Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, G.Carpenter, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, R.Biggins, O.Biggins. Replacements: B.Bosley, J.Ford, B.Ashfield. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Not having been at the match, my trusty old mate Weave kept me informed by text. It went like this.
Sounds like another eventful game, but one that retains the two point lead over Thornbury. The remainder of the season will have plenty of drama, that's for sure.
Next week's game is at home to Kingsbridge for a 14:30 kick off and preceded by a lunch for Vice President's and sponsors. The seconds are away to Castle Cary.
Read the report here.
Please note that this is a fund raiser for Clevedon Rugby Club.
If you haven't entered this fund raiser yet then it's about time you did! Entry forms can be obtained from either Weave or Crunch at the clubhouse. A supply will also be available behind the bar from Bar Steward Martyn.
It's only £2.00 to enter and the prize fund will be 50% of the total pot and prizes will be awarded down to fifth spot, with sixth spot getting the wooden spoon! In the event of a tie, the tie-breaker will be used to determine the winners.
Don't be afraid to pit your wits against against the likes of Smoggy and the Cheesies, The Three Tuckers and of course Ruthie Thomas. Give it a go and have some fun in the process.
Results will be posted on the website at the end each round for your personal analysis.
P.S. Weave is the bald one with a dodgy grey goatee and Crunch is the long haired git with the big mouth. Don't be afraid to approach them, they're harmless.
We are delighted to be staging a formal, three course dinner on Friday, 17th March to celebrate this year's Six Nations. Tables of ten are on sale now and can be booked for £350.00. Individual tickets may be available later.
Our special guest speaker is Jeff Probyn a former Old Albanians, Streatham and Wasps prop who was capped 37 times by England. Jeff made three hundred first team appearances for Wasps and was selected in England's squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup and he made his international debut in 1988, at the age of 31, against France. Jeff is still very active in the rugby world and is a regular columnist in The Rugby Paper. He is currently a member of Rugby Football Union Disciplinary panel.
Please see any committee member or ask at the bar for details - limited numbers are available. Sponsors and corporate enquiries will be welcomed. Thank you.
Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, B.Williams, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, W.Trollope, H.Russell, R.Biggins, O.Biggins. Replacements: T.Statton, N.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
The game lived up to its billing and didn't disappoint. It was all square with about ten minutes to go and that's when replacement young Charlie Tucker intercepted and raced away down field for the start of something special.
Despite being tackled, he passed the ball to the backs who set winger Tommy Thie on his way to the corner for the winning try, converted by Kieran Hill.
This was a result to remember, especially for the port drinking old boys in Container Corner. It put Clevedon into second spot who, at this time last year, were still waiting to play their first post-Christmas game. A good start to the new year for coach Hill's boys.
Next week's game is away to fifth placed Bideford with the coach leaving at 10:30. All support welcome. The seconds are at home to Wellington.
Read the report here.
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, M.Lowis, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, H.Foley, T.Statton, J.Ford, R.Biggins, O.Biggins. Replacements: J.Williams, H.Russell, L.Appleby. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
Veteran scrum half Ashley Vailes rolled back the years by scorching in from 45 yards to score his wonder try near the posts. His new found sylph-like figure enabled him to outpace the Teignmouth defence to loud acclaim from the Clevedon support. Shortly afterwards, he asked to be sub'd to recover from his exploits and Coach Hill ensured he was okay by checking for a pulse as he headed for the bench.
A popular score in an afternoon of popular scores from a Clevedon team who are full of confidence. The three week Christmas break will allow injuries to heal in readiness for the first game of 2017 at home against Thornbury on the 7th January at 14:15.
Thornbury are currently second in the league and a point ahead of Clevedon in third. If Clevedon are harbouring thoughts of a play off spot then this game will determine their fate. Make sure you're at The Vale on the 7th to enjoy this season defining match.
The seconds are away to Imperial in a fourth versus second clash and the Colts are away to Frome, kick off 14:30.
Merry Christmas, Crunch
Mike Lowis got up from a tweaked buttock, after good work from physio Greg, to claim a penalty try after he was hauled down on his way to Clevedon's second try. The offending Teignmouth winger was heard to say when he got behind the posts, "Sorry lads, I didn't have the pace and I had to do something!". Lowis will be happy to hear that.
Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, M.Lowis, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, T.Statton, J.Ford, H.Foley, R.Biggins. Replacements: N.Tucker, J.Tucker, C.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.
With the Tuckers gathering splinters from the bench, the boys on the park went about demolishing North Petherton with dry weather rugby on the foulest of wet weather days. Three tries by Joe Ford, two from Rory Biggins and Dean Ashfield tells the story of the match. Kieran Hill kicked two penalties and converted all seven tries. Pethy had a couple themselves, one an interception on their own goal line and one a penalty try near the end of the game.
Clevedon never gave up trying rack the score up and eventually sent on "The Three Tuckers" to skip around the rapidly deteriorating Vale pitch. The flood lights came on at half time as the gloom descended and even then it was difficult to see the game.
The referee did a marvellous of keeping control of a fast paced game on the treacherous surface and his notepad was probably a right old soggy mess after the 67 points he had to record.
Next Saturday, Clevedon are away to Teignmouth. The coach will leave at 11:00. The seconds are at home to Wells and the Colts also at home to Minehead, kick off 14:30.
Circumstances conspired to bring them together for this game after Jack Butland got injured during the warmup and Captain Owen Biggins was unable to play after tackling a shed fire in his garden. Thankfully, he's okay and was able to watch the match.
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