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Final game of the season for our 1st XV which again ended in a 46-7 defeat to Okehampton. Arrived at sunny Okehampton after travelling through some rain which was quite heavy at times. There were some concerns that the game may be called off due to a seriously rutted pitch. The two captains wanted to play the game but the referee had his reservations. So, after a session of group tapdancing in the more severely affected areas, the referee agreed the pitch was playable.
Groundhog Day again for us with plenty of possession and territorial advantage but failed to turn it into points. I felt our scrum was dominant but the ref seemed to think illegally so. That final pass and turnover ball coupled with some poor tackling allowed Oke to build a score which we were never going to catch. Credit to the lads though, their character showed through and they never gave up. The ref called the game to an early close after a torrential downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning.
Spirits were not dampened however, as the lads donned beachwear and blew up inflatables to have a few apres season wets. One player, who shall remain nameless, even started pre-season early by jogging the last mile or so back to the clubhouse.
Credit must go to the players that have stuck it out, turned up week after week, trained and travelled all season. They deserve a huge pat on the back for their efforts and their loyalty to the club. So well done guys, have a well-deserved rest over the summer and come back next year refreshed, ready to go and help make our visit to Western Counties as brief as possible.
What an achievement for our U15s. Winning the U15 Somerset Cup by beating Bath University at the Wreck. A fantastic performance and experience for these young men. I hear, all who attended were treated to an entertaining good hard game of rugby with our lads coming out on top after an even tough contest.
Well done Matt Harris and his charges.
This outstanding achievement is testament that the mini and junior sections are still the lifeblood of Clevedon RFC.
Yours Aye, Jim
It was Sponsors, Life Members and VP's this week, on our last home game against North Petherton. During the week it looked increasingly like we would have to play up at the school due to the rain-soaked pitches. Not ideal and amazingly we managed to get the game on at the Vale.
A good turnout for our lunch and a fine buffet was put on to set us up for the day. No pressure on today as we are already resigned to our hopefully short visit to Western Counties North next season. On completion of the lunch, wellies and boots were the order of the day, but the sun came out making it a warm, balmy spring afternoon.
The coaching team had to make a few changes in the team due to players being unavailable with Pottsy and Rory Biggins making starts and both showing their experience and having a lot of influence on the game. On a very heavy pitch we witnessed a very entertaining game between two sides determined to play some good rugby an a very difficult surface.
Both sides had purple patches during the game with Clevedon going into the lead, but North Petherton fighting back and threatening to overcome a hard-worked for lead. Our defence was much improved with Rory Biggins tackling everything that moved, which inspired the rest of the team to replicate his efforts. A great defensive performance by all. We did manage to pull away in the latter stages of the game with good tries from Joey Tucker sniping from forward drives on the Pethy line.
A fair few retired to the bar to have several celebratory wets after this splendid win over a good side sitting 5th in the league. Good to see smiling faces around the clubhouse and long may it continue.
Yours Aye, Jim
The last game of the season is away to Okehampton for a 15:00 kick-off. The coach will be leaving at 11:00 for those of you who fancy a day out in North Devon.
This event is open to all - players, members, supporters, wives, girlfriends, husbands, boyfriends and partners.
The venue is The Walton Park Hotel and the tickets cost £30 per person for a three course meal and a disco, where I will be dancing like my old self, but with my new hip!
Tickets will go on sale on the 3rd March from 12 noon and will be issued from the bar and cannot be reserved!
Search out your suits and frocks and make this a night to remember.
Your Honourable Secretary, Tucks
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