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September 29, 2009 by paul  
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Defiant Pinner end Hatfield’s nineteen month undefeated run.

September 28, 2009 by paul  
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In the much awaited Herts – Middx Div 3 match between the two promoted sides Pinner avenged the two narrow defeats inflicted on them by Hatfield in last season’s title chase. The sterling 27 -23 victory in the first home match of the season ended a nineteen match undefeated league run by the visitors.

Pinner attacked from the kick-off and were soon ahead with an unconverted try by Steven Griffiths. Ten minutes later Hatfield responded with a penalty when a Pinner player was adjudged off-side in-front of the posts.  From the kick-off the ball was won and fed to centre Burns whose kick and chase was thwarted by an illegal obstruction. The referee awarded a penalty try that was converted by full-back Mark Razzell.  The game became rather scrappy with the inexperience of the referee beginning to have an unfortunate influence.  Attacks were nullified by strong defence on both sides but on the half-hour an Hatfield player was penalised for throwing the ball over the dead-ball line. Hatfield appeared to hinder the quick taking of the penalty so the referee awarded and second penalty try, which was again converted by Razzell.  Hatfield counter attacked strongly but the P&G’s defence was superb holding out to give a half-time lead of 19 – 3.

Hatfield came out in the second session determined to defend their record and mounted a series of attacks.  On ten minutes a clever cross kick by fly-half Ian Burnett found left-wing John Thompson who cut inside to score. Burnett added the extra 2 points and added 3 more eight minutes later when Pinner were again judged off-side. This brought the score to 19 -12 and the large crowd knew they were in for an exciting final quarter.   Neither side could establish any patterns to their play as the referee’s decisions became often pedantic and frequently indecisive. Pinner were now under severe pressure but determined and courageous tackling by all players held Hatfield at bay. Eventually the line was broken with Hatfield winning a ruck on the P&G 5 metre line for one of the forwards to crash over from short range.  The conversion failed but with a score line of 19 -18 we were in for a nail-biting finish.  There was still more to come. From the kick-off the ball went into touch on the Hatfield 22.  Pinner won the line-out, fed the ball rapidly across to the right where full-back Razzell came into the line to score in the corner.  His conversion attempt hit the post and bounced back.  The score, now 24 -18 to the home side, still left time for the visitors to sneak by.  Haunted by memories of the two encounters from last season when Hatfield won with last minute penalties in both games the Pinner team rallied once more and were awarded yet another penalty.  With only 2 minutes of regular time remaining Mark Razzell calmly kicked another 3 points to give and breathing space of 27 -18.  Bewilderingly the referee played a further 8 minutes but time enough for Hatfield to mount once successful last attack to save their record.  They broke out and ran in the final try wide on the left.  Burnett’s conversion failed and the final whistle blew. Victory for Pinner by 27 -23, the widest margin between the two sides for two seasons.

The friendly rivalry between these two clubs is now firmly established, with no quarter asked for or given on the pitch but excellent relations off it.  On the evidence of each of their starts to this season they could be both in contention for successive promotions by next April. The return match in January is eagerly awaited.  This Saturday P&G’s will welcome British Airways for a non-league game at Shaftesbury Playing Fields. The visitors were the only other team to inflict a league defeat on Pinner early last season but this was avenged in the return match.  The Club will also celebrate ‘Deryck Westwood Day’ in memory of one of the founder members who played for the club in 1934 and remained a member for over 70 years.

To see more photographs from the match please look in the seniors gallery

warm up, stretching exercises

September 27, 2009 by paul  
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Something very useful from Phil Hood (Parent) and runner – warm up exercises and muscle stretches

please follow link: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/mobilgen.htm

First XV versus Hatfield RFC – photos

September 27, 2009 by paul  
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P&G 1st XV versus Cuffley RFC

September 23, 2009 by paul  
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PROMOTED PINNER GIVE A POWERFUL WARNING

September 23, 2009 by paul  
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Newly promoted Pinner & Grammarians RFC put on a display of dynamic rugby in their first league match of the season.  Playing at Chesthunt against Cuffley, who were promoted two seasons ago, quickly got into their stride.  After only two minutes and series of strong drives the ball reached hooker Aaron Nicholas who shrugged off several tackles to score in the left corner. The conversion attempt failed but P&G’s were soon back on the score sheet.  Electing to run the ball out of their own 22  a strong run down the left wing saw the ball passed inside, moved through several pairs of hands before centre Nick Freeman went roung the defence to score close in.  This time Mark Razzell made sure of the extra points.  Half way through the first half P&G’s won a line out on Cuffley’s 22, the ball was fed to the right through Warren Woad,  to right-winner Graeme Searles who flicked it inside to Captain Reza Sibilant to score under the posts. Again Mark Razzell made the conversion.  Just after the half-hour, with the heavier Cuffley front five beginning to cause problems, they gained a push-over try by Louis Clarke. James Hardacre proved the two point.  This inspired Pinner to greater effort.  Winning the ball at a Cuffley line-out P&G’s moved it quickly out to the right for Captain Reza Sibilant to be on hand to score his second try.  This gave Pinner a comfortable half-time lead of 24 -7.

Soon into the second half Cuffley failed to  find touch with a penalty from their 22.  Warren Woad, catching the ball on the half-way line moved it inside to Graeme Searle.  Reza Sibilant took up the running back into the home side’s 22. Prop Dave Manning took it the final 20 yards to score. Razzell was again successful with the kick.  Pinner were not finished yet.  Aaron Nicholas caught the Cuffley kick-off, made progress and with the ball going  then to Sibilant and on to scrum-half Lane who also made ground.  No 8 Richter came into the line before feeding flanker Woad who covered the remaining 30 yards to score Pinner’s sixth try under the posts. Razzell once more converted.  Cuffley forwards again raised their game and, aided by several infringements, mounted a series on attacks from close range.  The referee then awarded a penalty try for an alleged trip. This was converted by Hardacre to bring the score to 38 -14 with a quarter of an hour remaining.  The Pinner defence withstood numerous attacks but with 5 minutes left the referee gave yet another penalty to the home side.  Pinner repulsed the first two drives but eventually Ross Lovett crashed over for an unconverted try.  With a final score of 38 -19 Pinner gave notice that they will be no push over in Herts- Middx Div 3 and that they are a force to be reckoned with.

The first home match of the season will be at Shaftesbury Playing Fields Hatch End next Saturday. The opponents are Hatfield, who last season were undefeated and were also promoted with Pinner.

Pinner & Grammarians First Youth Match versus Maidenhead RFC

September 22, 2009 by paul  
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The U13 Youth team entertained Maidenhead RFC for their opening fixture of the season on a warm Sunday morning at Shaftesbury, putting in a performance to be proud of.  Playing on the first XV pitch in front of a good crowd of parents and visitors the boys played some committed and determined rugby against a well prepared opposition.  Maidenhead had the luxury of fielding both an A and a B team meaning back to back fixtures for the Pinner boys.

Undeterred they stuck well to their task almost holding their own in the two shortened games against the As, conceding five tries in all, whilst easily outplaying the Bs scoring two tries to nil. The benefit of the summer training sessions were clearly in evidence as both fitness and skill levels reached new heights.  The front five proved they will be a force to be reckoned with for all comers this season as they put the opposing packs under real pressure throughout, and special mention goes to the engine room in the second row from where Bradley Stephenson scored both Pinner’s tries.  The tenacity of the back row was encouraging especially in the final game when Bradley (Hitman) Smith found his feet and knocked down any Maidenhead players who dared come near. Special mentions in the backs to Jonathan Barrabell and Adam Rees who were immense in the tackle despite their size, and were always a threat with ball in hand sending a clear message to the rest of the team to have the confidence needed to spread the ball wide and use the abundance of pace and guile in the team.

report: Doj

Next Sunday sees the team go away to Harrow for something of a local derby.

Youth First game versus Maidenhead RFC 20.09.09

September 22, 2009 by paul  
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Protected: Training 20.09.09 – bit sparce, more to come

September 22, 2009 by paul  
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Presidents Lunch & Deryck Westwood Day

September 17, 2009 by paul  
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PINNER & GRAMMARIANS R.F.C.

PRESIDENT’S LUNCH ON

DERYCK WESTWOOD DAY SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER

You, your partner and friends are cordially invited to help get the season off to a rousing start by lending your support to the Club, which plans to build on last season’s success.

LUNCH 12:30 FOR 1:00 PM

£15 per head.

Watch the 1st XV v British Airways

K.O. 3:00pm

After the match celebrate the life of the late Deryck Westwood

who left funds for us to enjoy free ale as long as the barrel lasts.

Good company – good rugby !

In order to assist with the catering please let either of the following know, as soon as possible, how many will be attend for lunch

Dave Hiles:  Tel 020 8864 0787,  E-mail: david@thehiles.co.uk

Andy Wright: Tel 07885 466 473, E-mail: andy@pinnerrugby.co.uk

Phil Skelton: Tel: 07765 550 078 or 020 8429 4095

Pinner & Grammarians RFC match report 12th Sept 2009

September 14, 2009 by paul  
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Newly promoted P&G’s kicked of the season with a non-league match against local rivals Harrow at Grove Field on Saturday.  The match was played over four periods of 20 minutes to give all players a chance of a run-out before the league fixtures starts in earnest next week.  After only 5 minutes Harrow took the lead with a penalty but this was soon matched when full-back Mark Razzell equalized from 40 yards. Pinner established a series of attacks and were awarded another penalty on the Harrow 22.  Electing to run the ball it was quickly moved to the right for flanker Warren Woad to score. Razzell’s conversion attempt rebounded off the post leaving the score at 8 -3 to P&G at the first interval. Soon into the second period Harrow began to exert more pressure which resulted in an unconverted try after 30 minutes. Still under pressure, Pinner gained possession in their own 22 and, instead of settling for the safe kick to touch, launched an ambitious counter attack.  With first rate passing the ball went through several pairs of hands before finding the strong running No 8 Bernie Richter to cover the final 40 yards to score. Fly-half Paul James provided the conversion giving P&G’s a 15 -8 lead at half-time.

With several changes of players on both sides much of the rhythm went out of the play. In the third period Harrow mounted a series of close range attacks but every one of them was repelled by Pinner’s  tenacious defense and brave tackling. This continued into the final session although Pinner regained control and played the more constructive rugby. There was no further scoring to leave Pinner winners against their old adversaries by 15 points to 8.

Captain Reza Sibilant was very pleased with the result and the performance of the players. The team has been training twice a week throughout the summer and spirits are high. They intend not only to survive in the Herts – Middlesex Division 3 but to aim for successive promotions. P&G hope to establish a second XV and are currently looking for players.

Protected: Training 13th September

September 13, 2009 by paul  
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First XV win 15 – 8

September 12, 2009 by paul  
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Pinner & Grammarians 1st Team  battled hard to overcome Harrow this afternoon, a full match reports will follow shortly, photos are posted within the gallery – seniors, take a look, some brilliant action shots of the team

First game of the season Versus HarrowRFC ‘the photos’

September 12, 2009 by paul  
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Good Luck

September 11, 2009 by paul  
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Pinner & Grammarians first XV opening game of the season versus Harrow RFC. 2.30 kick off at Harrow RFC After watching the training session last night all that can be said is awesome, great team spirit and commitment. If are not planning to do much on Saturday, pop along and give them your support (follow HarrowRFC for link / directions)

All the members of the club wish you good luck on Saturday, enjoy the game and give Harrow a hammering!

Mini section parent connection

September 10, 2009 by paul  
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Technology advances in electronic communication has led to the addition of a Facebook group being created. Paul (AKA Spud) has created a group called Pinner & Grammarians mini section within Facebook. It mirrors the seniors’ version. It is a closed group and cannot be seen by anybody other than members of the group. It hoped that using the events and notices elements will improve communication between administrators, coaches and parents which previously was undertaken using copious emails and text (Jo).

The aim this season is for information to be posted on the website (www.pinnerrugby.com) as per usual and with a Facebook group to extend this to include chat amongst parents / coaches etc, with social events, car sharing at away fixtures, where to buy gum shields etc. we are trying to avoid sending out hundreds of emails / phone calls and texts.

Those that have a Facebook account will know how it works!

We are hoping to get all of the parents involved; it has proved an excellent form of contact with the seniors’ group.

This is for parents, coaches and admins e.g. adults, none of the children will have access to the full group (minimum age on Facebook is 14yrs I believe, but don’t quote me on that!)

Hopefully you will join, I expect, like the seniors’ version, there will be a fun element, dodgy photos of coaches, links to other sites etc

To join the group please follow the link by either clicking on the logo above or the url below

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=131003353323&ref=mf

If you have any questions about this group have a chat with Paul

The new Mini – Youth season has arrived, yipee

September 7, 2009 by paul  
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The new season has arrived. On a pleasant September morning, many were seen wondering around the clubhouse hunting their cup of coffee and bacon roll fix; oh yes, it has been several months since bleary eyed parents and coaches ventured out on a Sunday morning so early! It was terrific to see so many returning faces and a special welcome to the new players giving us a go.

Throughout the morning people renewed their membership (thanks to Jo for time spent undertaking this) and seeing players enjoying their training sessions – all said that they were glad to be back, especially one under 10 who has returned after a season away.

On the thank you front; a huge thanks to Paul Parker-Brice (head coach under 9’s) for running a very successful summer training program this was well attended and young players said that they enjoyed keeping fit, especially the bleep tests (not one of my favourites!)

We will be continuing to complete membership this Sunday 13th for all those who missed out last weekend. Please keep an eye on the website as this will be the main point of contact for information throughout the season especially Jo’s and Brad’s bulletin boards as they will post latest news regularly.

We are expecting a brilliant year, we now have a Youth section – breaking into new and exciting territory, the first team are hoping to continue their promotional success from last season and win their league and once again ‘bring home’ the silverware.

We hope to see those who weren’t able to attend last week, you were missed.

Reminder: Training starts at 10am prompt, warm up starts at 9.45 so please register as soon as you arrive and get the players on the pitch ready to start.

September caption competition

September 2, 2009 by paul  
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This is a new development on the website

Each month a photo will be added to this page. It is hoped that you can come up with a suitable caption to go with it, a prize will be awarded at the end of each month – good luck

to submit caption please email paultalbot17@googlemail.com

September photograph:

 

 

 

 

September winner of a curly wurly and pint of drinkable:’Tonto practices his moves for strictly come sitting’  – Hobo

Mini section training/membership/fun session

September 2, 2009 by paul  
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Hi all, just a reminder that Sunday training starts again Sunday 6th September 2009. The first session of the season will be a fun training session and membership signing. Please bring along any old/small kit to be donated in the recycle boxes. You may be asked by the short chairman to do a job, so nothing changes there!!

Youth Section

September 2, 2009 by Admin  
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The Youth section is now up and running! Please click on the link above and see all of next season’s info!

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