PINNER RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB – Match report for Saturday 18th April
PINNER PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE
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.
Pinner play their cup final at Twickenham RFC on Saturday 18th April
Kick off @ 2:30
All Support Welcome!!
Come and join in the fun on the mini’s awards day on Sunday 26th April!!
Come and Celebrate a great season of rugby on Friday 24th April!!!
Contact: Aaron Nicholas
07795 250 706
After a fantastic Saturday of Six Nations rugby we are back to the business end of the Middlesex League play offs with the 1st team playing at home this Saturday against Chiswick 3rd’s (again!!)
Pinner beat Hammersmith & Fulham 22-12 in the final to win the Merit League
Pinner RFC under 7s Development squad were victorious in the Middlesex U7 Tag Tournament at Teddington last weekend.
Nine players, playing as two teams of four, started with a round robin group stage. Wins against Regent’s Park/Teddington (combined score 17-13) and Rosslyn Park (12-11) saw them progress to the semi-final.
A tight match against Wasps saw Pinner eventually triumph by a single score – 13-12.
The final, against Staines, was a tense affair. The Pinner A squad went down 9-6 losers, however a strong showing by the B squad (10-5) saw them secure combined victory in their first ever tournament.
After the match, coach John Hone reflected, “At the end of the day, the kids have gone out there and done a job. They all played in good spirit and I’m proud of all of them.”
Assistant coach Anthony O’Donovan said, “Let’s hope there’s more to come from these promising youngsters!”
Pinner Tag squad train on a Sunday morning from 10 till 12 at Shaftesbury Playing Fields in Hatch End.
Pinner Under 14s attended the Saracens Herts Middx League Presentations 2013 at The Great Hall, Wembley Stadium on Friday 18th October.
After a very successful season, becoming League Champions without losing a match, the lads, along with proud parents joined in with many other clubs in celebrating their achievements.
The evening started with a short introduction from Saracens Director Nigel Wray who after running the Leagues for the last nine years hoped that the thousands of players both past and present and enjoyed taking part and he himself stated that all had followed the values of rugby gaining friendship, discipline and teamwork.
Hosting the presentations Richard Gregg Saracens Rugby Development Manager, outlined the structures of the League, and thanked all players, coaches and parents who have given so much effort and time into making the matches a success.
The presentations were made to the Team Captain and Head Coach of each club by Saracens player Will Fraser –
(He finished the 2011/2 season as a regular choice in the Saracens back row in a breakthrough campaign that saw him make 16 first team appearances. He crossed the opposing line twice during the final matches to help his side into the semi-finals.Solid domestic displays prompted his Saxons inclusion last season. He previously represented England U16, was a regular member of Saracens Storm during his emergence and was dual registered with Bedford Blues. He also played alongside his three brothers at Fullerians, where his father Andrew was a stalwart.)
The Pinner Captain Kye Gordon probably received the loudest cheer from his team mates when he went up to get the trophy – based on the fact that Pinner had managed to get the nearest tables to the presentation stage!
The evening was then rounded off by watching the Heineken Cup pool match Saracens versus Toulouse along with another 61,248
Congratulations to the squad, who face Bishops Stortford away on 24th November, hoping to continue their current form of winning both League Matches this season
U14s Division 5
Dear Herts/Middlesex League Winner,
Congratulations to you and your players on successfully winning your Saracens Herts Middlesex League Division last season. As your divisions winner Saracens would like to invite your players, parents, coaches and support staff to Wembley Stadium on the evening of Friday 18th October for the Herts Middx League Awards Presentation. Please see the list of this year’s winners.
|U13||6||Pinner & Grammarians|
|U17||4||Old Albanians B|
The presentations will take place in the Great Hall on the Club Level of Wembley between the estimated times of 18:45 – 19:30 with an opportunity to enjoy the pre-game show and then see Saracens in Heineken Cup action (19:45 Kick Off).
Initially please can you let me know via email if you and your squad are able to attend in advance of Monday 8th July so that I can begin to make the relevant arrangements as required. Please see attached which team you have been assign to as the correct contact by the league administrators. It maybe the case you are the contact for more than one age group team.
All players, coaches and parents, wishing to attend the presentations must be in possession of a Club Level match ticket and the relevant accreditation. Each team will be required to place a group order for tickets and these will be priced at a discounted rate of £20.00 per adult and £10.00 per player. Full details regarding ticketing will follow upon receipt of confirmation of your attendance.
All players, coaches and parents, wishing to attend the presentations must be in possession of a Club Level match ticket and the relevant accreditation. Each team will be required to place a group order for tickets and these will be priced at a discounted rate of £20.00 per adult and £10.00 per player and any siblings (U16).
No rush on numbers the deadline for ticket orders is Wednesday 18th September.
I look forward to hearing from you to confirm your attendance.
Richard Gregg Head of Rugby Development
Pinner RFC Under 13s ended their successful season as Division Champions with a certain panache at the End of Season Awards on Friday 7th June at the Shaftesbury Club House.
For something a little different and in keeping with the seniors’ tradition, Head Coach Steve George set all the players a challenge. The players had been given a budget of £5.00 to purchase an outfit from local charity shops, strange how many dresses could be bought for that amount!
The evening was a relaxed affair, the players spending the early part of it outside honing their rugby skills; seeing players tackling each other by grabbing nightdresses and flowing skirts was a little different!
There was great support from the parents who enjoyed a beer of two and spent the evening chatting about the seasons achievements and what the future holds; would the squad move up one or two divisions next season?
The togetherness of the squad was highlighted during the awards presentations, with all players receiving an award – the majority having a strong humorous content!
The following awards were given
Most Improved Player of the Season
Coaches Player of the Season
Players Player of the Season
Other Awards went to the following:
Most injured: Jacob Talbot
Best butter fingers: George Tillett
Most Dramatic: Brandon Cotter
Tackle bag killer (mainly in training!) Thomas Barkshire
Most Committed: Dominic Boyden
Most Slippery member of the team: Kai Gordon
Thinks he’s a pretty boy!: Arthur Garvey
Most valuable player: Ryan Healy
Best Justin Bieber Impression: Charlie Gascoine
Most Inspirational use of the National Health System: Taylor Goodman
Biggest Hair: Dylan Kelly
The evening ended with pizza (the arrival of which saw what could only be described as a herd of wildebeest being chased by a pride of lions) and frolics whilst the adults watched on at the bar!
The challenge now really starts for the Under 13’s, summer fitness training, strengthening the squad and building on this seasons success, hopefully, continue where they finished the season.
The annual Pinner RFC End of Season Awards took place on Friday 26th May at the clubhouse in Shaftesbury Playing Fields. Many new and past members of the club enjoyed an evening of frivolity, friendship and fun.
In a short time the list of winners will be published on this page, until then here are some of the images from the evening……….
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:
Players Player: James Evans
Most Improved: Leo Daines
Coaches Player: Josh Luiz
Players Player: Thomas Hill
Most Improved: James Dawson
Coaches Player: Vivek Ambasna
Players Player: Jonathon Nye
Most Improved: Asher Woldman
Coaches Player: Jan Maguire
Players Player: Luke Selby
Most Improved: Jack Grey
Coaches Player: Maxwell Fullerton
Players Player: Mani Lee
Most Improved: Jameel Seidel
Coaches Player: Calum St John
Players Player: Josh Maloney
Most Improved: Joseph Edgar
Coaches Player: Joseph Holden
Players Player: Kai Gordon
Most Improved: Marc Souster
Coaches Player: Freddy Hart
Nominees – Leo Daines, Conner Walker, Jude Jackson, Reece Connolly, Calum St John, Cameron Fox, Findlay Schofield
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.
It’s that time again – time for a kind of competition.
This year there is going to be a Grand Prize Raffle Draw.
First Prize will be a painted portrait of you either in action whilst playing rugby or a selected image of your choice.
This is a one off opportunity to own an original painting – acrylic on canvas.
Previous winners of a painting have been ‘Bullet’ who requested a little more than what was originally on offer! See example below.
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 for a painting that would cost up to £750!
When will the draw take place?
Pinner Rugby Club AGM Friday 15th June (England v Sweden European Qualifier)
All profit will go to Pinner Rugby Club.
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
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 https://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.
Saturday, 4 February 2012
France v Italy, 14:30
Scotland v England, 17:00
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Ireland v Wales, 15:00
Saturday, 11 February 2012
France v Ireland, 20:00
Italy v England, 16:00
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Wales v Scotland, 15:00
Saturday, 25 February 2012
England v Wales, 16:00
Ireland v Italy, 13:30
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Scotland v France, 15:00
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Ireland v Scotland, 17:00
Wales v Italy, 14:30
Sunday, 11 March 2012
France v England, 15:00
Saturday, 17 March 2012
England v Ireland, 17:00
Italy v Scotland, 12:30
Wales v France, 14:45
Sunday 25th September saw the Aviva Trophy make its second appearance around Pinner Players within a week. To protect and also to greet was the Saracens RFC mascot ‘Sarrie’ who proved to be a popular ‘extra’ during the training session!
Photos courtesy of Saracens Community Rugby Team
First time out at Pinner Show – a great success
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.
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 view from the Little Rugby Academy:
Saturday 17th September and Pinner Show has arrived, the Little Rugby Academy ‘Big Toddle’ with the help of Pinner Rugby Club, Starbucks, PCF and Pinnora Photography is up and running and we seem to have taken over the area. There is a great buzz about the place, our Barnardo’s Big Toddle (walk round the park) will take place at 11.30am and now we have to set up the stands. With the wind and rain trying to dampen our spirits gazebo’s are erected and tables are readied, Starbucks arrive with their coffee and smoothies, Saracens arrive with the Aviva trophy, and two players, and the children start to arrive with parents. Next door Pinner RFC stand is busy and opposite Starbucks are selling raffle tickets with a cup of coffee as a great incentive. We have special limited edition t-shirts and at a snip of £5 each walkers start buying them and wearing them. LRA’s mascot ‘Lenny the Lion’ gets warmed up and ready for the walk. With everyone ready we begin our walk around the park, and yes guess what happens the heavens open, but that will not stop us, as we walk in and out of the other stands collecting money from as many people as we can, the children are enjoying it, and by the looks on their faces so are the parents. Round we go, up to ‘Daisy’s in the Park’, I am sure they did not know what hit them, a huge lion and masses of children and parents in Barnardo’s t-shirts, rain what rain, we didn’t care, money and more money was dropped into the collection buckets. Then we spyed a gathering under a tree, and off we went, they were sheltering from the rain, we just walked over to them and they dug deep and put more money in the buckets. As we came to the end of the walk the sun came out, just in time to dry us out. What a walk, fantastic, we hid in the trees, we danced in the rain, but above all had a great time. Starbucks then had to deal with us all at one time, Latte please, Cappuccino please, make it hot!!!!
We went round a couple of times with the buckets and they were getting heavier and heavier.
Shouts went out, come and buy some raffle tickets from the Starbucks stand, some great prizes, 1 night at Sheraton Skyline Hotel, LRA T-shirt, Free photo session from PInnora Photography, Starbucks coffee and mugs, Little Willows Activity voucher, the place went mad and more tickets were sold.
Loads of photo’s were taken, lots of coffee drunk, great friendships made, but above all lots of money was raised for Barnardo’s Big Toddle,
A huge thank you, to the following:
Fernando and Audi from Starbucks, Great coffee guys, Natalie from Pinnora Photography for always being ready to take photo’s, PCF for their support, All the guys from Pinner Rugby Club, Luke for being a great Lenny the Lion, and of course all the mums and dads with their children braving the weather to help Little Rugby Academy’s Big Toddle be a great success.
A few of the Limited Edition T shirts are still available to purchase at £5 each all money going to Barnardo’s Big Toddle. Please call Les Chaffe on 07596464321 to purchase them.