Mayor John Nickolay attends Presidents Lunch

January 26, 2009 by Admin  
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There will be a short report on the successful Presidents Lunch in a day or two; in the meantime here are some photographs

The group photo L – R is:
Daphne Hiles, David Hiles (President), Fred Runacres (President 1965 – 73), David Hudgell Life V-P MCRFU, the Mayor John Nickolay, Rita Runacres and the Mayoress
Joyce Nickolay

Mayor John Nickolay 

The Mayor presenting a certificate recognising the Club’s
contribution to community sport in Harrow.

Here is the certificate

Successful Website!

January 26, 2009 by Rychard  
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Hello everyone,

After the re-launch of our website we have had lots of visitors.

We have had 316 visitors who looked at 2,040 pages!

We have had visitors from all over the world including:

Illinois (USA)

California (USA)

Texas (USA)

Chennai (India)

Tallaght (Ireland)

Padova (Italy)

Milan (Italy)

Chaiang Mai (Thailand)

Lakefield (Canada)


as well as 33 different places in the UK

If you would like to contribute or make a suggestion then please contact either Spud ( or Rychard (

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January 26, 2009 by Admin  
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Celebrating our 75th Anniversary – The Dinner & Dance

January 23, 2009 by Admin  
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Celebrating our 75th Anniversary:

Pinner & Grammarians Dinner Dance

Following last years very successful and enjoyable ‘D & D’ we are repeating it. If you fancy an evening of good food, great wine, excellent company and grooving on down to a live band then the ‘D & D’ is for you!

Tables of 10 -12

Location: Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross

Date: Saturday 28th March

Cost: £45 per head

Remember that you can invite friends to join your table not just Pinner & Grammarian members

A GREAT night is promised for all – hope to see you there

For more information please click on the link below


1st XV continue winning streak

January 20, 2009 by Rychard  
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Pinner & Grammarians continue winning streak

Saturday 31st January

P&G’s maintained their promotion bid with another highly focused performance  against G.W.R. at Ealing on Saturday.  The home side won the toss and chose to have the strong wind in their backs for the first half.  Consequently Pinner spent much of the first period in their own half. Heroic defence by the pack, with 20 year old prop Simon Whitcombe outstanding, prevent several certain tries. With 5 minutes to go to half-time No 8 Bernie Richter broke from deep in his own half. The ball was fed to Captain Reza Sibilant who took it on into the GWR 22.  After a couple more phases Pinner won a scrum on the GWR 5 metre line.  Richter again broke from the back to feed James Byrne who scored in the corner. The try was not converted but P&G’s had a 5 – 0 half-time lead.

Now with the wind behind them  Pinner dominated the second half pinning GWR in their own 22.  From a scrum the ball was quickly passed along the backs. Back row Reza Sibilant was again in support for a scissors movement with Russell Joynt before passing to centre Devon, playing his first match, to score in the corner. This time fly-half Mark Razzell converted from wide out.  The pack continued to dominate putting constant pressure on the GWR defence. The back row, lock Mike Turner and ‘man-of-the-match’ prop Simon Whitcombe were outstanding.  The final score of 12 – 0 puts P&G ’s only 2 point behind league leaders Hatfield who they meet in the final match of the season.

Pinner v Southgate video

January 19, 2009 by Rychard  
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click on the Pinner & Grammarians logo to watch a video of the first xv against Southgate RFC

There are a couple of great tries from our players

Thanks to Andy for providing the video

Mini section under 11/12’s training

January 18, 2009 by Admin  
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1st XV fun video

January 13, 2009 by Admin  
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Mini section season 07-08 video vol.3

January 13, 2009 by Admin  
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Presidents Lunch

January 12, 2009 by Admin  
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As you know we used to hold a Presidents lunch on a regular basis. We are kick starting this again. 

Date: -  SATURDAY 24th JAN

Time: – 12 NOON

Cost: -  ONLY £15

This is a great opportunity to have a spot of lunch, fine wine !!!!!! and watch the 1st Team as they take on Hayes in a League Match. We are playing some superb rugby this year and would welcome some enthusiastic support from Pinner & Grammarians members; current, past and new. To see us playing at our best go to photo gallery-1st XV- pinner v southgate

Everyone welcome please let either myself, Skelly or Robin, Jo (minis section) to let me know if you can attend. I need to know by Friday so I can sort the caterers out.

You know it will be a great afternoon out and of course there will be a KEG or 2 of Pride to drink

Look forward to seeing you all on the 24th

Andy Wright

Pinner & Grammarians Club Chairman

020 7976 1250

To Life andVice-Presidents, Members, Patrons and Friends of P&G’s RFC.

Happy New Year. I cordially invite you, your partner and or friends to join Daphne and I for lunch at Pinner and Grammarians RFC, Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Hatch End on Saturday 24th January 2009.  The Club Pavilion and Bar will be open from 12 noon and it is anticipated that lunch will be served around 12:30 p.m.  I apologise for the short notice. The event was originally planned for December but the pre-Christmas period proved unpopular. This year is one of three significant anniversaries. The original Pinner RFC was formed in 1934 [75th], the clubhouse was opened on 23rd January 1954 [55th] and the merger to form Pinner & Grammarians took place on 1st January 1969 [40th]. This Lunch will be the first of several celebrations

Our 1st XV is having it’s most successful season for many years and is challenging for promotion. Others clubs in the area have folded or merged but we have no intention of doing likewise and are still very much in existence.  Our Mini-rugby section, only started in 2007, is thriving. The Club 1st XV will be playing Hayes in a Herts / Middx Div 4n league match kicking off at 2:00 p.m. I hope that you will stay on to give support either to the team or the bar or both. Be advised that the match will be on the top pitch so if you plan to watch suitable footwear should be brought.

These are exciting times for us. The L B of Harrow has indicated that it will negotiate a long lease and look favourably on plans for a significant extension to cope with the mini and youth rugby and our greater involvement with the local community.

To defray costs and boost club funds we request a donation of £15 per head. Drinks [wines, beers, spirits etc] will be available at Club prices. If you have any special dietary requirements please let me know. To assist the members who have volunteered to do the catering, could you please let me know as soon as possible if you intend to come and the number of guests who will accompany you. 

I look forward to seeing you on 24th January.

Best wishes


David Hiles, President.

Tel: 020 8864 0787                                              


a bit of fun with training!

January 11, 2009 by Admin  
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Staines match is cancelled – fun session instead

January 11, 2009 by Admin  
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Sunday 11th January

 Unfortunately owing to the weather it was decided that the home match with Staines RFC would need to be posponed until later in the season.

However, Mini’s chairman,Steve George decided that a fun training session could get the go ahead. Despite very cold weather a good number of ‘layered up’ players turned up for an action packed session. THe U9′,U10’s,U11’s and U12’s combined together and guided by Ian’s well thought out and delivered session kept players on their toes, on each others backs! and created great games that involved ball handling, team work and pad work. The use of the scrum machine was introduced at the end of the session to great success – photos in the gallery

Paul and Bert ran their respective age groups and again the emphasis was on keeping warm, active and having fun – the pads did make their way over from the U9’s so that the U8’s could have a practice. 

Well done to all those that suffered the inclement weather and made the session great fun.

The coaches made a special announcement this week – despite not listening when being told! Ian was voted coach of the week – well done.

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January 11, 2009 by paul  
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January 5, 2009 by Admin  
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Come along and join the best club around


Hello! We’re Pinner RFC and we’re currently recruiting players for the 1st team and 2nd/Vets.We’re a really easy going, friendly bunch with one aim this season and that is to win our league! In the process there will be plenty of nights out, dinners and social events for the squad and their partners!

Players of all abilities will be welcomed with a smile. So don’t put it off, come down and have a run around! Training on Thursdays @ 7:30pm
We are within easy reach of London , situated close to Hatch End station (extension of Bakerloo Line) and Pinner station (Metropolitan Line), in NW London/Middlesex.

Call 1st team captain Reza Sibilant on 07921 836 005 /
or email


This season: 09-10 is the first season of the youth section, currently running U13 squad. If you are interested in playing rugby, getting involved with an exciting new era in Pinner & Grammarians RFC come along to a training session and see what its like for yourself. We are always looking to improve our squad. For more information see contact section under youth section.

Youth Section Training

Our Thursday evening sessions, which will run from 18.00 to 19.30, will commence on Thursday, September 10th. They will be every week, excluding school holidays.


Hello and welcome to the mini rugby section of our club. Here are some quick questions and answers about mini rugby.


Sundays 10am – 12pm September – May

From U6’s to U12’s Pinner & Grammarians RFC is one of the best clubs around to start and develop young rugby players. With the emphasis on safety and enjoyment, young players can develop their skills in training and competitive matches against other clubs in the region.

All our coaches are RFU Qualified and CRB checked and we have a club-wide commitment to child welfare makes us a great club for learning and playing rugbyRegular training, home & away matches and festivals  social events e.g. parties, bbq’s and award presentations for the players and parents

Is there a good age for children to start playing Rugby?
Children can start playing tag rugby as soon as they are old enough to start school. Different children become ready at different ages. Some children do not take to tag rugby and can not wait to be old enough to participate in the full contact version.

Please could you list all the necessary equipment a child would require to get started playing Rugby?
To start tag rugby all the child needs is a pair of boots (soccer boots are fine as long as they do not have moulded studs) and something suitable to run about in. A gum shield is required when your child moves up to the under 8’s

Are there any particular brands of equipment you would recommend for beginners?

How much would someone expect to pay for good quality items listed above?
New Boots for a small child can be bought for between 10 and 20 Pounds. A low cost gumshield can be bought for 5 Pounds. I recommend buying kit from a specialist independent sports shop, such as The Real Sports Shop in Watford, however the club has a great range of items both new and second hand that can be purchased. We encourage older children to donate old boots so younger children and parents can keep costs down.

Is there a second hand market for these items? If so, are then any particular signs someone should look out for to ensure the equipment will stand the test of time?
Second hand boots are always worth buying if they fit your child. Our club kit shop includes a second hand section plus ebay can be a good source.

How much should a parent expect to pay for lessons?
Membership of the club is 40 Pounds per season. Our club makes a reduction for younger brothers and sisters.

How can parents identify a good teacher/club (qualifications etc)?
All Pinner and Grammerians coaches have RFU approved qualifications and are CRB checked.

To become proficient, how many hours per week would you suggest a child should practice?
This depends on the child, but generally speaking for children under the age of 10, 1 – 2 hours per week at the club session would be enough. The club trains every Sunday from 10am to 12am.

Although it will vary from child to child how long does it normally take for a child to become competent in this sport?
An average athletic child would be able to enjoy and fully participate in tag rugby after 2 – 3 hours coaching.

Are there any other important tips we can offer?
Enjoy it!

First XV and senior gallery

January 2, 2009 by Admin  
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