Six Nations Round 1 Results

5th February 2017

A great big thank you to everyone who took part in this club fund raiser, all 283 of you!

There are 47 people with three wins each, 200 with 2 wins, 34 with 1 win and 2 with no wins. A total 124 points were scored overall.

Six Nations Competition 2017 - Round 1The spreadsheet has been sorted by the number of wins, the points difference from the total points and then byname, which by a quirk of fate has put English Dave at the top. I expect he will no longer call himself that after his beloved Scotland won the best match of the three this weekend.

Who will be top dog at the end of next weekend?

Big derby match looms

Alan Crane: Brian Largenton scores the opening try...

Next Saturday, the 11th February, Clevedon are hosting Weston-Super-Mare for an earlier 13:30 kick off.

Weston are destined for promotion and have yet to lose this season, so they will be desperate to keep a clean sheet. Clevedon, however, will be desperate to dirty their clean sheet.

It promises to be a very close derby game as only six points separated the teams when they met in October last year.

With the early kick off there will be plenty of time afterwards to rush to the bar for the Wales England match at 16:50.

A fine selection of ales and food will be available for your enjoyment. Why not come on down to The Vale for a cracking afternoon's entertainment.





Chard 7 Clevedon 22

28th January 2017

"Boys dig deep in Chard"

Team: M.Lowis, T.Thie, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Britton, B.Largenton, M.Honour, H.Foley, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c), H.Russell. Replacements: N.Tucker, B.Purcell, Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kev Weaver: Goal hanger Harley scores...

Ten wins on the bounce has seen Clevedon go up to second in the league. With Thornbury losing last weekend, Clevedon have a wee bit of buffer to play with in the remaining eight games. As the saying goes "it's not over until Pottsy has cleared the buffet", which he did on Saturday.

Is this an omen?

Next week, Clevedon do not have a game, but the following week, 11th Frebruary, they entertain league leaders WSM at home for an earlier 13:30 kick-off. Th usual trough gathering is a 12:30.

Read the report here.

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Not long now

The Six Nations begins on Saturday. You know what that means - plenty of chit chat and plenty of beer to lubricate the voice.

Why not visit the clubhouse to watch both games? The weather's going to be rubbish, so put that shopping on hold and get down there early to secure your seat well away from the cheesies.

Six Nations competition entry forms will be available right up to the 14:25 kick off of the Scotland Ireland game. Get them from either Weave, Crunch of Martyn the barkeep.

If you haven't completed an entry form then please do so and join in the fun. Currently 115 people have seen the light.

Results will be posted on the website at the end each round for your personal analysis.

Cheers, Crunch

Six Nations Competition 2017





Not long now

The Six Nations begins on Saturday. You know what that means - plenty of chit chat and plenty of beer to lubricate the voice.

Why not visit the clubhouse to watch both games? The weather's going to be rubbish, so put that shopping on hold and get down there early to secure your seat well away from the cheesies.

Six Nations competition entry forms will be available right up to the 14:25 kick off of the Scotland Ireland game. Get them from either Weave, Crunch of Martyn the barkeep.

If you haven't completed an entry form then please do so and join in the fun. Currently 115 people have seen the light.

Results will be posted on the website at the end each round for your personal analysis.

Cheers, Crunch

Six Nations Competition 2017

Clevedon 55 Kingsbridge 0

21st January 2017

"Home victory fo the Seasiders"

Team: T.Thie, B.Ashfield, C.Maslen, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, M.Honour, H.Foley, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c), H.Russell. Replacements: G.Carpenter, B.Purcell, M.Britton. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kev Weaver: Blaise's trail blazing halted...

Read the report here.

Next week, Clevedon are away to Chard. The coach leaves the club at 11:00 - all supporters are welcome for this trip to deepest Somerset. The seconds are at home to Bristol Harlequins.

Bideford 19 Clevedon 45

14th January 2017

"Big win in Devon"

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.

Kev Weaver: Jack Butland scores his second...

Not having been at the match, my trusty old mate Weave kept me informed by text. It went like this.

  • 14:47 "7all. Rory yellowed"
  • 15:15 "HT12-28??"
  • 15:18 "Forgot to say bid have a red. Now 12-32"
  • 15:28 "Lowis yellowed"
  • 15:39 "19-38"
  • 16:11 "Won 19-45??. Ugly first half but came good in the end. Ref didn't have the best of games (if u were a Bideford supporter that is!)

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.

Six Nations 2017

Six Nations Competition 2017

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.

Clevedon 19 Thornbury 12

7th January 2017

"Clevedon go second"

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.

Kev Weaver: Charlie, The Third Tucker intercepts...This game attracted the biggest crowd of the season so far and pulled in people from far and wide.

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.

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Teignmouth 7 Clevedon 66

17th December 2016

"Clickety Click"

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.

Alan Crane: Am I alive coach?...

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

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Lowis Lame

Alan Crane: Mike Lowis gets a rub...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.

Alan Crane: A penalty try for Lowis...A Christmas gift of seven points was what it was.

Clevedon 55 North Petherton 14

10th December 2016

"Three Tuckers on the bench"

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.

Alan Crane: Joe Ford's second try...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.

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The Three Tuckers

Kev Weaver: Charlie, Neil and Joe Tucker...Having broken the promise to himself last week, proud dad Neil Tucker found himself on the bench again, but this time with his two sons Joe and Charlie.

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.

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."

Dave's funeral has been arranged for 14:15 on Friday, 16th December 2016 at Weston-Super-Mare Crematorium.

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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Clevedon 59 Midsomer Norton 5

5th November 2016

"A Midsomer Nights Dream for Clevedon"

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

Kevin Weaver: Big Basher try...

Another high scoring game and plenty of Clevedon tries, this one from Dean Ashfield.

Clevedon boast the second highest positive points difference and also the highest number of bonus points after runaway league leaders WSM.

This is a great start to the season for Clevedon who face Taunton away in the Somerset Cup on Friday, 11th November, kick off 19:30.

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Drybrook 31 Clevedon 30

29th October 2016

"A Close Encounter In The Forest !"

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

Kevin Weaver: Mattie Honour scores for a second week running...

In recent years Drybrook have been battling with a wild boar problem. This was finally resolved a couple of seasons ago when the RFU kindly helped them erect a boar-proof fence around their pitches. This was to keep the boars out.

However, it can now be reported that it failed spectactularly with the arrival of the Clevedon "No Necks" boring team. They entered clubhouse through the unguarded door and bored the locals senseless with their oft-repeated jacketed stories of years ago.

Drybrook have now applied for another RFU grant to assist with the detection of BOFs. They're sure to be successful.

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Weston-Super-Mare 29 Clevedon 23

16th October 2016

"Battle of the Seasiders"

Team: T.Thie, M.Lowis, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, A.Vailes, B.Largenton, M.Honour, B.Bosley, T.Statton, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, H.Russell(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, C.Maslen, J.Ford. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: (Somerset Society)

Alan Crane: Brian Largenton scores the opening try...Clevedon had to reorganise their pack after captain Owen Biggins injured his arm at work and was unable to play in this local derby.

It must have been frustrating for him having to watch a dominant (if you ignore the opening minute WSM try!) Clevedon first half display.

This domination was finally rewarded by prop Brian Largenton's try just before half time, which increased Clevedon's lead for a halftime 9-16 lead.

A couple of minutes into the second half and WSM had clawed back 3 more points. Undaunted, Clevedon hit back with another converted try by hooker Matt Honour to lead 8-23 with half an hour to go.

At this stage and from the resulting restart in Clevedon's 22, WSM used their gincoeros pack to win a penalty try, after ten minutes of scrummaging. The penny finally dropped for the home side and they repeated their ploy for another try converted try after a Clevedon yellow. It's fair to say that the WSM backs didn't get much of a look in after that and basked in the late afternoon sunshine while their pack won the game for them.

Saturday 22nd October

Clevedon first team are away to runaway league leaders Weston-Super-Mare this Saturday for a 15:00 kick off. This game will be a true test of Clevedon's resurgence this season and should prove to be a cracker of a game. Weston-Super-Mare on the other hand will be keen to avenge their defeat at the end of last season. Game on!

Clevedon 67 Chard 5

8th October 2016

"Chard burnt at The Vale"

Team: T.Thie, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, T.Statton, W.Trollope, H.Foley, R.Biggins, O.Biggins(c). Replacements: G.Carpenter, C.Maslen, M.Honour. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: (Bristol Society)

Kev Weaver: Ben Williams runs try number five...Former Clevedon President, Chairman and Captain Richard Newton (on the right) watches young Ben Williams on his way to a try, in the latest game at The Vale 60 years after he first played there.

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7th - 9th October 2016

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Kingsbridge 16 Clevedon 16

1st October 2016

Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, A.Rice, C.Maslen, H.Butland, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, J.Lugtig, T.Statton, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggin(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, B.Bosley, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Nick Heath (Somerset Society)

Alan Crane: Aaron Rice chips through to score...Throughout this game Clevedon just had the edge, but couldn't quite break down the home defence. An opportunistic drop goal from Kieran Hill after 6 minutes, who somehow picked the ball off his boots, saw the ball squeeze in by the righthand post from 25 yards for a 0-3 lead.

Next week, Clevedon are at home to Chard. The lunch is at 13:30 and the kick off off is at 15:00.The seconds are away to Bristol Harlequins for a 15:00 kick off.

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Clevedon 27 Bideford 3

24th September 2016

Team: T.Thie, M.Taylor, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley,T.Statton, W.Trollope, R.Biggins, H.Russell, O.Biggin(c). Replacements: L.Appleby, J.Lugtig, H.Foley. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: J.Durant. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Ellis Davies (Liverpool Society)

Kev Weaver: Rory Biggins scores the first...A shell shocked Bideford left Clevedon wondering how they managed to lose and not score a try in the process.

The "60 Years at The Vale" celebrations were a boost for Clevedon who had a larger and more vociferous crowd than usual to support them. A bonus point win was the fourth game in a row that had gained some points, which bodes well for the rest of the season.

Next week, Clevedon are away to promoted Kingsbridge with the coach leaving at 11:00 sharp. Only five pounds for supporters. The seconds have a home game against Castle Cary for a 15:00 kick off.

Hill Climb

1st October 2016

This is nothing to do with coach Hill or his son. It is about survival of the fittest.

One of Kingsbridge's best kept secrets for coach travelling away teams is the last quarter of a mile to the clubhouse. Coaches have to park at the bottom of the hill due to a narrow road and 20% hairpin half way up and categorized by The Tour as a CAT 1 climb.

Harris & McVeigh struggle on...The intrepid old boys who travelled with the players were left to their own devices and faced the daunting trek on their own. Messr's Thomas, Harris, Potts and McVeigh started out together, but finished in ascending order of age - McVeigh, Potts, Harris, and Thomas.

The incentive for them all was to get past the entrance before the gate keeper arrived, which they did, leaving enough dosh to buy a refreshing pint.

Thank goodness they all survived - going home in a body bag would have been a bit disappointing and bad for morale.

Lookalike Competition

24th September 2016

Weave and MikeThis week the Clevedon clubhouse was celebrating "60 Years at The Vale" and had a lookalike competition to add to the fun. The competition was won by these two gentlemen. They didn't take to kindly to being compared with a disgraced former Aussie and for the record, stated that their wobble-boards were still in pristine condition, thank you very much!

Other lookalikes that entered were an Uncle Fester (Pottsy), several Weebles (Col, Higgy, Jimmy, and Papa), one Santa Claus (Fordie) and a boyband wannabe (Crunch).

Weave and Mike

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Thornbury 15 Clevedon 9

17th September 2016

Team: H.Butland, T.Thie, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Foley, H.Russell, O.Biggin(c). Replacements: T.Statton, J.Lugtig, R.Biggins. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis. Referee: Craig Pocock (Bristol Society)

Kev Weaver: The bonus point penalty...Two 9-15 scorelines in three weeks have netted Clevedon two losing bonus points, which in seasons gone by would've been.

Both these games have a lot in common besides the scoreline. They were both away and tryless with Clevedon dominating large periods of each game. They came up against resolute and robust defences. Finished both games strongly, each time going for the winning try and within the five metre zone when the whistle blew. Oh!... and Tucks was on the flag!

The home game last week against Teignmouth showed how clinical Clevedon can be and this is something that coach Hill will be looking at during training this week to ensure a home victory against Bideford.

Sixty years at The Vale

24th September 2016

1st XV 1956 - 1957This week is the 60th anniversary of the very first match played at Coleridge Vale Playing Fields.

To help celebrate, The Club would like to invite all sponsors, life members and Vice Presidents to join them in a pre-match buffet at 13:00 and then to watch the first team play Bideford at 15:00.

The seconds are away to Wellington for a 15:00 kick off.

No Neck Groupies

Alan Crane: The excitement is too much for these No Necks...The group of old men calling themselves The No Necks (a term first coined by coach Nick Hill) follow the first team avidly.

They're that keen that they hang around outside changing rooms hoping for a glimspe of their team as they come off the pitch all smelly and sweaty.

This is not unlike their normal daily existence where they're the ones who smell faintly of digestives (another Hillism) and have incontinence problems. The photo is proof, if proof were needed, of their normal daily lives. Meet these illustrious chaps next week at the club and judge for yourself.

More cider anyone?

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Okehampton 15 Clevedon 9

3rd September 2016

Team: H.Butland, B.Williams, A.Rice, D.Ashfield, M.Taylor, K.Hill, M.Lowis, B.Largenton, J.Ford, B.Bosley, W.Trollope, L.Appleby, H.Russell, O.Biggins(c), C.Maslen. Replacements: J.Puddy, W.Taylor, N.George. Coach: N.Hill. Flag: N.Tucker. Physio: G.Davis.

Kev Weaver: Basher brought down to earth...A losing bonus point on the road was scant consolation for a game that Clevedon had a decent chance of winning. With all the possession they had and six nil up after 20 minutes Clevedon were in the driving seat. However, a penalty from half way, into the wind, from Okehampton soon afterwards kept them in touch with Clevedon. A half time score of 6-9 playing with the elements told the tale for Clevedon - not enough points on the board to defend with.

Okehampton bolstered their pack by replacing the hooker with one that was twice the size and weight and this altered the balance of power in the scrums. With Clevedon's sharp backs trying to play dry weather rugby in a monsoon it seemed they might break through and score a try. Okehampton's defence had other ideas and kept them at bay.

The second half had only nine points in it and all from the boot of the Okehampton number 12, which was enough for them to win, despite Clevedon's desperate attacks in the last five.

The final whistle went to signal wild celebrations for Okehampton and "what ifs, buts and maybes" for Clevedon, who'll regroup for their first home game next week. The next time they play other will be the last game of the season in April 2017 - who'll be top top dogs by then?

Next Saturday, Clevedon 1st XV play host to Teignmouth for a 15:00 kick off, preceded by the first Vice Presidents' lunch of the season at 13:30. The 2nd XV are away to Wells, also with a 15:00 kick off.

No Necks Thwarted

3rd September 2016

The Okehampton clubhouse and grounds are very neat, tidy and welcoming. The Doombar and Tribute were excellent.

Unfortunately, the huge stainless steel kitchen was unable to produce a lunch for the travelling No Necks, who were denied their traditional pillaging of away buffets.The Okehampton president was extremely apologetic about it and cited government cuts (or was it Brexit?) for the lack of resources to produce one, which they would normally do. No harm done though as Pottsy filled up with several platefuls of chips, rather than his usual 46 pork pies!

Good luck to Okehampton for the rest of the season.

Read Neil Tucker's report here and the Okehampton report here.

Message from the Chairman

Dear Club Member,

Our new Club Steward, Martyn Howell commenced employment with the Club on Monday 22nd August 2016 and is settling in well with the team. He will be responsible for the running of the bar and catering functions within the Club with a view to improving the efficiency, quality and service in all areas for the benefit of Members and Guests. Please take the opportunity to visit the Club and I am sure Martyn will provide a warm welcome and an insight into the plans we have for improvement.

As you may be aware, the club hosts not only rugby related events but also skittles and darts throughout the week and we have now formalised the opening hours for the coming season as follows:

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday to Friday 19:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 23.00

In order to keep you better informed we shall be publishing forthcoming events both through email and on our Facebook page, and keeping you updated on the Clubs progress by Newsletter.

I hope to see you at the Club soon and take this opportunity thank all the Member volunteers for their efforts and all other Members for their support.

Kind Regards, Dave Russell

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Good Luck Clevedon Cricket Club

Unfortunately, the beginning of the rugby season overlaps this crucial match at Dial Hill.

For most of this summer, a large contingent of rugby club members could be found enjoying their cricket and a pint on the terrace. Most of them will be in Okehampton watching the first league game, but will still be keeping an eye on the score via the live score totalcricketscorer website.

A copy of the email sent by Clevedon Crickt Club is below.

This season is drawing to a close with the 1st team playing their last league game this Saturday at home to Corsham for a 12.30 start.

The 1st team need to earn at least 9 points from this game to avoid relegation!

We need as much support as we can get so it would be lovely to see you on Saturday, the bar will be open and the BBQ will be on, weather permitting.

The 2nd team also have an important game away against Hanham where a win would see them promoted!

New Season Starts

3rd September 2016

Clevedon 1st XV open their season with an away game against Okehampton whom they last played in the early 1990s.

The coach leaves at 11:00 for a 15:00 kick off time.

Clevedon 2nd XV take on Minehead at the Vale, kick off is at 15:00.

Sunday the 4th is the Mini, Midi and Junior registration day. If you fancy giving rugby a try get to the club on Sunday from 10:30 and meet.

Clevedon Confident

31st August 2016

Photo courtesy of North Somerset Times...

As reported by the North Somerset Times and shown below, Clevedon are in confident mood ahead of the start of the new campaign.

Clevedon Rugby Club travel to Okehampton in their opening league game of the rugby season and with a solid pre-season, including three wins from three behind them, there is an air of optimism about this year's campaign.

The lads are much fitter this year compared to the same point last year, which is down to the hard work of new conditioning coach Tom Bullimore.

Head coach Nick Hill said: "Tom has done a great job getting the lads into shape, they in turn really bought into it and the end result showed in how much sharper we looked. We are far from the finished product, but things are looking promising."

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Rugby Club triumphs

31st August 2016

Photo courtesy of North Somerset Times...

As reported by the North Somerset Times and shown below, Club Rugby Club triumphs at 20:20 finals day.

Clevedon Rugby Club defeated the Royal Oak to win finals day at the Clevedon 20:20 Community League.

The largest crowd recorded this year gathered at Clevedon Cricket Club to witness finals day of the Clevedon 20:20 Community League, with the Royal Oak taking on Clevedon RFC, preceded with a plate play-off between the teams finishing third and fourth in the group stages.

The play-off match was a spirited affair, with captains James Barzotelli, Gary Simons, Steve Smith and Tony Donkin making sure that everyone had a bowl.

At its conclusion, the infamous 'jug' was awarded to Swiss Valley and the Champagne moment was deemed to have been claimed by Tony Donkin.

The final was always going to be a competitive engagement, with the Royal Oak opting to bat first. Their openers of John Vickerstaff and and Sam Blackall scored well in the initial overs. A superb catch by Mike Lowis saw the first wicket fall, but the Oak continued to score well and reached 90 at the halfway stage and, with a superb innings from Sam Blackall (58 not out), the Oak reached 148.

In response, the Rugby Club's openers of Tony Dauncey and Tim Brooks started well, but a dazzling catch at deep square leg, along with a run out rendered them with 72 runs on the board at the halfway stage, with captain, Jonathan Shepherd still at the crease.

The next batsman, Mike Taylor (55 not out), ably assisted by Ben Hazeldene, put the result of this final beyond doubt by hitting a 57-run partnership in the next five overs and the Rugby Club took the spoils with three overs to spare.

At the presentation ceremony, players from all eight teams, the umpires, scorers and members of Clevedon Cricket Club were all thanked for their contribution to the Community League.

The trophy for the best bowling average was presented to Tony Dauncey from CRFC with an average of 6.53 and the trophy for the best batting average was awarded to Pete Gay from Swiss Valley.

The Champagne moment of the final was awarded to Andy Williams from the Royal Oak for his stunning catch at deep square leg and the player of the final was presented to Mike Taylor from CRFC.

The runners-up trophy was presented to Chris Hickling, captain of the Royal Oak and the Colin Alexander winners trophy was presented to Jonathan Shepherd, captain of CRFC.

Pre-Season Games

17th August 2016

Clevedon RFC have arranged the following games:
CANCELLED On Tuesday, 9th August they're playing Avonmouth away.

POSTPONED On Saturday, 13th August it will be Yatton and Llandaff away at Yatton.

This evening, Clevedon have a rearranged trial match against Yatton away, starting at 18:30.

On Saturday, 20th August Clevedon play Ynysddy RFC at home, who are also bringing a ladies team over to play against Old Bristolians Ladies at Clevedon. Kick off should be around 14:30.

End of Season Club Team Photo

30th April 2016

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

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R.I.P. Jack Baldwin, Club Captain 1964 -1967

24th July 2016

Jackie BaldwinUnfortunately, dear old Jack Baldwin has not been able to side step his way past the pearly gates, despite doing so in the recent past. After a typically stoic fight against cancer, Jack died peacefully on Sunday, 24th July 2016.

He will be remembered, by those who knew and played with him, for his amazing wit and repartee. If you had a weakness on the park, Jack's acerbic tongue would put you straight and in no doubt about what you ought to do about it! He was great company to be with and retained his sense of humour to the end, despite having a major op that put an end to his unique tackling style, learnt in his early league days oop north.

Jack's funeral is to be held at 14:30 on Thursday, 11th August at Canford Crematoruim and afterwards at the Royal Hotel, Portishead Clevedon Rugby Club.

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

Jack in his early playing days

Jack in 1971-1972 season

Jack in 1972-1973 season

Jack in 1976-1976 season

Club captains, August 2010











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