The League game between Pinner and Kilburn Cosmos was bathed in brilliant sun light on Saturday 24th March. There will be a match report as soon as as it arrives via the electronic medium of email. In the meantime here are a couple of photos to keep you going
Pinner out-muscled by Kilburn Cosmos
The strength of the Kilburn pack was soon in evidence for with 2 minutes of the kick-off they produced a strong driving maul that forced the home side back on to their own goal-line. The ball was quickly recycled and the winger cut in to score the first try giving the visitors and early 5 – 0 lead. Pinner fought back and with Cosmos trying the referee’s patients with a series of off-side full-back Mark Razzell was able to reduce the deficit with a penalty from 25 metres out. Both sides exchanged territory and an exciting game seem in prospect but with 2o minutes gone the visitors won their own line-out on the P&G 10 metre line. Pinner’s defence was not organised, Kilburn broke through the middle and seem destined to score. A desperate tap-tackle by home no. 8 Bernie Richter appear to a save the day but the ball bounce free into a Kilburn hand for a score under the posts which was converted by their fly-half. Once again Kilburn’s indiscipline nullified their good work. Obstruction form the re-start enabled Razzell to kick yet another penalty. Kilburn now reverted to their earlier tactic with a driving maul from a line-out in the P&G’s 22 and forced over their third try which was not converted. On the half hour it was Pinner’s turn top concede a kickable penalty to stretch the visitor’s lead to 20 – 6. With half-time approaching Cosmos were twice guilty of killing the ball when Pinner attacks threatened. Razzell was successful with one of the kicks giving a half-time score of 20 – 9 to Kilburn.
The early part of the second half was fiercely competitive but Pinner were unable to capitalise on more penalties by the visitors. With 20 minutes gone home winger Fred Riley hacked up field only to find his kick gathered by the Kilburn centre who scored close in to stretch the visitors lead to 27 – 9. Injuries began to appear with a nasty clash of heads. Soon the Kilburn full-back added their 5th try. Pinner responded well and a fine break by Riley found no. Richter on hand to score the home team’s first try which Razzell converted. P&G’s were reduced to 14 men having used all their permitted replacements. This gave Kilburn more space to add two more tries. However Pinner were not finished, Kilburn conceded yet another penalty for killing the ball. This was quickly taken and passed to fly-half Chris Hall who scored under the posts. Razzell added the two points on the final whistle leaving the score at 43 to 23 to Kilburn.
Pinner’s previous two wins had ensured that 2nd division rugby would still be at Hatch End next season but Kilburn’s fine win was not enough to put them in the promotion race.
Usual format, awaiting match report but in the meantime here are some images from the game between Pinner RFC 1st XV versus Ickenham RFC. Photos taken by Jacob Talbot (Under 12’s Pinner player)
|Saturday, 29 October 2011|
|Kilburn Cosmos||18 – 45||Harrow|
|Old Grammarians||28 – 11||Old Abbotstonians|
|Old Merchant Taylors’||65 – 7||Old Isleworthians|
|Pinner & Grammarians||22 – 3||Ickenham|
|Royston||26 – 7||London French|
|Last Updated: Oct 29 2011 6:00PM|
Pinner back in winning form
After a three week lay-off from league rugby P&G’s were hosts to local rivals Ickenham at Shaftesbury Playing Fields on Saturday. Both teams were in need of a win to lift them in the Herts /Middx Div 2. Ickenham had the advantage of the wind for the first half but Pinner got the early scoring chances through penalties but none were converted. Ickenham now used the wind to advantage to keep the ball in the home half and desperate P&G’s defence led to the home side conceding penalties. Ickenham fly-half Barry Hall narrowly missed his first attempt at goal kicking the ball dead but Pinner soon gave him another chance when they were penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle. This time Hall made no mistake to give the visitors a 3 – 0 lead. Pinner now upped the tempo with centre Alex Goring making a surging run from his own 10 metre line only to be brought down 3 metres short of the try line. Ickenham managed to scramble the ball clear. When it looked like the visitors would hold the lead to half-time they conceded a penalty on their 10 metre line. Full-back Mark Razzell, promoted after kicking 18 points for the Pelicans the previous week, landed a fine 40 metre kick into the wind to draw level as the whistle went.
Now with the wind behind them Pinner attacked in earnest. With only 7 minutes of the half gone they won the ball in mid-field and moved swiftly to right winger John Kirby who made good ground along the touch line. When tackled he found No 8 Bernie Richter in support to complete the last 20 metres to score 10 m in from touch. Razzell confidently added the 2 points. The Ickenham backs seemed to have a few handling problems and in an attempt to get back into the game they conceded a few long range penalties but Pinner were unable to take advantage. With a quarter of an hour left, and the home side not yet sure of victory, P&G’s again attacked from mid-field. This time Captain Reza Sibilant chose to put in the most delicate of kicks through the advancing defence and centre Alex Goring gathered and scored. Razzell once more made the conversion to give the home side a more comfortable 17 – 3 lead. On the half hour the Ickenham scrum-half, under pressure from the P&G’s back-row, put in a dreadful kick which was gratefully fielded by his opposite number Sam Markham. He skilfully chipped over the disorganised defence, ran on to catch his own kick and scored Pinner’s third try which was not converted. In the last ten minutes Pinner pressed hard for the fourth bonus point try but it was not to be so they had to be satisfied with the 22 – 3 victory.
Despite inclement weather, the rain did try and spoil the days activities, although judging by the smiling faces it didn’t succeed. Players were greeted by four Saracens coaches upon entry into the clubhouse, forms filled in, introductions made then straight out onto the playing fields. Players were split into different groups depending on age and experience and rotated around all of the coaches, each developing different skills whilst having great fun.
Today the players went through a number of drills, games and skill development:
Morning and afternoon sessions
Development through game play
Individual skills & techniques
Speed, Agility and Quickness
Tackling / Tagging Techniques
It was definitely a full on session in the morning and the orange slices offered went down a storm (even though some said they didn’t do oranges!)
Lunch was eagerly taken by all, a great spread was laid on – Spaghetti/pasta bolognese - french bread, hot tomato soup, salad – with carrot, cucumber pepper sticks, yogurts, assorted fruit, orange/blackcurrant squash.
After a briefing session led by the coaches it was back out again for the afternoon session. At the end of the day, coaches gathered all the players for a feedback question and answer session and presented the player of the day award.
What a great start to this Rugby Camp, really looking forward to tomorrow
A much better day on Friday – clear blue skies and no hint of rain
On Friday, the coaches built upon a lot of the skills they had introduced the day before; concentrating on
Breakdown Management (Rucking, Leaching, and Ball presentation progressions)
Forwards / Backs Split
The coaches commented on how much more concentration the players had on Friday and noted that all had made excellent progress
The lunch of cheeseburgers was a hit, some even asking and getting seconds!
Of course, we celebrated the birthdays of Jameel and Sam in usual Pinner style; get it down you Zulu Warrior!!
The afternoon session had players developing more specific skills to their playing positions (older groups) whilst the Tag players whizzed around the field with Tag grabbing everywhere.
This was a great 2 day camp and hopefully Pinner RFC will host another Saracens Rugby Camp in the future
Here are some of the action shots taken during the try-fest game between Pinner Pelicans and Old Isleworthians. Match report and £10 Charity Day photographs to follow………. enjoy, we’ll see many of them on Facebook no doubt!
Pinner Pelicans bask in the sunshine
For the second week in succession the crowd at Shaftesbury Playing Fields enjoyed an entertaining afternoon of open rugby when the Pelicans played hosts to Old Isleworthians. From the onset Pinner attacked and were awarded a scrum on the visitor’s 22. From this the ball was moved left and centre Richard Southam stormed through for a try converted by full-back Mark Razzell. With only a quarter of an hour gone Pinner were on the score board again when scrum-half Simon Griffiths broke clear to get the second try also converted by Razzell. Pinner, now playing with confidence, continued to attack and with a strong run from half-way centre Thomas Cobb got the third. Pelicans now had a 21 – 0 lead with only a quarter of the match gone but O I’s were not giving up and from the kick-off their centre made ground up field before moving the ball to the left wing where Les Chaffe, normally the Pelican’s skipper but playing as a substitute for the visitors touched down in the corner. This he realised would cost him dear in the bar after the match. Pelicans full-back Mark Razzell had obviously brought his kicking boots and next landed a penalty from the half-way line. The forth home try was not long in coming when Cobb burst through the centre to find Griffiths in support. Razzell added the extra two points plus another penalty from the 10m line to bring the half time score to 34 -5 to the Pelicans.
O I’s obviously had a pep-talk during the interval as, with the wind behind them, they dominated the next 20 minutes scoring two tries in quick succession before P&G’s could recover from the interval. The home side hit back with yet another try from Griffiths who sold a few dummies in a 30 yard break. Razzell again added 2 points to bring the score to 41 – 19 but OI’s were not finished when their impressive centre cut through the Pinner defence to score under the posts and then added the two points himself. At 41 – 26 Pinner were looking a bit shaky but fly-half David Luiz wrong-footed the visitor’s defence to score Pelican’s sixth try and Razzell to added 2 more points to bring his match tally to 18. As tiredness crept in the O I’s centre landed a long range drop goal. With time running out and Pinner conceding a couple of penalties on their own 22 Old Isleworthians got their fifth try to bring the final score to 48 – 34 to the Pelicans.
Players and members then adjourned to the Clubhouse to celebrate Deryck Westwood Day in memory of a former Vice-president who played for the Club in its first season in 1934 and who left a bequest when he died in 1995 for members to mark his birthday each October.
Pinner Pelicans hosted Hampstead IV on Saturday 1st October, a match report will follow shortly, for now here are some images from the game, thanks to new Pinner photographer Jacob Talbot (under 12s player)
Sunday 25th September saw the Aviva Trophy make its second appearance around Pinner Players within a week. To protect and also to greet was the Saracens RFC mascot ‘Sarrie’ who proved to be a popular ‘extra’ during the training session!
Photos courtesy of Saracens Community Rugby Team
Pinner visited local rivals Harrow this Saturday, match report etc to follow, in the meantime here’s some photos to be getting on with
Pinner’s woes continue.
For the first time since the league system was introduced the two local teams met at Grove Field on Saturday. Pinner has made a shaky start to the season whilst newly promoted Harrow are unbeaten. P&G’s made a bright start but with only 5 minutes gone they conceded a penalty for a high tackle. The home scrum half put his side ahead from 40 metres. Pinner continued to attack and hooker Aaron Nicholas was unlucky with the bounce after chasing a kick ahead. He redeemed the situation by felling two Harrow players who had gathered the ball. P&G’s, winning the ball in mid-field, moved the ball swiftly through several players for Bernie Richer to score behind the posts. Debutant David Blane added the conversion to put the visitors 7 – 3 up. The teams seemed evenly matched for the next quarter until an ill advised quick kick-off from the P&G 22 brought a line-out to the home side 10 metres from the goal line. Harrow won the line-out and drove over for a try which was converted. Again the P&G kick-off gave the ball to Harrow who move swiftly up-field to score on the left. The conversion was once more successful. More was still to come as P&G’s were penalised for handling in the ruck on their own 22. Harrow, sensing the visitors defence was not organised, took a quick penalty to score their third try. In the space of ten minutes Pinner had slipped from 7 -3 ahead to 22 – 7 down at half-time.
The second half saw Harrow gain in confidence but Pinner reduced the deficit when Blane landed a 35 metre penalty after Harrow had gone off-side at a ruck. The home backs now came more into the game with the speed and elusiveness of their wingers causing problems to the visitors. The bonus point try came after 13 minutes when they worked the ball to the right. The conversion was successful. Pinner continued to press and set up several attacks but as the half-hour approached the referee failed to spot a blatant off-side by Harrow allowing them to score their fifth try. Ten minutes later Harrow won a line-out on the right and quickly fed the ball across their backs to score an unconverted try on the left wing. P&G’s once more rallied and winning the ball from a ruck following a line-out in their own 22 got the ball to Richter who, as he had done the previous week, galloped 70 metres to score a consolation try wide out on the right bringing the final score to 41 – 15 to the home team.
Next Saturday Pinner, hoping for a change in fortune, host Royston in the Herts / Middx Div 2 match at Shaftesbury Playing Fields whilst the Pelicans XV welcome Hampstead IV’s.