Clevedon 27 Bridgwater 35

13th January 2018

"Irresponsible antics"

Team: T.Willis, M.Jordan, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, M.Fisher, T.Thie, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, W.Taylor, H.Russell, G.Carpenter.
Replacements: J.Crew, R.Hervey, B.Stone. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: No.8 Gary Carpenter score Clevedon's opener...

The usual Saturday morning flag and rope ritual revealed some very sticky and moist patches that required attention.

The pitch had not been played on since the 2nd December 2017 and resembled the Somerset Levels. The seagulls have had a field day since then, stamping their feet for worms in the muddy puddles. Consequently, the muddier, compacted bits needed forking due to their irresponsible antics.

This was hard work for the old boys doing it, but by kick off time their efforts were rewarded as the water had seeped away to reveal that lovely Clevedon seagully gloop.

The players loved it so much they threw the ball around to avoid falling in it, the exception being Gary Carpenter who scored two tries in a close encounter with the Bridgy kind.

Read the report here.

Read the Bridgwater report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Thornbury for a 14:15 kick off.

Visit the Tribute South West One results here.

Good luck Tucks

16th January 2018

"Hip op time"

Hip Op for Tucks...Club secretary and 1st XV manager Neil Tucker enters hospital today to have a hip replacement and will be out of action for a few weeks. Good luck Tucks, see you soon.

Chairman's Chirps

13th January 2018

"A good spectacle"

A much-improved performance from the lads this week. Very unfortunate to come away with nothing from this one. A good spectacle put on for the spectators by both teams on a difficult heavy pitch. On reflection, Bridgy probably deserved the win, but after all our endeavours, a losing bonus point would have been a fairer outcome. But, alas, 'twas not to be. And that just about sums up the season so far. Keep it going fellas and it will come.

Get a hair cut?...As a postscript, I have now been educated on who "Lovelace" is and it is not the porn star as first assumed. Consequently, I will be visiting the barber's sometime this week.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts!

Yours Aye, Jim

Six Nations 2018 Dinner

16th March 2018

"Tickets available now"

Six Nations 2018 Dinner...The guest speaker will be Craig Chalmers, former Scottish and Lions international.

To obtain your £35.00 tickets for this event, please see Martyn Howell, Dave Alexander or Kerry Pett.

They're going fast...

Six Nations 2018 Competition

Begins on 3rd February

"Please enter now"

Six Nations 2018 entry form...The entry cost is £2.00 for each and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for each competition have been taken into account.

The entry forms can be found behind the bar and are administered by Bar Steward Martyn OR you can collar Weave or Crunch for a form. Alternatively, they will bother you until you submit to their incessant pleas to enter.

Pit your Six Nations knowledge against the best pundits and use your skill to determine who will win each match to capture the top prize.

You've gotta be in it to win it. Good luck!





Bideford 73 Clevedon 7

6th January 2018

"The X-Factor Four"

Team: T.Willis, E.Poulter, J.Tucker, C.Maslen, D.Burns, J.Barzotelli, R.Talbot, B.Largenton, M.Honour(c), B.Bosley, W.Trollope, O.Jones, J.Crew, R.Hervey, W.Taylor.
Replacements: A.Jones, H.Jenning, B.Lias. Coaches: N.Hill/C.Heal Flag: N.Tucker

Weave: Joseph Tucker scores...

As is the custom on away coach trips, any debutant has to perform a song and get judged by their team mates.

On this trip to Bideford there were four, so the entertainment was spectactular and ear-splitting.

Plucked from the third team, these magnificent four were inducted into the first team in style. In this most disconcerting of seasons, who will be next to join them?

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Bridgwater for a 14:15 kick off, preceded by a VP's lunch at 13:15.

Visit the Tribute South West One results here.

Sartorial Elegance

6th January 2018

"The clash of the blazers"

The travelling blazers...A 10:45 start to the day was just about bearable for the travelling blazers, who came armed with coffee and butties for the 2 hour trip to Bideford.

Arriving at 13:00 they found a glorious buffet laid on by the hosts who were overjoyed to see them in their blue and gold blazers.

Bernie Ridd and Alan Crane clash...Bideford treasurer Bernie Ridd was responsible for kitting out 40 or so members to coincide with Clevedon's visit.

They sheepishly formed a guard of honour in their new blazers as the players ran on to the pitch. It was a unique moment for Bideford who now have the pleasure of travelling away in them. They'll receive plenty of comments that's for sure and will definitely be a conversation starter. Thick skins maybe required!

The complete set of pictures can be found by clicking any image.

Chairman's Chirps

6th January 2018

"The Battle of Bideford"

Heavy defeats on two fronts this week. The Battle of Bideford and the Battle of the Blazers.

On the field we were forced to field a young inexperienced side, excepting the ever-young, adolescent Barzo, with 4 making their debuts. A spirited performance, but not really a match for a mature Biddy team determined to overturn their earlier loss to us at The Vale.

The Clevedon forwards again put in a good shift, but tackling and tackling technique across the board let us down. Harry Jennings is testament to the fact after his "enforced rest" when bravely trying to down one of the big Biddy forwards. Fortunately, Harry was not seriously injured but the medical staff these days are always cautious with head and neck injuries. And rightly so. Keep it going guys, it will bode well for next season.

Adolescent Barzo?...You learn more about yourself and the team, in defeat than you do in victory. The heavier the defeat, the more you learn.

The Bideford Blazer Brigade also made their debut on the day. They made enquiries a season or two ago as to where we had ours made. Obviously, we made an impression. I understand they had 44 members clamouring for them. Another one up to Bideford!

This defeat did not seem to affect team morale as we oldies were entertained by the debutants' singing performances on the bus home.

The cauli-eared, bespectacled one also had a good day out, considering the circumstances. He achieved his mission of getting regally fed and having a few beers, all for the price of a Bideford programme. Chasing the Cashless One's title maybe?

Yours Aye, Jim





Six Nations 2018 Competitions

4th January 2017

"For the first time ever!"

Six Nations 2018...In order to reflect the growing influence of women's rugby within the club, for the first time ever there will be simultaneous Six Nations competitions. One for the men and one for the women's competition.

The entry cost is £2.00 for each and all proceeds will go towards the club after the six prizes for each competition have been taken into account.

The entry forms can be found behind the bar and are administered by Bar Steward Martyn OR you can collar Weave or Crunch for a form. Alternatively, they will bother you until you submit to their incessant pleas to enter.

Good luck to you all.











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