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Saturday 21st Oct:-1st XV League Match Away to Old Colstonians 3pm KO; 2nd XV Home to Bishopston 2nd XV 3pm KO

Saturday 14th October:
2nd XV home to Bristol Saracens 3rd XV

Match Report

On an unusually mild October afternoon, Es kicked off for a repeat of last Saturday’s game, although there were quite a few new faces in the Sarries line up.

Es were quickly on the attack, building pressure on the visitors line, this time keeping the ball in the forwards, Greg Hingley was hauled down just short, the ball was flicked up into the grateful arms of Rich Loader who crashed over for the opening score, converted by Tom McIntosh, 7-0 to Es. Next it was centre Will Tobin, breaking tackles on his own 10 metre line before a thrilling 60 metre dash, outpacing the cover, for another 7 pointer under the posts, 14-0.

Oli Clapp was kicking intelligently to ensure Es were playing in the right part of the pitch. From a line out and rolling maul, quick passes put Dom Horne in space, and with a swerve and hand he went in under the posts, 19 – 0.

Sarries were running the ball where possible, however a mistake in their 22 gave Oli Clapp an interception and run in for another 7 pointer, 26 – 0. On 30 minutes Es made a substitution, Max Carpenter making way for Curtis ‘Big Unit’ Asante who was quickly making some trademark trundles into Sarries territory. A feature of Sarries play was to repeatedly kick away their ball, which was being returned with interest by the Es’ back 3. There was no further scores and the ref blew for half time 26-0.

Sarries half time team talk must have been about keeping it tight and playing the game through their forwards. It was a different second half as Es were under pressure for long periods. Sarries used their driving maul to good effect, however Es stubbornly refused to concede and defended their line manfully.

A rare break into Sarries territory saw a 5m scrum in the visitor’s 22, a sniping break turned into a maul, and despite good hands from skipper Stirzy, and Hingley, the final pass was spilled with the line beckoning. Further Es pressure and a break in midfield led to a score in the corner from Greg Morning, converted for a 33-0 lead.

However it was Sarries who had the last word, with a penalty kick to the corner, catch and drive, and well deserved forward’s try, to even the second half at a try apiece. All in all a thoroughly entertaining game, enjoyed by a sizeable crowd. Thoughts now turn to next Saturday, with a crucial 1st XV league game against our old adversary, Colstonians.

Full time, and a 33-5 win for Es.

Match report by Andy Tobin.

Saturday 7th October:
1st XV home to Old Cryptians.

Squad: Colm Bourke, Alfie Cotton, Greg Foord, Matt Bailey, Tim Bryson, John-Jo Burden, Greg Mornin, George Burnie, Will Patterson, Dom Swann, Nick Brook, Jamie Halpin, Pete Foley, Dom Horn, Matt Carr, Alex Potts, Lewis Bourke & Max Carpenter

Match Report

Old Es kicked off the 1st Half facing the Clubhouse, against a rejuvenated Old Cryptians XV following their narrow victory over Old Colstonians last weekend. Es started well probing the oppositions defence both through the forwards and backs and generally pinning them back into their 22. After about ten minutes Old Cryptians cleared their lines and chased well and unfortunately due to an Old Es’ error the ball was scooped up by a Cryptians player who sprinted away and with a telling pass put a team mate in for an unexpected try, not converted (0-5).

Es took a little time to settle down again, spilling the ball a number of times and giving away a few penalties. The 1st scrum to Old Es was solid and Will Patterson had a good break away but spilled the ball when tackled. Shortly afterwards there was a really strong run by Dom Horn. A number of high tackles were coming in on Es’ attack and following one a good kick put Es in a good position 5m out but the line out was lost and another good chance to get back on terms slipped away.

The forwards were facing up man for man and playing well, Nick Brook kicked through and the defender was bundled into touch but again the 10m lineout was lost. The clearance by Cryptians was collected on half way by Es and a fast break down the left wing along the line to Pete Foley saw Pete burst through and score in the corner in front the clubhouse which was followed up by a superb touchline kick from Dom Swann for Es to take the lead 7-5.

From the restart Es were on the attack again and as the ball was slung from left to right Alfie Cotton took a great line and burst through and looked certain to score but was tackled 1m from the try line and went down heavily dislocating his left knee in the process. Fortunately Dr Pete Foley was on hand to put his knee back in but Alfie was in considerable pain as he was stretchered from the pitch. Alfie remained through the rest of the game on the touchline wrapped up warm like a turkey for Christmas. We wish Alfie a speedy recovery.

The game restarted with Lewis Bourke replacing Alfie and it was fierce upfront and following another high tackle a Cryptians player was sin binned. Es attacked again and again a high tackle on Nick Brook when a certain try was to follow saw the referee blow for a penalty try (14-5). Old Cryptians finished the half well and had two penalty Kicks for the posts and the second one went through the posts to give a half time score of 14-8.

The second half saw Jamie Halpin on for Alex Potts. Old Cryptians seemed up for it at the start of the half but Es soon settled down after a bad first scrum. Old Cryptians then spun the ball wide and Dom Horn was close to an interception and had he collected the ball would have been through for a certain try but the ball was spilled. Good runs followed by Jamie Halpin, John-Jo Burden and Nick Brook. A scrum 15m out was followed by a penalty and the crowd called for a kick for the posts, but at the moment the confidence is high and Es drove for the line but the ball was held up and the ref brought play back for an Es 5m penalty and again Es ran the ball and Matt Bailey went over for a try, converted by Dom Swann (21-8).

Es drove forward again from the kick off and following a good three quarters move out to the left wing Pete Foley was through but the referee brought play back for a dubious forward pass. Cryptians cleared their lines and drove Es back into their 22 but through a great break out from Jamie Halpin and good support from firstly Matt Bailey a try scoring pass was presented to Matt Carr and he made no mistake with the touchdown for the fourth Old Es’ try and a bonus point, with the conversion being missed (26-8).

The ball was well collected from the kick-off by John-Jo and he burst through the defence followed by a good 4 or 5 pass interchange between the forwards. A good break by Will Patterson and George Burnie was well supported by Matt Bailey who crashed over for his second of the day and Old Es’ 5th try, conversion missed (31-8). Max Carpenter (son of Steve Carpenter) was then involved in a little Fisty Cuffs but was holding his own! Es were not finished and another good break from Matt Carr and Dom Horn then saw the ball switch from one wing to another and again Pete Foley would have been in for a try but yet again the final pass was judged by the referee to be forward.

The game finished as it did in the first 5 minutes with Es having a slight aberration and Cryptians picked up a spilled ball and broke through under the posts for a converted try, being the last play of the game (31-15). After the game the referee had somehow missed one of the conversions and apologised but nevertheless the final score was recorded at 29-15.

Another excellent display by the whole team, well done to you all and now we look forward to our next challenge in the league, an away fixture to Old Colstonians on Saturday 21st October.

Final score OEs 1st XV 29 – 15 Old Cryptians XV

MOM: Nick Brook


Saturday 7th October:
2nd XV away to Bristol Saracens 3rd XV

Squad: Peter Beale, Rob Stirzaker, Rich Loader, Blake Knowlson, Mark Absalom, Jack Forest, Dave Langdon, Ollie Clapp, Oliver Bullman, Will Tobin, Tom McIntosh, Curtis Assanti, Alex Walker (apologies for mis-spellings)

A numerically under strength 2nd team gathered in the usual pre match huddle on a dry gusty October afternoon. The team talk was around using Dave Langdon’s pace to unhinge the Sarries defence, with debutante Curtis Asante to be used as a crash ball to finish off from close range, once they had found a shirt big enough for him. With only thirteen men available, OEs accepted one extra player from their hosts to even the sides up a little. Even so, the inevitable uncontested scrums had an inevitable affect on play.

Match Report

However, open play benefited and after man-mountain, Curtis Assanti’s early power drive, it was another debutante, centre Will Tobin, who first caught the eye after 5 minutes and took advantage to score the first try. Tobin, enjoying a superb outing at centre, scored his second try soon after and Tom McIntosh converted at 0-12. Both sides were keen to throw the ball around and a converted Saries response reduced the arrears to 7-12. Es were then unlucky to have a try disallowed, with play being brought back for an injury to a Sarries player who was carried off. At 30 minutes, from an OEs put in at a 5 meter scrum on the Sarries line, the ball was worked through several phases, left and right, before Curtis Asante, crashed in for E’s third try at 7-17, with a Sarries player hanging off every appendage, bar one.

Elizabethan’s had a slight advantage at lineout, where the deft touches of Blake Knowlson provided good possession. Es’ eager backline had plenty of opportunities, especially McIntosh and Tobin, whose powerful running cut many a line to Nirvana. Saries’ guest, Alberto Sevethon, scored for both sides, first for Old Es and later for his own club. His first came from good handling down the OEs’ left, lifting the visitors to 7-22. This score was followed by Tom McIntosh’s touch-down after a great inside switch-pass let him thunder over. His conversion brought the score to 7-29 at the interval.

While tackling and general play began to falter, Saracens threw men into action too, but as the game progressed the standard of play on both sides deteriorated until, at the end, it resembled a weary shambles.

Oliver Bullman’s good support-work brought him a try, which McIntosh converted, though typically good driving play from skipper Stirzaker made the early ground. Saries responded with a try from turncoat, Seventho, bringing the score to 14-36. Great second phase handling provided centre, Tom McIntosh with his second try at 14-41, and with his midfield partner, Will Tobin’s terrific run through midfield brought him another at 14-46. While the visitors tired, Saracen’s took advantage with an unconverted score to achieve a more respectable 19-46 score line.

However, the last word among the chaos was Elizabethans’. An excellent lineout produced good ball for Tom McIntosh to drive through the middle, before leaving his centre partner with his fourth and the final touchdown in a convincing 19-51 victory for Old Es. Both teams played their part in an open, thoroughly entertaining game, played in good spirit, and were given a hearty clapping off by the large crowd.

Final Score: Bristol Saracens 3rd XV 19 – 51 Old Elizabethans 2nd XV.

Match report by Andy Clarke and Andy Tobin

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The 2017/18 League table for the 1st XV looks like this on Saturday evening 7th October 2017

Wadworth 6X Gloucester 1           
PositionTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLost Pts.
Pts. Against Pts.
Try Bonus Pts.Losing Bonus Pts.Total Pts.
1Old Elizabethans440013563723019
2Widden Old Boys430113370633116
3Berry Hill4301122112103116
4Cheltenham North4211127113142012
7Old Colstonians42029678181110
8Bredon Star420288120-322010
9North Bristol42027187-16109
10Old Cryptians410370114-44004
12St Brendan's Old Boys400478148-70101
Last Updated: 8/10/2017

The 2017/18 League table for the 2nd XV looks like this on Tuesday 11th October 2017

Wadworth 6X Bristol & District B ReservesPlayedWonDrawnLostPts. ForPts. AgainstDiffLosing Bonus PtsTotal PtsAdjust 
Last Updated: Oct 15 2017
Old Elizabethans 2nd XV6600296872090300
Aretians 2nd XV6312199154452220
Bristol Saracens 3rd XV6204101188-871150
Southmead 2nd XV520345122-7707-5
Whitehall 3rd XV611470172-10206-5
Bishopston 2nd XV5203101891201-10

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:
Alex Potts – Skipper or Mob phone: 07794308243
Andy Brook – Coach or Mob phone: 07917025425
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 Alex Potts
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 please visit the website (see below).

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.
For contact details, visit