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April 29, 2010 by Admin  
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Under 13’s Tournament

April 21, 2010 by paul  
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Awards Dinner-P&G’s celebrate another successful season

April 20, 2010 by paul  
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Pinner celebrated a second successful season at the annual end of season Awards Dinner attended by nearly 50 players, members, vice-presidents and friends in their clubhouse on Shaftesbury Playing Fields, Hatch End on Friday evening.  Following on from the previous Saturday’s Players Reunion Lunch it was the second time in a week that the pavilion was filled by people enjoying a splendid social atmosphere.

The Club President David Hiles paid tribute to all who had put in so much effort over the season to maintain the momentum of the 1st XV’s promotion, the new youth U13 team and the Mini rugby section. In particular he gave warm praise to Club Captain Reza Sibilant for his leadership on and off the field. He welcomed Mel Williams, a vice-president who had captained the club in the 1960’s before moving on to Saracens where he became captain of the club and Hertfordshire and later President.  A  standing ovation greeted the news that Mel had recently been inducted into the Saracen’s Hall of Fame joining the famous international players Michael Lynah and Philipe Sella.

David Hiles also announced that, following a meeting that he had with the RFU consultant, the contractors and representatives of the LB of Harrow the day before, work would commence on 20th April on the £46.000 comprehensive drainage project for the lower pitch. This project is to be funded by the RFU with a substantial contribution from the LB of Harrow who are the pitch owners.

The majority of end of season awards are voted on by the players themselves. The Captain and President presented engraved pint tankard to:

Players of the Season:      Martin Goodwin and Warren Woad who received equal votes

Most Improved Player:    James Byrne

Best Newcomer:                 Lee Seiler who also coaches the U13 team

Best Overseas Player:         Craig Lane

Club Colour Ties were presented to physio Lindsey Browne and to Bernie Richter and Martin Goodwin for consistently high standard of play over several seasons.

The Captain’s Shield, awarded annually to the club member who has given outstanding support to the captain and his team, was presented by Reza Sibilant to Paul Talbot who not only coaches one of the Mini’s squads but supports and photographs the 1st XV and maintains the Club’s highly regarded website .

On the previous Saturday the JPR Williams Shield for Endeavour had been presented to Paul’s wife Jo for her many roles with the Mini section and for her work in moving the whole club to it Club Marque status.

In closing the formal part of the evening Dave Hiles said that he looked forward to the seniors running a 2nd XV next season, the Youth section moving on to both U14 and U13 teams and the Mini’s continuing to grow. With the whole club approach the Club was definitely upbeat about its future.

Pinner & Grammarians Under 10’s at Staines Festival

April 19, 2010 by paul  
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The Icelandic cloud combined with school holidays and illness left Pinner & Grammarians Under 10’s squad a little wanting this Sunday as they travelled to the Staines Festival. With only the required team number it was going to be hard task to maintain the recent results they have achieved.

The first match saw them against Hammersmith & Fulham RFC who they beat at an earlier fixture in February. From the first pass it was a fast paced game with crunching tackles and quick passes, which saw a breakaway try from a H&F fullback. Pinner responded quickly with a great display of forwards pressure, a driving maul allowed Kai Gordon to get hold of the ball and run in a try from two metres. Half time saw the match level at 5 all. H&F started the second half and immediately ran the ball into touch, leaving a slightly dazed Pinner side who had not yet got into their stride after the break. The teams worked hard to get the ball moving out the wings but continued great defending from both teams cancelled out any further score. The game finished 10-5 to H&F

The second game of the pool was against Twickenham, a team that Pinner has played many times both in tournaments and friendly fixtures, this was noticeable as each team were able to remember the names of players they had played against. The friendliness put aside until the end of the game, the match continued with some excellent tackling, running and passing. Twickenham managed to put points on the board; attaining two tries in quick succession. At half time the score was 10-0. Starting the second half with a player down, and having no substitutes Pinner responded with a period of dominant possession close to the opponents try line culminating with a tremendous team effort to get Brendan Machell in a position to finally place the ball down for a well deserved try. Playing with only 8 players Pinner found the extra player Twickenham had made the difference, despite some excellent individual tackling they were unable to stoop the third try from being scored. The game finished 15-5

The final match was against the hosts; Staines RFC. The team, carrying several injuries by this time were determined to leave the tournament with heads held high. With the sun blazing down and the now very dry and hard playing surface the Pinner boys gave everything into trying to prevent Staines from scoring; photographs show that there were some great tackles made by both sets of players causing at times an almost stalemate situation. It was only when the ball was passed to a fast footed player deep into the Staines that they were able to score a brilliant try running ahead of a chasing defensive pack. This unfortunately this was followed moments later with an almost identical try. The team spirit never waivered and this culminated in an excellent passing phase which gave scrum half Sam Marchant the ideal opportunity to score a well earned try just seconds before the final whistle. The final result 10-5

Pinner under 10’s should be very proud of their performance as it exemplified the ethos of this club; which promotes team spirit, fair play, fun enjoyment of playing the game of rugby. It is very difficult to single out individual players but special mention to Ben Stone and Brendan Machell who displayed great enthusiasm and commitment in the games.

Team: Brendan Machell, Sam Marchant, Kai Gordon, Ben Stone, Dylan Kelly, Jacob Talbot, Findlay Schofield, Luis Quisbert-Davies, Iain Wheeler


April 19, 2010 by paul  
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On arrival at the tournament, Pinner discovered that their group pool contained 2 of the tournament’s strongest sides, Aylesbury As and Buckingham. Coupled with Beaconsfield and Ampthill, this was always going to be a challenge, especially as this was the boys’ first experience of this format; and so it proved!

First up was Buckingham. With the matches only lasting 10 minutes, possession was paramount and a couple of missed tackles led to an early 10 – 0 deficit. A well-worked try, scored by Harrison Davies, was the culmination of some fine team work and was a just reward. Despite conceding 3 more, the boys fought back and an excellent solo run from Bradley Stevenson made 50 yards and a fine supporting run from Callum George led to him scoring one of our most impressive tries this season. Despite losing 25 – 10, we were all optimistic for what lay ahead.

Sadly, the excellent work of the first game was not repeated and led to defeats of 25 – 0 by Beaconsfield and 20 – 0 by Ampthill.

Following an hour-long wait for our final match, against tournament favourites Aylesbury As, the boys had nothing to play for but their pride, and play they did! Although Aylesbury ran out 25 – 0 winners, the score belies a titanic contest that we held our own in for much of the time.

The day brought some real heroes. Jonathan Hill showed his usual bravery by tackling anyone and everyone, despite picking up a nasty bump in the 2nd game. Adam Rees played with style and tenacity, as always proving such an asset despite his stature and Dominic Seiler, playing for every minute the team did, tackled and battled with his customary stoicism but two others deserved special praise. Making his Pinner debut and with scant experience under his belt, David Wilkinson showed what an enormous asset he will become to the team. He tackled, he rucked, he made ground and was utterly fearless throughout. Great things beckon with David in the team! However, man of the day was Ryan Beaumont. He competed for every ball and showed energy reserves none of us knew he had! With 10 Ryans, Pinner would certainly have been in the final!  A credit to everyone, he led by shining example and proved that forwards can run!

A great learning curve for us all that will hopefully lead to greater success in the future.

Brad Seiler

TEAM: Adam Rees, Ben George, Bradley Stevenson, Callum George, Daniel Villamil, David Wilkinson, Dominic Seiler, Harrison Davies, Jamie Benevedes, Jonathan Hill, Lewis Hughes, Matthew Andreon, Oscar Perillo, Piers Marx-Carr, Ryan Beaumont.

Under 10’s @ Staines festival

April 18, 2010 by paul  
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End of Season Awards evening – photographic evidence it happened!!

April 18, 2010 by paul  
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Presidents Lunch 1970’s players reunion

April 11, 2010 by paul  
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P&G’s frustrated at Cuffley’s failure to turn up

I what should have been the crucial and final league match of the season saw Pinner frustrated by Cuffley’s failure to honour the scheduled fixture. Under the league regulations P&G’s are awarded a  0 – 0 win which did little to enhance their playing points difference and ensured that they finished only in third place.  This was the second time in the final three matches that the Hatch End based club have suffered in this way having been dealt a similar blow by Thamesians a few weeks before.

The third place is a significant achievement having only been promoted the previous season after years in the doldrums.  With league restructuring yet again on the cards there remains a very good chance of a second successive promotion.  Much of the credit for this success rests with the Captain Reza Sibilant who by quite example both on and off the pitch has welded together a squad of players who enjoy their rugby and socialising together. The Club’s future looks bright indeed and this success will be reflected in the awards to be made at next Friday’s Club Dinner.

Wonderful Reunion at Pinner

Last Saturday was not entirely wasted at Shaftesbury Playing Fields. Club President Dave Hiles hosted an end of season lunch the theme being a reunion of players from the 1970.  Nearly 70 people attended from all parts of the country and one of the three Cunningham brothers came from France for the occasion.  Photographs and memorabilia that had survived the fire nine years previously were resurrected and on display.  Memories of past glories on the pitch where enhanced by hind-sight and deeds on tours to the Midlands, Cornwall and Amsterdam were relived.

Guests included Cllr Susan Hall, portfolio holder for Leisure Services, and the Club’s sponsor Dee Markham.

The two former rugby clubs in Pinner, [Pinner RFC and Pinner Old Grammarians] merged in 1969. All four Presidents who have served Pinner and Grammarians over those forty years were present. Fred Runacres [1969-73], Eric Dodge [1973-77] and Bill North [1977 – 2002] were welcomed by the present incumbent David Hiles who paid tribute to the dedication of his predecessors.  He also noted that licence and lease agreements with the LB of Harrow have secured the Club’s future for many years and he thanked Cllr Hall for her support and interest in this respect.

Members and  guests stood in a minute’s silence in honour and memory of a former player Ray van Staden who had given his life in saving a ten year old boy from the sea off Durban, South Africa.

The first award of the season was made by the Captain Reza Sibilant when he presented Jo Talbot, Hon Secretary of the Mini Section with the J.P.R. Williams Shield for Endeavour signifying the total intergration of all parts of the club.

The event was such a success that there was a universal call for it to become an annual event.

April caption competition

April 6, 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; ‘Fat Paul’ appears for the second month; this I feel is a slight continuation from what was eluded from last months caption competition!

to submit caption please email

Are you sure he’s got the ball Reza? – Jon Blowers
Fat Paul makes a new friend
Ickenham player – “no it doesn’t fit”
You gotta hand it to Fat Paul he really knows how to work the passage of the ball

Level 1 and level 2 coaching Qualifications: Update (6th April) Important Dates

April 6, 2010 by paul  
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Coaching Calendar 2010

Last Updated:  March 8th 2010

Constituent Bodies:   Eastern Counties, Hertfordshire, Essex & Middlesex 
Contact Name:                    Bev Rawlins
Address:                              RFU London North Coaching CentreHartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucestershire.  GL19 3BE 
Contact Details Tel:  01452 702119   Email: 

Course Application Process

Please submit your application form and payment as early as possible (and no later than 21 days prior to the start of the course) to the Regional Coaching Centre as your place cannot be confirmed without both of these. Joining instructions will be sent to you within two weeks of the course start date.                          

Due to the need to provide and pay for facilities, resources and delivery staff, full or part refunds may not be available to candidates who withdraw or who do not attend. Please refer to the course application form for further details.

Payment Cheques:  Please submit your application form together with a cheque payable to “RFD Ltd” and send to the regional Coaching Centre.

Credit Cards: Please email / post your application and then telephone 0208 831 7499 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 & 17:00 hours only) to pay by Visa, MasterCard and/or Debit Card.  Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express. Please note that we no longer able to accept invoice requests and all payments must be made at the time of your booking by cheque or Credit/Debit card.  

Changes to Course Dates / Venues

To ensure the coaching course is a positive learning experience a minimum of 16 people are required to participate. If insufficient numbers have applied the course will be postponed or cancelled and candidates will be offered alternative courses or a refund. Where the course venue/date is subject to change, applicants will be notified via email and offered an alternative course and/or full refund. 

Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union      £100 (incl. VAT) 

Please note you will need to complete the Goodyear Rugby Ready (“Safety”) practical course before starting your Level One course.  Please send a copy of your IRB Goodyear Rugby Ready Certificate with your completed application form.

Course Dates CB Venue Application Deadline
Induction Eve21st AprilPractical Days

25th  April & 9th   May

Essex Coopers Coburn 21st March 2010
Induction Eve 12th May   Practical Days16th & 23rd May 2010  Middlesex Middlesex University (Trent Park) 12th April 2010
Induction Eve 12th May   Practical Days16th & 23rd May 2010  Hertfordshire North Herts College  12th April 2010
Induction Eve 12th May   Practical Days16th & 23rd May 2010  Eastern Counties Kings School Ely 12th April 2010
Induction Eve 2nd  June   Practical Days6th & 13th  June 2009  Essex Colchester 6th Form 2nd May 2010
Induction Eve 9th  June   Practical Days13th & 20th  June 2009  Middlesex Richmond College (Twickenham) 3rd May 2010  
Induction Eve 9th  June   Practical Days13th & 20th  June 2009  Hertfordshire North Herts College, Hitchin 9th May 2010 


Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union      £176.25 (incl. VAT) 

Please note to be successful in gaining a place on the Level 2, you will need to hold a Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union and demonstrated that you have attended coach development courses (CPD) in line with your Level 1 Action Plan.

Coaching Development courses (CPD) are run throughout the region in line with the needs identified by Club Coaching Coordinators and CB Coaching Development Committees. Applicants should also have significant experience (playing or coaching) of the 15-a-side game.

Applications are “screened” to ensure that the coach has the appropriate knowledge and skills to attend this level of course and that they derive a positive learning experience from the programme. Please ensure that all application forms are fully completed.

Course Dates CB Venue Application deadline
24th & 25th April              Pt 19th & 16th May ‘10           Pt 2 Eastern Counties Kings School Ely 24th March 2010 
17th & 18th April               Pt 125th April & 9th May 10    Pt 2 Essex Felsted 17th March 2010 
8th & 9th May                   Pt 116th & 23rd  May 10         Pt 2 Middlesex Harrow School (Middx venue to be rescheduled due to school refurbishment) 9th April 2010 
12th, 13th   June               Pt 120th & 27th June 10         Pt 2 Hertfordshire North Herts College 12th May 2010 







Cost per person: £176.25 including VAT; cheques payable to “RFD Ltd” & must accompany application form.  Alternatively, please submit your application and then telephone 0208 831 7499 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 & 17:00 hours only) to pay by Visa, MasterCard and/or Debit Card.  Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express.   

Please note that invoice requests are no longer accepted and all payments must be made at the time of your booking by cheque or Credit/Debit card.