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New Mini Section Chairman – Mike Nye Congratulations

New Girls Rugby Team @ Pinner RFC gets underway

On Saturday 20th July, a small group of local girls got together at Pinner RFC in Hatch End, to help form a Girls U15 Rugby squad. The weather was just right not too hot especially since the previous week had been extremely hot. The girls set about a fun training day with the help of the Pinner RFC Youth and Mini section coaches.

The majority of the girls had not played rugby before but soon found themselves at home handling the rugby ball, passing, scoring and hitting tackle pads. Throughout the sessions, the girls also developed skills whilst playing rugby related games. The fun day fun day session finished with a well-played game of touch rugby; where the girls put into use all the skills they had learnt throughout the day.

The girls’ rugby team will be an Under15 squad which is combined age groups of Under13, Under14 and Under15 (School years Year 8, Year 9, Year 10) The girls team is due to start training at Pinner RFC on Sunday 1st September at 0945 until 1200, if you are interested in playing for the team please contact Paul on 07917088802 or the website at www.pinnerrugby.com

We also need female volunteers to help out with coaching; both qualified and those who would like to gain the RFU level 1 coaching.

As this is a new development at Pinner RFC, we would welcome the opportunity for businesses and/or individuals to be part of this exciting time and you would like to sponsor the girls rugby team please contact Paul on 07917088802.

Pinner Olympics Saturday 17th August

Its back, same drill as last year (if it aint broke don’t fix it)

Fancy dress booze silly games and hopefully sunshine! ANYONE IS ALLOWED TO JOIN IN SO BRING YOUR MATES MUMS DADS BROTHERS SISTERS etc etc..

RULES: Turn up in fancy dress

Bring your drinking pants

Following the afternoons impending Pelicans victory and to get rid of those January Blues we are holding a Music and Curry night at the club, terrific duo ‘Mouth on a Stick’ will sing songs from 60′’s through to the 90′’s acoustically, while you can eat, drink and be merry. Ticket cost will be only £15 per person, for the curry and the music. Please let Sir Les Chaffe  if you are coming along: leschaffe@yahoo.com or book in via facebook. It was a brilliant night last time, therefore do not miss out this time

Singer/bassist (Howard) and guitarist (Keith) – both formerly of 80s rock band ‘Liaison’ – renew their musical relationship in this energetic and fun acoustic duo. Performing a variety of hits and album tracks from the last 4 decades, the pair mix dual vocals with acoustic and bass guitar. Both talented singers, they share the lead and backing vocal duties during their diverse set of rock and pop covers.

Mouth On A Stick specialise in the eclectic. They are not your average duo – nor do they wish to be. Their set consists of a carefully chosen mix of songs from the 1950s through to the present day.

We think you will be pleasantly surprised by the song choice – from award winning pop singles like Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen to pop/rock anthems such as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who.

There are also some obscure gems that you will undoubtedly remember but rarely hear these days. Brian Protheroe’s ‘Pinball’ and ‘Dance With Me’ by Orleans being two such examples.

And just to keep you on your toes, there are a few classic album tracks like Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, from their million-selling ‘Rumours’ album, or Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ from the album of the same name.

So please don’t be upset if you don’t hear ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ or ‘Mustang Sally’ – we like to leave that to the others.

P&G’s, playing against promotion contenders Saracens Amateurs, put up a spirited performance in the game postponed through snow two week earlier. This should have been a ‘free’ Saturday and several key players were either at Twickenham for the Calcutta Cup match or otherwise unavailable. Saracens won an early line-out on the half-way line and quickly moved the ball to the right for Nev Bailey to score in the corner. Pinners replied with constant pressure in the visitor’s 22 but were held up 2m short of the line. However Saracens offended at the resulting ruck and acting captain Mark Razzell reduced the arrears to 5 – 3. The Pinner pack was getting control of the set scrums and continuing to play in the Saracens half.  A P&G kick ahead was gathered by the visitor’s captain and centre Rob Eston who put in a really powerful run deep into the P&G half only to be stopped by a superb tackle by John Kirby.  Pinner won the resulting scrum but a lose pass was intercept by Eston who scored under the posts.  This time the try was converted by No. 10 Scrase. With a few minutes to go to half time Pinner lost a line out enabling Saracens to move the ball to right wing Andre Aduleke who scored the corner to give a half-time score of 19 – 3 to the visitors.

The second half started with the home team in command of the scrums and winning good ball in the rucks and mauls. Poor passing behind the scrum nearly led another score when yet another pass was intercepted but the referee adjudged that the Pinner full-back had been blocked in attempting to catch the fleeing Saracen.  Pinner then had a scoring chance only to drop the ball just short of the line but with the half-hour approaching P&G’s won good ruck ball on the Saracen’s 10m line and with backs and forwards combining the ball reached veteran Gordon Morris on the right wing who scored wide out.  The muddy ball was proving difficult for the place kickers so the try went unconverted.  The score now at 8 – 19 Pinner sensed a chance of at least a losing bonus point but the heavy mud was taking its toll. Saracens greater resources now proved decisive as they were able to bring on several replacements for the last ten minutes whereas P&G’s one substitute had been used for an earlier injury. Several referee decisions puzzled both players and spectators alike.  He had earlier yellow carded the Saracen’s second-row and now turned his attention to the home team’s scrum half. Pinner had to play the last ten minutes with only 14 men and without their key player.   In that time Saracen’s ran in three more tries through Michael Cawthrorn [2] and one more for Aduleke to bring the final score to 32 – 8

Pinner U13s 52-0 victory results in becoming League Champions

Sunday 3rd February saw a top of the table clash between League leaders Pinner RFC and second place Hackney Bulls; neither team having lost a game so far this season, the pressure was on as the winner of this game would probably go on to win the Herts/Middx Div6 League.

Pinner started the build-up for this top of the table clash on Thursday night, players turning out in force for floodlight training; practice drills, rucking and going through set plays, apart from getting covered head to foot in mud, coach Keith Stone commented that it was probably the best training session they had had all season, full of commitment and desire.

As part of the preparation for Sunday, Head coach Steve George organised a ‘team bonding’ session on the Friday night – Pizza and Videos for the players, a further chance to get to know each other not just as players but as mates; feedback from the lads was a resounding success, the only down of the evening was the injury sustained to Brandon Cotter during some boisterous ‘play’ which left him on the side line for the match, but showing the team spirit cheered on with great enthusiasm throughout the game; terrific support Brandon.

The pre-match warm up had a nervous buzz about it, both teams going through set plays, checking positions and eyeing each other up over the length of the pitch. Parents, cupping hot drinks, were also feeling the tension and I’m sure a couple of dogs had a pensive look around before being guided away from the edge of the pitch!

With the two captains meeting the middle, a quick shake of the hands, the coin tossed and Hackney had the kick off.

From the start, both Pinner and Hackney appeared anxious, some missed tackles, passes not going to hand and no ground being made by either team. The second scrum resulted in an injury to the Pinner hooker who had to be carried off, a replacement in the form of Jacob Talbot, was on hand and eager to come on. The game continued to be a little static, both teams making great tackles, cancelling out each other’s forward play whilst trying hard to get the ball to the backs. Then came the break through, the ball was ‘turned over’ by the quick thinking forwards at a ruck and with safe hands the ball was carried over the line by Joseph Burling with three desperate Hackney players trying to stop him unsuccessfully. Unfortunately the conversion was not made at such a tight angle.

The atmosphere had now changed, the Pinner boys had the slight upper hand and a real spring in their step, and could this be the start of something? From the restart the forwards controlled the play, they were first at every breakdown, they didn’t let Hackney settle and forced them to make error after error. This was to be the pattern of the remainder of the half; until Pinner forced a scrum a few metres from the Hackney try line. Scrum half, Sam Marchant plucked the ball out from the back of the scrum and passed to Charlie Gascoine running at pace, coming up against three opposition players he was able to turn and lay off the ball to Marc Souster, who in turn was stopped by Hackney, a ruck formed, Pinner on the verge of another try, again scrum half Sam pulled the ball from the base of the ruck feet away from the line, Ryan Healy tried to place the ball down but Hackney were not going to let that happen, after some terrific defensive tackling the opponents managed to squeeze the ball out and after a crucial pass allowed Hackney to gain some ground ending in the ball going out for a line out in Pinners favour. Pinner took the ball from the line out and passed it along the line with Ben Stone forcing the defence to track back and again defend on their try line. Pinner forwards quickly seized upon the opportunity to drive over and regain possession, again, Sam dug the ball out from the flying boots to ‘pop pass’ to the hooker who ‘bullet’ passed to full back Kai Gordon who handed off two tacklers to run in Pinners second try of the game to massive cheers and shouts from the increasing number of spectators. The first half finished 10-0 in Pinners favour.

Pinner were now ready to add to the score; knowing that if they scored five or more tries and not concede any, the chance of ending the day as league champions was possible.

The second half was for both players, spectators, coaches and those afore mentioned dogs a little bit of a blur and a ‘rugby fest’.

From the restart Pinner appeared to be quicker to the ball, the passing inch perfect and landed every tackle with great force.

The report from the second half is not, unfortunately as detailed as the first half, no notes were taken or received, some photographs taken, but in the main what was witnessed was a truly magical team performance by the Pinner Under 13s. Freddy Hart found his kicking boots and converted six over the posts. Tries came in from all angles, areas of the pitch, from deep within the Pinner half, long ball passes, short pop passing, quick forwards to every break down, backs making the surging runs. The scrum powered and dominated the opposition, the interplay between the centres allowed free running and in due course the third try was run in by Ryan Healy; the result of which had the Hackney players staring defeat and their body language did not say anything different. With coach Steve George ‘barking’ from the side line to keep focused and to add to the score the players knew what they had to do. From that moment on, Pinner played the best rugby they have played all season, the continued to dominate all aspects of open play and score tries whenever they advanced in to the Hackney half. Tries from George Tillett, Owen Rees, a second for Ryan Healy and Kai Gordon respectively took the tally even higher.

The try of the match has to, undoubtedly, go to Ben Stone, owing to the great vision from Freddy Hart. Pinner got a penalty five metre from the Hackney try line, with all of the forwards defending in front of him he made the quick decision to look up and kicked the ball along the width of the pitch where Ben caught the perfectly flighted ball and touched it down for another magnificent try. The Hackney players, like all of the spectators, looked on in amazement.

Pinner RFC Club Secretary, Robin Greenwood, watching from pitch side was heard to say that “that was as good as any international try that you would ever see”.

Pinner continued to apply more pressure, Hackney at this time totally despondent, clearly couldn’t wait for the final whistle to blow.

With the referee finally blowing the whistle, Pinner were winners 52-0

The result of this win means that with a bonus point Pinner finish top of the division with no other team able to get close to their points tally. Hackney Bulls, until this match, had not conceded any points, they left Shaftesbury Playing fields suffering their first loss in the league but in the knowledge that on this particular day met opposition who produced their performance of the season to date.

Next Sunday Pinner travel to Finchley looking to end their league matches 100% winners.

Pinner Team:

Dylan Kelly, Sam Marchant, Ryan Healy, Owen Rees, Findlay Schofield, Marc Souster, Ben Stone, Jacob Talbot, William Tighe, George Tillett, Thomas Barkshire, Dominic Boyden, Joseph Burling, Arthur Garvey, Charlie Gascoine, Louis George, Taylor Goodman, Kai Gordon, Freddy Hart.

Below are match reports and views of some of the Pinner U13s team, more will be added when they are received.

The leagues deciding game with league leaders Pinner and chasing team Hackney Bulls, with 1 point between them, who ever won would determine the league champions, it was all down to this match.

Hackney kick off to Pinner and Charlie catches the ball, runs forward and passes which is knocked on and sets up first scrum of the game. Hackney put the ball in and both teams engage and as they do so the hooker (Dylan Kelly) is pushed upwards by his strong second row and his head is pushed down by the Hackney hookers shoulder. He shouts and screams but the rest of the scrum could not hear. He panicked and ripped his head out of the scrum, in pain he falls to the ground! Coaches run to his side, aiding him he stands up and walks to the side line. As both teams clap him off he is assisted to the side line. As they ask him what is wrong he again says “its my back.” This is not the first Dylan has hurt his back and neck but the first time it was much more serious as previously he had to go to hospital.

p.s. I was lying on a tackle pad for a lot of the game so I didn’t see much!

Dylan

MATCH REPORT

Great play shown by all U13 at Pinner RFC today as the participated in one of the most important matches of the year. 8 Try’s and 6 conversions brilliant kicks by Freddy.

Overall at a staggering final score of 52-0 this is even better when you hear that Hackney Bulls had not conceded a try all season, a great game shown by Pinner.

I enjoyed today, winning and being top of the league and I have improved a lot this season and hope to keep on progressing

Next Sunday will be at Finchley and high expectations from Pinner RFC

Louis George

Player

HOME AWAY OVERALL
POS P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A DIFF BP PTS
1 Pinner and Grammarians 6 3 0 0 126 7 3 0 0 127 22 6 0 0 253 29 224 6 30
2 Hackney Bulls 5 2 0 0 54 0 2 0 1 50 45 4 0 1 104 45 59 3 19
3 Finchley B 5 1 0 1 41 44 2 0 1 41 51 3 0 2 82 95 -13 2 14
4 Bedford B 4 0 0 2 21 69 1 0 1 51 43 1 0 3 72 112 -40 2 6
5 Hertford B 4 1 0 2 46 70 0 0 1 10 19 1 0 3 56 89 -33 1 5
6 London Welsh B 4 1 0 1 19 15 0 0 2 10 72 1 0 3 29 87 -58 1 5
7 Wasps B 4 0 0 2 10 99 0 0 2 15 65 0 0 4 25 164 -139 0 0

Match report for Saturday 12th January

Pinner’s first home match of 2013 brought a convincing 26 – 5 win over local rivals Uxbridge and was sweet revenge for the defeat suffered in September.  The team showed intend from the kick-off and were 14 – 0 up inside ten minutes with tries by centre Alex Goring and a break-away one by scrum-half Chris Jepsen.  Both were converted by full-back and acting captain Mark Razzell.  The pack led by Phillip Skelton dominated the set pieces with prop Simon Whitcombe prominent in many drives forward.   This enable the backs to move the ball freely and P&G’s came close to scoring on several occasions.  Much of the game was played in the Uxbridge half but from a lapse on the half –hour the ball was gathered by an Uxbridge centre who made good ground into the P&G 22.  Pinner’s defence got back to stop this initial charge but from the resulting ruck Uxbridge moved the ball wide to find their second row loitering on the right wing who scored in the corner. The conversion failed putting the score to 14 – 5.  Pinner then camped in the Uxbridge 22. To the vocal crowd of supporters, that had emerged from the clubhouse having enjoyed a good lunch hosted by President David Hiles, it appeared that prop Simon Whitcombe had driven through in the left corner but the referee adjudged that his dive was short of the line. The score remained 14 -5 at half time.

The second half started much as the first. Within five minutes centre Alex Goring had stormed out of his own 22. With the Uxbridge defence too far up-field he kicked ahead and beat the chasing visitors to touch down for his second try.  Razzell added a further two points.  From the kick-off P&G’s kept Uxbridge pinned deep in their own half and with only ten minutes of the half gone they forced Uxbridge back in a 5-metre scrum for No. 8 Andrew Alexander, who was named ‘man of the match’, to pick up and score the home side’s forth and much need bonus point try. This time the kick was too far out and it proved to be the last score of the match .  Pinner continued to press for further scores. Uxbridge tried a few counter attacks but the Pinner defence was very secure. This was one of the best performances of the season and the 26 – 5 win should give the team confidence for the rest of the year.

Earlier P&G President David Hiles had hosted his annual lunch when approximately 40, mainly former players, had enjoyed an excellent meal.  His guests were Anne and Michael Barnes, a former Pinner Captain and Chairman and current President of the Middlesex County RFU, together with Simon Wade, Chairman, and John French, Vice-president and former captain, of Uxbridge.  The victory and the recounting of tall tales of long forgotten tours and matches meant that the celebrations went on well into the evening.

Saturday, 12 January 2013
Old Grammarians 15 – 8 Chess Valley
Pinner & Grammarians 26 – 5 Uxbridge
Quintin 17 – 7 Hillingdon Abbots
Royston 78 – 0 Ickenham
Saracens Amateurs 72 – 20 Old Isleworthians
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Royston 12 11 0 1 594 86 508 9 48 -5
Kilburn Cosmos 11 9 1 1 414 135 279 8 46 0
Quintin 11 8 1 2 358 139 219 8 42 0
Hillingdon Abbots 12 8 1 3 470 272 198 7 41 0
Saracens Amateurs 12 7 0 5 397 267 130 7 35 0
Chess Valley 12 5 0 7 158 309 -151 3 25 0
Uxbridge 12 4 1 7 249 295 -46 3 21 0
Pinner & Grammarians 12 4 0 8 207 371 -164 5 21 0
Ickenham 11 4 0 7 147 375 -228 3 20 0
Old Isleworthians 11 1 0 10 161 514 -353 5 9 0
Old Grammarians 12 1 0 11 107 499 -392 2 1 -5

This weekend saw Pinner U13 away at Hertford, for the fourth of their league fixtures, with several key players down with sickness or injures, Pinner started the game with players playing out of their normal positions. The game started a little slow for Pinner, but after the first ten minutes Pinner were in to their stride, with the first score coming from Kai Gordon under the posts and converted by Sam Marchant. This was then followed by a second try from Sam Marchant after a good driving maul from the forwards, which Sam then converted.

Hertford staged a strong come back and managed to score their first and only try of the game in the corner, but were unable to convert it. Pinner dug deep and after a strong team effort moving the ball down the pitch, through several phases, which was finished off with a good solid solo drive from Ben Stone scoring in the corner. Sam Marchant converted from a long way out on the wing. The half was finished off with a try from Kai Gordon And converted once again by Sam Marchant.

The second half was a hard slog for both sides in the cold, with end to end play, with both sides holding several try’s out. This is how the game ended with a final score  38 – 5 keeping Pinners unbeaten record going.

Pinner RFC U13’s versus Saracens RFC Sunday 16th December

Saracens are the league above Pinner in the Middlesex and Herts 5, and a much bigger side in size and numbers. After some mixed training the game kicked off at 11.00 o’clock. Pinner kicked off to Saracens and after several phases of play, Pinner forwards got the ball back with stand in scrum half Louis George passing the ball down the line to Ryan Healy. He then passed to Kai Gordon, who ran through the line of play with a strong run up to the 22 yard line, before getting court by the Saracens full-back. He had time to off load to Louis George in support to run in his first competitive try right under the post. The try was converted by Sam Marchant. Pinner were off to a good start 7-0 and after ten minutes Kai Gordon ran a good solo try from within Pinners half, to close the second half out.

The second half started with Saracens kicking to Pinner, which was caught by Charlie Gascoine, who ran straight through up the middle of the pitch, with some strong support from the forwards pack Edward McCool, Taylor Goodman, Arthur Garvey and Mac Souster with the ball then being passed down the line for Kai Gordon to score his second try. Saracen fought back with a good run of play with several phases and many passes from one side of the pitch to the other, where they scored their first and only try of the day. The game finished after a third try from Kai Gordon. Pinner continued their winning streak, the final score 29 – 5.

This is the fifth fixture in a row where Pinner U13s have been victorious, recent league fixtures have seen them convincingly beating Bedford 43-7. Placing Pinner top of the Herts/Middlesex Junior League Division 6 with 136 points for and only 17 points against.

The next League fixture is Hertford RFC third in the league, away Sunday 13th January 2013

Pinner and Grammarians vs. Ickenham

On Saturday 15th of December, Pinner and Grammarians hosted local rivals Ickenham for what was anticipated a hotly contested battle. Conditions were tumultuous, but reasonable enough given the time of year.

Both sides were clearly up for the fight ahead of them, and straight from the kick off the forwards got to flex their muscles after a knock-on from Ickenham. The visitors won the scrum against the head and began gaining territory with a couple of well placed kicks. After taking a line-out in the Pinner 22, they made their assertions clear with a rumbling maul crawling toward the line. Unable to hold back the tide, Pinner conceded a try in the first 5 minutes. The conversion was successful. At the restart, Pinner seemed unfazed and won the ball back at the breakdown. They began to work their way toward the line themselves and were awarded a penalty 30 metres out on the right hand side. Mark Razzell attempted with a kick at goal, but sailed just wide, much to the frustration of Pinner. Ickenham then reattempted the plan which worked well previously, and after a well placed kick from the fly half, Pinner once again found themselves defending a line-out in their 22. Ickenham took their own ball, then set the maul. After a few minutes of slowly gaining ground, they crashed over the line on the far right, making it 12-0 at 20 minutes. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Pinner, now in need of an answer, tried a different approach. It was clear that Ickenham had the upper hand in the clinical practice of the forwards, so began to spread it wide, keep the ball alive and keep the defence working. After 5 minutes of bursting runs, Pinner finally found their mark. Centre Pat Fraser cut a straight line at the 12 channel and broke 3 tackles before crossing the line right under the posts. Razzell happily converted narrowing the gap.

The first half was now winding down, but both teams were still fighting tooth and nail over inches. Again, Ickenham fly-half made good use of the wind and pinned Pinner in their own half. The forwards once again played it their way, rolling round the back of mauls to slowly edge toward the line. Pinner eventually slipped on the defence, and Ickenham found a way through. The conversion was unsuccessful, making the half time score 17-7.

The half time team talk must have worked well for Pinner, because as they set out in the second half, they were a completely different team. The forwards upped their work rate and turned over a significant number of breakdowns. Utilising the space, Pinner began to use the width and found themselves gaining ground. Slowly, they went up the field with darting runs and well-timed passing, until they were camped in the visitors 22. Demonstrating his strength, Andrew Alexander took the ball himself and bashed through the defensive line, leaving defenders sprawling and himself crashing over the line. Razzell converted bringing Pinner within 3 points, and then found the mark again with a penalty shortly after, levelling the score. Pinner again went straight on the attack, after some more fine forward work winning them possession. Spinning the ball wide, they were causing real problems for the defence and Ickenham were struggling with their discipline, after they conceded a number of penalties. Pinner, utilising their forward momentum, kept running straight at the line and gaining ground. After some time, the defence finally faltered after a quick-tap penalty, and Pat Fraser again found himself at the try line. The conversion was successful and Pinner had regained the deficit.

Things continued in much the same way for the next 10 minutes, and Ickenham seemed to have little in the way of answers. After a visitor knock on just outside their own 22, Pinner delivered another blow. Scrum half Chris Jepsen took the ball quickly from the back and darted past the flankers. The covering defence, unable to get across in time, allowed Jepsen to draw the sole defender and give the ball to acting captain Razzell, attacking on the blind. After a footrace, the fullback crossed the line in the far right. The score was now 29-17 and Pinner looked to be running away with it.

Ickenham weren’t done yet, though, and after 5 minutes of solid attacking, found their chance. Pinner had been executing a rush defence, and had been doing so well, but after a missed tackle, Ickenham fullback found his way through. Despite an attempt to bring him in to touch by the covering defence, he just managed to get the ball down in the far left corner.

Pinner came back with tooth and claw, further employing their attacking form that had served them well thus far. Ickenham continued to frustrate themselves by giving away a number of penalties, and man of the match Jepsen capitalised fully. Taking a quick tap penalty, Jepsen ran through the retreating Ickenham players who had failed to get back in time. Being the quickest man on the field, they were unable to get back to stop him and he easily touched down under the posts, much to the jubilation of Pinner. Razzell easily converted and set the final score at 36-24.

It was a great game and a hard-fought win for Pinner, who now rest for Christmas before continuing the campaign in the New Year.

Saturday, 15 December 2012
Chess Valley 8 – 38 Saracens Amateurs
Old Grammarians 5 – 46 Kilburn Cosmos
Pinner & Grammarians 36 – 24 Ickenham
Quintin 74 – 10 Old Isleworthians
Uxbridge 17 – 27 Hillingdon Abbots
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Kilburn Cosmos 10 9 1 0 402 116 286 7 45 0
Royston 10 9 0 1 497 74 423 8 39 -5
Quintin 10 7 1 2 341 132 209 8 38 0
Hillingdon Abbots 10 7 1 2 396 243 153 6 36 0
Saracens Amateurs 10 5 0 5 296 227 69 5 25 0
Uxbridge 10 4 1 5 224 240 -16 3 21 0
Ickenham 10 4 0 6 147 297 -150 3 20 0
Chess Valley 10 4 0 6 150 294 -144 2 19 0
Pinner & Grammarians 10 3 0 7 181 366 -185 4 16 0
Old Isleworthians 10 1 0 9 141 442 -301 5 9 0
Old Grammarians 10 0 0 10 80 424 -344 1 -4 -5

With no 1st XV league fixture due to international matches at Twickenham Pinner’s Pelican XV took on Hampstead 4th’s at Hatch End on Saturday. Hampstead are a strong club running six men’s and two ladies XV’s. It was immediately obvious that the visitors were used to playing together and soon ran in their first try. However the Pelicans were not going to be overrun and strong tackling soon prevented Hampstead from further flowing moves. The pack was proving equal to the task and line-outs were shared.  No. 8 Tim O’Connor was prominent with several breaks from the back of the scrum.  As half-time approached Hampstead were awarded a penalty on half-way and set up an attack.  Seeing the pelicans defence advancing the centre chipped over for their right winger to score in the corner making the score 10 – 0 to the visitors at the interval.

Pinner started the second half with real purpose and launched several penetrating attacks into the Hampstead half. With 15 minutes gone Pelicans won a scrum against the head on the Hampstead 10m line.  Scrum-half Chris Jepson got the ball quickly to fly-half Chris Hall who made a break through the middle.  Dangerous centre Richard Southam took the ball on but was led up on the line. The referee awarded a penalty for going over the ruck and Hampstead cleared their lines.  Mid-way through the half Hampstead won a line-out, the ball was got to their fly-half who made a decisive break before passing to the elusive right-winger who scored under the posts. The try was converted to bring the score to 17 – 0.  From the kick-off Hampstead knocked on.  Pelicans won the resulting scrum and no. 8 and ‘man of the match’ Tim O’Connor picked up and made a powerful drive. Although stopped he regained his momentum to take the ball further into the Hampstead 22.  Scrum-half Jepson got the ball to the backs and with a smooth passing movement it reached Clyde Gordon on the left wing who touched down in the corner.  Although fly-half Chris Hall’s strategic kicking had been a feature of the game he could not add the two points.  With the game nearing its end Jepson was given a yellow card for an alleged high tackle. This gave space for one final Hampstead attack which resulted in their fourth try to bring the final score to 22 – 5 to the visitors. Everyone retired to the clubhouse to watch the England v Australia match.

Before the match players and spectators had observed a minutes silence in memory of Stewart Brown who had sadly died at an early age on the previous Saturday.  Stewart, a former player and Bar Secretary, was the son of Bob Brown who played for the club in the 1950’s and 60’s and his young daughters played mini-rugby in recent years.  The funeral will be at St Anselm’s Church Hatch End on Tuesday 20th November.
Saracens have introduced a new and easier way for you to order tickets but still benefiting Pinner Rugby Club via the Cashback scheme!

A number of people have asked over the last couple of weeks if we are still selling Saracens Tickets this season. The answer is YES, however Saracens have changed their administration system which does make my life easier. For all games at Vicarage Road and the new stadium at Allianz Park Saracens are offering Pinner Rugby Club “Cashback “ £5 for every Adult and £2 for every Under 16’s Ticket purchased.

Please note the cash back offer is not available for the Saracens v Northampton Saints fixture at Stadium MK on 30th December 2012.

To purchase tickets you must enter the Saracens website using the designated link:

www.saracens.com/pinnerandgrammariansrfc

Users will need to register /create an account if you have not purchased from Saracens before., for each subsequent purchases you will simply follow the clubs URL and login again. Users must then follow on screen instructions and to book their tickets. Please note that your Tickets will be sent via post to you direct.

If you want to sit in the same area as your friends be sure to specify the stand and block you are looking to go for as this process will let the individual choose any seat(s) within the stadium.

I would encourage everyone to use the link every time you purchase a ticket to benefit from the club CashBack scheme. Cashback is a great way for Pinner Rugby Club to make money towards purchasing new equipment and other projects to benefit our children

On Saturday October 13th the Club will celebrate Deryck Westwood Day “ with a Pelicans game in memory of our former vice-president who played for the club in 1936 and spent many an afternoon watching the team and dishing out Kit kats.

In his will Dereyck left a bequest for the Club to purchase a barrel of beer so that all who knew him or who have ever been involved with Pinner could mark his birthday with a pint. – All are welcome 1.00 pm till late.

If you want to play in the Pelicans/VETS contact Les Chaffe on 0759 6464321

Hi All,

I hope that you all have a had a great summer break. It’s been an action packed summer for both the club and sports wise in general. After the Euros we experienced the wonderful 2012 Olympic Games, I have seen via the internet/Facebook that many were lucky enough to get hold of tickets and enjoy the spectacle. Currently the Paralympics are in full swing, a great advert for sport and personal achievement, hopefully some of you have managed to get tickets to go and support team GB.

During the summer, Pinner Rugby Club has continued to take part in a number of activities, supporting Grimsdyke School Summer Fair, hosting the Saracens Rugby Camp for the third time – a great success; we may have picked up some more players and will probably be hosting an October half term camp as well. Pinner RFC were co hosts of the Olympic Torch Relay in Harrow as many of you know as you came in numbers to support the event and see the Relay in the ‘flesh’, a big thank you to all  those that attended.

As a club we held our open Day in august with the Pinner Olympics, BBQ, Bouncy Castles and imported swimming pool (slight exaggeration admittedly), again, a great time was had by all those who managed to get down to the club.

One major development has been the arrival of a Colts Section at Pinner – we now have a full U18s squad with team manager, coaches and fitness coaches. They are at present training on a Tuesday evening and will train / play matches on a Sunday post midday. – they are already in the League – Middx/Herts Div 1 so please make them welcome, it is a massive development for the club which means we now have teams/squads from U7s to U18s minus U16/17s, which will enable us to gain more funding – possible rebuild of the clubhouse, along with this we have achieved the RFU Seal of Approval after some exhaustive form filling and meeting standards/requirements. This is a special award and many clubs strive to achieve it. This will, open more avenues to get greater funding from the RFU.

I, myself, have been very busy, although I have taken a short sabbatical from day to day running of the club, as many of you are aware I was promoted to Deputy Head at the end of the summer term, this has of course meant my carefree days at school are no longer! So I have had to divert my energy to actually doing some work!!! I have managed to get a break during the summer and managed not to get harpooned whilst surfing in Devon last week!

I hope, like me, you are keen to get back to the rugby; the mini section will be starting back on the 9th September – this allows for the initial week back at school to sink in and give you time to organise your Sundays in the up and coming months.

Yes, it’s that time of year when you will be receiving emails and text from Jo, so please reply to them, its an arduous task for her and it will make my life quieter if you respond (remember for each email you receive I get at least 4!)

See you Sunday 9th September 10 am sharp

2012-13 SEASON STARTS SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 9.45 WARM UP

Saturday 18th August Pinner Rugby Olympics & Open Day

Hello to all members old and new of Pinner Rugby Club!

The 1st social event of the new season is upon us and I want to make it a whole club affair. By getting everyone together I hope to get us all excited for the season ahead and for us all to start becoming closer rather than a seniors section and minis section etc etc….. Absolutely anyone is welcome; grab all your mates family friends and anyone who might want to join a new club or even want to start playing rugby whether they are 5 or 55! lets get the beers flowing and the laughs rolling as we will have:

1) Pinner Olympics – £10 entry Per person this gets you a free beer and the trophy if you win! Grab your best/worst fancy dress outfit and come and compete in the annual games which include dizzee rascal (everyone’s fave) to the ultimate dance off!

2) Middlesex rugby bus - http://www.middlesexrugby.com/Community/MiddlesexBus/

3) karaoke- good singers bad singers and drunk singers all welcome!

4) The usual BBQ bouncy castle and fun and games for the youngsters.

5) Cross-bar challenge

Lets all do our best to get everyone down and get the season off to a good start.

Saturday 5th May:End of Season Awards – 4pm relaxation time!

6pm Presentations begin

Please make sure that all players either wear or bring their’clean’ Pinner tops; photographs for award winners and all players will only betaken in club colours

Please find attached players nomination forms to be returnedby Monday 30th April

Prize Draw:

Grand Prize Raffle Draw.

First Prize will be a painted portrait of you either inaction whilst playing rugby or a selected image of your choice.

How do you enter?

Simple, purchase a Prize Draw Ticket

What is the cost?

£7 per ticket or £10 for two now that’s not a bad return fora painting that would cost up to £1000!

When will the drawtake place?

Pinner Rugby Club AGM Friday 15th June (England v SwedenEuropean Qualifier)

Tickets available from Jo Talbot, Tracey Connolly (clubshop) and if desperate Spud!

For more information: http://www.pinnerrugby.com/a-picture-of-you/

Saturday 23rd June:Ickenham Festival Gala Day, more information to follow

Summer training / fitness: again when sorted information tofollow

Wishing you a great summer,

Spud

Chairman Mini Section Pinner Rugby Club

Don’t forget to take advantage to 10% off online forthe  Saracens Easter Rugby Camps http://www.saracens.com/news/view.php?Id=6892 Book your place now!

Well done to all players who achieved the standard required to receive their Certificate Award from Coach Andy Nash this weekend

Pinner Under 10s Finalists @ Middlesex Rugby Festival

After the previous weeks outing to a very wet, cold and miserable festival at Slough RFC we were greeted by sunshine, warmer temperatures and more importantly no rain – hiphiphoora!

The festival held at Trail finders, was slightly different for the players of both Pinner Under 9s and Under 10s. When the submission date for entries was published we were not sure we could fill the squad numbers for each team; however, Hampstead RFC wanted to enter and as we had baba’d with them previously we said we would help them out.

After setting up the club gazebo (the only club gazebo at the festival – boy, did it stand out and everyone found us straight away!) we were joined by Hampstead under 10s manager Paul who indicated that he only had three players, luckily we had nearly all of our players from both ages, it was decided that we would ‘play up’ and Spud spoke to the ‘chief honcho’ and got permission – we were on!

Various names were banded about –Pinham, Hampin, Hammer, Hamper etc but the shouts from the touchline were generally based on the clubs names

Three players made themselves available for the Under 9s – Jack, Tom and Anthony who between them added the missing dimension for the team

We were in pool D along with Haringey, Old Grammarians and Hammersmith & Fulham

The first match pitted us against Haringey – from the whistle they were an attacking side, especially with two very fast players, we were 2 tries down within three minutes, time to get our heads on and start playing as a team. By half time, things had slowed down a fraction and after a team talk we held them to only scoring one try and just coming short on scoring one ourselves – it was evident at this stage that we had met the quickest team but our superb tackling and passing had proved that we were still in contention.

The second game v Old Grammarians

As the whistle blew, we were straight on the mark, great passing and rucking put us in their half, more pressure and passing out wide a try was on the cards.

To be honest, the game became a bit of a blur, if anyone has anything to add please email in. Tries by Majid, who was unstoppable, and Josh, meant we had won our first pool match bring on H&F

We haven’t played H&F for some years so we were a little apprehensive at what they could do on the pitch, however our scouts had been watching them and informed us we could beat them. Rotating the team players meant that we always had fresh legs to stop any try situations, but credit where credit is due; everyone played their heart out, the growing crowd witnessing some truly crunching tackles and some fantastic passing. Victory was ours, 3-0 now for the semi-finals (gulp)

After what seemed a very long time we found out who our opponents were – the host; Ealing, with their home support backing them we needed our own supporters to shout and cheer us on as they had been doing throughout the day but now with more gusto!

It was a closely fought game, with both sets of players a little nervous, one mistake, one error; one try could take you into the final or send you home.

The first half flew by, both teams cancelling out each others attacks, try line defending at its best, a mixture of rucks and mauls complimenting the swift passing, it was all going on, so much so, I have little memory of either half except that we beat them, we were in the final

The final

Hackney Bulls, an old favourite club of ours were our opposition. Before any detailed account of the final is written (over excitement again blurs the memory – help required) it must be reiterated that half the team contained under 9 players playing up which is a major tribute to them, demanding a greater effort, determination and in most cases several inches and pounds.

Hackney proved quicker off the mark than us, scoring two tries in quick succession in the first half. The second half proved more difficult for the opposition to score, which of course they did with a break away try, we responded with some great movement along the line and unfortunately the touch judge – a Hackney bulls parent! Said that Theo put a foot over the touchline and a line out was awarded – who knows that could have made a difference as Mani went over to score a try seconds later. The boys had played their hearts out and were a credit to both clubs

They were awarded the Middlesex County RFU Mini Rugby Festival Under 10 Bowl Runners-Up 2012 shield

squad
Majid, Maxwell, Reece, Shiv, Mani, Callum, Luke, Josh, (Hampstead: Theo, Ben, Joe)

Pinner 1st XV versus London French

Perfect playing conditions presented themselves on the 10th March when Pinner travelled south to take on old rivals London French. Both teams have had a gruelling season and a win was an absolute necessity for both, so an intense battle was to be expected.

Pinner won the toss and chose to play in to the wind, in anticipation that French would utilise their kicking game. Straight away it was clear that both teams were up for the fight and the forwards traded heavy blows to test each other’s defences. Pinner slowly worked their way up the field for the first 10, before French were penalised for hands in the ruck just outside the 22. Mark Razzell stepped up to get the score board moving and dutifully added 3 points.

Both teams were starting to find their flow now and Pinner produced some nice passages of play but couldn’t quite get to where they wanted. French also found themselves unable to break through on feet so, as predicted, used the boot to gain territory. Time and again, Pinner slowly worked their way up the field as French defended the attack before turning over and putting them back where they started. At around the 20 minute mark, French were again found guilty of an infringement on their 10 metre line. Mark Razzell again stepped up and slotted the points.

The rest of the half saw much of the same, with neither side able to give themselves a significant advantage. Just before the whistle, though, French were hard on the attack forcing Pinner to pull out some gritty defence in their own 22. Eventually, after numerous attempts were found wanting, they settled for 3 points when Pinner were penalised in front of the posts.

Half time score 6-3.

Second half got off to a good start for Pinner as French were very quickly penalised for hands in the ruck again, which Razzell capitalised on by adding another 3. Without the wind in their favour and Pinner’s back 3 wise to the 10’s game plan, Pinner were really starting to turn the screw. After a chip through from French was picked up by Razzell, he chipped over the gain line and chased with the back line. Richard Southam further kicked on with all in hot pursuit and Chris Jepsen further dinked it on before Razzell finished the play, touching down under the posts. He then converted to add another 2 to make the score 16-3.

The fire was burning for Pinner now and they were gunning for blood. The forwards especially dominated up front, with a special mention to the front row who were annihilating the French scrums. That battle won, they started to swing it wide and play the open game on their terms. After receiving a penalty just outside their own 22, Pinner took a tap penalty and shifted it wide. Simon Whitcombe started with a nice draw and pass, linking up with Neill King, before the ball eventually found the hands of replacement winger Rupert King. It was a race to the line then for King, who turned the gas on and sprinted along the left wing. 1 metre before the touchdown, the French fullback made a last ditch tackle. King managed to touch down as he tumbled in, but the linesman called him out. The referee, however, saw things differently. The fullback’s tackle had been exceedingly high and, as such, he awarded a penalty try. Razzell converted to bring it to 23-3.

The next twenty minutes still saw Pinner putting a strangle hold on the French, with some lovely passages of open play forcing the French to scramble their defences. Eventually an opportunity presented itself after 8 man Richard O’Connor shrugged of a tackle and gassed it pass the gain line. With one man to beat, he needed only to look to his left to find Rupert King in support, who took the pass and easily touched down for his second try, this time without someone trying to decapitate him. Razzell again converted.

10 minutes left and the game was all but sealed. French took stock of their situation and fought with tenacity, forcing Pinner to spend the last 10 defending stoically. The line held though, and the French found no way through, giving an emphatic and well deserved victory to Pinner.

Final score: 30-3.

Slough Time = rain, mud cold and WINNERS!

The Slough Rugby festival was held at Upton Court Park in Slough, the day started of  wet and as the the day progress the weather got a lot worse, colder and even more heavy rain.

Despite these weather conditions, the spirits of Pinner under 12’s were quite high. The first game was against the Drifters, Pinner were holding their own in the first half, but one slip and the Drifters scored a try. Pinner were one try to nil down at half time. In the second half Pinner rallied with some spirited performances. The hard work resulted in two tries for Pinner by Mark and Kai. Pinner held on to win the game by two tries to one.

Pinner’s next game was against the Thathels. Pinner just steam rollered the opposition and before you blinked were very comfortably leading. Thatchels had the odd spell of attaching Pinner, but Pinner just powered ahead with some great try’s and eventually won the game by 5 try’s to nil. Pinner now headed their group and had a long wait to find out who their next opposition was in the semi-finals.

The next opposition was Berkshire, a team who had come second in their group, they looked a good match for Pinner. Both teams gave  a good account of themselves in the first half, Pinner did play most of the first half in Berkshires half, just failing to score. Weather conditions deteriorated, both teams were making some mistakes because of not being able to hold the ball and the muddy conditions, the first half ended all square, no try’s being scored. The second half kicked of , both teams having a go at each other, The game was a stalemate, nearing the end of the game, Pinner managed to break free from the Berkshire defence and score a try. This was too much for Berkshire to come back from and another victory was recorded by Pinner, next stop the final.

The weather got even worse and the festival organisers announced that Pinner under 12’s had jointly won the under 12’s competition.

Congratulations to all the under 12’s players.

In just over 3 weeks time during the Easter break, Saracens will be returning to Pinner RFC, to run a One Day Intensive Skills Course. As past participants we would like to invite you back for another chance to take part!!

A new reduced pricing structure is in place for 2011/12 and the Aviva Premiership Champions look forward to you joining them on these fun packed courses to help with your preparation for the season ahead.

Description: One Day Intensive Skills Camp
Date: Mon 2nd Apr 2012
Price: Online £25.00

These courses, designed in consultation with the Saracens academy for young aspiring rugby players, will provide the perfect balance of intensity, excitement, education and fun using modern training techniques, player focused sessions and development through game play.

To book your place or for further information, including course content and structure for and of the above courses please visit www.rugbycamps.com/saracens or call the Saracens community team on 01707 285 026.

All
To many of you this
w
ill bring back memories of our 3 Amsterdam tours – apologies to others who didn’t go.  I have replied to Andre inviting him to P&G if he is ever in London and suggesting that some of us might like to go to one of their reunions.

Dear Dave,

Maybe my name does not ring a bell immediately. In 1977 we (you and I) arranged the match between Meevaart (Amsterdam) and Pinner & Grammarians RFC, which was played in a public park in Amsterdam. By chance, I came across the website of Pinner RFC and watched the lions hunt video made after or during the presidents lunch of January 29. It brought back memories of P&G introducing that song to us way back then. Unfortunately our club does not exist anymore. Rugby will always be rather marginal in this country, I am afraid. When the club unwinded in 2001, I was given the shield of P&G presented to us in 1977 which is still in my study today (please find enclosed). We do have reunions every 4 years so to have a change to see the old rugby friends again. In many of us the Meevaart vs. P&G bring back wonderful memories. If not for the match, which we always lost, it is definitely for the third half.

It is good to see that P&G is doing well and that you are still involved with the club.  I hope this mail finds you well and in good health

Wishing you and all members of Pinner RFC all the best.

Best regards,

André Paijmans


Latest 6 Nations News
Italy v England
Stuart Lancaster’s new-look England side survived the first test of RBS 6 Nations credentials at Murrayfield but are sure to be given another stern examination by Italy.
With France falling victim to the Azzurri for the first time in Championship history last year, a trip to Rome bears all the hallmarks of a huge banana skin for Lancaster’s inexperienced team.Both sides will be playing in the intense atmosphere of the Stadio Olimpico for the first time and England possess just over a third of the total caps possessed by an Italian side, who have been given more licence to play under new coach Jacques Brunel.

Chief beneficiary of Italy’s new attacking outlook is fly-half Kris Burton who promised to take the game to England from the off at the 82,000 seater stadium.

He said: “It’s our objective to attack and hold the ball but we also have to choose when to play the tactical game.

“I hope this week we can show that we can attack more and that last week was not a one-off.

“We hope to show this week that we’re an attacking team and we can be a threat.

“We have to be more aggressive with the ball in hand, be explosive on the ball, make early decisions in attack and put them under pressure

“If you look at any international side their back three have all got pace, the idea is to limit how much they can play.

“Obviously they’re going to be physical, they’ve always got a rush defence or if they vary their defence you’ve got to vary the game, see how it goes and make the right decisions at the right times.”

Both teams keep changes to a minimum with experienced duo Marco Bortolami and Gonzalo Canale returning for Italy while Lancaster names an identical 22 to the one that came out 13-6 winners in Scotland.

Even when games were at the more intimate Stadio Flamino, England have never found trips to Rome enjoyable affairs winning their last two matches by five and four points respectively.

At Twickenham last year it was a different story when winger Chris Ashton ran in a record-equally four tries in their 59-13 victory.

But while Ashton and his back-three colleagues might be associated with attacking flair, the Northampton winger is adamant discipline is the new buzz word in the England ranks.

“We talked about it again this morning with the players – ‘What does pride in the shirt and professionalism look like? What does commitment look like?’,” he said.

“These are the types of things that the players talked about. We want the players to take ownership of the on-field discipline and off-field discipline through the leadership group and you can begin to see that happening.

“If we had been ill-disciplined at the weekend, we probably would have conceded four or five penalties in kickable range, which ultimately would have led to Scotland winning the game.

“We want to see a repeat of that discipline against Italy this weekend. We don’t want to give cheap penalties away by going offside or from early scrum engagements.”

Bad Weather causes games to be cancelled

All Games cancelled – bad weather

Mini Section: Friendly Fixture - Twickenham + Kilburn Cosmos (away)

Youth Section: U15s League Fixture Twickenham B (away)

Youth Section: U13s Friendly Fixture – Harlequins away

Six Nations

Welcome to this year’s 6 Nations tipping competition.

Its easy and its fun and takes less that 5 mins to register ….just take a look

The 6 Nations is almost upon us, the best International Competition in World Rugby and probably the most open its been for years.

The competition is being run through sportguru.co.uk, the same site we used for the Rugby World Cup tipping competition. So if you participated in that you should already have login details – if not see below.

COMPETITION: RBS Six Nations (2012)

START DATE: Sat 4th February 2012

COST: £10

PRIZE MONEY:

1st Prize = 50% of pool

2nd Prize = 20% of pool

3rd Prize = 5% of pool and 25% of pool goes to the club.

HOW TO ENTER: Log onto http://www.sportguru.co.uk/ click on the “Register Now” button, then select the “Six Nations” from the drop down bar, then fill in your details (they don’t ask for many). Once you have done this, search for the pool called “Pinner Rugby Club” and apply to join pool. Once I have accepted you into the pool you will be free to enter your tips by following the instructions. Payment of the entry fee will need to be made by 10/02/2012 ( 2nd weekend), or you wont be able to win a prize.

I will send the relevant Bank details once all participants have registered.

RULES: Each entrant must submit their picks and margin before the deadline stipulated on the Sportsguru website. You can only enter your tips once so make sure you are certain of your tips before entering them as you cannot amend them afterwards! There are 5 rounds contain 3 matches each. You will receive points for correctly tipping the result of the game and also bonus points if you are within 5 points on your margin. There will also be bonus points and grand slam points awarded, check out the “Scoring System” tab for more information on how the comp will be scored. If you forget to put your tips in for a game you will be given the default tip by sports guru, check out the “Defaults” tab for more info on this. The person with the highest number of points at the end of the comp takes the top prize, the two closest runner ups will also receive some prize money and the club will earn a share. Actual prize money breakdown will be sent once we know how many people are playing.

If you think anyone else would be interested feel free to forward this on.

Round 1

Saturday, 4 February 2012

France v Italy, 14:30

Scotland v England, 17:00

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Ireland v Wales, 15:00

Round 2

Saturday, 11 February 2012

France v Ireland, 20:00

Italy v England, 16:00

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Wales v Scotland, 15:00

Round 3

Saturday, 25 February 2012

England v Wales, 16:00

Ireland v Italy, 13:30

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Scotland v France, 15:00

Round 4

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Ireland v Scotland, 17:00

Wales v Italy, 14:30

Sunday, 11 March 2012

France v England, 15:00

Round 5

Saturday, 17 March 2012

England v Ireland, 17:00

Italy v Scotland, 12:30

Wales v France, 14:45

Good luck!!

The Club Shop on the website has been updated, go on have a look!

Club shop on the website has been updated!

The Club Shop is open on Sunday mornings 9.45 – 12.30pm For Mini & Youth Purchases

On Senior Match days: One hour before K.O. and one hour after games conclude (this is subject to availability of staff)

If you require more information about products please speak to Jo Talbot who runs the mini section club shop jotalbot2002@yahoo.com

who is presently in charge of Pinner RFC merchandise

(images are for example only)

Adult Wear:

Adult Sizing:

small            medium        large            XL      XXL    XXXL

Pinner RFC Water Resistant Jackets

(large  XL  XXL  XXXL)

£20.00

Pinner RFC Shorts Adult

(36″ 38″ 40″ 42″)

£12.50

Pinner RFC Socks

(Large)

£ 5.00

Pinner RFC Fleeced Jackets (large XL XXL)

£25.00

Pinner RFC Adult POLO Shirtssmall medium large XL XXL

£15.00

Pinner RFC Adult POLO Shirtslarge XL

£15.00

Mini & Youth Sizes
Tops 26″ 4xxxs     28″ xxxs     30″ xxs     32″ xs     34″ s-      36″ s     38″ s+
Shorts 18-20″     22-24″     26″     28″     30-32″     34″
Socks small     medium      large

Pinner RFC Training Top£25.00 Pinner RFC Shorts £8.00

Pinner RFC Socks£5.00 Pinner RFC Polo Shirt £10.00

Pinner RFC Hooded Top£12.00 Pinner RFC Fleeced Jacket £15.00

Pinner RFC Waterproof Top
Pinner RFC Waterproof Bottoms
General Items

Gloves Assorted
£8.00
Head Guards (assorted)From £20.00

Mouth Guards – Standard£4.50 Mouth Guards – Special£8.00

Pinner RFC Beanie£4.00 Stud Packs (16 per pack)£5.00

Stud Key
£3.00
Available on Request:

Personalised Ceramic Mug£5.00 Personalised Aluminium Water Bottle (Example shown)
£6.00

Second Hand/Nearly New Boots:

£5.00

There is a ’second hand boot box’ – if your child has out grown their boots bring them to the club.  Boots are always clean and are in very good condition, often only having been worn a couple of times
Also if your child has out grown P&G rugby tops, shorts or socks please bring along to the club shop

Ok all, here’s a chance to get yourself in a film (not the usual ones found whilst searching for personal entertainment!)

Below is the flyer for the casting being held next week.

This is what they are after:

We are only looking for boys and men over 16 years to be paid extras. The Filming dates have not been confirmed yet but they will be throughout February in the local area of Rickmansworth.

We will be seeing people on Thursday 26th January anytime between 4:30pm and 9pm at The Colne Room, Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1EH .

As previously mentioned it shouldn’t take to long, it’s a very relaxed process and all we need are a few details (measurements and contact details) and then we will take a photograph!

Go on, you know you want the fame, fortune and to wear proper film make-up!

Mini Section Christmas Party Sunday 11th December 1-5pm all welcome:

You are all welcome to join in the festive activities from 1pm Sunday 11th December. After the morning training session, the Mini Section will be holding its Christmas Party,

so one would suggest that children bring along a change of clothing – ‘Dress to Impress’, food and drinks, possibly a visitation from the ‘man in red’ (who could that be we ask?), sing along with ‘Sir Les’.

We will be collecting presents for a local childrens’ home; so bring any presents – wrapped with either boy/girl and age tag on them, that would be splendiferous

Hope to see everyone there, especially to thank Kathy and her team a massive thank you.

for more information:

wait for a text/email from Jo!

or click here; christmas party invite

Latest newsletter now available:

November Edition – ‘newsletter november 2011

CHRISTMAS MASH-UP!

Well, once again, that time is upon us…the season of good will, cheer, messiness and debauchery.

Aaron  and  Samuel

would formally like to invite you to the P&G Christmas Party of 2011!

*We require all attending responses by the 10th Dec, no later please.
All PLAYERS attending (1st and Pelicans) are kindly asked for £5 towards the festivities, to be given to Aaron or Samuel by the 10th Dec*

Alternatively if you do not play for 1st XV or Pelicans you can contact Spud, again by the 10th Dec

All members of Pinner Rugby Club are welcome;

it’s going to be an evening of great festivities, fun, drinking, games and the odd carol song

The theme for the evening will be ‘TACKY’ Xmas Jumpers!


(forfeits’ for those Scrooge’s among you that do not abide)

This event is obviously open to friends and family, all are welcome to join in!

Evenings Festivities will include; (while normal drinking rules apply throughout)

- Tackiest Xmas Jumper Competition!
- Xmas Karaoke
- Mass Beer Pong (glow in the dark?)
- Bullets ‘Reindeer Game’
- Snort the Port (pairs boat race)
- all ideas and contributions welcome…

Merry Christmas, we look forward to seeing you all there.

Boom!

here’s a link to last years festivities! Christmas

Just a reminder for coaches and those forwards players (scrum) that there is the:

CPD Scrum Factory

Sir Les Chaffe – Club Coaching Coordinator has commited Pinner to a CPD on 16th Nov (Scrum Factory) He will need to see how many of our coaches are ready to take this CPD. Let him know, these are really useful and great fun

leschaffe@yahoo.com

Dear All,

I thought I would take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and commitment at the start of this very exciting season. Its great seeing so many returning faces and welcoming lots of new ones, I think to date we have had over 30 new players start at Pinner Rugby Club and as it is my aim this year to have full squads at every age group its looking like this target might be met.

It is with great sadness that Kathy Parker-Brice has informed me she wishes to stand down from providing Sunday morning catering. I wish to be the first to thank her for the fantastic work she and her team have undertaken over the last three seasons. Her son Josh plays in the U11 team, and I think that over that time she has seen him play at Pinner only a couple of times and now wishes to devote her time to watching him play rather than looking at bacon rolls every week. I know that the effort and organisation she has put in over the years has put the club in good stead for the future.

So, where does that leave the Sunday morning ‘brekkie’ situation? (Can you see it coming?)

After some discussion with Committee Members it has been decided that we will continue to offer refreshments during home training and matches. How is this going to be done you ask?

Well, I propose that when the mini section and youth section are playing at home, a rota system is set up, each week, so that an age group will take on the responsibility of providing the catering. At the moment I am working out the logistics in consultation with the Youth Section. No-one needs to be concerned about the purchasing of the food, just cooking and serving.

Also if there are any budding Master Chefs amongst you please feel free to have a chat with me as I have some ideas for the future.

It has been a very busy start to the new season;

The Pinner Show

Super Sarries Sunday with the arrival of the Aviva Trophy and Saracens mascot ‘Sarrie’

The Guard of Honour and Under 7s & 8s playing Tag Rugby at Vicarage Road for the Aviva Premiership Match Saracens v Newcastle Falcons

New promotional advertising – leaflets & Banners

A brand new printed Club gazebo

A set of floodlights for winter training (more to come about that)

So what’s next?

Two major events that need your support:

Only two weeks left until the Pinner Rugby Camp. Teaming up with Saracens RFC there will be an opportunity to develop skills, techniques and learn more about individual positions during the October half-term holiday: Thursday 27th & Friday 28th October. We have gained a lot of support through Saracens and this is an excellent Rugby Camp run by Saracens coaches, so, if you haven’t booked yet please do so soon, it would be fantastic to see a great number of Pinner players there.

Sunday 6th November: ‘Come and Try it Session’. Saracens are currently coaching in five of our local schools through the Saracens RFC – Aviva Premiership Rugby Programme. They have asked if we could provide them with a transition session during our Sunday morning training. It could mean a lot of prospective players joining our club, basically they will join in with our teams – U9/U10/U11so please be aware that the first Sunday after the half term break we could and hopefully be very busy.

Currently I am putting together another edition of ‘The Pelican Brief’ (club newsletter) which, should hopefully keep you informed of what has happened/is currently happening /will happen with the whole of Pinner Rugby Club.

There is a lot more I could add, but I fear by now you are starting to waver!

Please, please refer to the website for up to date information about the club and what’s happening, I tend to tinkle with it every day and if you do not have the time to wade through a lot of pages I summarise most articles and information through the ‘Spuds Blog’ page, it might go a little way towards getting less emails from my better half Jo!

I hope to see you all on Sunday, the Mini Section has Enfield Ignations RFC visiting, the Youth Section has home training, enjoy the rest of week.

Regards

Spud

AKA Paul Talbot

Mini Section Chairman

Pinner Rugby Club

paultalbot17@gmail.com

07961304740

Let there be light!

blinded by the light!

The new floodlights arrived last night for the training session, oooh they are good!

PINNER RFC TEAM UP WITH SARACENS THIS OCTOBER
In just UNDER TWO weeks time during October half term, Saracens will be heading to Pinner RFC to run a Two Day Skills Course. We like to encourage as many mini and junior rugby players to take part and develop themselves as a player on and off the field.

A new reduced pricing structure is in place for 2011/12 and the Aviva Premiership Champions look forward to you joining them on these fun packed courses to help with your preparation for the season ahead.

Description: Two day skills camp
Date: Thurs 27th & 28th Oct 2011
Price: Online £50

These courses, designed in consultation with the Saracens academy for young aspiring rugby players, will provide the perfect balance of intensity, excitement, education and fun using modern training techniques, player focused sessions and development through game play.

To book your place or for further information, including course content and structure for and of the above courses please visit www.rugbycamps.com/saracens or call the Saracens community team on 01707 285 026

CPD Scrum Factory

Sir Les Chaffe – Club Coaching Coordinator has commited Pinner to a CPD on 16th Nov (Scrum Factory) He will need to see how many of our coaches are ready to take this CPD. Let him know, these are really useful and great fun

leschaffe@yahoo.com

Pinner RFC @ Saracens

After a terrific morning of training and friendly matches with a friends from Hackney Bulls many of the players and parents jumped into their cars, put on their clean Pinner tops and headed off to Vicarage Road for the Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons

Through the Saracens club Partnership program we had secured a number of tickets which allowed children to go free and for reduced prices for adults.

Apart from watching live Premiership rugby, what else caused this exodus?

Well, a great day was install for the players; representing Pinner Youth, Mini Section and players from the Little Rugby Academy were guest of Saracens and formed the Guard of Honour for both the teams as they exploded onto the pitch, being that close up we saw what giants these rugby players were and how they were focused on the game in hand, even so, one player managed to get his hair ruffled by a passing Saracens player!

During the half time interval Pinner Under 7s and Under 8s were invited to play on the pitch, demonstrating their skills during a TAG rugby game, Pinner having the honour of being the only club to be represented and enjoyed every minute running around on the quality pitch, scoring tries and taking Tags. Coaches Andy Nash and Richard Evans were extremely proud of the display you put on, their beaming smiles being broadcasted on the big screen, cheered on by over 5,000 home supporters (including a few Pinner senior members doted around the ground)

What a great experience, a great day and one that will hopefully remain in the memory of all the young players who attended.

Saracens won, by the way!

Oh by the way, I was interviewed by ESPN/Sky Sports News before the game, if anyone has seen it or recorded game firstly, did I look fat on the telly! and secondly, is there a copy of it I can have a butchers at? (cheers Spud)

Here’s the proof!!!

A big thank you to Steve and Richard at Saracens and a special thank you to Jo Talbot for organising everything today

Gazebo update: after a lot of time back and forth with the Gazebo company, and I might add many many hours producing the required artwork in three different formats (EPS PDF JPEG) plus a couple of other documents we have got the printing go ahead. After supplying them with different layouts/images they came back with the original design that I supplied in the first place:(

Here’s a peak preview of what its going to look like (its printed on paper as a guide)

courtesy of: PitBitz Ltd / www.gazeboshop.co.uk

Latest news…… the WOW mug  Latest news…… the WOW mug  Latest news…… the WOW mug

This is something special; a mug that changes colour and reveals a print, here’s an example

The heat sensitive photo mugs are fantastic fun. The mug will feature your photo and/or a message, underneath a black heat sensitive coating. The coating ‘disappears’ when the mug is hot to reveal your photo and message (which will wow everyone of course!). Due to the heat sensitive coating we recommend you hand wash these ‘magic mugs’.

The cost?

Wow mugs – £10.00 per mug (see Spud)

Monday 26th Sept:

Another very busy weekend @ the club: Saturday saw the intrepid Spud on the touchline at local rivals Harrow RFC to watch the 1st XV battle it out in the Herts/Middx Div 2 League. The trusted camera working at full pelt to capture the tackles and tries of the first team players (who of course love to see themselves on the website!)

Despite Pinner fielding many new players they were unable to pull together to overcome a very strong Harrow side, also having a ref with his own club tankard didn’t help matters! Many of the boys ventured back to the clubhouse for a little drink, rumours are that it went well!

Then Sunday was upon us:

Pinner Rugby Club along with club partner Saracens RFC provided a unique experience at the rugby club this Sunday. With the training pitches filled with players from all age groups and a pre league friendly Under 15s fixture against Fullarians RFC a morning named ‘Super Sarries Sunday’ kicked off. Placed just outside of the Pinner clubhouse entrance was the Aviva Trophy sparkling in the sunshine, players and parents were greeted by Saracens mascot ‘Sarrie’ as they prepared for a morning of rugby.

Club President David Hiles with the Aviva Trophy (he’s the one on the left!)

It was be a fantastic opportunity to have their photograph taken with the trophy and of course Sarrie, all squads took it in turns through the morning and after training finished many of the player of the week winners muscled up to Sarrie for a memorable photo opportunity.

Pinner RFC had run a prize draw raffle during the Pinner Show the previous Saturday; the draw was made on Sunday 18th September and the winners were presented with their prizes by Pinner RFC chairman Andy Wright and Pinner RFC Mini Section Chairman Paul ‘Spud’ Talbot. A big thank you to Saracens for supplying the first prize:

1st Prize: 10 match tickets for Saracens home fixture at Wembley – Max Alexander

1st Prize: 10 Tickets to a Saracens RFC Home Match @ Wembley Stadium

Family Invitation Tickets choose from:

Saturday 10th December: Saracens vs. Ospreys (Heineken Cup)
or Saturday 31st March: Saracens vs. Harlequins (Aviva Premiership) Adults and Under 16s in the Red/Black Area

2nd Prize: Signed rugby ball by Austin Healey – Monty Meghjee

3rd Prize: a rugby ball – Daniel Chaffe

Pinner Rugby Club is part of the Saracens Club Partnership program which was first launched in the 2003/04 Season, the club partnership programme exists to develop sustainable relationships with clubs throughout the community, offering a variety of innovative services and products to that are advantageous to its members. The partnership is beneficial to the whole of club providing benefits to senior, junior and mini players as well as coaches from under sevens to senior sides.

Pinner Rugby Club is currently recruiting players of all ages and welcomes all players of all abilities to our club

Please feel free to contact Paul Talbot on 07961304740 or paultalbot17@gmail.com. Alternatively visit the website www.pinnerrugby.com or come down to the club on Sunday mornings at 10.00am and give it a go!!

Future events at Pinner Rugby Club:

Pinner Rugby Club are to host their second Rugby Camp. Teaming up with Saracens RFC there will be an opportunity to develop skills, techniques and learn more about individual positions during the October half-term holiday:

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th October.

The Saracens Rugby Camp Programme is aimed at U7 – U16 playing age groups and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities, utilising our experienced, qualified and award winning coaches from the Saracens Community team.

For further Information please call 01707 285 026 or email jonathonbaker@saracens.net

Saturday 24th Sept:

Injury time, who’s in pain the most? You decide……

or

LATEST FROM THE CLUBSHOP ……….this is about the new club merchandise that is now on offer.

Have you been nominated for player of the week?

Or had a fantastic photograph of you in action playing rugby?

Bored with the same old photos in a frame gathering dust on the mantelpiece?

Luck is on your side…..

Now available from the club shop you can have your favourite moment put on a ceramic mug; they are dishwasher safe and can hold both hot and cold drinks!

If Pinner Rugby Club have your photograph on file / or you have a photograph taken for being player of the week, man of the match or appear on the pitch we can produce a mug with said image.

Examples of mugs produced in the last week

The cost?

£5.00 per mug, you may order multiples of the same mug or order several different images on a series of mugs

How quickly can I get them?

Usually, within a week, orders placed at the shop will be printed and returned the following home game.

Who do I need to see about getting a mug/s made?

Speak to Spud

Can I have different images put on a mug?

More than likely, again discuss what is required with Spud

For more information email pinnerrugby@gmail.com

Current examples:

Sunday 18th Sept:

Well that was a full-on weekend, the Pinner Show, running about taking photographs of both the 1st XV and the Pelicans, I even managed to get a drink at the bar (cheers Brad), although Steve Woad  thinks that I still don’t do enough for the club, with a rye smile. Then up at sparrow fart to watch England versus Georgia followed by a great raining session with my squad and now for this week – organising Super Sarries Sunday, writing letters to squad players and final designs for the gazebo…… for the latest reports explore the website but here’s something to be getting on with……

Pinner Rugby Club, with Club Partners Saracens RFC, took part in the Pinner Village Show organised by the Rotary Club of Pinner, for the first time this weekend.

The Village Show was, once again a great success – fun for all the families who ventured into the park. It contained many local charity and craft stalls, entertainments and of course Pinner Rugby Club.

Live link on Harrow Observer

Local residents and visitors from further afield came in good numbers throughout the day, despite the intermittent rain showers. The Kiddies Fun Fair, the miniature steam train and the many local charity stalls were in attendance at the Rotary Club of Pinner’s Pinner Village Show. The Merry-Downers Morris Dancers, the Harrow Concert Band and the Tug of War events kept the crowds well and truly entertained

Many Pinner Rugby Club members braved mixed weather to raise awareness of our club and hopefully gained some new players.

The day didn’t get off to a great start when Minis Chairman Spud had great difficulties putting up the club tent (a new club gazebo is on the way thankfully!) failing to recognise that you can’t put it up inside out! After a succession of Rotary Club members tried to aid the suffering Spud, former Mini’s Chairman Steve George was called into action and promptly alleviated a minor disaster.

At 10.15 the Aviva Trophy arrived on our stand along with Saracens young star Geoffrey Sella (son of French international Phillipe Sella) ready to meet and greet the local community and have their photograph taken with both Geoffrey and the trophy. As you can see, Pinner members were very keen to get their hands on the trophy and Geoffrey was fantastic throughout the day, signing autographs, showing off his skills and playing demonstration rugby – as he is currently injured this had to be limited although witnesses said that he was awesome despite a light slip resulting in getting covered in mud – a few eagle eyed passer byes saw him take his top off and remarked that suddenly they liked rugby (you can follow Geoffrey on twitter – @geof_sella)

Stars of the future

Throughout the day, players from all levels of the club came down to support our publicity drive, seniors from the first team, club captain Reza Sibilant got his hands on the trophy with a beaming smile; the youth under 15s were out in force along with manager Brad Seiler, under 7s & 8s coach Andy Nash, a Saracens fan, also got ‘up and close’ with the silverware. Players from all squads were in presence and worked tirelessly in promoting our club; as a result many new faces were seen at training during Sunday morning, great work.

Then for something different: Pinner entered the tug of war competition; firstly testing themselves against each other then taking on all-comers, including the Morris Dancers. All succumbed to the brilliant effort by Pinner – out-right winners, well done.

The day proved to be a great success, many made their way to the club to watch some fantastic rugby in the form of the 1st XV versus Old Merchant Taylors and the Pelicans first outing of the new season versus Uxbridge 2nds (match reports and photographs on website)

Pinner Rugby Club is a club Partner of Saracens RFC and this has allowed us to bring them down to the club next Sunday 25th September for a morning of ‘Super Sarries Sunday’; where they will be once again bringing the Aviva Trophy, players, coaches and ‘Sarrie’ the mascot. It will be a fantastic opportunity to have your photograph taken with the above and be part of the Saracens Pixel wall. All welcome and please bring down your friends. The under 15s will also be playing a pre league friendly match versus Fullarians RFC (also a Saracens Club Partner).

The raffle proved to be a great success, a big thank you to Saracens again for supplying the first prize. The draw was made after training on Sunday – the winners were:

3rd Prize: a rugby ball – Les Chaffe

2nd Prize: Signed rugby ball by Austin Healey – Monty Meghjee

1st Prize: 10 match tickets for Saracens home fixture at Wembley – Max Alexander

Congratulations to them, contact will be made within the next couple of days an the first prize will be presented during ‘Super Sarries Sunday’

A quick note of thanks goes to our newest club sponsor:

With over 50 years experience McGee is one of Europe’s largest and most trusted Civil, Structural and Demolition Engineering contractors.

The McGee Group was founded by Tom McGee in 1958. Since then the Group has grown dramatically in both size and reputation. McGee’s have the in-house capability to support projects of unlimited size.

Who have kindly donated money to develop our presence in and around the community, we shall see the fruits of this very soon…. Club Gazebo in the first instance, thank you especially to Pat for his work in securing this sponsor

13.09.11

The Mini and Youth sections at Pinner Rugby Club enjoyed their second training/registration session of the new season this Sunday. Many new players were welcomed in to their respective age squads and some returning players were greeted with great enthusiasm.

It was great to see the whole of the playing fields awash with Pinner colours from the Under 15s down to the under 7s a terrific morning kicked off at 10am with coaches having started warm up sessions at 9.45 for the early birds amongst us.

The under 7s and 8s were very quickly developing their skills in Tag rugby, the high number of shouts of ‘Tag’ that could be heard around the pitches demonstrated this, especially after the training drills that coaches Andy and Richard had put them through.

The under 9s and 10s have been venturing into contact more this season, after a series of games which developed passing and throwing skills the tackle bags were brought out; but before these were used the players were expected to go through a series of tasks which made sure that all of them were safe and confident in tackling and being tackled. Judging by the huge smiles on their faces, they thoroughly enjoyed attacking the coach and during the game played afterwards it was evident that they all had gained a lot from the earlier exercises.

The under 11s and 12s spent the first session honing their ball skills; being able to pass a ball at pace through strategically positioned hoops and then lay the ball off whilst to defenders tackled them, a great skill to learn. Further development of rucks and mauls led to them being utilised in a game situation.

Furthest away from the clubhouse the Youth section continued to build upon set plays they had developed through the summer training sessions and their Thursday night training.

Players of the Week: still awaiting other age groups

Birthday greeting to Jacob Talbot and Ryan Healy who celebrated with the customary ‘yard of ale’. If your birthday is coming up let me know (Spud)


Pinner Rugby Club will be participating, giving demonstrations, holding a skills clinic along with Saracens RFC who will hopefully be in attendance with the Aviva Trophy; in the Pinner Village Show Saturday 17th September, Pinner Memorial Park, Pinner.

For further information about Pinner Rugby Club visit www.pinnerrugby.com

Pinner RFC v Uxbridge RFC 10th September 2011

Rusty Pinner suffer from the English problem of too many penalties

In their first match of the season P&G’s came unstuck against local rivals Uxbridge.  Playing into the wind in the first half Pinner were not helped by the elements nor the referee and did themselves no favours by conceding numerous penalties. Unfortunately they found the home fly-half Micky Weymouth in good kicking form. He not only kept play in the visitors half but landed five penalty kicks to give Uxbridge a 15 – 0 lead at half-time.

With the wind behind them in the second half Pinner began to show some cohesion and put pressure on the home team. It was soon the visitors turn to get a kickable penalty and fly-half David Luiz reduced the deficit to 15-3.  Uxbridge, having had three warm up matches before the league season began, showed greater coordination and team work. However Pinner began to find their form with several driving mauls deep into Uxbridge territory. From a ruck centre Alex Goring crushed through to score near the posts. David Luiz converted to bring the score to 15 -10 offering P&G’s some hope of a revival.  With 10 minutes remaining, and Pinner having to replace front-row, Uxbridge set up a powerful driving maul for Adam Lackey to score taking the home side to a 20 -10 lead. As fly-half Weymouth had been yellow carded the conversion did not succeed. Pinner’s lack of match fitness told when they lost the ball in their own 22. Uxbridge quickly moved the ball to the right catch the visitors out of position for Simon Bates to score near the touch line. The final score was 25 – 10 to the home team

Next week-end Pinner host Old Merchant Taylors in their first home match of the season at Shaftesbury Playing Fields Hatch End with the Pelicans home to Northolt. In the morning the Mini’s section will be at the Pinner Show supported by Saracens RFC.   On Sunday 25th September the Saracens will be at P&G’s to support and encourage the Youth and Mini Players.

Contact www.pinnerrugby.com for details of membership.

On Saturday the 10th September, Pinner kicked off this season’s campaign with a trip to face Uxbridge. Pinner enjoyed two emphatic wins over this particular club last year and were pleased with the fixture as a season debut to get the year off to a good start.

Report supplied: D Hiles

The wind was high and the rain flirted with making an appearance throughout the game, but the conditions were otherwise good and all players present were raring to go. Uxbridge had played two pre season warm ups and this showed fairly early on. Having the wind well in their favour for the first 40, the fly-half utilised this to its full capabilities. He pinned Pinner well within their own half with every opportunity that was given, and further utilised the wind to capitalise on the high number of penalties Pinner were conceding within kicking distance. Pinner launched several counter attacks but proved to lack the killing instinct and, subsequently, only added to their woe by giving away further penalties and infringements. Uxbridge failed to break the Pinner defence during the first half, but did walk away with a solid fifteen points thanks to their 10’s impeccable strategy and boot.

The second half told a different story initially as Pinner showed their tenacity and spirit from the off. They played the rugby they are known for and this proved fruitful within the first 5 minutes with the award of a penalty well within reach of David Luiz’ boot. He duly knocked it over to make the score 12-3. Following from this, Pinner pushed back hard despite the lack of a platform. They had been struggling in the scrums and line outs but, inched their way up the field through numerous breaks within the back line. Eventually, Pinner found themselves near the white-wash and scrum half Craig Lane made a break for it. He was grabbed agonisingly short, but the ever ready centre Alex Goring was, as usual, on hand to collect the offload and crash over the line. Luiz converted to make it 12-10.

Unfortunately for Pinner, the problems up front only got worse and they failed to capitalise on any of their scrums or lineouts, losing the ball fairly consistently. The Uxbridge pack winning the battle up front and beating Pinner to the breakdown regularly, they began to counter with full force. The defence held strong for some time but, almost inevitably, Uxbridge eventually broke through. After a gruelling mall within the 22, they finally ploughed over touched down with 15 minutes to go. Times were now desperate for Pinner and they began to counter hard. Spreading the ball wide and utilising the wind, they tried to catch the stretched back line off guard. With attackers getting isolated however, they were frequently turned over and again left wanting. With five minutes to go, all hope seemed lost, and this was told by the Uxbridge winger crossing the line after a nice piece of play from the victors.

Final score – 27-10. Congratulations to Uxbridge, they were very much the better team. Pinner have a lot of work to do if they wish their season to be successful.

Pinner will be less than happy with this result and will no doubt try to bounce back when they face Old Merchant Taylors next week, a fixture that will no doubt be tougher than the season debut.

Report Supplied: M Razzell

Monday 12th September:

A great weekend for the Mini & Youth Sections, lots of new faces and some returning ones, report and photos to follow. A little bit busy at the moment sorting out our new Club Gazebo thanks to the sponsors McGee a big thanks goes out to them, its going to look fantastic.

Remember to use the Simple Fundraising link, we are making money…..

Pinner Rugby Club will be at the Pinner Show on 17th September – 11am – 3pm. This is a great chance for the local community to get to know that Pinner Rugby club exists. We are having a stall and hopefully a small plying area. We will be handing out our new publicity leaflets, as well as having our new banners on display.
As part of the day we will be giving out a number of prizes including a raffle for a signed rugby ball (signed by Austin Healy) and Matchday tickets for a Saracens Aviva Premiership Game.
Also as a bonus, we have organised Saracens RFC to attend with the Aviva Trophy, a Saracens player which is an ideal opportunity to have your photograph taken with them.

We look forward to seeing as many members there as possible as I am sure that this great opportunity to promote our club and hopefully gain further members.
We need your support/players for demonstration games, chat to possible new members/have fun;  so let either Jo or Spud know ASAP

You can also reply by joining the Facebook group Pinner & Grammarians & P&G Mini Section link: via the website or search groups

You can then also pop back to the clubhouse to watch the opening 1st XV League fixture of the season versus Old Merchant Taylors RFC and the Pelicans game versus Northolt RFC

cheers Spud

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This is the new Fund Raising Icon on the Pinner website. Spud’s at it again!

What is it?

Whenever you click on this icon from our website, we make money for the club; it’s as simple as that.

We have registered with Simple Fundraising. They give us money whenever you go through their site when buying anything online. If you use the internet to buy items click on the Icon on the right hand side under Fixtures and Forthcoming Events and it will direct you to the site. All you need to do is register and continue your shopping. By using this site we as a club get payment if you purchase (at a discount) via this website. There are no tricks to this and as a club we can earn money by using this website

Pinner Rugby Club Fundraising Website

Q: What’s the catch?

A: There is absolutely no catch whatsoever!

Each of the retailers involved with this programme are prepared, and committed, to pay our club a commission for providing them with additional custom.

It’s that simple – they are rewarding our club for providing them with customers.

The key success to making sure that Pinner Rugby Club fundraising website raises as much money as possible is to ensure that as many of you as possible use www.pinnerrugby.com website when you do your shopping online.

So if you plan to use a site, such as Amazon or Tesco online, to purchase anything, please do it through Simple Fundraising via our website: www.pinnerrugby.com

Therefore, it is fundamental that Pinner Rugby Club members go shopping online via the Pinner Rugby Club Fundraising Website

It’s A Win-Win Situation!

By shopping online, members of Pinner RFC will invariably save money on products and services that they are most likely to purchase anyway. Plus, we receive money from each retailer every time someone shops on their site.

Everybody wins!

Discount Codes & Vouchers.

Each of the retailers involved are committed to helping our members save money and every day they provide discount codes and vouchers.

Example of St Mary’s High School’s existing fundraising site

www.simplefundraising.co.uk/1001/

You can simply use the Pinner Rugby Club Fundraising Website webpage without registering, if you so prefer. By using this webpage as a launch pad to online shopping, we will still raise money.

The Pinner Rugby Club Fundraising webpage has a shopping directory of many popular UK retailers that have an online presence – major household names, such as Tesco, Direct Line, Amazon, HMV, Boots, Carphone Warehouse, Thomas Cook as well as a plethora of independent retailers.

Each month, they will add more suitable retailers to our fundraising website.

When members use the shopping directory to visit the retailers any purchases that they make will result in earning a commission.

The commissions are paid by the retailer from their profit – there is no additional cost to members. In fact, shopping online is usually cheaper so you could well be saving yourself money as well.

To protect individual’s privacy, only the retailer knows who the customer is and the details of each individual purchase. This sensitive information is never passed on. At the end of each month, commissions from each retailer are combined and we are sent that amount of money direct to Pinner RFC.

So, in short, if you use the internet to purchase anything please use the link on the website, the more people who use it the more money we can raise for our club

Cheers Spud

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Pinner Rugby Club are to host their second Rugby Camp. Teaming up with Saracens RFC there will be an opportunity to develop skills, techniques and learn more about individual positions during the October half-term holiday:

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th October.

Below is a description of the what the sessions involve, a link to the Saracens Rugby Camp booking form and further information.

The summer Rugby camp was very succesful and all those who attended have been very positive about their experiences.

Click on the image below to go to the Saracens Rugby Camp website

The Saracens Rugby Camp Programme is aimed at U7 – U16 playing age groups and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities, utilising our experienced, qualified and award winning coaches from the Saracens Community team.

During the Half Term holidays the Saracens Community staff will create a professional, safe and friendly environment in which players can enjoy their rugby development. The camps have been designed to provide young players with a total rugby experience, contributing to their personal development on and off the field. The Saracens coaches will instil some of the values that drive our professional players, urging young talent to play with passion and commitment, respect and discipline whilst working effectively as a team.

On all of our Half Term courses each participant will be given feedback, providing information on areas of the game on which our coaches feel they require further development. In addition to this positive reinforcement will be given to individuals who display strength in their technique and skill applications.

On each course lunch break will be for one hour between the window of 12:00 – 13:30. This will vary depending on the content of each specific course and the numbers taking part.

Please see below details below regarding this specific course and to confirm if a hot lunch is included, if so a full menu will be provided to you in the days leading up to the course.

Specific Course Information:

Course: Saracens - Pinner Rugby Club – Two Day Skills Clinic

Venue: Pinner Rugby Club – (HA5 4PW)

Ages: U7 – U16

Normal Price: £56.00

Online Price 10% off: £50.00

Hot lunch provided: Yes

Description:

Participants will work closely in groups of the same/similar age with a number of different coaches on a range of skills each day. The club and experienced award winning coaching staff allow access for all rugby abilities and encourage TAG rugby players to attend in addition to those of an older age.

Typical Structure:
Day 1:
- Development through game play
- Individual skills & techniques
- Positive Continuity
- Contact avoidance
- Offloading
- Speed, Agility and Quickness
- Tackling / Tagging Techniques
- Ball Presentation

Day 2:
- Unit Skills
- Breakdown Management (Rucking, Leaching, and Ball presentation progressions)
- Forwards / Backs Split

Developed in consultation with the Saracens Academy to incorporate a vast range of skills included in the modern game of rugby the camp will provide the perfect balance of intensity fun, excitement and education for any young aspiring rugby player aged U6 – U16 utilising modern training techniques, with technical player focused sessions, alongside development through game play.
Coaches will pass on expert advice and professional tips, creating a fun and enjoyable environment to work on personal development concepts such as catch & pass, tackling technique, contact avoidance, offloading, and tactical decision making. The camp will also allow for players to work on unit development including areas such as rucking, leaching and defence organisation in addition to positional specific work, basic fitness tests and ideas behind different tactics on the pitch.
Whether you have been on a clinic before or are new to the Premier Rugby Academy this is an opportunity for players of all ages and positions to tune their rugby skills as well as develop new technique in a professional, fun and enjoyable environment alongside Saracens award winning community coaches and select professional players*

The intensity of each session will vary from station to station, and be controlled for each age group to ensure all participants energy levels are maintained throughout the course; this will enable maximum enjoyment during your time with Saracens.

For further Information please call 01707 285 026 or email jonathonbaker@saracens.net

Each booking is subject to a £2.50 handling fee.

*Saracens where possible will integrate players into the course; please be aware this is not always possible due to heavy training commitments during preseason. Should you wish to know more regarding player involvement please call 01707 285 026.

Top players on show:

Our camps’ philosophy is twofold. To provide participants with the opportunity to be coached by current Premiership stars. And to provide them with the opportunity to delve deeper into what it takes to reach the very top level in the game.

Every course will be visited by Premiership players, who’ll pass on tips on how to take your game to the next level. Previously, World Cup winning and British and Irish Lions legends Jason Robinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson, not to mention Charlie Hodgson, Mike Tindall, Pat Sanderson, Steve Borthwick, Tom Rees and a host of other Premiership Stars have all been on hand to help deliver a master class.

(Player appearances subject to availability)

cheers Spud

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Below are the Fixtures and times (GMT) for the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool B

Please check website for information regarding clubhouse openings for matches – all England games at time of writing will be live at the clubhouse

Saturday 10th September 2am

imgThumbScotland  v  imgThumb Romania

Saturday 10th September 9.30 am bacon rolls & beer @ clubhouse 8.30 am, I’m cooking!!

imgThumbArgentina  v  imgThumb England

Wednesday 14th September 8.30 am

imgThumbScotland  v  imgThumb Georgia

Saturday 17th September 4.30 am

imgThumbArgentina  v  imgThumb Romania

Sunday 18th September 7.00 am

imgThumb England v  imgThumb Georgia

Saturday 24th September 7.00 am

imgThumb England v  imgThumb Romania

Sunday 25th September 8.30 am

imgThumbArgentina  v  imgThumbScotland

Wednesday 28th September 7.30 am

imgThumb Georgia  v  imgThumb Romania

Saturday 1st October 8.30 am

imgThumbEngland v imgThumbScotland

Sunday 2nd October 1.00 am

imgThumbArgentina  v  imgThumb Georgia

RWC 2011 Quarterfinals Matches:

1st Quarter-final: 8th October
Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
(Wellington Regional Stadium, 0600 BST)

2nd Quarter-final: 8th October
Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
(Lancaster Park Stadium, 0830 BST)

3rd Quarter-final: 9th October
Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
(Wellington Regional Stadium, 0600 BST)

4th Quarter-final: 9th October
Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
(Lancaster Park Stadium, 0830 BST)

Rugby World Cup 2011 Semi final Matches:

1st Semi-final: 15th October
Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0900 BST)

2nd Semi-final: 16th October
Winner QF3 v Winner QF4
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0900 BST)

3rd Place Playoff: 21st October 2011

Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0830 BST)

Rugby World Cup 2011 Final:

Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
(Eden Park, Auckland, 0900 BST)

cheers Spud

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Last night at Old Albanians RFC, Saracens teamed up with ESPN to deliver an ESPN Masterclass in Coach Education.

The session was presented by Saracens coaches Alex Austerberry and Kevin Sorrell as well as ESPN ambassador Austin Healey.

The evening titled “development through game play for mini & junior players” was designed to enable coaches from clubs and schools to develop new drills and techniques to take back and teach to there members. With over 60 coaches from partner clubs and schools signed up, this event builds on the successful and award winning work of the community team last season.

After a quick brief in the club house, the coaches were swiftly sent out to the pitch to take part in specially designed drills and games specific to the tag and junior age groups. This included offloading, avoiding contact and utilising the width of a pitch effectively. Both Austin and Kevin joined in with the practical demonstrating they still had plenty of skill to offer and also provide a competitive edge for all those involved.


Throughout the session, the coaches were encouraged to ask questions as well as input their own ideas and coaching techniques. Kevin Sorrell after the session said “I know both myself and Austin enjoyed the evening immensely and by looking at the levels of energy and enthusiasm the coaches bought to the practical session, not only have they gone away with a number of ideas, but also had fun time in doing so!”

Coaches within the rugby community who have continually challenged and developed themselves by attending sessions such as the ESPN Masterclass, are encouraged to return to their clubs creating a positive impact on their players whilst raising the standard of rugby across our sporting community.

Saracens Community Department would like to thank ESPN for supporting not only the rugby community but also for the continued support to Premiership Rugby.

We now have in possession a signed ESPN rugby ball! and of course a couple of Masterclass T shirts to hand out, nearly had some bibs as well:)

cheers Spud

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I hope that you are all enjoying your summer holidays and are having a great rest from playing rugby.

Firstly, some of you may not know that I have been voted in as Mini’s Chairman at the AGM in July, a position that I am very proud to take on. It is at this point that I would like to thank Steve George for all the superb work he has done for the past four years. He was instrumental in setting up the mini section at Pinner Rugby Club and through his commitment and enthusiasm we have developed into a great family club who have begun to show the rugby world that we are a force to contend with.

Secondly, a huge thanks to all those who gave up their time to help out during the Rugby Force weekend, you did a fantastic job and your hard work will be very much appreciated by all members of the club.

The new season:

Training and registration starts on Sunday 4th September @ 9.45am. Please bring completed membership forms (included with this letter) and cheques/cash to hand into Jo. All membership taken out by 25th September will qualify for an ‘early bird’ free mouth guard – one more for them to chew on!

‘Club Get Together’ Saturday 27th August starting @ 1pm:

We would like as many players, current, new, ex players and supporters to come down and say hello for the new season. We will have fun touch rugby games between 1st team and Pelicans, youth and mini players/parents for an hour mixing up the teams etc, then watch Ireland v England with a BBQ and a few drinks.

Come down to the club to enjoy the day, catch up with your team mates as well as bringing your friends down to see how friendly our club is. It is an important day to meet up with everyone and see our squads for the new season ahead.

Pinner Rugby Club @ Pinner village Show 17th September 11am – 3pm:

We have arranged to have a stall at the annual Pinner Show to help to promote our club. Hopefully, dependent on numbers, we hope to have some demonstrations by mini/youth players, as well as a raffle prizes and ‘Beat the Bernie’ competition. We require some volunteers to help out on the day. The main aim of the day is to raise the profile of the club and hopefully get some more players to join our wonderful club – my primary aim as chairman this year.

‘Super Sarries Sunday’ 25th September:

As a Saracens RFC partner club we have been able to secure reduced ticket pricing and access to many of the opportunities that Saracens provide. On the final membership session members of Saracens RFC will be coming along to our club with the Aviva Premiership Cup, Saracens mascot and coaches/players from the club. There will be opportunities to meet them, hold the cup, have photographs taken as part of the ‘Pixel’ wall that they are producing as well as your own printed copies. It’s going to be a great morning and not to be missed. More information to follow…..

Now to the nitty gritty!

To try and reduce the number of emails and texts you get from Jo (I am sure you feel bombarded by them at times!!) please use the website for information regarding fixtures/events. This is updated almost daily during the season and hopefully is the first port of call to find out what is going on. Jo has a bulletin board which she has promised me she will use instead of constant emails/texts!! (still can’t see that happening!)

We have a mini section Facebook account which we hope you will join – this will enable to keep upto date with news etc and a place to voice your thought. Pinner RFC has a twitter account, again great place for important information; links to both are on the website www.pinnerrugby.com

We are also trailing/introducing Teamernet which will automatically text you fixture dates/changes, Jo will explain this to parents during membership times.

Following the success of the ‘Rag’ collection we are collecting old clothes and textiles, the idea is that we all collect bags of old clothes and textiles from our own homes, family and friends. Bring them into the rugby club over the next few weeks so we can amass a good weight in textiles, for which a Ragman will come and collect them and give us a nice cheque to go into the Tour account.

Mini Tour Bournemouth 14/15th April 2012:

Last season Pinner RFC Mini section embarked on its first rugby tour to Bognor, I along with many others thought this was fantastic success so we aim to be having another one this season – Paul Parker-Brice (now known as ‘Tour Manager’!) is arranging the tour ask him the question also info posted will be on website (shameless plug again!)

‘Old ‘n’ New bits’

Player of the week will continue for all home training/matches with an addition to present key tag, trophy and photo; I’m not going to divulge yet – it’s a secret

‘Bring a friend’ competition (as above, ssshhhh as secret)

Mini Section 2010-11 Season book still available link on website

Parents: if you have your own business and would like a link put onto the website contact me for information

I hope to see you soon and along with the teams in the 2011 Rugby World cup I am looking forward to a great season of rugby, fun and friendship.

Cheers

Spud

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Bad weather has not dampened the spirit and enthusiasm for the youngsters attending the Socious Rugby Camp at Pinner RFC this week. They have endured a lot of rain, sun and a little bit of cloud cover whilst fine tuning their rugby skills. Over thirty players ranging from under 8s to under 15s have been taking part in a variety of rugby activities from tackling, ball handling and throwing skills. The coaches; Tom, Gordon and ‘H’ have got them working drills, learning new skills and developing those which they already have.

Those who will be playing TAG this season have been working on a program designed to develop the core skills and build confidence.

The slightly older children have worked on starting contact rugby, starting with the basics and moving on to the more advanced sessions as the week progressed

Players from the under 13s and under 15s youth sides have worked particularly hard on position specific, game sense, team tactics and appropriate skills such as rucking and mauling.

There has been so much activity this week, it’s been difficult to keep up; all youngsters have been involved in rugby games such as rugby tennis, dodge ball, rabbit run and a whole lot more that don’t have names!

Then of course there have been the core fitness sessions – these have been feared as the week has gone on; but as the coaches pointed out, if the youngsters do these for five minutes every day it will make great improvements in their fitness. The one that stood out the most was the ‘Plank’ – looked very painful to the observer! Callum George outlasting everyone; lasting 5mins 45 seconds!

All the youngsters have really enjoyed learning the Haka, taught by ‘H’ and they will perform this for the parents during the final day presentations on Friday, I hope they have learnt to stick their tongues out!  A video of the youngsters performing the Haka will be uploaded after they have performed it, in the meantime here are a couple of examples of different Haka War Dances (the Lego one is cool!). Please click on image below to follow link

Click on the image below to watch the Rugby Camp players perform their Haka (youtube)

When the sun made a sneaky appearance on Thursday afternoon, it allowed the youngsters to dry off in time for the celebration BBQ and time to relax with coaches, club members, parents and newly made friends; a great way to finish off a day of hard rugby.

The youngsters will be presented with certificates and mouth guards during the final afternoon during the presentation ceremony.

There are a few photos taken during the week (they are password protected, if you didn’t get the password email Jo – jotalbot2002@yahoo.co.uk for the password)

A big thank you to members of Pinner Rugby Club for their support this week, who, without them the Rugby Camp would not have happened. To all the parents who delivered and picked up their children, they will tell how good it has been.

A special mention goes to Brad (#2 winger) and ‘Minty’ who along with Spud (aka #1 winger) have worked tirelessly this week to convert a cupboard into the new club shop, which will, hopefully, make purchasing club/rugby attire a lot easier.

N.B. reminder that this Saturday 27th August sees the ‘Club get together’ with touch rugby, BBQ, live international rugby – Ireland v England and a fully stocked bar. Also we will be holding a Raffle on Saturday; the winner will receive a Family Ticket to a Saracens Game at Wembley. Family ticket is for 10 persons.

Cheers

Spud

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Dear Rugby aficionados and friends of Pinner Rugby Club

It’s been four long years since Mark Cueto scored that try but the RWC is once again upon us!

Can the All Blacks win on home soil like they did in1987 or will they choke again? Will the Aussies find a front 5 to match their brilliant back division? Do the ageing Springboks fancy their chances again?

In short yes and what of England? The final last time and winners in 2003 but do we have players who can produce the unexpected or is it Rugby by numbers?

At least some of our players can stay with their parents rather than use the team hotel!

What of the French and the rest of the home unions?

Frankly who cares but we know France always upset someone, who will it be this time?

After a number of seasons honing your skills in the 6 nations it is time to put your knowledge to the test on the biggest stage of all. I have set up an online tipping competition.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to claim the top prize follow the details below …

If you think anyone else would be interested – other club members, friends, work colleagues or if you think I have missed someone please feel free to let them know.

The more who enter the bigger the prize and the more money for Pinner Rugby Club.

Good luck, happy ‘punting’… and if England make it has anyone got a ticket for the final ?

COMPETITION: Rugby World Cup 2011

START DATE: Fri 9th September 2011 – also deadline for entries.

COST: £20

PRIZE MONEY: 1st 50%, 2nd 25% and 25% to Pinner Rugby Club,

HOW TO ENTER:

Log onto http://www.sportguru.co.uk/ click on the “Register Now” button, then the “Rugby World Cup” button and fill in your details (they don’t ask for many but for those older players please follow the instructions!).

Once you have done this, search for the pool called “Pinner Rugby Club” and apply to join pool. Once I have accepted you into the pool you will be free to enter your tips by following the instructions.

Payment of the entry fee will need to be made before the start of the competition; I will email tipsters again once the competition has started with instructions on how to make payment.

RULES:

Each ‘punter’ must submit their picks and margin before the deadline stipulated on the Sportsguru website. You can only enter your tips once so make sure you are certain of your tips before entering them as you cannot amend them afterwards!

There are 7 preliminary rounds, followed by the quarter finals, semi finals and then the final. You will receive points for correctly tipping the result of the game and also bonus points if you are within 5 points on your margin.

There will also be bonus points and grand slam points awarded, check out the “Scoring System” tab for more information on how the comp will be scored.

If you forget to put your tips in for a game you will be given the default tip by sports guru, check out the “Defaults” tab for more info on this.

The person with the highest number of points at the end of the competition takes the top prize, the runner up will also receive some prize money and importantly the club will get the rest.

Good Luck and please pass on

Monday 8th August

The New Season 2011-12

With the Rugby World Cup looming the new season for the mini section starts on Sunday 4th September. This will be the first session of the new season with full training and membership.

It starts at 10am but try and get there by 9.40 as it’s going to be very busy. Please look at the fixtures for the up and coming training/games sessions and just a quick note; I will be setting up a Teamer.net which will give you upto the minute information via text messages – more will be revealed!!

Hope you have had a great summer, see you Sunday 4th

(Archive)
Season 2010-11
Friday 5th February
updated Rugby contnium
please click on link for more information

Please find attached important notice setting out the obligations to all Rugby Clubs in relation to the delivery of Mini Rugby and in particular compliance with the Rugby Continuum Regulations pertaining to Playing Out of Age Grade and Very Young Players.

http://www.rfu.com/TheGame/Regulations/RugbyContinuum

Sunday 29th November
Thank you if you braved the weather today.

James Rector left his kit last week and when he went to collect it the long sleeve top was missing. Can you check you have not picked up someone else’s. Thanks

Christmas Party reminder – Please bring food telling
Caroline  cmwestgate@hotmail.com
or Aisling anabs8@btinternet.com
what you are bringing
- Bring a present for a child in hospital wrapped and labelled with age and gender.
- Bring a bauble for each child to decorate the new tree we are buying for the club
Hopefully you picked up some leaflets on Thursday or today, if not grab some next week at the training/ Christmas party.
Please get these to your head teachers so we can advertise the club more.

These are the schools that will be contacted this week by our helpful parents:
Harefield Infant / Junior / Academy
London Oratory
St Anselms
Quinton Hall
Bishop Ramsey
Westlodge
Buckingham Prep
BWI
Coteford
Ruislip High School
Cannon Lane

Have a good dry(!) week
Sunday 18th October

Just a reminder that tickets are available for the Halloween Party, you can buy them on Thursday 22nd at 7.30 when there is a planning meeting.

25th September

Something very useful from Phil Hood (Parent) and runner – warm up exercises and muscle stretches

please follow link: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/mobilgen.htm

10th September

Facebook group now up and running, please follow link to become a member of the group. It has been set up to give you up to date information related to club fixtures, team news, coaching updates and an element of fun and social events.

link:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=131003353323&ref=mf

7th September

for link here

2nd September 2009

Hi all, if anyone is interested in attending any of these below please get back to asap. It all goes to help us gain the points towards our seal of approval status

Below is the PRO-ACTIVE West London Workshop Programme for September to December 2009.
The programme focuses on workshops* that are required in order to achieve Clubmark status.
You are required to send at least 2 delegates to attend each of these locally held courses in order to achieve your accreditation.

A Club for All*
16th Sept 2009 West London Academy Northolt 18:30 – 21:30

How to Coach Disabled People in Sport
22nd Sept 2009 Isleworth Public Hall 18:30 – 21:30

Equity in Your Coaching*
7th October 2009 Hillingdon Civic Centre 18:30 – 21:30

If you are interested in attending any of the workshops listed please book online at www.pro-activewestlondon.org

many thanks Jo

6th May

Please see below with details of an opportunity to be trained and take part in a festival run by professionals. U8s soon to be U9s Paul will contact you to see if you are interested in taking part in the tournament. U10s (U9s this season) upwards you can apply for coaching on an individual basis. Up to you. Click on image below for link to further information

JO

Also a quick word of thanks from Harrow RFC:

Hi Jo,

We All had a great time and the help we received for Matt was fantastic from both Pinners coaches and parents so thank you.

I can’t give the full details of what happen as I wasn’t present , Steve your mini’s chair knew more about it then I,.

The details you asked for as follows, hope it helps.

Full name: Matt Mcevoy U9’s coach, apparently it was just a friendly match with the parents Matt tried to block and all I was told you heard the snap and I think it was your Steve who put Matt in the recovery position .I spoke again with Mary (Wife) who also asked to pass on her thanks, he has broken two bones in his leg and will either need plates or pins he is in theatre today. He will need to be on crutches for at least six weeks, knowing Matt he will be back on track sooner than that.

I ‘m sorry can’t be more help but I only got involved when I realised it looked bad and as I had a nurse beside me as well as 5 first aiders around me, and knew our doctor as well as our health and safety rep was on site, I for my sins intervened, glad in the end to help as Matt is a great bloke does a lot for the club as well as his Gaelic football coaching.

Thank you and Spud again, well lets say for a proper Rugby day J.Our motto is, if there is not at least one injury on the day you obviously didn’t play Rugby !!

Hope to meet up in the summer for some training.

Regards

Susan

3rd May

Please note

All mini section players attending the End of Season Awards / Party will need to bring their Pinner and Grammarians rugby top with them. They will need to wear them for the presentations and the photographs; they can bring a change of tops with them to change into after the photographs

All coaches are required to wear their P&G polo shirts (again alternative tops can be brought along – including the ‘orrible ones that Steve wears!!)

26th April

Last training session of the season: Sunday 3rd May – Harrow RFC are visiting.

First  hour of training will be warm up, joint skills and games. The second hour will be more games including parents for a fun way to end the season.

29th March

Staines Festival next Sunday 5th April

All teams expected – full squads remember we have paid to enter teams (over £200), all admin should have received information packs which they will be emailing to you. Link to location  – Staines within mini fixture.

if you are unable to attend let you administrator know in advance please.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there, have a good week

15th March

Hi P&Gs

Firstly thank you all for your support so far for the U7 & U8 and U9 & U 10 festivals, you kids and you make us all proud and show what a great club we are.

Below are the fixtures that we have until the end of the season. Your administrator will need to know whether you can come for each date. If possible could you tell me at the club or me so we can sort out teams for fixtures and festivals.

We need confirmation for Staines Fest 5th April and 18th Saturday to play some demonstration games at a charity event and 3rd May for Twickenham Festival.

Thank you

March 22nd T/F Joint Staines RFC/Kilburn Cosmos (H)

U11’s away – Romford (barbarians team)

March 29th T/F U 7’s – 10’s away at Twickenham (pre Staines fixture)

U11 & U12 Festival at Wasps

April 5th F Staines Festival (1 team per age group)
April 12th NR EASTER
April 18th Saturday Neil Murphy/Barnes RFC rugby extravaganza and Barn Elms Charity – Rugby demonstration & min matches
April 19th H Egham Knights (H)
April 26th T Possible U10 & U12 fixture.
May 3rd F Twickenham 7’s Festival (teams of 10)
May 10th ? Party
June 28th Under 1 Sky all club welcome to join demonstration and  procession

12th March

Please see attached letter. It is about getting someone to go to a meeting concerning making connections with schools, primary and secondary and colleges for the senior team. Anyone interested? Jo
MIDDLESEX COUNTY
RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION
PRESIDENT: JOHN GUNNER
March 2009
PLAY ON CAMPAIGN – RECRUITING & RETAINING PLAYERS WITHIN THE ADULT GAME
THE PATHFINDER NETWORK
Dear Colleague
Following the great success of the Go Play campaign which saw some 9000 players recruited back into the adult game in England, Play On seeks to continue the good work by assisting clubs in their efforts to retain those new players and also to continue to recruit more.The Middlesex County RFU has been successful in securing funding from the RFU to run the Play On campaign and every club has the opportunity to take advantage of the resources that are available.
One of the key areas that the Play On campaign concentrates on is the creation of a network of volunteers called PATHFINDERS.
Pathfinders are volunteers at schools, colleges, universities and clubs whose role is to assist players in finding a place to play the game as they move through their rugby journeys, for example when a player moves from university to work, or from one part of the country to another, reducing the number of players that are currently lost to the game when such moves occur.
Having a network of Pathfinders will ensure that players enjoy a smoother transition from club to club and it will also ensure that clubs are able to easily recruit these players.
We are doing quite well in the recruitment of Pathfinders so far, but we can do much better and we need many more Middlesex clubs to get on board and nominate their own Pathfinder so that we can all take full advantage of the network in increasing the numbers of players that we have. Ideally, EVERY Middlesex club should have a Pathfinder – the role is neither onerous nor particularly time consuming, and as the network is being set up as a permanent recruitment tool by the RFU, clubs really will benefit in the long term by having a Pathfinder registered at the RFU, as Pathfinders will receive details of all players coming into their area that have been collected through the RFU’s various ongoing grass-roots rugby recruitment campaigns. This is of course in addition to introductions that will be made by other Pathfinders around the country as players move from one place to another. The Middlesex County RFU views the Pathfinder network as being a very important element of the ongoing work to keep adult rugby alive and kicking throughout the County. Accordingly, we have arranged a workshop evening where you can send the person that you have identified to be your club’s Pathfinder along to meet other Pathfinders who have already been registered, find out what is happening with the Pathfinder network in general and to register as your club’s Pathfinder.
The workshop will be held at the East India Club, 16 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LH on Thursday 2nd April 2009 at 7.00 p.m. Of course, to thank your volunteer for taking the time to attend, there will be a complimentary bite to eat and a pint or two on offer afterwards.
In order that we can establish numbers of attendees, please can you fill in your Pathfinder’s details at the bottom of this letter and then either e-mail this letter tocb-honsec-middx@therfu.comor you can fax this letter back to the County Office – the fax number is 020 8896 9264, or you can post the letter to the County office – the address is MCRFU, PK1, Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, Twyford Avenue, Acton, London, W3 9QA.
On the same evening, also at 7.00 p.m. there will be two other workshops running, one for Volunteer Co-ordinators and one for Coach Co-ordinators. You will be receiving separate communications about these workshops very soon so you may wish to let your chosen delegates for each of the workshops know who is attending so that they can perhaps arrange to travel to The East India Club together or at least arrange to meet each other afterwards for some food and a drink or two with us after the workshops.
Please note that the East India Club has a strict dress code of jacket/blazer and tie – Strictly no jeans or trainers.
I very much look forward to meeting your club’s chosen delegate for the Pathfinder workshop and also to registering them onto the network so that your club can start to take advantage of the network straight away.
Should you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, and don’t forget to complete the details in the box below and send them back to the County Office.
Yours in rugby
Steve Rac – Play On Campaign Leader – MCRFU
Tel: 07968 321381
E-mail: steve@arcservices.co.uk
8th March

Just a quick message – did anyone pick up a pair of Nike intempo boots from outside of the club this morning, belonging to Sam (new player), if you picked them up by mistake could you email me. many thanks Jo

update: boots found and returned, many thanks

2nd March

Please look at updated fixtures (in mini section) for changes/updates of up and coming training/fixtures. Many of the age groups are visiting other clubs for training.

1st March

Seal of approval courses – update please let me know if anyone can attend, thanks

Equity in Your  Coaching Ref: EYC0309

Everyone should have access to sport, regardless of gender, age, race, ability, faith or sexual orientation. As a coach, you have an important role to play in ensuring this happens. The workshop will help you to apply and extend your existing skills to meet the needs of present and potential participants.

Region: West London
Type: Sportscoach UK
Level:
Venue: Cedars Youth Centre, Harrow Weald
Date: 01/03/2009 - 01/03/2009
Time: 13:45 – 16:45
Cost: £35.00
Tutor Name:
Booking Requesting Closing Date: 27/02/2009
Contact Name: Sally Baldwin
Contact Organisation: Survive and Save Training Ltd
Contact Tel: 020 8429 3905
Contact Email: enquiry@surviveandsave-training.org

A Club For All

This workshop identifies the benefits of opening up your club, to include a wider membership base – meaning more coaches, players, officials and increased revenue, improved eligibility for lottery funding, and quality ratings such as Clubmark; whilst ensuring the involvement and support of the local community.

Region: West London
Type: Running Sport
Level:
Venue: Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Date: 30/03/2009 - 30/03/2009
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: £20.00
Tutor Name:
Booking Requesting Closing Date: 26/03/2009
Contact Name: Yolanda Edwards
Contact Organisation: London Borough of Hillingdon
Contact Tel: 01895 277372
Contact Email: yedwards@hillingdon.gov.uk

24th February

Message from Brad

This Sunday sees us at home to Grasshoppers so can we please aim for a really good turn out as they are a great club. Hackney are bringing their Under 11s to continue the Big Hope Barbarians training regime so this will be an excellent test! They will, in fact, also bring their Under 10s so that should help our numbers too.

UNDER 11S ONLY:

Please put in your calendar the following 2 new fixtures, both pertaining to the Barbarian squad; March 15thwe are away at Hackney for a training session.  March 22nd- we are away at Romford for a match. And you thought you were going to have it easy…..!

2nd February

This message has been sent to me from David Hiles, Club President:

It is imperative that I get to speak to the Mini’s parent who

volunteered to do surveys and draw up plans for the extension.

We can’t move forward to look for grants until we have actual plans,

costings etc and if there is someone who will do this for free it will

make life easier. If we have to engage architects etc that will be an

extra expense.

David Hiles

31st January

Bank of England away fixture Sunday 8th February

directionsclick below for pdf

bank-of-england-map

31st January

Members can you be thinking whether you would like to coordinate the fundraising? Jo

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Middlesex County Rugby Festivals

March 2009

For the third year running Marie Curie Cancer Careis proud to be the official charity for the Middlesex County Rugby Festivals.  All clubs can compete for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Cup which will be awarded to the club who raise the most amount of money for the charity.

The cup is currently held by Ealing rugby club, who are determined to keep it, so it’s all out competition for the title this year

We need each club to nominate someone to represent them and lead the way with their club’s fundraising.  The representatives can then meet up with me, a fundraiser, and a Marie Curie Nurse and have a chat about ideas for how to; make the best of this opportunity, inspire the players and their families, and support Marie Curie Cancer Care in Middlesex.  To help with your fundraising we can provide accurate nursing figures for your local area, so when you pass on the name of your representative to me, then also please let me know which borough you are based in, and I can look up the information for you.

All money raised will be spent on providing unique high quality nursing, in the homes of terminally ill people in the Middlesex area.  All our care is free for patients and their carers, and gives people the choice to die at home supported by their loved ones.

Last year in Greater London Marie Curie Cancer Care cared for 1,696 patients, and we are hoping to care for more than 2,000 this year.  Your support in this competition can help make this a reality.

“Being able to have John at home provided a sense of normality in an otherwise abnormal and distressing situation.

Our children, who were only nine and eight at the time, could come and see their dad for short periods of time at regular intervals every day.  John was much more secure and orientated in his own surroundings and I could sleep when he did rather than sit in a chair by a hospital bed.

The difference Marie Curie Cancer Care made to our life as a family in these final days of John’s life was immense.”

Marie Curie nurses cared for 18,000 terminally ill people in the own homes in 2008.

Our nurses are also there for families and carers – providing practical and emotional support at what can be an exhausting time. Marie Curie Nursing is always free of charge to patients and carers.

By 2013 we are hoping to double the number of people we care for at home and double the number of nursing hours we provide to 2 million.

We need your help to make this a reality.

29th January

email from Clyde Gorden – father of under 9 player

Subject: Woops I made a big boo boo
Date: Thursday, 29 January, 2009, 9:51 AM

Sunday I picked up the wrong boots for Kai

So if anyone else feels the same or are missing a pair

I’ve got a black pair of Diadora’s about size 12

Kai’s is a black pair of (not sure clarke’s own) strap overs not laces.. Size 5

Maybe his were just left by the door…

Apologies for any inconvenience caused

I’ll bring others back Sunday…

Let me know if you know anything…

Thanks…

28th January 2009

Hi all budding reporters (yes parents I mean you!!) You may have noticed that there has been some match reports and training reports posted on the website. Well here’s your chance….. we are looking for a parent from each age group to note a couple of things that happen when your children are playing/training

1. What they did – training techniques etc

2. If they played a game who scored etc

3. Any quotes from the coaches / children

Just a few notes scrawled on a piece of paper would be great. If you could pass it onto me or spud at the end of the session so it can be uploaded onto the site that would be marvellous

It doesn’t have to be the same person each week (panic over!!!)

Reporters hats , pencils, notepad and spell checks avaialble!

See me for details on Sunday

Thanks

26th January 2009

We have been given £500 as part of a grant to put towards advertising and PR for the club.

Any ideas?

We need to build up all our sides especially U7s, U10s and U11s. We have a full team of U12s but need 20+ kids to be able to enter youth activities next year.

Please let me know what you think or publications you feel would be suitable to advertise in or activities we could do etc.

Wednesday 14th January

Hi Members of P & G

I know that lots of you parents out there are enjoying belonging to our club and may want to get more involved. We are going to apply for the RFU Seal of Approval – a huge folder of evidence that will raise the profile of our club and put us in the running for grants and council money to expand and improve.

3 key elements of this is to send members on the 3 courses listed below. If you feel you may be interested in getting more involved and committing to these courses please let me know ASAP so I can talk with you and get booked on these highly subscribed courses.

Thanks Jo

These courses are not available all year round, so you need to act now to achieve sign-off this season.

A Club For All (REF: 2901)

This workshop identifies the benefits of opening up your club, to include a wider membership base – meaning more coaches, players, officials and increased revenue, improved eligibility for lottery funding, and quality ratings such as Clubmark (RFU Seal of Approval); whilst ensuring the involvement and support of the local community.

Region: West London
Type: Running Sport
Level:
Venue: Harrow Leisure Centre
Date: 29/01/2009
Time: 18.30 – 21.30
Cost: £15.00
Tutor Name: TBC
Booking Requesting Closing Date: 29/01/2009
Contact Name: Danielle Linton
Contact Organisation: Partnership Services, LSBU
Contact Tel: 020 7815 7828
Contact Email:workshopbookings@lsbu.ac.uk

Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Ref: 2901)

Protect yourself, the young people you are coaching and your employer by understanding and following good coaching practice.

Learn about child abuse and how to handle situations if you have concerns.

Region: West London
Type:Sportscoach UK
Level:
Venue: Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Date: 23/02/2009 - 23/02/2009
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: £22.00
Tutor Name:
Booking Requesting Closing Date: 19/02/2009
Contact Name: Yolanda Edwards
Contact Organisation:London Borough of Hillingdon
Contact Tel: 01895 277372
Contact Email: yedwards@hillingdon.gov.uk

Equity in Your Coaching

Everyone should have access to sport, regardless of gender, age, race, ability, faith or sexual orientation. As a coach, you will have an important role to play in ensuring this happens. The workshop will help you to apply and extend your existing skills to meet the needs of present and potential participants.

Region: West London
Type:Sportscoach UK
Level:
Venue: Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Date: 11/03/2009 - 11/03/2009
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: £22.00
Tutor Name:
Booking Requesting Closing Date: 09/03/2009
Contact Name: Yolanda Edwards
Contact Organisation:London Borough of Hillingdon
Contact Tel: 01895 277372
Contact Email:yedwards@hillingdon.gov.uk
Special Instructions: