Chairman: Neil Tucker
Operations Director: Kevin Weaver
Clubhouse Manager: Tom Weaver
BIG DAY AT THE VALE
"Say hello, wave goodbye..."
This week at 'The Vale' is going to be a big one !
The 1st team take on Cleve in the last league match of the season kicking off at 3pm, the 2nd team take on St Bernadettes in an end of season friendly.
It is also our Life members, vice presidents and sponsors day with a pre-match buffet commencing at 1.30pm in the club house, we look forward to seeing you all there so we can show our thanks and appreciation .
Also we have our senior player reunion as part of our ongoing centenary celebrations, we look forward to welcoming back all past players to the Vale to enjoy an afternoon of rugby and an evening of story telling and reminiscing.
Finally, Saturday marks the retirement of some of our senior players, most notably Tom Thie who has been at the club forever. He has served as club captain, 1st team captain, coach and much much more.
He will be missed not only on the pitch but in the changing rooms and on the training ground where he has been ever present for over 20 seasons !
We look forward to seeing you all at 'The Vale' on Saturday to help us say hello to past players and wave goodbye to retiring players.
Clevedon RFC Centenary Reunion
On Friday, 22nd April the club will be open from 19:00 for pre-reunion drinks. All welcome.
On Saturday, 23rd April, the 1st XV are playing Cleve at 15:00.
There will be a pre-match buffet, so please let us know if you are coming to enable us to to provide the appropriately sized feast of delights. There will be after match drinks and frivolities and a BBQ hosted by Director of Rugby, Tony Dauncey and the senior squad.
It's almost time to share those years ago stories, tell tall tales, sings some songs and remember the good old days. Bring those memories with you - if you can't, then come along and acquire some and take even more away with you!
FYI: The bar will be open until midnight.
See you all there, Ross
Clevedon RFC Centenary Celebration Game
On Saturday 7th May, Clevedon RFC Vets will be playing the Royal Marines Association RFC for the Terry Harris trophy. Kick off 15:00.
This game is part of our centenary celebrations and after the game there will be a BBQ, cider bar and 'Rude Awakening' playing live at the club.
All money raised will be donated to the Royal Marines Association.
Yours Aye, Jim
"The last away game..."
Clevedon were well in this game for over 65 minutes when Basher scored a typical try after a period pf pressure in the Chosen Hill half to make the score 21-10.
"Here we go", thought the travelling supporters,"a fight back is on the cards". Unfortunately, shortly after the restart, a yellow card for a horizontal tackle thwarted Clevedon's ambitions.
Chosen Hill then used their numerical advantage to get the bonus point try that they'd been craving all game long to jump above Gordano and hopefully gain promotion next season.
That last 10 minutes of the game were difficult to watch as Clevedon let in two more tries for a scoreline they didn't deserve. Nevermind boys, regroup for the next match at home.
It was also the end of an era away day for the likes of Ashley Vailes, Tom Thie and Dean Ashfield who all hinted that this was their last season. "Yeah, right!". See you next season boys.
Clevedon's last game is at home to Cleve for a 15:00 kick off. It is also the Clevedon RFC Centenary Reunion weekend. Come on down and enjoy the game, the company and the pre-match buffet for former players.
"Old boys found..."
These couple of Clevedon old boys were found hiding in plain sight on the touchline of the Chosen Hill pitch. Both played in the seventies as you can see from the team photos.
Just another reminder for you of the forthcoming Clevedon RFC Centenary Reunion on the 22nd and 23rd April.
"had me a blast, summer skittles happening so fast..."
"Another Great Home Victory !"
Team: Mike Lowis, Mitch Northcott, Dean Ashfield, Danny Harris, Jonny Hicks, Tom Thie, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton (c), Jack Crew, James Lugtig, Will Trollope, Bradley Summerell, Charlie Tucker, Rudy Gates, Edd Ryder-Smith. Reps: Callum Fear, Matt Hastie, Ethan Thomas.
Clevedon and Chipping Sodbury provided the crowd with a mixture thrills and spills in this entertaining game on a sunny, but coolish afternoon at The Vale.
As you can guess from the scoreline, defences for both teams went walkabouts for large periods of this game. Frustrating for both sets of supporters and I'm sure for the players as well.
The various scoreboard operatives were run ragged trying to keep the score up to date and photographer Weave was busy as well taking nearly a century of photos that can be found behind the main photo above.
Clevedon went into this game on a two match winning streak and a total of seven wins for the season, looking to make it eight.
However, at the end the game, Clevedon's win total had been reduced by two!
Why was the you ask. The reason is that good old Gloucester Spartans have been erased from the England Rugby Western Counties North league tables. Any sign of them ever being in the league has disappeared - all fixtures, results and points have gone for every team. Abducted by aliens maybe.
If Mike Thomas were alive we'd have known well before the game and the reason why, but hey ho, "it is what is" and surely there must "be some learnings" from this situation to use a couple of modern rugby cliches!
Whatever has happened to Spartans, we wish them well and hopefully we'll see them in a league somewhere in the future.
Next week, Clevedon are away to Chosen Hill for a 15:00 kick off. If you'd like to go and watch, there is a coach leaving at 12:30 sharp. Let Tucks know if you're going.
Tony Dauncey's report is here.
"Great Home Victory !"
By Neil Tucker
Clevedon entered the biggest 7 days of their season knowing that everything was on the line and it started with the M5 Derby. A massive home test against local rivals Avonmouth who sit one place and 5 points below them in the league.
With injuries decimating the home squad, Clevedon welcomed Crew back from injury whilst Vailes, Wilson and Biggins also came into the squad.
Avonmouth came out all guns blazing and took a deserved lead when visiting hooker Britton cut a line from close range and went under the posts untouched.
Spurred on by their early success, the visitors launched multiple attacks on the home line, but the blue and gold defence held firm and rode out the storm. However, this was not without cost as Clevedon lost Ryder Smith with a thumb injury to be replaced by the Evergreen Biggins.
After repelling a visiting 5 yard scrum, a quick tap from the ever alert Thie put Clevedon on the front foot and powerful runs from Biggins, Trollope and Largenton set up the returning Jake Perry for a try to level the scores.
Clevedon were now playing with confidence and trusting there shape paid dividends as Thie crossed before half time to give Clevedon a 14-7 half time lead into the strong wind
Clevedon started the second half in the same vein and were awarded a penalty try after aggressive defence forced a mistake in the visitors 22. Ash Vailes fly hacked through and looked certain to score before a cheap shot in the back halted his progress, the offending player saw yellow and 7 points to the home side.
Clevedon lost the impressive Mason Parslow to a leg injury with the adaptable Cal Fear, usually a back 5 forward, taking over on the wing. It wasn't long until he was in the action as the energetic Rudy “Mad Dog” Gates marked a return to form by forcing an error on halfway then carrying the ball into the 22 before offloading to Fear for the bonus point try.
Fear crossed for his second shortly after before Hicks then Wilson (on for Crew) were both yellow carded for indiscretions at the tackle area.
Avonmouth took advantage of their two man advantage to score a try and give the visiting crowd hope of a comeback. However, the experienced Summerell soon put paid to this by barging his way over before the scoring was rounded off by young Danny Harris enjoying his new role in the centre.
All in all a great performance from Clevedon who are finally managing to be patient and trust in their game plan. Matthew Fisher and Rudy Gates were outstanding all day and there was a great cameo from Owen Biggins to help change the momentum early on.
By Joshua Thomas, North Somerset Times
Team: Mitch Jordan, Cain Myford, Mason Parslow, Danny Harris, Jonny Hicks, Ethan Thomas, Matt Fisher, Brian Largenton (c), Danny Williams, Oli Jones, Will Trollope, Bradley Summerell, Fergus Cole, Cal Fear, Edd Ryder-Smith. Reps: James Lugtig, Matt Northcott, Tony Dauncey.
Clevedon RFC picked up their first win since beating Cheltenham North in November and was their first win in seven games by edging Spartans (Gloucester) 37-36 in a thriller on Saturday.
It looked set to be a tough day as the hosts took the lead but Edd Ryder-Smith replied to move within two points.
Spartans stretched their lead before scrum-half Matt Fisher was yellow carded as the league’s bottom side crossed to further increase the gap.
Clevedon's Brad Summerell forced his way over to make the half-time score 22-10, but Spartans started the second half like they did with the first with a fine solo effort.
The visitors looked to be out of the game but Fisher left multiple defenders grasping at thin air as he danced over from 40 yards.
Strong play from Mason Parslow and Danny Harris released Matt Northcott to touch down in the corner, quickly followed by Ethan Thomas’ penalty to put Clevedon within four points.
Five minutes later Ryder-Smith fed captain Brian Largenton to crash over and give Clevedon the lead.
Parslow then stretched over to score and effectively kill the game with 10 minutes to go - but they had now lost Summerell to injury, seeing Director of Rugby Tony Dauncey take to the field.
Fisher then received a second yellow card before Cain Myford went off injured and Spartans sensed a chance to steal a first win of the season.
They threw everything they had at Clevedon’s reshuffled side and scored another try to leave them within a point at the final whistle.
“In 30-plus years I have never come to Gloucester and had an easy match,” said Dauncey.
“Our team need to learn that away wins are tough to come by and if we turn up expecting to win by 50, we are going to get a shock. That combined with some lazy penalties and some loose tackling could have killed us.
"We travelled with a young and inexperienced side who showed plenty of character. We bounced back from an early try and then being 17 points down early in the second half to score 27 unanswered points and held on when a weakened side could've crumbled.
“I was particularly pleased with tries for Parslow and Northcott as both have been around the fringes of the team and took their chances well, but the form of Cal Fear, Fergus Cole and Ryder-Smith in the back row is really coming to the fore.”
Next week, Clevedon are at home to Avonmouth. Kick off is at 14:30.
"A frustrating game for Clevedon"
By Joshua Thomas, North Somerset Times
Clevedon RFC's Tony Dauncey said Saturday's 28-12 defeat against Winscombe was the "most frustrating game" since becoming their Director of Rugby.
After opting to play against the wind the hosts didn’t deal with the kick-off and immediately put themselves under pressure, however, strong defence got them out of trouble with Adam Livingstone and Ryan Hervey leading by example.
Clevedon grew into the game getting on top of the visitors at the set piece with Matt Hastie and Callum Fear particularly effective during their lineouts.
After a spell of pressure powerful runs from Will Trollope and Bradley Summerell created a platform for Livingstone to open the scoring with Thomas converting to make it 7-0.
Clevedon continued to pressure and good work from the evergreen combination of Tom Thie and Mike Lowis in the centres released Jonny Hicks on the wing who after beating the first man spilled the ball with the line at his mercy;
The Seadiers then continued to self sabotage as a loose pass in an attacking position let Winscombe score from 60 yards out, this error was rapidly followed by a misplaced pass from an exit move allowed the visitors to touch down again.
Winscombe had a chance to kill the game before half time but Clevedon's defence held firm to go into half-time a single score behind.
Clevedon started the second-half in the same vein and it only took 10 minutes for Winscombe to extend their lead.
Clevedon introduced Oli Jones and Rudy Gates to the pack to try and change the momentum and started to gain some ground with captain Brian Largenton crashing over to make it 21-12.
This was where the home side's scoring would end though as loose passes and a lack of individual discipline saw chances to win the game go begging and it was Winscombe who closed the game out with a bonus point try.
"This is the most frustrating game since I have taken charge at Clevedon with our inability to field a consistent side, basic skill levels and some poor behaviours starting to cost us winnable games," said Dauncey.
"The boys have got out of the habit of being happy with being gallant losers, to win consistently in this league will take hard work on the training field and a will to give 100 per cent on a Saturday for their club and their team mates."
"Clevedon let it slip..."
By Joshua Thomas, North Somerset Times
Clevedon RFC will be disappointed to come away with nothing from what was a winnable game at Coleridge Vale with a 21-5 defeat against Old Bristolians.
The Seasiders had several key players missing through a combination of Covid, injuries and other commitments with late changes throwing Clevedon's preparations into disarray with Ben McGlaughlin, Joe Tucker and Ashley Vailes coming into the squad on the day of the game.
The visitors started strongly as Clevedon made the schoolboy mistake of letting the opening kick-off bounce, but despite five minutes of pressure the home side refused to let OBs go over.
The hosts displayed more of the character they have shown since the start of the new year with the tackling of Ryan Hervey and Adam Livingstone to the fore.
The stout defence saw Clevedon's confidence grow and they took control of the game, powerful runs from Edd Ryder-Smith, Will Trollope and Fergus Cole saw Clevedon force there way up the field.
After several phases of possession captain Brian Largenton crashed over the line on his return from injury.
The Blue and Golds continued to dominate until eight minutes before the break when they slipped into old habits, several decisions went against the home team and they reacted badly becoming distracted and conceding two soft tries that they would have expected to normally defend.
Unfortunately both teams started the second half in the same vein and Old Bs quickly added a third try before Clevedon woke up and dominated the possession for the last 25 minutes without managing to cross the line.
Despite the efforts of the Veteran combination of Tom Thie and Ash Vailes in the backline and several attacking line outs Clevedon were left to rue what could have been.
Clevedon will take a hard look at themselves after what is now a run of three games in which they have dominated large portions but eventually come away with nothing.
This was a performance against the unbeaten league leaders that Mike Thomas would've been hugely proud of.
The whole team were committed and ready to tackle anything that moved, which they did with great success.
With a half time score of 3-10, Matson were made to wait until the last 10 minutes to get their bonus point try, while Clevedon had a couple of clear cut chances left out there.
This was an entertaining and tenacious performance that coaches George and Dauncey hope will be the start of something good.
Next week, Clevedon are away to Midsomer Norton. Kick off is at 14:30.
"Time to reminisce..."
The player reunion has been rescheduled for April 23rd 2022, we thought that this would be the best option after the year we have had.
Look out for further details.
The last reunion was held way back in 2001. The photos from that event either be found here.
"Hot off the press..."
Visit the club's Facebook page for the latest, hot off the press news, including the team lineup for this saturday's match and other informative snippets.
Neil Tucker (Tucks)