Newent 23 Clevedon 30

3rd December 2016

"Kieran Hill scores 20 points"

Team: T.Thie, M.Fisher, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, T.Statton, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: A.Vailes, L.Appleby, N.Tucker. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker/L.Appleby. Physio: G.Davis.

Alan Crane: Kieran Hill scores 20 points...Apologies for the quality of the photos this week. Weave, ace photographer, usually does it, but was otherwise engaged at a family gathering.

He deputised the job and the results can be seen on skydrive, which are a mixture of digital camera and phone shots. The incompetent snapper failed to check the camera battery and it died half through the first half causing him to use his phone in the fading light. Unfortunately, Harley Foley's winning try photo was not crisp enough to be used on this page and was a bit distant. The sloppy snapper won't be asked again, that's for sure.

Next Saturday, Clevedon are at home to North Petherton for a 14:30 kick off. The Vice Presidents' luncheon will be at 13:30. Make sure you get there before Pottsy. No internationals this weekend, so no excuses for not coming down to The Vale to see the third placed 1st XV play their entertaining rugby. Chalky is the man to get the programme from.

The seconds are away to Old Bristolians and the Colts are away to Frampton Cottrell for the same kick off time.

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Never say Never

3rd December 2016

Alan Crane: Never say never...Old git Neil Tucker, club secretary, 1st XV manager, flag man and formerly retired player, was coaxed out of retirement with the promise of wealth beyond his wildest dreams.

Yeah, right! More like a pint if he was lucky.

In doing so, he broke a promise to himself that he would never play again, no matter what. He didn't exactly "If you see me playing again, then shoot me", but he was adamant that his time had come and a gentle stroll up the touchline every week was his new ambition.

That all went pear shaped when Clevedon were short of props (or is that props who are short?) and needed old short fat hairy legs to slap on the wintergreen and prepare for bench duty.

Tucks had a cameo 20 minutes and he played as if he hadn't been away, contributing to this impressive away win.

A legend in the making I reckon.

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R.I.P. Dave Richards, Club Chairman 1977/78 to 1980/81

25th November 2016

Dave RichardsDave was a proper club and committee man, doing all sorts of jobs over the years. He played over 200 games for the club and was one of the first to receive his 200 cap. He received the Captains Tankard in 1971/72 for his outstanding efforts during that season and 5 years later in 1977, he became Chairman, a job he was to do until the end of the 1981 season.

He went on club tours and joined in all the fun that was going. He once dressed as a lady for the ladies versus mens game alongside his wife Irene and son Clive. There he is, third from the left, front row in front of Irene with Clive to his right.

Head Coach Nick Hill commented "The lads would like to dedicate this victory over Bridgwater to Dave Richards, former player, ex Chairman and avid supporter who sadly passed away this week. Dave was a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our thoughts are with his family."

Details of funeral arrangements to follow.

R.I.P. Dave, you'll be missed...

Dave in his early playing days

Dave on tour in 1975

Dave playing for the ladies

Clevedon 33 Taunton 12

11th November 2016, 19:30

"Taunton surprised"

Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, C.Maslen, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, D.Rawle, L.Appleby, H.Foley, R.Biggins, H.Russell(c). Replacements: B.Stone, J.Lugtig, J.Ford, A.Vailes. Coach: N.Hill. Physio: G.Davis.

Alan Crane: A minutes silence before the match...

The game had hardly started and Clevedon found themselves 7 nil up as Aaron Rice carved his way through from a long way out. Five minutes later and it was all square.

As the scoreboard photos show, the game was even until the half hour mark when Kieran Hill increased Clevedon's lead with a penalty for a 7-10 half time scoreline.

The score stayed like that for a while and Clevedon further increased their lead with converted tries and penalties from the 50th minute.

A total of 5(4-1 Taunton) yellow cards explains what a frustrating time it was for the home side as Clevedon dominated the latter stages except for a consolation try on the final whistle.

A good win for Clevedon on a chilly night andafter a slow journey down the motorway due the WSM carnival. The old boys were happy.

Clevedon are away to Matson on Saturday, 19th November, kick off 14:30. The seconds are at home to Wyvern.

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30th April 2016

Kev Weaver: All for one, one for all...

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