1st XV versus Watford RFC the second half photos (Andy Wright’s)

January 31, 2010 by paul  
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Do ya wanna ref? Clyde cloning!

January 31, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner & Grammarians RFC needs more referees!

Why Referee?

There are a whole host of reasons why you might want to become a referee: to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike. (remember; when the ref’ is right he’s right, when he’s wrong he’s right!)

Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun. We are obliged to supply referees for League, Cup and club matches and without one, there’s no game so help the players and the club by learning to referee.

Getting Started

As a new referee, you are advised to undertake the Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA), a three-stage award which will provide you with the key tools to referee competently.

If you choose to join a regional referees society, then you will be required to complete all three stages of the ELRA. If you wish to remain within our club, then you need only complete stages one and two. These cover the following aspects of refereeing:

-Management and control

-Problem solving

-Refereeing the key phases of the game

-Positioning and communication

-Laws of the game

-Stages one and two focus on practical learning, giving you the -opportunity to observe refereeing in practice and build confidence in your own skills on the field of play.

The courses take place over 2 days at weekends and P&GRFC will pay the costs.

‘If you fancy being at the centre of the action’ or want to develop your skills and knowledge of the game of rugby contact:

Jo Talbot, coaching coordinator

Email: jotalbot2002@yahoo.co.uk

Or catch up with her and have a chat during a training session

First XV versus Watford RFC – first half photographs

January 30, 2010 by paul  
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Six Nations Fantasy Rugby League has now been set up – join in

January 29, 2010 by paul  
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Hi all,
if you are interested I have set up a six nations fantasy rugby league, it is a private league for members of P&G, friends of and etc just for a bit of fun
if you want to become part of it here’s the following information:
website: http://scrum.fantasyleague.com
private league: Pinner & Grammarians RFC

follow instructions and add your team
I suppose we could add a prize somewhere along the line  -thats up for discussion
anyhow, if you fancy it give it a whirl

password: email me or quick chat paultalbot17@googlemail.com

pin code: 4977

Pinner 1st XV back to winning ways

January 25, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner versus Hatfield RFC

Saturday 23rd January

On a cold and overcast afternoon sporting their new kit, Pinner 1st XV took to the field with high hopes of a second victory over Hatfield this season. From the kick off it was evident that both teams meant business with Hatfield dominating the first fifteen minutes driving the Pinner forwards deep into their own twenty-two. Much of the play was centered around rucks and mauls with Hatfield having the upper hand; although poor discipline gave the advantage to Pinner and they were awarded a penalty just inside the Hatfield half. The kick from Paul James went agonizingly close to the outside of the right upright leaving the score 0-0. Hatfield continued to push Pinner and quickly passed the ball moving it across the field to the number 4, despite a heroic chase by loose head prop Neill King, to score in the corner. The try was then converted to take the score 7-0. Pinner continued to defend in their twenty-two for the remainder of the first half, just holding on.

The second half continued in the same vain, the Pinner pack working very hard to stop any advancement by a well organised team. Again, they found themselves stuck deep into their own half, with some ferocious tackling by the two Pinner flankers

Hatfield gave away a penalty, which, like in the first half narrowly missed the posts. From this point on, it turned into a bit of a dog fight, the tackles coming in thick and fast and even harder; causing a spate of injuries; the Pinner scrum half

Steven Griffiths taking a particularly nasty fall after kicking and chasing the ball some thirty metres deep into the Hatfield half. Despite changes Pinner continued to hold fast and following a disputed off side were awarded a penalty, this time Paul James was able to kick this over the posts, making the score 7-3. However, Hatfield continued to cause Pinner a lot of problems, pushed back in the now familiar own twenty-two they showed great character and determination to not let the opposition score again.

With the forwards under great pressure, the backs holding on the ball suddenly became loose; with quick mind and body, Jon Kirby intercepted it and ran the full length of the pitch, with others trailing him he placed the ball under the posts giving Paul James the opportunity to convert to bring the score to a winning 10-7 with a couple of minutes left on the referees watch. The final blow of the whistle saw a very jubilant side, having fought hard throughout the game, mainly in their own half they had overcome a strong Hatfield side and now sit second in the Herts/Middlesex 3 league.

A special mention to the debutants for their effort and commitment during the game should also be recorded.

Pinner who now face Watford RFC on Saturday 30th January at home, are looking to get the double over them following the earlier fixture in the season which saw them win 21-17


January 25, 2010 by paul  
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A chilly but dry Sunday saw us venture down to the hallowed turf at Richmond FC. With possibly the greatest history of any rugby club, we all knew that it was going to be a challenge and we weren’t wrong.

Although missing our two most accomplished players, we started confidently enough but their mountain of an inside centre took an early opportunity to open up our defence and he muscled through to score an early opening try that duly converted. Unfortunately for Pinner this was repeated again some 10 minutes later and was to prove the pattern for their demise.

Following an animated half time team talk, Pinner pulled an early try back. Bradley “Hitman” Smith, Pinner’s No 6, picked up a loose ball and ran it over at the corner flag from just inside their 22. Harrison Davies’ conversion attempt, spot on for accuracy, dropped agonisingly short for a 14 – 5 score line.

Inevitably, they responded immediately with another powerful run through the middle from their own 10 metre line – try number 3 for Richmond and for Alex, the aforementioned No 12. Pinner fought hard and were rewarded with a great try for Matt Andreon, playing at No 7. He picked up at the 5 metre line and drove over. Now – one for the rule books! Harrison ran up to take the conversion but, instead, picked the ball off the tee and ran over the dead ball line and touched down! Once upon a time – that was 2 points! But have those rules changed? We’re still looking!

Unfortunately, Alex found a gap on 2 further occasions for a final score of 33 – 12. Pinner were better than that – it was an one man army that defeated them but it was a great learning curve. Some impressive performances from Tyler Hone, Jamie Benevides and Dominic Seiler and a solid team display. It’s a good place to start!

A much improved Pinner side travelled to Richmond and on a poor pitch played some fast running rugby to be proud of.  If ever there was an example of a one man team Richmond proved that theory ‘in spades’.  Richmond’s powerful and athletic centre, Alex, ran in every one of their 5 tries, scoring under the posts to make the kicks a formality.

Although never quite finding the answer to this Pinner stuck valiantly to the task and at the start of the second half got their just deserts when from the towering kick-off a determined chase saw Pinner arriving in numbers; the ball bounced off the surprised Richmond pack to Bardley Smith who pinned back his ears to out flank the defence and score in the corner.

A second score in the same corner cam after an inspired charge by both 2nd Rows, Ryan Beaumont and Sam Williams.  As the ball popped out sideways from the ensuing ruck Matthew Andreon was the first to react and dived over for the score.  It was great to see two new names on the scoreboard.

The resulting conversion offered a talking point when Harrison Davies harped back to years gone by and elected to pick up the ball and beat the charging defenders to cross the line and touch down.  The points were duly awarded sparking much debate as to validity of ‘converting’ a try in this way.  Whether it is confined to the history books or not it was a moment to remember.

Several promising performances from Tyler Hone, Jamie Benavides and Liam O’Riordan showed the way forward for the return of Watford next week.

Team:  Villamil, Perillo, Seiler, Williams, Beaumont, Benavides, Smith, Hone, George C, Marx-Carr, Hill (Andreon), George B, Rees, O’Riordan, Davies.

Watford at home next week – bring it on!

Protected: Mini Section away @ Slough RFC – Sunday 24th January – the photos

January 24, 2010 by paul  
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1st XV versus Hatfield RFC – photos

January 24, 2010 by paul  
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Calling all rugby fans your help is needed!!!

January 21, 2010 by paul  
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On the evening of Friday 26th February the inaugural England Legends v Ireland Legends match for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup is being held at The Stoop, Twickenham.  The Legends charity match, a fundraiser for paralysed rugby players, will provide the perfect opener to a great weekend of rugby with the Six Nations clash the following day.
The Legends game will see some of the big names of English and Irish rugby go head-to-head one more time, with those involved including Shane Byrne, Martin Corry, Rob Henderson, Jason Robinson, David Humphreys, Mike Catt, Richard Wallace, Josh Lewsey, Conor O’Shea, Jason Leonard and Peter Clohessy, to name but a few.
After the game there will be plenty of entertainment – bands playing in the main bar and plenty of food and drinks to be had to make a great night of it. Corporate hospitality is also available for those who would be interested.
The game was conceived to raise money for Stuart Mangan, who was paralysed from the high neck following a rugby accident whilst playing for Hammersmith & Fulham RFC in April 2008. Stuart required 24hour medical care for his every basic need, and The Stuart Mangan Appeal was launched to fundraise with patrons including Keith Wood, Ronan O’Gara and Jason Leonard. Stuart sadly passed away in August 2009 having contracted pneumonia, but his family have chosen for the match to go ahead in his memory and to raise necessary funds to support other injured players.
With this in mind, the beneficiary charities from the proceeds of the Legends game are Keith Wood’s Paralysed Rugby Players’ Fund, The Matt Hampson Trust and the IRFU Charitable Trust. Matt Hampson suffered a similar accident to Stuart whilst training with England U-21s and provided friendship and support to Stuart. The Legends game is kindly sponsored by the Byrne Group and ValidusRe, so 100% of the funds raised will go to these deserving charities.
We are aiming to sell all 12,000 seats at the game so we need to maximise awareness of the event.  We would very much appreciate it if you would forward this email to all of your individual club members and supporters and to anyone who you think would be interested in attending the game. Also, if you could include this information on your Club website and/or in your club’s newsletters and on notice boards, it would be most appreciated. We can post you some leaflets and posters if you require, please do let me know.  
You can purchase tickets (£10 for adults and £5 for kids) and find information on the teams and Corporate Hospitality contacts by clicking on the link below. 
If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or on the numbers below.
We look forward to seeing you at the England Legends v Ireland Legends game and would very much appreciate your support for Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup and for these very worthy rugby charities.
Kind regards
Andy Kershaw

Youth Under 13’s in action – photos

January 18, 2010 by paul  
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January caption competition

January 17, 2010 by paul  
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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

Ok folks, here’s this months caption competition; something of a change

to submit caption please email paultalbot17@googlemail.com

This months winner: Neill King AKA Bullet  – a pint of lovely and a special pack of chicken bites await you……………

Spud to steve “your not my wife so no I don’t want a cuddle especially with your balls rubbing against me” – Bullet

“The ’speedo twins’ were out practising their seduction techniques again” – Brad

Protected: Training Sunday 17th January – photos

January 17, 2010 by paul  
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Sunday Training – the last of the melting snow

January 16, 2010 by paul  
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Training for the Mini Section resumes this Sunday after a prolonged Christmas / New Year break. The recent inclement weather (snow) has meant that there has been no formal training so far this year which means that we now have to be put in an extra effort in the coming weeks. Enfield RFC were due to visit this weekend, unfortunately the weather has knocked this on the head. We hope to see all of you ready to start at 10am prompt. Wrap up warm – plenty of layers, bring a change of clothing as it will be a very wet and muddy session.

Last Sunday saw a number of people come down to the club for an impromptu snowball fight/snowman building; a great fort was constructed which, in turn in true rugby tradition became an outside bar! (Thanks to Steve Woad who provided hot toddies).


Coming fixtures:

January 10th   T     Training CANCELLED

January 17th   H     TRAINING Enfield Ignatians (H)

January 24th   A     Slough 

January 31st    T     Training 

February 7th  A     Hammersmith & Fulham (A)