July 24, 2015 by Becca  
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Champions Cup Final Match Report!

April 20, 2015 by Becca  
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PINNER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB – Match report for Saturday 18th April


Man of the Match: James O’Brien

Pinner rounded off their very fine season with an emphatic  60 – 7 win in the final of the Middlesex Rugby Merit Vase at Twickenham RFC on Saturday to add this trophy to the Merit Table 5 championship won in the play-off the previous week.  For the first time in the Club’s eighty-one year history the 1st XV has won all of its 21 matches amassing 638 points and conceding only 114.

Once again the wind made playing conditions difficult but Pinner were soon on the score board when following a run by winger John Petrella, second row Dave Logan went over for a try.  Pinner’s powerful forwards soon established superiority in the set pieces driving the home pack off the ball in the tight. A superb break by flanker James O’Brien nearly allowed number 8 Andrew Alexander to score but the home defence held.  Pinner were awarded a penalty and opted for touch. Winning the line-out the forwards drove on, the ball was recycled to left winger Michael Baggs to score in the corner.  Baggs again had a hand in the next score. Winning yet another scrum Baggs made progress down the left, with fly-half Chris Hall in support to change the direction of the attack, linking with Captain Aaron Nicholas who scored on the left.  Jepsens kick was successful. On the half-hour Pinner had another penalty following a scum offence.  Scrum-half Chris Jepsen took it quickly to put Alexander in for the fourth try to give the visitors a  22 – 0 half-time lead.

This lead was the same as the interval score in the previous week’s pay-off final when facing the wind made life difficult but Pinner had no intension of losing the advantage.  Within five minutes the next try arrived. Twickenham won a scrum but fumbled the passing allowing Pinner left wing John [Beau] Petrella to pounce and score behind the posts.  Jepsen’s kick advanced the score to 29 – 0.  Pinner now became a bit complacent allowing Twickenham to use the wind to move into Pinner’s 22 from where they made their only score.  This was a wake-up call and once again Jepsen’s quick thinking put the game beyond doubt.  He took yet another quick penalty and evading half-hearted tackles scored try number six.  Into the final quarter the home side lost heart.  Another powerful scrum allowed Alexander to pick-up and knocking over several opponents scored one of his trade-mark tries. Jepsen converted.  Pinner backs were now moving with confidence, replacement centre Richard Southam made good ground to feed Petrella for his second try behind the posts.  Next it was the turn of the impressive centre Rohan Desai to put the icing on the cake.  A fine run by hooker and captain Nicholas gave Desai the chance to beat several defenders to score under the posts took Pinner past the halve century.  In the dying minutes of the season it was again Desai who gathered up a loose ball 40 metres out to leave the exhausted defence stranded to bring the final try tally to 10 and the score to 60 – 7.

As with the previous week’s play-off final the coach load of Pinner supporters had cheered their team home to the end of a memorable season.  The Middlesex Merit Vase plaque was presented to Captain Aaron Nicholas by Steve Rac, Honorary Secretary of Middlesex Rugby. Club President Dave Hiles, himself a former Middlesex Honorary Secretary, was full of praise for the team’s unique performance and the leadership of Nicholas and coach Tony Mullins.

Next Friday the club will holding its Annual Awards Dinner in its clubhouse in Hatch End when the success of this season will be well and truly celebrated.


April 17, 2015 by Becca  
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Pinner Rugby Football Club –match report for Sat 11th April

Pinner win the play- off final

Man of the Match: Neill King

Having gone all season with a 100% win record to secure first place in the Middlesex merit Table 5 and having defeated 4th placed Chiswick in the semi-final Pinner faced the much sterner task of Hammersmith & Fulham in the play-off final at Wasps on Saturday.  This was just one of six finals in a festival of Merit Table rugby held at the Wasps and Middlesex county HQ in Acton.

Strong wind most across the ground and a bone hard surface made conditions difficult. Right from the kick-off Pinner’s powerful pack showed its intent and were soon camped in the H&F 22. Pushing back the opposition‘s scrum led to a ruck and the ball was quickly got to their powerful left wing John [Bow] Petrella to get the first try after only 3 minutes.  From the re-start Pinner again won the scrum and number 8 Andrew Alexander burst through from the half-way line only to be brought down well in the H&F 22. Pinner were not to be denied and kept pressing.  Winning yet another scrum Alexander picker up and drove over for the second try to give a 10 – 0 lead.  Constant probing by scrum-half Chris Jepsen kept up the momentum.  Hammersmith & Fulham made a few excursions into the Pinner half but ferocious tackling and a well organised defence ensured little opportunity to threaten.  On one of these around half –way Pinner fly-half Chris Hall intercepted a H&F pass to sprint 50 m to score under the posts.  This time Jepsen’s kick was successful and the lead stretched to 17 – 0.  An injury to influential wing-forward Dan Smith caused a re-organisation of the Pinner pack with replacement Dave Logan going into the second-row but this in no- way weakened their dominance.  With half-time approaching Logan proved his worth when following a series of rucks near the H&F line he drove over for the fourth try to give Pinner a comfortable 22 – 0 lead at the interval.

The second half proved a different story.  The wind, having veered to the north, was now in Pinner’s face making progress up field very difficult.  Hammersmith made full use of this wind kicking deep into the Pinner half.  The Pinner defence was resolute and time and time again they resisted the H&F attacks.  Eventually the pressure told and some sloppy covering allowed H&F in for a try.  This inspired the opposition who now sensed an opportunity.  On the half-hour the swirling wind ruined a Pinner line-out which H&F capitalised upon. A few quick passes and they scored under the post. Pinner’s lead was now reduced to 22 -12.  Captain Aaron Nicholas now rallied his team and egged on by the biggest and most vocal group of supporters on the ground the Pinner were not going to see their season ruined in the last few minutes.  Stirling defence, courageous tackles and the line was held.  Agonising extra minutes of injury time all added to the drama but when the final whistle blew Pinner were Champions by 22 -12.

The Middlesex Shield was presented to Aaron Nicholas by Michael Barnes, immediate Past President on Middlesex Rugby and himself a vice-president and former captain and chairman of Pinner.  The celebrations were unreserved continuing back on the coach and well into the night at the Pinner clubhouse in Hatch End.

Next Saturday, with the chance of a double, Pinner travel to Twickenham RFC for the final of the Merit Cup kicking-off at 3:00 pm.  The coach for the team and supporters will leave Shaftesbury Playing fields around 12 noon.  All support welcome as having had the largest group at Wasps certainly inspired the team.

Mini’s Award Day

April 16, 2015 by Becca  
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Come and join in the fun on the mini’s awards day on Sunday 26th April!!

End of Season Awards Night

April 16, 2015 by Becca  
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Come and Celebrate a great season of rugby on Friday 24th April!!!

Tickets £25

Contact: Aaron Nicholas or

07795 250 706

Pinner RFC Under 13’s Celebrate a great Season @ the Awards

June 8, 2013 by paul  
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Pinner RFC Under 13s ended their successful season as Division Champions with a certain panache at the End of Season Awards on Friday 7th June at the Shaftesbury Club House.

For something a little different and in keeping with the seniors’ tradition, Head Coach Steve George set all the players a challenge. The players had been given a budget of £5.00 to purchase an outfit from local charity shops, strange how many dresses could be bought for that amount!

The evening was a relaxed affair, the players spending the early part of it outside honing their rugby skills; seeing players tackling each other by grabbing nightdresses and flowing skirts was a little different!

There was great support from the parents who enjoyed a beer of two and spent the evening chatting about the seasons achievements and what the future holds; would the squad move up one or two divisions next season?

The togetherness of the squad was highlighted during the awards presentations, with all players receiving an award – the majority having a strong humorous content!

The following awards were given

Most Improved Player of the Season

Louis George

Coaches Player of the Season

Joseph Burling

Players Player of the Season

Freddy Hart

Other Awards went to the following:

Most injured: Jacob Talbot

Best butter fingers: George Tillett

Most Dramatic: Brandon Cotter

Tackle bag killer (mainly in training!) Thomas Barkshire

Most Committed: Dominic Boyden

Most Slippery member of the team: Kai Gordon

Thinks he’s a pretty boy!: Arthur Garvey

Most valuable player: Ryan Healy

Best Justin Bieber Impression: Charlie Gascoine

Most Inspirational use of the National Health System: Taylor Goodman

Biggest Hair: Dylan Kelly

The evening ended with pizza (the arrival of which saw what could only be described as a herd of wildebeest being chased by a pride of lions) and frolics whilst the adults watched on at the bar!

The challenge now really starts for the Under 13’s, summer fitness training, strengthening the squad and building on this seasons success, hopefully, continue where they finished the season.

Mini & Youth Sections End of Season Awards: Saturday 5th May

April 30, 2012 by paul  
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The End of Season Awards Presentations on Saturday 5th May, saw the end to a very successful season for the Mini Section, at Pinner Rugby Club, with each section winning a variety of tournaments and accolades.

The afternoon started with selection of fun activities for both parents and players: ‘moon ball rugby’ being a new edition to the activities, by Under 13s coach Chris Roycroft-Davies, which proved to be a great success with all ages scrambling for the large, white aerobics ball and eventually managing to get hold of it. The now, traditional game of ‘Dizzy Rascal’ (named before the rap singer) was enjoyed by all those who took part, who wouldn’t? Getting dizzy, trying to run straight and then drinking a mixture of soft drinks whilst being cheered on by team mates – great fun! Even Mini Chairman Spud (AKA Paul Talbot) was seen spinning around the pole and with some degree of control drink his drink without spilling it! With the bouncy castle in full use during the afternoon, hungry players and parents had their appetites nullified with burgers from the BBQ, brilliantly manned by Minty and Dev – Pinner RFCs answer to Ant & Dec of the catering world!

As the FA Cup reached half time in the clubhouse, the presentations started. It was the first time that the many new parents and kids – who have joined our club this season – had attended an End of Season awards. There were many positive comments for the vast variety of medals, cups and trophies laid out on display. These were both as club age group awards and cups won during the season.

The presentation was opened by Jo Talbot, Mini Section Administrator and Secretary, who welcomed both players and parents, thanking them all for their attendance, giving apologies for absence and highlighting some of the forthcoming events – Ickenham Gala Day, Saracens Summer Rugby Camp 9th & 10th August (Pinner RFC are hosting) and the Pinner Show.

Mini Section Chairman, Paul Talbot, then gave his introduction speech. He thanked everyone for their support throughout the year and their commitment in expanding the playing numbers; this year has seen the Mini Section increase in membership by over 50 players. He also thanked the club committee for their continued support, outlining future developments for the club, as well as thanking all the parents for their support, week in, week out helping the club to run so smoothly.

This year has been a very successful year for all age groups and even though some players have had to play up a year. Paul commended all players for their determination and more importantly their enthusiasm for playing rugby, the trophies on show proved this:

Under 7/8s – Egham Tag Festival Champions

Under 9/10s – Egham under 10s Festival Champions,

Middlesex under 10s Runners up

Under 11s – Middlesex under 11s Joint Winners,

Slough Under 11s Festival Winners

Under 12s –

Slough Under 12s Festival Joint Winner,

Middlesex under 12s Runners up

Presentation of Awards:

Under 6s

Players Player: James Evans

Most Improved: Leo Daines

Coaches Player:  Josh Luiz

Under 7s

Players Player: Thomas Hill

Most Improved: James Dawson

Coaches Player: Vivek Ambasna

Under 8s

Players Player: Jonathon Nye

Most Improved: Asher Woldman

Coaches Player: Jan Maguire

Under 9s

Players Player: Luke Selby

Most Improved: Jack Grey

Coaches Player: Maxwell Fullerton

Under 10s

Players Player: Mani Lee

Most Improved: Jameel Seidel

Coaches Player: Calum St John

Under 11s

Players Player: Josh Maloney

Most Improved: Joseph Edgar

Coaches Player: Joseph Holden

Under 12s

Players Player: Kai Gordon

Most Improved: Marc Souster

Coaches Player: Freddy Hart

Chairman’s Award:

Nominees – Leo Daines, Conner Walker, Jude Jackson, Reece Connolly, Calum St John, Cameron Fox, Findlay Schofield

Awarded to

Reece Connolly

End of Season Award Evening/night/morning…..!

April 17, 2012 by paul  
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Saturday was a busy day at Shaftesbury Playing Fields.  Following the two afternoon matches P&G’s held their annual Awards Dinner in their Clubhouse in the evening attended by nearly fifty people.  After enjoying an excellent meal the Club President David Hiles thanked everyone who had contributed to the continuing success and expansion of the club.

He paid tribute to his predecessor Bill North, who had died aged 89 just before Christmas, to the coaches and administrators of the Youth and Mini sections, the latter either winning or being runners-up in several tournaments.

He also praised the leadership of the Club Captain, Reza Sibilant, who was stepping down after four years in the role.  Four years in which P&G’s had emerged from bottom of the Herts/Middx leagues, had gained promotion in two successive seasons and consolidated their position in Herts/Middx Division 2.

Reza was presented with a portrait of himself painted by Paul Talbot, the Chairman of the Mini-section.  Reza, in his response, thanked the Club Committee and administrators for all the help that they had given during the Club’s revival and to all the players who had so whole heartedly supported him.

It is a Pinner tradition that most of the wards are voted on by the players. Those receiving the engraved tankards were:

Best player Martin Goodwin

Best newcomer Richard Southam

Most improved player Sam Markham

Best young player Aaron Nicholas

‘Burnzy Award’ – Dale ‘Death Threat thumb movement across the throat to oppostion supporter’ Hirst

The Captain’s Shield was presented by Reza Sibilant to the Club Hon Secretary Robin Greenwood to recognise the support that he had given to the team during the past year.

The JPR Williams Endeavour Shield was presented by the 2010-11 recipient Les Chaffe to Brad Seiler for not only being the administrator and fixture secretary for both the youth section and the Pelicans XV but for providing the after match BBQ each week.

Club Colours were presented to Craig Lane for consistently good playing performances over several seasons and for helping with the coaching of the U15 team.

Pinner end season in fine style

April 17, 2012 by paul  
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For the final league match of the season P&G’s played host to third place Uxbridge and put on one of their best performances to win 32 – 17.  Pinner gave early notice of their intention to avenge the early season defeat by the visitors with an opportunist try by prop Aaron Nicholas. The conversion failed but the five points were a confidence booster.  The Pinner pack  took the game to the much heavier Uxbridge forwards showing fire in the loose and good technique in the tight.  With the referee being very strict at the break-downs several penalties were conceded but Uxbridge failed to take advantage.  P&G’s were now guilty of over confidence and miss-handling allowed Uxbridge to scoop up the ball to run in a try, which was converted. The visitors now led 7 -5 but Pinner were not to be denied.  On the half hour a clever chip over the defence by scrum-half Craig Lane allowed flying winger Chris Jepson to out-pace the cover to score close in.  Mark Razzell added the two points to give the home team a half-time lead of 12 – 5.

The second half started with Uxbridge again not being able to capitalise on kickable penalties but with only five minutes gone Pinner got another penalty on the Uxbridge 22. Rather than take the easy kick scrum-half Lane darted through the flat-footed defence to scored under the posts and with Razzell adding the extra two points P&G’s now had a comfortable 19 – 7 lead.  Uxbridge were not yet finished, breaking for the back of a ruck in the Pinner half they got the ball wide to score in the right corner.  With only ten minutes remaining both sides were engaged in attacking rugby and zealous commitment to rucks and mauls led to several more penalties.  Razzell now had his kicking-boots on and was able to stretch the P&G lead to 22 – 12.  However Uxbridge stirred themselves for a final onslaught.  Their backs were at last moving with more precision and a well executed try was their reward.  Now, with only one score between the teams, Uxbridge seemed to have the momentum.  Their backs began a promising move into the home sides territory but the ever alter Chris Jepson intercepted their final pass top sprint 60 m to score his second try under the posts.  Razzell added the points and a couple of minutes later he brought his personal tally to 12 with a final penalty.  Uxbridge now seems reconciled to defeat and Pinner had a last minute chance to add to their score but the final pass went astray.  P&G’s ended the season on a high note for Reza Sibilants last game as Captain with a bonus point win by 32 – 17.

Pelicans also in action.

Pinner Pelicans, a mixture of 2nd XV and Veterans took on Fullerians from Watford.  The visitors had won their Vets League and with their 2nd XV not having a match they brought a very large squad.  Such is the nature of this class of rugby that the visitors were able to substitute players at will and bring on a totally new front row at half time.  Pelican replacements were a few mature gentlemen putting in brief cameo performances.  However everyone enjoyed the day.

The Club will be defending the Middx CRFU 7 a-side Vase, which they won last season at the MCRFU Club 7’s at Richmond on Sunday 6th May.

End of Season Awards Mini & Youth Sections

May 16, 2011 by paul  
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The awards brought to an end of a very successful season for the mini and youth sections at Pinner RFC.

The clubhouse in Shaftesbury Playing fields was buzzing this Saturday with over 150 players, parents and invited guests awaiting the results of the voting.

The day was all about achievement, participation and fun; the heavily laid out table of assorted trophies bore witness to this, from players player trophy to most improved trophy all eagerly eyed by the players, you could feel the expectation in the air. But this was to happen later!

As the afternoon kicked off, most players could be found on the bouncy castle; always a popular draw at these events, from the under 7s to the youth team all could be seen bouncy to their hearts content, watched of course, by designated parents working in shifts: bouncy castle-bar-bouncy castle-BBQ-bouncy castle (you get the picture!)

Then of course there were the games; initially rugby golf was on the cards, unfortunately the parks department had been round with the mowers and cut the grass spoiling what would have been a perfect nine holes. Plan B was quickly put into action with players sorted in teams to play a combination of a boat race and spin the flag. Many a dizzy child with sodden tops was seen zig zagging across the field trying to find their way back to their team mates. The introduction of beer barrels caused a murmur around the field; some veterans of Pinner RFC fun days were keen to pass on their knowledge of how to play – veterans being those who are under the age of twelve!

The task, to carry a beer barrel between two posts either individually or in pairs, teamwork in pairs being the victors. Then back to the bouncy castle or into the clubhouse to scoff down the generous spread of food via the BBQ as a protein fix!

Now it was the time that everyone was waiting for; the awards.

Chairman Steve George welcomed all and gave a brief account of the successes this season – under 8s Middlesex winners, under 9/10s runners up, under 11s Middlesex champions, our first tour, success at slough and Egham Tournaments.

Jo Talbot, mini secretary and administrator thanked all the parents for their support the season and apologised for the constant emailing and texting! Although, she did manage to plug the forthcoming Rugby Summer Camp; Pinner are to host the only summer rugby camp in Middlesex this summer. The week long camp will start on Monday 22nd August. It is open to anyone from the age of 6-16, so if you are interested in learning rugby, building up the skills you already have or developing positional play come along.

The awards were presented by a combination of coaches, first team players including Club Captain Reza Sibilant, first team coach and Captains Shield winner Steve Woad. Also a special guest appearance of Martin Crossan RFU Community Coach.

A little surprise for most in the room was the video link with Under 10s coach Paul Parker-Brice who was at Wembley watching his team Manchester City in the FA Cup final who named his award winners via the flat screen TV (pure class)

As added surprises during the award presentations, special tour trophies were handed out to those who went to Bognor, also under 11s coach Paul (Spud) Talbot presented the under 11 squad with books that he had published about their season.

The awards went to the following players

The Chairman’s Award:

Maisie Balkin (who dashed from a party in time to receive the award, much to her and Brian’s surprise.)

Nominees: Craig Dungate, Louis George, James Evans, George Page, Maisie Balkin

Under 7s

Players Player Jan Maguire

Most Improved Asher Woldman

Coaches Player Jonathan Nye

Under 8s

Players Player Maxwell Fullerton

Most Improved Reece Connolly

Coaches Player Luke Sealby

Under 9s

Players Player Josh Beresford Smart

Most Improved Callum St John

Coaches Player Josh Beresford Smart

Under 10s

Players Player James Nye

Most Improved Cameron Fox

Coaches Player Josh Parker-Brice

Under 11s

Players Player Jacob Talbot

Most Improved Ryan Healy

Coaches Player Kai Gordon

Under 12s

Players Player Tomas Rycroft-Davies

Most Improved Matthew Beresford Smart

Coaches Player Jake Larman

Youth Awards

Coaches player Jamie Benavides

Most improved David Wilkinson

Best newcomer Adriaan Viljoen

Players player Jamie Benavides

Managers player Jonathan Hill

Clubman cash prize Dominic Seiler

The final presentation was made by Spud (Paul Talbot) who ran a competition on the website to locate a picture of Tommy Cooper wearing a his famous fez with the Pinner RFC logo on it. For the first person to find it the prize was a portrait drawing, completed by Spud, this was extended by the winner’s request; Neill ‘Bullet’ King for a painting, not only of himself but with three of his first team mates (the Burnzey award was obviously given to him for this action!)

A great day, a great season, time for a break………………………….

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Mini & Youth Section End of Season Awards: Saturday 14th May

May 4, 2011 by paul  
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Yes folks, it’s that time of year again! Following a very successful year it’s time to celebrate everything we have achieved – Middlesex Champions, first ever Minis tour, getting on Sky sports, having a book published, the list is endless.

You are cordially invited to help us enjoy the highs of the season at the annual End of Season Awards Presentations and party. Many players will be receiving shields, trophies, medals and a few surprises we may even have a live outside broadcast from Wembley Stadium!  Many of the senior players will be there to help with the award ceremony and there is also the matter of the website competition painting winner.

The fun starts at 2pm with lots of games in the sun (hopefully – you can always click on the local weather report on the home page!)

See below for further information, hope to see you all there, no doubt you will be hearing from Jo via email and text!

Players: Don’t forget to send in your votes for your Players Player of the Season

Pinner RFC Mini & Youth Sections

End of Season Awards

Saturday 14th May

2pm – Fun activities

Beer Barrel bowls   Flag Spin   Rugby ball knees-up

BBQ     Bouncy Castle

4pm Presentation of Awards

Welcoming Address by Jo Talbot Mini Section Secretary

Steve George Mini Section Chairman

Brad Seiler Youth Section Manager

Under 6s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Under 7s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Under 8s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Presentation of Middlesex County Festival Trophy & Egham Festival

Under 9s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Under 10s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Presentation of Egham Festival Trophy

Under 11s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Presentation of Middlesex County Festival Trophy

Presentation by Spud to Present Under 11s

Under 12s Players Player Most Improved           Coaches Player

Presentation of Bognor Tour Players Trophies

Presentation of Mini Section Chairman’s Award

Youth Section

Best Newcomer

Most Improved Player

Players Player

Coaches Player of the Year

Club Man of the Year

Presentation to Coaches

Presentation of Website Competition Painting

Awards presented by Members of Senior Section

Presentation of Middlesex 7s Trophy

Party / Disco / Karaoke

End of Season Awards – photographic evidence!

April 17, 2011 by paul  
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Following a very successful year the seniors held their annual End of Season awards night on Friday 15th April, the clubhouse was packed and a great evening was had by all.

Club Awards

At the Club Awards Dinner held the previous week, attended by some 50 people, Club President David Hiles paid tribute to all those who had worked so hard during the year to raise the profile of the club.  The 1st XV had finished 4th in the Herts/Middx Div 2,  the 2nd [Pelicans] XV was playing regularly and the U14’s Youth side had completed its first league programme. The Mini section had won the Middx U11 and U8 tag tournaments and the other age groups had been runners up. The £40000 invested by the RFU in pitch drainage had illustrated that P&G’s are a club going forward.  The following awards were made:

Best newcomer  Stuart Cooper

Best overseas player  David Luiz

Young player of the season  Alex Goring

Most improved player Philip Bristow

Player of the season Simon Whitcombe.

These awards were voted for by the players.

Reza Sibilant presented the Captain’s Shield to Steve Woad, a former Chairman and Captain, whose coaching had been inspirational in the success of the 1st XV

Club Colours were awarded by the President to Neill King for long service to the 1st XV, to Steve George Chairman of the Mini section, to Jo Talbot for dedicated administration of the Mini section and to her husband Paul for his work as a coach to the mini’s, as the club photographer and for maintaining the acclaimed P&G Web-site.

In keeping with Club tradition the JPR Williams Endeavour Shield was presented by Jo Talbot, the previous recipient, to Les Chaffe for his considerable efforts in raising and captaining the Pelicans XV, in running the Mini academy for 3 -5 year olds and support of the mini rugby.

Burnzy Award: Bullet

There may be one or two awards that have missed, if so let me know, taking photos, insulting Burnzy and indulging in Guiness may have led me to forget along the way!!

anyhow, here’s some photos of the evening, enjoy

Some nomination thoughts

Player of the Season:
Simon Whitcombe – He has quietly led the team as vice-captain (seeing firsthand how difficult it is to get numbers for a match!). Throughout games I have watched him direct and support players and is always there at rucks and mauls. Carrying the ball – very rarely does it leave his hands until he is ready to make a pass and even though he has a funny running action his short runs destroy many of the opposition.
Young player
Alex Goring – plays like he has been around for a few years not just one. Quick, direct and always prepared to take the ball in hand and work his magic up the pitch, often leaving the opposition looking bemused. Not very verbal on the pitch, but listens and follows instructions very well, he has a good brain for quick rugby and an asset to a team that is going from strength to strength
Most Improved Player
Sandy Maclean one of those unsung hero type of guys, just gets on with it; he has been very quick to pick up many of the complex elements of the game and is very reliable in the breakdowns, showing no fear in the tackle, again quiet member of the team but watches with keenest what others are doing both when on and off the pitch

Best new comer
Chris Jepsen – partly because he is the only one on the team who uses a childs rugby top; able to take a lot of abuse from the touchline every game without fail. His speed is fantastic and doesn’t shy away from making the big hits even though he knows that he will of course bounce off anyone. He does need more time with ball in hand to show us what he can really do apart from walking up and down the pitch flexing his muscles!
David Luiz, initially on paper one would vote for Bernie – his power, speed and try scoring record; however my vote goes to David Luiz, he has had a sensational year, his kicking for touch and penalties have led to many point scoring situations. He has both quick hands and feet and he makes over 90% of his passes, he assesses situations quickly and his decision making under pressure is excellent always looking to put the ball into opposition territory either through a kick or a pass to a running player. An excellent season shame he is foreign

Buyrnzy – change position more times than a prostitute on a stag weekend, moving up to forwards/pack has been a revelation – he has no time to think (a major problem in the first place) and has grown in confidence with each game – he is really enjoying his rugby for playing the game not just the social aspects of Burnzy’s world

Steven Griffiths: one of the best players I have seen this season, his understanding of where to put the ball, passing and fearless tackling make him a joy to watch. He has created an air of calmness within the scrum and directs players into positions with great command and they are more than willing to go to where he tells them (possible future captain material). It is a shame that he can’t play more owing to his commitments both job wise and the need to constantly lick and caress the bonnet of his beloved Porsche.

Samuel Umfufu Markham: shame he has been ‘sooo luved up’ recently as at the start and middle of the season showed great talent, moving position from scrum half to fullback on alternative matches he gained a lot of experience in both positions and over a short period grew in confidence as scrum half.

Martin Goodwin: the gentle giant, always in at the breakdown, carries the ball without loss and has shown great second row power in the scrum. A very quiet guy who just gets on with it and players can rely on him to support them and is what is meant by the term ‘a team player’

Usual suspects:

Woady; for usual reasons

Craig Lane: quick, great hands, plays well both as scrum half and winger – though this does cause problems when he starts running, as noted earlier on the season his head is too big for his little legs and often over takes them by up to a metre causing him to topple over. Has quietly said he loves playing in the seconds – “Mae’n llawer mwy arafach – fy math o cyflymder” But being Welsh can never expect any awards/trophies

Bernie: as mentioned previously

Reza Sibilant: for usual reasons – 110% every game, (even when swanking it in Miami) ability to play almost anywhere on the pitch as long as there is a try scoring opportunity in it somewhere. Leader of men and Byrnzy, his passion from rugby is second to none and this rubs off on fellow members rather like a dog scenting a lamppost! Top player, an great pleasure to watch on the field, nuff said

Ollie: his game/confidence has steadily improved this season, playing in the 2nds has definitely given him a new view on the game, always committed to the team, attending training and matches even though he regularly didn’t get to play – superb enthusiasm. Playing in the centre this season has added a further dimension to his game and has found that this is his favoured position – when watching him this season particularly for the Pelicans he has not shirked away from a tackle and his quick pace has cut through the opposition many times

Phil ‘Feed’: if being committed and enthusiastic one awards he would have a shed full – always at games, the bridesmaid not the bride rings true. Is slowly understanding the role of front row and needs a lot of support in developing his game. His main downfall is his lack of aggression and as a front row player it comes with the territory! Another season playing in the Pelicans with the occasional 1st team appearance would be a great way for him to develop.

Mark Razzle: Gay

Pinner end the season in fine style

April 11, 2011 by paul  
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Match Report Saturday 9th April

P&G’s put on a scintillating display of open rugby to entertain the large crowd at Shaftesbury Playing Fields on Saturday with an emphatic 46 – 5 win over Old Isleworthians to whom they had narrowly lost in the opening match of the season.  The day had started well with Club President David Hiles hosting a lunch for former players dating back to the 1960’s with former president Eric Dodge and Old Isleworthian’s former captain Bob Patten as principal guests.  In a short address Hiles praised the leadership of Club Captain Reza Sibilant and all those connected with the Youth and Mini rugby squads who had contributed so much to the continued revival and success of the Club.

When the game got underway Pinner soon opened their account with a penalty by fly-half David Luiz.  Very soon afterwards captain Reza Sibilant, demonstrating his on-field leadership, was on hand to finish off good work by the back row to score close in, the try being converted by Luiz.  P&G’s now dominated the game moving the ball freely across the backs and forwards giving good support.  Winning a scrum 30 metres out scrum-half Steve Griffiths made and impressive break through the visitor’s defence and when he was at last stopped fly-half Luiz was in support to score giving P&G’s a 15-0 lead.  Pinner were now in full flow, egged on by enthusiastic supporters.  Half  -way through the first half  a strong run by winger Lane found Griffiths in support who moved the ball to the right for back-row Warren Woad to score try number three, Luiz again converting.  As half-time approached Pinner relaxed a little letting the Old Isleworthians forwards back into the game. The visitors drove over for Darren West to score to bring the score to 22 -5.

Barely five minutes into the second half P&G’s gained turn-over possession on the O I’s 10 metre line, Griffiths got the ball moving to Sibilant who found the exciting young player Alex Goring, who had dominated the line-outs since moving to No 8 in the previous match.  Goring rampaged through the visitors defence to score on the left for the fourth and bonus point try.  A couple of minutes later Fijian centre ‘Tim’ Tabua made a strong break through the centre from the half-way line with hooker Aaron Nicholas on hand to finish off the move under the posts. Scrum-half Griffiths drop-kicked the conversion.  With ten minutes gone in the second –half the referee pulled a hamstring but fortunately the 2nd XV match had finished and their ref took over.  Old Isleworthians never gave up but their best chances of further scores were squandered when first a penalty was missed and then the ball was dropped as they crossed the try-line.  The sixth try was not long in coming when back-row Woad weaved his way through the O I’s defence to score a brilliant individual try which Luiz converted.  With a quarter of an hour to go, and Pinner full of confidence, they decided to run the ball from deep in their own half. Once again Sibilant was prominent in the moves but, to the amazement of the many old time front-row players on the touch-line, hooker Aaron Nicholas completed the final 40 metres to score the seventh and final try.  P&G’s pressed hard for the half century but the final score remained at 46 – 5.

Saturday, 09 April 2011
Belsize Park 37 – 12 Ickenham
Old Millhillians 20 – 17 Royston
Pinner & Grammarians 46 – 5 Old Isleworthians
Quintin HWO Old Tottonians
Uxbridge 33 – 0 London French
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Old Millhillians 20 19 0 1 577 199 378 11 88 0
Belsize Park 20 15 1 4 595 232 363 13 76 0
Old Merchant Taylors’ 20 14 2 4 563 285 278 15 75 0
Pinner & Grammarians 20 11 1 8 511 371 140 12 58 0
Royston 20 12 1 7 370 229 141 11 56 -5
Ickenham 20 8 2 10 303 279 24 7 44 0
Old Isleworthians 20 9 0 11 321 468 -147 3 39 0
Uxbridge 20 7 0 13 381 510 -129 8 36 0
London French 20 6 0 14 273 408 -135 8 32 0
Quintin 20 4 1 15 215 445 -230 6 25 0
Old Tottonians 20 1 0 19 116 799 -683 1 0 -5

P&G Pelicans v Old Isleworthians 2nd XV

IN a match that kicked-off earlier than the 1st XV game to allow the lunch guests to see both games the home side lost by 26 -19 the difference being a single converted try.  Scrum-half Graeme Searle was prominent in much of the home side’s  play.  The fact that a Pelican’s XV has played regularly towards the end of the season augers well for the future after years of only being able to field a 1st team.

Old Isleworthians played their part in a wonderful rugby day at Hatch End by travelling by coach with many supporters who stayed to join in the after-match celebrations.  Pinner’s 15-a-side programme is now completed finishing well in the top-half of Herts-Middx Div 2.  This follows two successive promotions after years in the doldrums.  With the Mini’s on tour in Bognor and the prospect of two youth age groups next season these are happy days at Hatch End. The successful season will be celebrated at the Awards Dinner next Friday and the season concluded at the Middlesex Club 7’s at Richmond on 1st May.

Pinner Seniors book available

April 6, 2011 by paul  
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Hi All,

Following a request to put together a video for the End of Season Awards night (Friday 15th April – book in) I have produced something a little different. As you may of noticed I have produced some promotional videos for the club (found on front page under fixtures and forthcoming events) e.g. why play seniors rugby for Pinner, here’s why….. etc etc

Obviously, having a great amount of time on my hands!!! I thought outside the box so to speak… resulting in the production/publishing of a book.

Posted below is a link where you can view it on line and if you so desire purchaes, there are different prices available depending on your budget / how much you love yourself (Reza will probably order at least 10!!!!!)



AKA Paul Talbot (real name)

Preview below

Not just about getting muddy… a short video about Mini & youth rugby @ Pinner rugby Club

July 27, 2010 by paul  
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Click here to watch a short video, hopefully giving you a little insight to Mini & Youth rugby @ Pinner RFC. Full of action, parties, awards, trophies, training, fun and more fun……………………………

More than just a rugby club

July 18, 2010 by paul  
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Click here to watch a short video, hopefully giving you a little insight to senior rugby @ Pinner RFC. Full of action, drinking, falling down, playing rugby, dressing up, dressing down ……………………………………….. ignore the front image, youtube picked this one not me by any stretch of the imagination

Protected: End of Season Awards – Mini/Youth Sections 2009-10 (photos)

May 9, 2010 by paul  
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Awards Dinner-P&G’s celebrate another successful season

April 20, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner celebrated a second successful season at the annual end of season Awards Dinner attended by nearly 50 players, members, vice-presidents and friends in their clubhouse on Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Hatch End on Friday evening.  Following on from the previous Saturday’s Players Reunion Lunch it was the second time in a week that the pavilion was filled by people enjoying a splendid social atmosphere.

The Club President David Hiles paid tribute to all who had put in so much effort over the season to maintain the momentum of the 1st XV’s promotion, the new youth U13 team and the Mini rugby section. In particular he gave warm praise to Club Captain Reza Sibilant for his leadership on and off the field. He welcomed Mel Williams, a vice-president who had captained the club in the 1960’s before moving on to Saracens where he became captain of the club and Hertfordshire and later President.  A  standing ovation greeted the news that Mel had recently been inducted into the Saracen’s Hall of Fame joining the famous international players Michael Lynah and Philipe Sella.

David Hiles also announced that, following a meeting that he had with the RFU consultant, the contractors and representatives of the LB of Harrow the day before, work would commence on 20th April on the £46.000 comprehensive drainage project for the lower pitch. This project is to be funded by the RFU with a substantial contribution from the LB of Harrow who are the pitch owners.

The majority of end of season awards are voted on by the players themselves. The Captain and President presented engraved pint tankard to:

Players of the Season:      Martin Goodwin and Warren Woad who received equal votes

Most Improved Player:    James Byrne

Best Newcomer:                 Lee Seiler who also coaches the U13 team

Best Overseas Player:         Craig Lane

Club Colour Ties were presented to physio Lindsey Browne and to Bernie Richter and Martin Goodwin for consistently high standard of play over several seasons.

The Captain’s Shield, awarded annually to the club member who has given outstanding support to the captain and his team, was presented by Reza Sibilant to Paul Talbot who not only coaches one of the Mini’s squads but supports and photographs the 1st XV and maintains the Club’s highly regarded website .

On the previous Saturday the JPR Williams Shield for Endeavour had been presented to Paul’s wife Jo for her many roles with the Mini section and for her work in moving the whole club to it Club Marque status.

In closing the formal part of the evening Dave Hiles said that he looked forward to the seniors running a 2nd XV next season, the Youth section moving on to both U14 and U13 teams and the Mini’s continuing to grow. With the whole club approach the Club was definitely upbeat about its future.

End of Season Awards evening – photographic evidence it happened!!

April 18, 2010 by paul  
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