forty metres before passing out to flying winger Chris Jepson. Jepson crossed in the corner five minutes into the game with an unsuccessful conversion, making it 5-0.

The battle for dominance was then taken to the forwards, as Pinner appeared to have the advantage in the backs. Royston dominated the scrum, which they used to devastating effect, but after a switch around of positions Pinner managed to equalise this somewhat. Still, Royston forwards piled on the pressure, utilising quick pick and drives and rolling mauls to the dismay of the Pinner pack.

Pinned in their own 22, Pinner defended solidly and with tenacity for ten minutes, pushing out every attempt Royston made. With seeming inevitability, however, Royston eventually managed to cross with Pinner left reeling. The conversion was successful.

The hard work had taken its toll on Pinner, and this showed from the kick off. After receiving well, Royston shipped the ball out to the no. 10, who managed to step inside his defender and break away. A last, desperate attempt to stop him was made by Razzell, but the line was crossed in the corner with Pinner scratching their heads. No conversion was made.

The two tries made in quick succession gave Royston a massive confidence boost and had a profound effect on Pinner, who spent the rest of the half defending against powerful and clinical forward play. The home side were kept out, however, and the score at half time was 12-5.

After some harsh half time words, both teams looked ready to take the fight to the other side once more. Unfortunately for Pinner, it was Royston who came out on top. For what felt like an age, Pinner seemed incapable of retaining possession or creating any space. Defence was strong, however, and the heavy tackling weakened the Royston attack somewhat. After 15 minutes of deadlock, Royston found themselves in the Pinner 22 after a strong rolling maul. Reset and recycled, The Royston 8 man found himself half a gap and shrugged off a tackle to cross in the corner. Again the conversion was unsuccessful, making it 17-5.

Heads started to drop on the Pinner side and being on the back foot for so long was taking effect. Breaking the norm of the game, Royston shipped the ball out to the backs for the number 12 to receive and somehow slip through two Pinner defenders in open play, crossing just to the right of the posts. Somehow, this was unconverted.

With just 15 minutes of play left, all hope seemed lost for Pinner. The ‘never say die’ attitude began to come through, however, and Pinner started to pick up the pace. Still struggling to retain possession and feeling battle weary, they stuck to their guns and got in the face of the opposition. Complacency set in for Royston, and they paid the price dearly.

With five minutes of play left, numerous penalties were being awarded to Pinner, who, as much as possible, opted to take quickly and charge up the field, gaining much ground. At the half way line, they lost possession and Royston looked to push the ball wide. Reading the play, centre Alex Goring intercepted a short pass between the backs and sprinted to the sticks. 7 points for Pinner, who were now chomping at the bit.

At the kick off, Pinner received well and again charged hard at the defence, sucking in numbers and forcing errors. A penalty was awarded which club captain Reza Sibilant took quickly and passed to Fly half Steven Griffiths who had spotted a gap. Passing the gain line, he found the support of big Bernard Richter who galloped to the line under the posts. Another 7 points added and Pinner trailing by just 3 points.

Shocked and worried, it was Royston’s turn to be on the back foot. The ball stayed firmly in the half of the home side, and they found themselves travelling backwards. Not long after and at the stroke of 80, Pinner were awarded a penalty 10 metres from the line. The referee had warned that this was to be the last play, and although it was kickable, Sibilant decided he wanted the win. Tapped and passed to the powerful front rower Simon Whitcombe, the defence was sucked in and the ball was recycled quickly. From there, the ball was put out to centre and man of the match Goring, who drove through three desperate defenders and slammed the ball down to confirm Pinner’s victory. The conversion was successful, making the final score 26-22. It was a wonderful turn-around and a great nod to the view of never giving up.

The Tomas Report – Grasshoppers Festival Sunday 31st October

October 31, 2010 by paul  
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Today, I went to a rugby tournament at Grasshoppers.  Due to lack of players from Kilburn they asked us to form a Barbarian Team.

We called ourselves the KP Peanuts (KP = Kilburn and Pinner), however Sam complained as he is allergic to Peanuts!

We played 3 matches, the first against London Welsh, the second Grasshoppers (Hosts) and the last against Hammersmith.

Here are the match scores:

London Welsh 15 – 0 KP Peanuts

Grasshoppers 10 – 0 KP Peanuts

Hammersmith 10 – 5 KP Peanuts (Our try by Sam)

We played well and were hard to beat but lost as we lacked tries.  We also had a disadvantage having only played with Kilburn 3 times before.

Sam’s try was excellent, he ran from our try line to theirs scoring, and I passed it to him.

We did some crunching tackles and a few decent passes and runs with the ball.  We lost as the other teams were more prepared however we did well to score 1 try.

Everyone tried their best and it was a good team spirit.

I really enjoyed it, despite losing, and am looking forward to the next tournament.

Tomas Matthews

Pinner RFC mini’s tour to Bognor April 2011. (update)

October 19, 2010 by paul  
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Wednesday 1st December 2010

Hello everyone, thank you for your support in joining the 1st Mini’s tour of Pinner RFC. I am really looking forward to it and I hope you are as well. It is however time to collect the second payment now, what I would require is another £20 per head, this should be paid to myself by

Sunday 5th December please. Cheque or cash is ok, cheques payable to Paul Parker-Brice.

I will be collecting the remaining monies over dates during January and February, this all to ease the burden of paying for the tour during the up and coming expense of Christmas season, hope it suits.

I am also looking to do some fund raising in December it will take the form of a rag collection, this will involve leaflets being delivered to houses in your areas then at a later date returning to collect donations, l have the contact for a company who will come to the club and collect the rags and hopefully leave us a nice size cheque to go towards the tour in some way so please keep hold of your old clothes ask friends and others to hold onto it for us as well. Also if anyone has any prizes that could go towards raffles, which we could run over the season to raise funds, please let me know.

Thank you,

Paul Parker-Brice.

OK here are some details:

Pinner RFC Mini’s Rugby Tour

2010 – 2011 Season

Friday 8th April until Monday 11th April

Hello everyone this is Paul Parker-Brice here the Under 10’s coach. A tour has been arranged for Pinner RFC at the end of the season. I am the person who will be arranging this excellent chance for all the players to get away together as a team, also for as many of the families to come along as possible for a fun weekend. The dates for this tour will be, 8th April until 11th April 2011, it is a weekend organised by a company called Burleigh Travel (www.burleightravel.co.uk) who are a company that specialise in sports tours.

The weekend tour would be held at a holiday park in Bognor about 1hour 40mins away, it is proposed that we take the self-drive option to keep the price down. Accommodation will be 6 or 8 berth caravans close to the beach, these will be on a self catering basis but I’m sure we can arrange some team food evenings again to keep the cost down. The price of the tour weekend also includes entertainment passes from Friday until Monday. On Saturday 9th April, the minis teams will play a tournament it is hoped that we can take U6/U7 combined a U8, U9, U10, U11 & U12 numbers allowing however these teams can be combined as in accordance with the RFU guidelines should it be necessary. On Sunday 10th the youth team U14 would have their tournament. Please read the following notes describing the tour weekend and l hope as many of you as possible come along for this weekend, as it would be great for the kids and the adults alike a really good social event.

The cost for the Tour would be £82 per person as long as we get over 45 people to go, l would be operating an easy payment system for people to pay week by week or month by month?

Come and join the tour 50 people have already secured their places with the deposit, but we still need YOU. More players needed to take part in the touring teams.

TO SECURE YOUR TOUR BOOKING I NEED YOU TO CONFIRM YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO, AND FOR YOU TO GIVE ME A £20 DEPOSIT PER PERSON.

THIS NEEDS TO BE HANDED TO MYSELF NO LATER THAN SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2010

Interested in joining us, email your name, the number in group, which age group the player is from, contact number and email,

To Paul Parker-Brice at precisebrice@hotmail.com

General Information

You will be based in six or eight berth caravans in a holiday park on the beachfront close to Chichester. There are plenty of on site amenities to keep your group entertained, such as a brand new heated indoor swimming pool complex with slides, steam-rooms, sauna and a state of the art fitness suite. There’s also crazy golf, go-karting and even a fun fair. In addition, there is regular entertainment for all ages each evening on site. This ideal location, combined with the Bognor Mini Rugby Festival will make for a memorable tour.

Friday 8th April

You will depart your club and travel to Selsey. Once checked in you will then have the remainder of the day and night free to explore the park and use your leisure and entertainment passes.  Once you have settled into your accommodation you may wish to spend the evening enjoying one of the on site entertainment shows.

The park has a number of evening shows to cater for all ages.

Saturday 9th April

You will assemble as a group and travel to Bognor RFC for the Bognor Mini Rugby Festival.

10.00 Hours – Bognor Mini Rugby Festival

Following the RFU continuum we will ensure that all sides will receive the maximum amount of Rugby available to them under the RFU guidelines. Once the festival is over you will return to the Holiday Park to continue your celebrations, and make the most of the parks facilities where a visit to the arcades or the pool and spa complex is highly recommended.  In the evening, you can enjoy a show in one of the themed bars or cabaret clubs on-site which is included in your price.

YOUTH FESTIVAL

Sunday 10th April

This will be a free day where you may wish to arrange a training session on the park or perhaps enjoy the park’s extensive facilities, such as the state of the art pool and spa complex. The modern Oasis pool complex comprises facilities such as a Family fun pool with water slide and Lazy River, Health suite with sun beds, massage, steam room and sauna, Competition pool with six 25-metre swimming lanes and State-of-the-art gym, with 50 exercise stations plus

Youth Festival: Sunday 10th April

This morning you will travel to nearby Bognor RFC to take part in the Bognor Junior Festival, with teams between U/13 and U/16 competing.  The festival is run on a group format to ensure everyone receives plenty of rugby.

In the evening you will return to your accommodation in order to continue your celebrations


Monday 11th April

After checking out of your accommodation the day is free to make the most of the park’s facilities before your journey home.


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just for starters, some photos from the first Pelicans game of the season, match report to follow. Should mention here player of the match Angus, who played number 8 for the first time and apparently liked it! But enough text – here’s some pics

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