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  • Saturday 3rd November:
    OEs 1st XV Away to Ross-on-Wye

    A spirited bunch of Es made the expedition to Ross-on-Wye, hopeful that this was the week when ‘it’ clicked after a couple of sub-par performances.

    One debut on the day was Lloyd Seal and it was a return during term time for Alex Brook who definitely thought the game was at Hallen when he clicked ‘available.’

    Availability and injuries also resulted in Charlie Balfour coming out of retirement for a game in the hope that he could practice what he preaches at training. As an aside, showcasing how changed the Es’ line-up has been; only captain Alfie Cotton and Alex Brook remembered the infamous ‘kit game’ on the Es last visit to Herefordshire.

    Match Report
    And for the first 35 minutes of the game it appeared that the team had turned the corner. Es were dominant at the breakdown and ferocious in contact. Strong forward running coupled with some hard lines from centres Tobin and Brook resulted in the majority of the half being spent in Ross’ 22m.

    The ball retention was superb as Es hammered on the door. Eventually it was Balfour who found the key, slipping through a gap, feeding link man Yannick Underwood before Miles Pakeman took the ball under the posts for a deserved 7-0 lead.

    And it would have been more. Es returned to Ross’ half with ease and should probably have had 2 or 3 tries in the first half if only for some poor discipline allowing Ross a respite. This discipline led to two yellow cards in quick succession for Seal and James Potts and against 13 men, Ross marched down the pitch and touched down for a try on the last play of the half.

    Playing into the wind in the 2nd half, Es knew it was going to be a tough 40 minutes. But Ross started to show what a well drilled and clinical a side they were. Capitalising on their numerical advantage and any slip up Es made to score twice more.

    Chasing the game, Es lost their shape a little and were too reliant on individuals to try and make the difference. Ross started to control the game and Es’ mistakes became more frequent resulting in two more Ross tries to take the game out of reach, finishing 31-7.

    Es can take solace that the Ross’ coach said that our first half was the best he has seen a side play in the league all season, and take that into the next game at Hallen vs Smiths on 17th November.

    Well done to all those that played and thank you to those who came to support.

    Match Result for Saturday 3rd November: Ross-on-Wye 37 – 7 Old Elizabethans.

    Charlie Balfour
    Photographs: Ann Brook


    Old Es’ 1st XV – Saturday 17th November Home to Smiths Rugby. Kick off 2:30pm.

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    2018/19 Gloucestershire 1 League table for the 1st XV

    Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire 1           
    Last Updated: 03/11/2018
    PositionTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLost Pts.
    Pts. Against Pts.
    Try Bonus Pts.Losing Bonus Pts.Total Pts.
    2Old Colstonians76012061051015029
    4Old Cryptians7502253164896127
    5Cheltenham North6402183781054121
    6Smiths Rugby7304165149163116
    7Bredon Star7304106220-1140012
    8Old Elizabethans7205105175-702212
    11North Bristol7106145205-60239

    The 2018/19 Bristol & District 3 League table for the 2nd XV

    Wadworth 6X Bristol & District 3 Division            
    Last Updated: 03/11/2018
    PositionTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLost Pts.
    Pts. Against Pts.
    Try Bonus Pts.Losing Bonus Pts.Total Pts.
    1Bishopston II5500215531620025
    2St Mary's OB (SW) III640214384590123
    3North Bristol II5401198162360021
    4Bristol Harlequins II3300780780015
    5Kingswood II520373177-1040013
    6Aretians II420273115-420012
    7Whitehall III420258112-540012
    8Frampton Cotterell III510487172-85003
    9Bristol Aeroplane Co. II51042979-5000-3
    10Old Elizabethans II600600000-30

    As always we are keen to recruit new players from both within QEH and externally. If you are interested in joining a fun ambitious rugby side look no further come and join us. Contacts for further information are as follows:
    George Burnie – Skipper or Mob phone:
    Charlie Balfour – Coach or Mob phone: 07787686959
    Phil Cheek – Chairman or Mob phone: 07767615223
    Paul ‘Blakey’ Barrington – Team Manager or Mob phone: 07815936312

    The clubhouse is at Severn Road, Hallen, BS10 7RZ or for more details contact George Burnie
    Formed in 1937 by old boys of QEH, the club has enjoyed a long and successful history and has established a position as a well-respected member of the Bristol Combination. The club is located in Hallen, north-west Bristol, where we have a club-house, two pitches and floodlit training facilities – for directions to the club CLICK Old Elizabethans Rugby Club.

    Whilst always maintaining a link with QEH, the club has recently worked hard to improve this relationship. The club has seen a number of school leavers joining in recent years with a former-QEH pupil leading the 1st XV over two recent seasons.
    In the past few seasons the club has also experienced an influx of student players from both Bristol University and UWE. We will continue to offer support for any students wishing to play for us including lifts to training, reduced membership rates and sponsorship for tours.

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