Pinner RFC Under 13s ended their successful season as Division Champions with a certain panache at the End of Season Awards on Friday 7th June at the Shaftesbury Club House.
For something a little different and in keeping with the seniors’ tradition, Head Coach Steve George set all the players a challenge. The players had been given a budget of £5.00 to purchase an outfit from local charity shops, strange how many dresses could be bought for that amount!
The evening was a relaxed affair, the players spending the early part of it outside honing their rugby skills; seeing players tackling each other by grabbing nightdresses and flowing skirts was a little different!
There was great support from the parents who enjoyed a beer of two and spent the evening chatting about the seasons achievements and what the future holds; would the squad move up one or two divisions next season?
The togetherness of the squad was highlighted during the awards presentations, with all players receiving an award – the majority having a strong humorous content!
The following awards were given
Most Improved Player of the Season
Coaches Player of the Season
Players Player of the Season
Other Awards went to the following:
Most injured: Jacob Talbot
Best butter fingers: George Tillett
Most Dramatic: Brandon Cotter
Tackle bag killer (mainly in training!) Thomas Barkshire
Most Committed: Dominic Boyden
Most Slippery member of the team: Kai Gordon
Thinks he’s a pretty boy!: Arthur Garvey
Most valuable player: Ryan Healy
Best Justin Bieber Impression: Charlie Gascoine
Most Inspirational use of the National Health System: Taylor Goodman
Biggest Hair: Dylan Kelly
The evening ended with pizza (the arrival of which saw what could only be described as a herd of wildebeest being chased by a pride of lions) and frolics whilst the adults watched on at the bar!
The challenge now really starts for the Under 13’s, summer fitness training, strengthening the squad and building on this seasons success, hopefully, continue where they finished the season.
We have released an unofficial Lions song & video. The first proper Lions song – not a stuffy anthem – a sing along rock n roll Rugby song.
The unofficial anthem for the 2013 British & Irish Lions in aid of The wooden Spoon children’s charity. The last time the Lions were down under their supporters out-numbered, out-sung and out-supported the locals. The Wallabies responded. The Voice of a Thousand Men is the Lions and the supporters secret weapon in 2013. A plea to the traveling supporters to carry with them the voices of the thousands supporting from home to help the boys to a famous series win.
We decided it was about time Rugby hit the charts, only 4 weeks ago and working day & night produced our Lions inspired version of the Swords of a Thousand Men originally by Tenpole Tudor back in the 80s and this time by our very own RUCK STARS.
Proceeds from sales of the track (on iTunes & Amazon from 69p!) go to The Wooden Spoon Rugby children’s charity.
My humble request is that you help us to spread the word.
- Watch and share the video on You Tube
- post the video on your Club Facebook page or website
- Retweet our tweets (for those familiar with Twitter!) and follow us @voiceof1000men
- play the track in your club ( I can supply point of sale / posters) DVDs / CDs for Lions events you are running
- Promote the Tee shirt we will be launching in a few days time again with proceeds to Wooden Spoon
Any questions or ideas do email or call me.
Thanks for your indulgence
Lets Get Rugby to Number 1
Dear Member and supporter of Pinner Rugby Club,
This is the first calling of our annual AGM to be held at the Rugby Club on Saturday 22nd June at 1.00pm, please find the Agenda in full attached.
If anyone wishes to stand for a committee position please let me know prior to the AGM.
We aim to start the day off with a breakfast bap and beers watching the 1st Lions game which kicks off at 11.00am, so the doors will open at 10.15am, all welcome.
For those of you who are unaware we have a Rugby Force day the previous weekend on the 15th and 16th June, to clean and paint the club, again all welcome.
I hope to see you all at both weekends
PINNER & GRAMMARIANS R.F.C. Ltd
President: David Hiles Esq.
Affiliated to the R.F.U., M.C.R.F.U.
Hon.Secretary : Robin Greenwood, 4 South Drive, Ruislip, Middx HA4 8EX
Tel: 01895 677764 (h); 07803 143137 (m); E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 22nd June 1.00 pm
In accordance with Club Rules notice is hereby given that the forty fifth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place in Pinner and Grammarians Club house, Shaftesbury Playing-fields on Saturday 22nd June at 1.00 pm. Your prompt attendance is requested.
1. To receive apologies for absence.
2. To confirm agreement of the Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting
3. To consider Matters arising therefrom.
4. To review the Report of the Hon. Secretary
5. To review the Report of the Club Captain
6. To review the interim Report of the Hon.Treasurer
7. To review the Youth and Mini reports
8. To accept the nomination of the outgoing Committee
for Club President.
9. To confirm the election of the Officers, Captains and members of the General Committee for year 2013 – 2014.
10. To vote that Pinner and Grammarians RFC Ltd does not undertake a full audit for the financial year ending April 13.
11. To accept the outgoing Committee’s revision of the list of Vice-Presidents
12. To confirm the decision on Annual Subscription.
13. To consider any other business accepted by the President.
We are going to watch the first lions test at 11.00am, and will be serving breakfast baps beforehand at 10.00am prior to the AGM.
Once again thanks to all those who contributed during the season both on and off the field.
Well done to Aaron on a difficult baptism, honestly it does get easier!
Next season the Club needs YOUR HELP, we need coaches, administrators and players for the senior side, if you are that person or know of anyone please let anyone on the committee know.
Please make every effort to attend the AGM so that we can continue to build on our success to date. If you are prepared to take on any role please contact me or any member of the committee.
Apologies for absence should be conveyed to the Hon. Secretary before the meeting. Minutes of the 2012 A.G.M. and the Reports of the Hon. Secretary and Club Captain together with a verbal statement of the current financial position will be available at the meeting. Anyone not attending and requiring copies should contact the Hon. Secretary.
Robin Greenwood, Hon. Secretary, 29th April 2013
ELECTION of OFFICERS, CAPTAINS and MEMBERS of the GENERAL COMMITTEE
In accordance with the Rules the outgoing General Committee nominates
David Hiles to be Club President for the Season 2013 – 2014
The Meeting is required to elect members to the following positions:
CHAIRMAN CLUB CAPTAIN
HON.SECRETARY VICE CAPTAIN
HON.TREASURER ‘A’ XV CAPTAIN (Pelicans)
ASSISTANT SECRETARY VETS’ XV CAPTAIN
HON. BAR SECRETARY HON. TEAM SECRETARY
HON. PRESS SECRETARY HON.’100 CLUB’ SECRETARY
MINI/YOUTH SECTION FOR SENIOR COMMITTEE
HON MERCHANDISE SEC
HON. MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
HON. SOCIAL SECRETARY
HON. CLUBHOUSE SECRETARY
HON. FIXTURE SECRETARY
NORTH WEST MIDDLESEX GROUP REPRESENTATIVES (x2)
FOUR ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS two at least who shall be playing members.
Your Committee will propose amendments to the list of Vice-Presidents.
Candidates for the above positions will require be proposing and seconding at the meeting.
Should you feel able to offer your services to the Club by taking on any of the above positions or help with the rebuilding projects please contact the Hon. Secretary or Chairman.
We also need COACHES and ADMINISTRATORS for the mini and Junior sections (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY) along with SENIOR PLAYERS for the first and second teams.
Pinner RFC have been successful in their bid to be part of the rugby force nationwide community volunteer programme which helps local rugby clubs to improve their facilities. It is an opportunity for clubs to gather members, supporters, friends and family for a weekend of fun-filled diy.
The first 100 registered clubs received a support pack including a commemorative plaque.
So what’s going to be happening?
We will need an army of volunteers with definite promises from those who can come. A list of skills and tools and equipment that you have would be helpful in ensuring that the days are used effectively and not just a chance to socialise and have a few beers. Someone to organise catering plus a possible bbq on one of the days would be much appreciated. We are looking at starting each day at least by 10am.
We would like every member of Pinner RFC to make the time to come down to the clubhouse during the weekend to offer their support, including players of all sections – seniors, pelicans, youth and mini also friends are more than welcome, in fact the more the merrier – many hands make light work etc etc
Guaranteed to be fun, involving liquid refreshments and a great social event for the club.
- Guttering to replace existing and downpipes
- Drains – not sure what we need
- Sand and cement for back old cellar door skim
- White emulsion
- Black facia paint
- Two new female toilets, seats and flushes
- Two toilet holders for multi roll holding
- White tile cleaner
- Kitchen stuff
- Black bags
- Cleaning equipment
- Paint brushes
Things to do:
Clean behind bar area and cellar (2x people) – Phil Martin plus 1
- Clear all sides of glasses, boxes and stock
- Clean down sides and scrub
- Throw away rubbish
- Tidy up and sweep and clean all areas
Clean Kitchen (2x people) – Carol Greenwood plus 1
- Clear all cupboards and surfaces of cups, utensils and stuff
- Clean down sides and scrub all areas
- Clean cooker
- Throw away all unused cups and rubbish
- Tidy and sweep and clean all areas
Clean changing rooms and showers, and corridors (2x people)
- Clean out all changing rooms and showers
- Scrub down tiles in shower area’s and floors
- Sweep and scrub floors
- Throw away all old clothes and rubbish
- Paint over areas of dirty wall
Clean male and female toilets, Ref’s room and disabled toilet (2x people)
- Clean out all changing rooms and toilets
- Scrub down tiles in Ref’s shower area and floors
- Sweep and scrub floors
- Throw away all old clothes and rubbish
- Clean up Disabled toilet and throw away all old rubbish
- Paint over areas of dirty wall
Render back cellar door (1 x person) – Rob Merrick
- Render back door
Replace external gutters and downpipes (2x people) – Dave Hiles and Mickey Watts
- Replace downpipes
- Replace where necessary gutters
Drains (2x people)
- Jet wash and rod drains
- Replace drains if possible
Clean main hall floor and throw away rubbish (2 x people)
- Remove all rubbish from hall and throw away
- Sweep, Scrub and clean floors
- Paint walls where necessary
Pull up weeds and mud around the path and patio (1 x person)
- Scrap away weeds and mud around patio and path
The annual Pinner RFC End of Season Awards took place on Friday 26th May at the clubhouse in Shaftesbury Playing Fields. Many new and past members of the club enjoyed an evening of frivolity, friendship and fun.
In a short time the list of winners will be published on this page, until then here are some of the images from the evening……….
On a fantastic sunny day on Pinner High Street saw one of the two teams entered for the Annual Pinner Wheelbarrow come away victorious. Team ‘pinkybarro’ - Samuel ‘Umfufu’ Heath and Ray ‘Iron Man’ Conboy out witted and eventually drank more to come out overall winners. Team II Richard Ward and Dave Logan* did not disgrace themselves coming in in the middle of the entered teams
*All of the running about might have upset the ‘floating tonsils’ of Dave causing the liquid to force itself outwards after the race – photographic evidence; especially as he had requested before the race to put more photos of him on the website!!
The annual St George’s Day celebrations and wheelbarrow race and great weather meant that Pinner was packed with people from across the borough on Sunday, gathering to join the fun-packed celebrations.
There was live entertainment, fancy dress, food, stalls, games – not forgetting the traditional wheelbarrow race, now in its 50th year, in which teams of two competitors race through the streets, making pit stops at pubs.
Saturday 20th April saw top of the division leaders Kilburn Cosmos take on Pinner RFC in what was Mark Razzells last game before he takes off to the big city of Sydney in Oz. At some stage there will be a match report, hopefully written by the man himself, in the meantime, here’s some photos. Thanks to Jo Talbot for standing on the sidelines in the sunshine, unlike her husband who has got drenched photographing the last couple of games.
The countdown begins……. who will FB first!!!
Pelicans give Uxbridge a fright
A scratch P&G’s 2nd XV took on the successful Merit table Uxbridge 2nd’s at Roger Bannister Playing Fields. Losing players at the last minute to their 1st XV the home side were lent a couple players by the visitors and the Club’s 74 year old President David Hiles in the 2nd row ensured a full team. It was soon evident that the Uxbridge side were used to playing together on a regular basis and within half an hour they had run in four tries. However Pelicans were beginning to settle and show some organisation. Several attacks developed with captain Les Chaffe making good ground from full back. This renewed pressure told and Pinner drove hard to the left corner for prop Nick de Jong to force his way over. Uxbridge hit back when a Pinner kick deep in the visitors half was fielded by their right winger who out-paced the defence to run in a fifth try from 50 metres. From the kick-off Pelicans again attacked, worked the ball to the right and then inside for centre Burns to break through and score under the posts. Sadly it was not a day for make-shift kickers. With half-time approaching Pelicans once more forced the ball towards the Uxbridge line. A poor attempt to kick for touch was charged down to give de Jong his second try. Once more the simple kick failed but from being 22 – 0 down after 30 minutes the home side went in at the interval only a credible 15 – 27 behind.
Pelicans started the second half as they had finished the first. Only five minutes in they gained possession in mid-field. Scrum –half Andy Wright got the ball to fly-half Dan Muckley who cut through the defence to score Pinner’s fourth try. This time Clyde Gordon was successful with the conversion and a possible turn-round was in sight at 22 -27. Now tiredness and lack of fitness began to tell on both sides. Fierce tackling and solid defence ensured no further scores until the Uxbridge full-back sold an outrageous dummy on the Pelican’s 22 to score under the posts. With five minutes left Uxbridge kept up the pressure and touched down in the right corner. Pelicans were not finished yet and with the final play of the match centre Burns powered through to get his second try bringing the final score of this very enjoyable match to 39 – 27 to the visitors.
P&G’s 1st XV await the effects of relegation decisions several leagues above.
Back at Shaftesbury Playing Fields on the only serviceable pitch P&G’s played the postponed league match against promotion contenders Kilburn Cosmos. Kilburn, needing a win to clinch the title, were in no mood to compromise. They put in a clinical display to defeat P&G’s by 52 – 5 the home sides only try being scored by Richard Southam. Pinner, although well clear at third from bottom of Herts- Middx 2 and who in normal circumstances would be safe for another season, now must await decisions about transfers of clubs between regions in leagues higher up the pyramid to know their fate.
Sunday saw local rugby Club Harrow visit Pinner RFC for a friendly match. With the end of the Easter holidays and the imminent return to school, Pinner were missing some key players to alternative commitments; UK Banjo competitions, skiing, Cadet camp to name just a few!
However, Pinner were able to field a full team with subs. Both the Head Coach and senior coaches were also unavailable so the match against a team four divisions above them looked on paper to be a fore gone conclusion.
A valiant performance by all the players did not let that happen on the pitch, every player worked their socks off and only through some outstanding backs play did Harrow score, both tries in the first half were break away tries from their winger. Pinner controlled the scrums with terrific power winning both their own and Harrows put in to a point where they became uncontested!
Throughout the game Pinner defended excellently and managed themselves to spend most of the second half in the oppositions 22. After being awarded a penalty 5m from the try line Pinner, through poor communication did not get over the line and through a strong ruck, Harrow came away with the ball and as in the first half scored a break away try in the corner despite some desperate chasing back.
Pinner did not let that get to them, instead, using this as a platform to really dominate the game especially when some of the opposition began to rile Pinner players, this seemed to urge them on and take control of every break down and tackle with determination resulting in a massive drive towards the opposition posts where Joseph scored a tremendous try. Freddie very calmly converted to end the game.
Pinner players after the match could hold their heads high, they may have lost 3 tries to 1 but they showed they have the mentality to rise to the next challenge of moving up a division next season.
Well done to all the boys, a terrific game of rugby.
On a wet Saturday afternoon, Pinner played their league fixture against 3rd in the league Hillingdon Abbots, there will of course be a match report to follow, in the meantime below are some images from the game, enjoy ………
P&G’s spirited performance not enough.
On a wet and waterlogged pitch Pinner, needing points to move from the relegation zone encountered a well organised and determined third placed Hillingdon Abbotts at Hatch End on Saturday. The first ten minutes or so were fairly even with both sides getting used to the conditions. P&G’s were then adjudged to go off-side on their own 22 to give visiting fly-half Elliot Wake the chance to put Abbotts ahead. This seemed to inspire H A’s to a more fluid game and to increase the pressure on the home team. Their big centres were having an effect and soon Neil George burst through to score. Pinner were defending desperately conceding further penalties. Abbotts varied their tactics trying both kicks to touch and charges through the middle but the home side kept them out until five minutes before half-time when first no. 8 Simon Colville and then the other centre Dave Francis drove through for tries. Both were converted by Wake to give a half-time score of 22 – 0 to Hillingdon Abbotts.
Pinner came out fighting in the second half and most of the play was in the visitors half. Forwards Aaron Nicholas, Simon Whitcombe and no. 8 Andrew Alexander were prominent. With play in the Hillingdon 22 P&G’s miss-handled and Abbots gathered and broke out at speed eventually moving the ball to right winger Brad Buckingham who scored in the corner. Pinner replied with more determination taking the play back to Abbotts. From a ruck in the visitors 22 Pinner moved the ball quickly to the left for centre Richard Southam to cut through to score. The kick failed leaving the score at 27 – 5 to Abbotts. Once again the last ten minutes were to prove costly with Pinner running out of steam against. Two further tries, first and his second, for centre Neil George and then flanker Carl Buckingham. Wake managed to convert the first of these to give a final score of 29 – 5 to Hillingdon Abbotts.
Next week P&G’s host Kilburn Cosmos at Shaftesbury Playing Fields, KO 3pm, in the final match of the season postpone because of earlier bad weather. The Pelicans will be playing Uxbridge 2nd’s at Bannister Playing Fields as if has not yet been possible to replace the goal-posts on the main Shaftesbury pitch, which blew down in the wind a few weeks ago. Pinner still do not know their fate for next season as, although comfortably third from bottom in Herts – Middx Div 2, the number of teams to be relegated depends on a domino effect from regional leagues several levels up the scale.
Pinner RFC travelled to Ruislip to play their league fixture against local rivals Ickenham RFC. The change of venue was due to the refurbishment work that’s on going to Ickenham’s changing rooms. Pinner fielded a very strong squad, with many players returning after injury and work commitments. The game started off at a furious pace with Pinner dominating open play with charging runs deep into the opposition half. At the time of writing this, I haven’t received a match report so apart from mentioning tries from Jon Kirby, Alex Goring x2 and Richard Southam, plus a few others, hopefully, in time they will be added.
Final score 29-19 to Pinner
In the meantime, here are some images from the game
As you may of been aware, Skelley celebrated his 50th birthday with a friendly match against Ruislip, having boots in both teams he played for Pinner in the first half and Ruislip in the second along with his son. Apart from the rain, waterlogged pitch, mud and more mud, half time drinking and verbal abuse towards the man himself from both the sidelines and on the pitch! a great spectacle of rugby was witnessed mainly from behind the bar!! some very old and inactive bodies were seen on the Shaftesbury playing Fields pitch, apart from Pinner President; David Hiles (74) the average Pinner side was 57 with a total number of years edging towards 700 collectively!
The game did not have a match report, many of those on the sideline only had enough skills to scrawl something in a wax crayon on the side of pint glasses and, in fact, stringing a sentence together became hard work for many, especially after the game when, as you might imagine, things got ‘messy’
Below are a number of images from the game enjoy……
Pinner Under 18s Colts faced local rivals in the Quarter – finals of the LV Cup this Sunday at Shaftesbury Playing Fields, home of Pinner RFC.
On a bitterly cold morning both teams looked to go onto the next round with the enticing semi-final match against possibly Westcliffe RFC or Dagenham RFC.
The match report will follow shortly – just to give you an idea of how the game went; Pinner won 62-0
Below are some the images from the game