"Busy old clubhouse"
With two home games for the first time in ages and both winning ones at that, the clubhouse was lively to say the least.
People were smiling and happy, the bar was doing great and a few Six Nations competition tickets were sold. Walking home with 60 quids worth of change in the pocket was a sweaty yomp.
The skittle alley became a play school with players' wives, girlfiends and boyfriends jostling about. It was almost a no-go area for us sane, old crusty types. Better to stay sat on a settle drinking beer than trying to enter the noisy, chaotic realm of the little darlings.
Long may it continue.
President Mike Thomas, pulled rank and cleared everyone out so he could hone his skittle skills for next week's front pin first comp.
"A much improved display"
Team:Jordan Mein, Ryan Hervey, Lewis O'Brien, Adam Coles, Mitchell Jordan, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton, Matt Honour(c),Blaise Bosley, Warren Taylor, William Trollope, Owen Biggins, Toby Ford, Harvey Russell. Replacements: Ollie Jones, Jack Crew, Jack Fowler. Coaches: Nick Hill. Flag: Neil Tucker.
The grey, upskirting mizzle prevented Weave from taking too many first half photos as everyone sort shelter from the weather.
The second half proved to be a lot clearer with a bit of sun, although VFM under-foot, especially around the container. For those of us that gathered in the pitchside paraphernalia and player debris, it was treacherous.
We weren't doomed, that was to happen in the clubhouse later on.
Next Saturday, Clevedon play fourth placed Stroud away. The coach leaves at 11.30.
Entry forms are now available for this annual Clevedon Rugby Club fund-raiser. They can be obtained voluntarily from either Weave or Crunch.
The alternative is that they will bother you until you submit to their incessant begging for you to enter. Winking, Smiley Face goes here!
The entry cost is £2.00 and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for the competition have been taken into account.
Good luck to you all.
Massive sighs of relief after this one with a much-improved performance running out 29-7 winners against a solid Old Richians side.
The day started off well with a pre-match meal choice of roast with all the trimmings or cottage pie for the lighter appetite.
It was a shame that more VP's did not attend as numbers were low and our visitors more or less matched us in numbers participating in the excellent fare on offer. N'er mind, maybe the early kick off put some off.
After taking on sustenance, hats, coats and boots were donned to venture out into the inclement weather. It was not long before Clevedon took the lead with a try from Tommy Thie who, despite him being the elder statesman, can still spot a gap and take full advantage if the opposition dally.
Jordan Mein converted and the home side began to take control through good set piece work, providing lots of possession. Unfortunately, all the possession and territorial advantage only amounted to another 3 pointer before the break and a 10-0 lead again.
We now needed to push on in the 2nd half as the ghastly memories of the previous week were not yet erased.
Another try from Owen Biggins helped to dispel these thoughts as again the forwards controlled the game and the try was converted again by Jordan Mein.
Old Richians continued to contend and were rewarded with a converted try of their own. Our visitors were not done yet by any means.
The game was more or less put to bed with a well worked try. The Clevedon forwards battering away on the Old Richians line, sucking in defenders and then sent the ball out wide for Mitchell Jordan to score in the corner.
Thoughts then turned to a bonus point win and the Clevedon faithful were not disappointed as MOTM Adam Coles ran in a long rangetry to seal a well-deserved and needed 5 point victory.
However, we all know we are nowhere near safe yet as the bottom half of the table looks pretty congested and with 3 getting relegated - still plenty to play for.
Not sure what has happened at Cheltenham with them beating Wells by 57-0.
Our 2nd team continued their winning ways, beating Stothert Pitt 43-10 and staying in top spot. So, a good day all round for the Seasiders.
A visit to Stroud next week with bus leaving at 11:30. Get on it and support the boys.
"In order to support others, you have to be upright yourself"
Yours Aye, Jim
Direct from the RFU!
This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring rugby players to see world-class rugby on the biggest stage and we are delighted to be able to bring your club an exclusive ticket offer:
* Adult Category 2 tickets: £15 (save 50%)
* Under-16 Category 2 tickets: £10
There will be a whole host of entertainment on offer before and after the match, making this a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Tickets can be purchased individually or collectively by contacting your Chairman Jim McVeigh, who will assist you with your request.
We look forward to welcoming your club to Twickenham in April.
A whole day of entertainment
Now in its third year, The Clash has built up an unrivalled reputation for its all-round entertainment offering: 80 minutes of rugby surrounded by music, activities and great food and drink to keep all the family happy. Get a taste of what's in store by watching the video here.
Last season there were three part-time contributors under the headings of Chairman's Chirps, Onlooker's View and The Cheesies.
There was an occasional musing from Cobweb Corner, but as last season progressed, they stayed there fearing that relegation was inevitable.
They've stayed cocooned until now. Hopefully, their new found freedom will inspire them to begin their writing again as they will be eager for Clevedon to flourish in their new league.
Information about the Quilter Autumn internationals cab be found on the RFU website here.
The Six Nations 2019 information is here.