The Old Elizabethans’
Rugby Football Club
Saturday 30th Sept:-1st XV League Match away to North Bristol RFC (Almondsbury) 3pm KO; 2nd XV Home vs Aretians 2nd XV 3pm KO
Saturday 16th September:
1st XV WIN 42-18 against Dursley
2nd XV WIN 15-48 away against Bishopston
Saturday 16th September:
2nd XV at away vs Bishopston 2nd XV.
The positivity and energy from Tuesday nights’ training, carried us into Saturday and we travelled to the Bonnington Walk facility for our league fixture against Bishopston, both full of confidence and with a full squad. For those new to the club the principle behind these 2nds team leagues is to make the numbers work, minimum of ten players per side and no more than one extra player on either side at any time. A ‘game first, result second’ approach to the game…..
With uncontested scrums and a brand new artificial ‘4G’ playing surface, the game started at a frantic pace. Bishopston are a physically large side and made use of crash ball / pick-and-go from the off. However, our tackle-jackal approach paid dividends, with Harry Cappock and Greg Roberts stealing ball at the ruck.
The strong defence made Bishopston stall and kick away possession. Our back 3 pounced on the opportunity and we saw some great strike running from Dan, Henry and Ben taking the ball well over the gain line. The focus from the off was for OEs to run with support, to commit to our lines/moves and to retain possession. We did well in the main, and as the first half progressed gaps started to appear as OEs’ superior fitness led to three excellent scores. Very pleasing to see great awareness and linkages working from 9 through 13, and with both wingers coming infield to do a great defensive and attacking job.
The first half was very much in OEs’ favour, however, in the last ten minutes OEs were caught napping and a combination of poor, high tackling and lost concentration from the Captain(!) in broken play, allowed Bishopston to romp home from just outside the 22. OEs responded positively, and counter- attacked with a try from Tom McIntosh.
The next few passages of play led to a complacency which accompanies some free scoring opportunities, bigger opposition and a large, fast pitch, and towards the end of the half the ‘chip through’ started to feature. A quick tap from Will Appleton caught Bishopston’s defence off guard and he romped home under the posts, and the first half ended with OEs four tries to one up.
Bish’s second half replacements (including Pete Beale, possibly the turning point in the game?) brought us down to earth with a bump. The Bish’ attack had added size and power and on more than one occasion needed try-saving tackles from our back three, with a scramble defence from Dan and Ben to clear our lines.
Bish were rewarded with two further tries following some excellent broken line running and support play. Towards the end OEs dominated the breakdown and defended strongly to create quick turnover ball and counter attack leading to two further tries.
Full time score Bishopston 15 – 48 Old Elizabethans
Four of the six tries required long range conversions from Tom McIntosh who kicked strongly throughout. Great to see George Watts back in OEs’ colours – thanks for doing a job to balance the numbers in the first half. Welcome too, to Greg Roberts in his first OEs’ game rampaging in the back row both for us and for the opposition, and congratulations on your debut try. Thanks also to Lewis Bourke for turning up in an OEs’ shirt at short notice, the late night and Guinness didn’t show…..too much!
Guys, if you weren’t mentioned just put it down to my memory!
Match report by Rob Stirzaker
Saturday 9th September:
1st XV away vs Cheltenham North.
From the off the Es looked sharp, hoping to employ their expansive game against a larger team on a wide meadow of a pitch. Early pressure paid off with Charlie Balfour fielding a clearance kick on the touchline, then feeding Will Patterson who used his speed and vision to slice through the line, turning one player inside out before putting Will Mortimore through to score. Dom Swann added the extras to make it 0-7, scintillating start. Following on from this were a few scrappy minutes with the Es starting to work well and put some pressure on.
More sustained pressure early in the half led to a penalty tap that Colm Bourke powered over from 10 metres out, Dom Swann’s cultured boot makes it 0-14. The rain began to fall and Cheltenham shouldered their way into the game, but still the blue wall was hard to crack. It took a delightful chip and chase from the Cheltenham fly half and an offload to score. Missed conversion out wide 5-14. The rain and wet ball revealed a quiet period in the game with both sides struggling to maintain possession until just before the whistle a ball squirted out of the side of a ruck and Will Patterson scooped it up, chipped it on and rolled over the line. That brought up the half, Cheltenham North 5-19 Old Elizabethans.
Cheltenham started well in the second half and piled the pressure on the Es’ line. Wave after wave of red and black attack crashed against blue and gold defence with no score. Inspired by their stoic defence the Es fought back up the pitch earning a penalty that Dom Swann slotted over, 5-22. Within moments George Burnie gave away a sinful penalty in front of the sticks, 8-22. The game began to open up after this as the weather dried. Ted Bristow looking dangerous (but not too dangerous) is caught 5 metres out after a lovely break down the wing.
The next score comes in the form of a length of the pitch intercept from Will Mortimore who narrowly avoided being caught by a cave troll on the 22m line. Dom Swann with the conversion 8-29. Again old Es pile the pressure on hard. Penalty after penalty but Es winger Alex Brook fresh off a passing drill from coach Andy throws a wayward pass directly to the Cheltenham 11 who runs 80 metres to score, a small blemish on an otherwise flawless performance from Alex. Conversion missed 13-29.
Old Es put the pressure straight back on. They take the ball downfield through a lovely John-Jo Burden carry. The crowd erupt “he can step, he can carry, he might be the best dressed in the club, what can’t Mr Burden do!”
Emulating Beauden Barret, Dom Swann then dinks a masterfully crafted kick to the touchline that glides into Will Mortimore’s freshly buttered hands before ending up on the turf, a crying shame. A second attempt when Mr. Swann fires a grubber in towards George Burnie which is snatched away by an in form Will Mortimore. That completes his hat trick. Conversion kicked by Dom Swann 13-36.
Cheltenham hit back after a flurry of penalties with a nice piece on the blind side. Missed conversion 18-36. A few scrappy minutes to finish the game and the fat lady sings. Full time 18 – 36 to the Old Es.
Tries: Will Mortimore x 3, Colm Bourke, Will Patterson
Conversions: Dom Swann x4
Penalties: Dom Swann
Coaches MOM: Max Marshall who was untouchable in attack.
Players MOM: Max took the lion’s share again with WIll Mortimore a close second continuing his consistently powerful performances for the club.
Dick of the Day: Will Mortimore for some fine butchery on the paddock.
Match report by Sam Collins (tweaked by George Burnie)
The 2017/18 League table for the 1st XV looks like this on Tuesday 18th September 2017
|Wadworth 6X Gloucester 1|
|Pts. Against|| Pts.|
|Try Bonus Pts.||Losing Bonus Pts.||Total Pts.|
|5||Widden Old Boys||2||1||0||1||61||49||12||1||1||6|
|10||St Brendan's Old Boys||2||0||0||2||44||68||-24||1||0||1|
The 2017/18 League table for the 2nd XV looks like this on Wednesday 13th September 2017
|Wadworth 6X Bristol & District B Reserves||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Pts. For||Pts. Against||Diff||Losing Bonus Pts||Total Pts||Adjust|
|Aretians 2nd XV||2||2||0||0||85||41||44||0||10||0|
|Southmead 2nd XV||2||1||0||1||24||39||-15||0||6||0|
|Bishopston 2nd XV||2||1||0||1||55||22||33||0||5||0|
|Old Elizabethans 2nd XV||1||1||0||0||48||0||48||0||5||0|
|Whitehall 3rd XV||2||0||0||2||17||94||-77||0||2||0|
|Bristol Saracens 3rd XV||1||0||0||1||22||55||-33||0||1||0|
|Last Updated: Sep 11 2017|
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or Mob phone: 07794308243
Andy Brook – Coach
email@example.com or Mob phone: 07917025425
Phil Cheek – Chairman
firstname.lastname@example.org or Mob phone: 07767615223
Paul ‘Blakey’ Barrington – Team Manager
email@example.com or Mob phone: 07815936312
The clubhouse is at Severn Road, Hallen, BS10 7RZ or for more details contact Alex Potts firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.oldelizabethansrfc.co.uk