Pinner still undefeated

October 21, 2014 by paul  
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After last week’s fiasco of an 108 – 0 win at Quintin,  Pinner met much tougher opposition in Ealing Exiles at Hatch End. It was soon evident that they had a game on their hands when the visitors went ahead with a penalty after only five minutes.  This galvanised Pinner into more effort and organisation. They soon responded when the forwards won the ball to put winger Naill Curran over for the first try converted by scrum-half Chris Jepsen. He soon added further points when Ealing were penalised for not retreating. Now Pinner were in control and attacks looked promising. On the half-hour, winning a scrum in front of the posts, the ball was quickly fed out to left-winger Michael Baggs who scored the first of his three tries. This gave the home side a comfortable 15 – 3 lead at half-time.

Straight into the second half Pinner showed their intent by attacking from their own half. Good work by the half backs got the line moving and Curran again finished things off in the corner.  Jepsen added the conversion. Ealing Exiles now came more into the game but the Pinner defence held.  Injuries to No. 8 Alexander and prop Ken Ryan meant the home team had to re-group. A couple of scoring chances went begging when the ball was dropped near the line. Into the last quarter and the Pinner backs were now buzzing. Curran proving his finishing power with his third try.  Next Pinner were awarded a penalty on the half-way line and chose to run the ball. From the resulting ruck on the Ealing 5 m line replacement no. 8 Patrick O’Leary, playing in his first game for Pinner went over in the corner.  Ealing responded as Pinner got a bit too casual. They drove into the home 22 and scored under the posts. Pinner were not yet finished and centre Rohan Desai sliced through the defence to score their seventh try under the posts. Jepsen brought the final score to 48 – 8.

Pelicans [2nd XV]: For the second week running the Pelicans have had their Herts – Middlesex Merit table match cancelled as their opposition could not raise a team.  This avoided a long drive to Letchworth. They are awarded a 25 – 0 win giving them five out of five. However a last minute friendly home fixture with Chesham 2nd’s proved a bit too tough.   Pelicans, reduced to fourteen men for most of the match, went down 70 – 12. Home tries were scored by scrum-half Graeme Searles after a sniping run from the base of a scrum on the visitors 22 and by left –winger Clyde Gordon sprinting from his own half. The conversion was added by Chris Hall.  Later, in the clubhouse, Clyde was presented with his club Colours by Pinner President Dave Hiles in recognition for this long contribution as a coach and referee for the mini and youth sections.

Celebrations when on long into the evening marking ‘Deryck Westwood Day’ in memory of a former vice-president and founder member who left money in his will to mark his birthday each year in a suitable fashion.

Deryck Westwood Day Saturday 18th October

October 16, 2014 by paul  
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On Saturday October 18th the Club will celebrate “Deryck Westwood Day “ with a 1st XV League Fixture in memory of our former vice-president who played for the club in 1936 and spent many an afternoon watching the team and dishing out Kit kats.

In his will Dereyck left a bequest for the Club to purchase a barrel of beer so that all who knew him or who have ever been involved with Pinner could mark his birthday with a pint. – All are welcome 1.00 pm till late.

Pinner 1st XV home win against London French

September 28, 2014 by paul  
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Sporting their new kit Pinner hosted the league match against a strong London French side on Saturday 27th September. The match report will follow but in the meantime enjoy some of the images from  the game…….

For the first time in several seasons Pinner, now with a regular 2nd XV, the Pelicans, hosted two home matches at Shaftesbury Playing Fields Hatch End on Saturday.  Both teams had started the season with 60 + points victories and were looking to build on this success.

The 1st XV entertained London French in the Middlesex Merit table.  From the start Pinner showed their intent and dominated the early play. The pack was in good form keeping the play in the opponents 22.  The first try was not long in coming when after only eight minutes the pack drove the visitors back and number 8 Andrew Alexander forced his way over. Scrum-half Chris Jepsen added the extra points.  Pinner continued to have territorial advantage with London French unable to match the home pack. However this led to some sloppy play allowing French to use their strong backs. From a Pinner mistake French ran in a try under the posts to equal the score. This galvanised the home side to greater efforts.  Spurred on by the large crowd the pack reasserted its control.  From a 5 m scrum Alexander dived over for his second try again converted by Jepsen. With half-time looming another Pinner lapse allowed French in for their second try to bring the score at the interval to 14 – 12 to the home team.

The second half started much as the first. Within 5 minutes Pinner one a scrum just inside the visitors half. Scrum-half Jepsen sprinted 40 m to score under the post and then convert his own try. He soon added a further 3 points from a penalty after French had failed to release the ball in a ruck. The game now went through a more even phase with the French backs always a threat.  Once again it was the pack that restored order and with only five minutes remaining number 8 Alexander drove over for his third and Pinner’s fourth try. Jepsen once more added the points to give Pinner a comfortable 31 – 12 lead.  Pinner now relaxed and were severely punished as the French backs, throwing caution to wind, attacked down the left wing.  This resulted first in a converted try and then, straight from the kick-off, another as the final whistle blew.  The final score was 31 – 24 earning bonus points for both teams.

The two Pinner teams are now undefeated in September and have amassed 190 points between them and are both sitting at the top of their respective merit tables.

Next Saturday the 1st XV have an away cup match against Civil Service Barbarians whilst the Pelicans travel to Hemel Hempstead for a merit table game.

Bomber Command Veterans are star guests at Pinner RFC President’s Lunch

February 4, 2014 by paul  
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P&G RFC’s President David Hiles played host to over 60 former players and guests at his Annual Lunch on Saturday. This year’s event was planned to incorporate the promotion of the book ‘Riding in the Shadow of Death’ by Chris Keltie on the remarkable, but unsung, war time experiences as a young 20 year old of Bill North, the former President of P&G RFC, who died two years ago.  In June 1944 the Lancaster that Bill was piloting was shot down near Rouen in northern France.  Only some of the crew were able to bail out as the remaining parachutes had been damaged.  Bill, although badly wounded himself, managed to crash land his plane in the dark in a field near Les Andelys.  All the crew survived but spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp.  Chris Keltie who grew up next door to Bill in Kenton felt that this was a story worth telling.  To the surprise and delight of all those who attended the lunch Chris brought the sole surviving member of that crew, Dennis Bartlett, now in his 90’s, who was Bill’s mid-upper gunner together with Geoff  Grey, a former Pathfinder pilot with 61 squadron, and his wife June an ex- war time nurse.  The whole day was charged with deep emotion. At the start of proceedings, members stood in silent tribute to two members who died last week. One, Geoffrey Nuelle, was a player and Clubhouse Secretary in the 70’s and 80’s but the other was Fred Runacres was the last President of the former Pinner RFC and the first of P&G RFC. Fred was also a former player and secretary of the Harrow and District Rugby Referees Society. One of his daughters is married to another former P&G captain and honorary treasurer Howard Walters. His nephew Tony, another former player, is coming from New Zealand for the funeral which will take place that the Chiltern Crematorium Amersham on Monday 3rd February at 1:45 pm.

The other guests were Ian Webster, President of Mill Hill RFC and his wife Collie and the Mill Hill Chairman Geoff Williams. Other former Pinner captains present were Mike Barnes, currently President of Middlesex County Rugby,  and his wife Anne,  and Mel Williams, former captain and President of Saracens.  Bill North’s three sons all of whom played for Pinner were also there and brought some of Bill’s memorabilia for the Club archives.  Nearly everyone present purchased copies of Chris’s book all of which were personally signed by the author and the veteran war heroes. Copies were obtained for former members who now live in far-off Toronto Canada and Brisbane Australia.  Many took the opportunity to talk to these wonderful guys, the chance of which they are unlikely to have again.   Since Bill died Chris has updated his book to record meetings with Prince Charles, the belated and much deserved unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial and the meeting that he, the veterans and the North family had with David Cameron at no. 10.

In his speech welcoming everyone David Hiles said that the visit by the comrades of the beloved former President was probably one of the greatest honours ever bestowed on the Club. He also commented that had he not been Alun North’s form master at Kingsbury High School in 1967 he would never have met Bill at a parent’s evening. This had brought him to Pinner RFC. What a different life he would have had.  Hiles gave an update of the Club’s current situation with the difficulties caused by the shortage of matches in the 1st XV’s league and by the problems associated with the pavilion which the insurance loss adjusters were pursuing unsuccessfully with the LB of Harrow.  The success of the youth and mini rugby was a source of great encouragement with the U14 team heading its league yet again. The fact that some 1st XV players were now helping with the coaching  of these youngsters was also a great hope for the future. Some of the lunchtime guests struggled out to watch the 1st XV play Mill Hill and afterwards the party and reminiscences continued well into the evening.

Brief match report:  Herts-Middx Div 3      P&G’s 9   Mill Hill 29

The lack of recent matches showed in the cohesion of the home side.  Conditions also mitigated against open rugby and the better drilled Mill Hill pack quickly gained the upper hand.  The first halve saw Mill Hill run in three tries and a penalty to P&G’s response of three penalties all kicked by winner Fred Riley.  Late in the second half Mill Hill added their fourth and bonus point try to give a final score of 29 – 9 to the visitors thus avenging their pre-Christmas defeat by the Pinner side.

The recent wet weather led to the postponement of the proposed mini’s festival on Sunday.

Pinner pipped in the 11th minute of injury time

December 18, 2013 by paul  
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Two strange decisions by the referee cost P&G’s 14 point and a much needed win away to Old Grammarians of Tottenham.  The first was after 25 minutes of the first half when he gave a penalty for an offence in a ruck 5m from the visitor’s line.  He converted this to a penalty try under the posts.  The law requires that there would have been a high probability of a try had the offence not been committed. Not even the home supporters were convinced that this would have been the case.  The second decision was to allow the second half to run on for over 50 minutes, normally 40 minutes per half, and again those on the touch line could not remember ten minutes of stoppages or injuries.  Old Grammarians scored their second and decisive try which they converted to sneak the game 17 – 13.

The first half started with the home side kicking with the wind but against the slope. They were soon awarded a penalty, the first of a multitude given against both sides, to take a 3 – 0 lead.  Pinner were having difficulties in adjusting to the slope of the pitch and the rather heavy and ponderous O G’s pack. Yet another penalty on the P&G 22 for off-side was missed in front of the posts. Pinner now began to get their act together and mounted a series of pick and drive attacks which brought them into the home 22. Winning another ruck scrum-half Sam Heath found centre Ollie Blazey to fee is co-centre Richard Southam who shrugged of a few tackles to score in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful but P&G’s had a 5 – 3 lead.  Then came the penalty try to put the home side 10 – 5 up.  Pinner continued to threaten for the rest of the half with strong attacks through the centre but did not take advantage of getting the ball wide where their wingers would have out-paced the defence. O G’s were forced to defend and it was Pinner’s turn to be awarded penalties which took them in range of the goal line. With half-time over due they opted to kick at goal and Fred Riley stepped up to take the 3 points to bring the interval score to 10 – 8 to O G’s.

Pinner kicked off up the slope but with the wind. The kick went deep into the home 22 where the defenders made a mess of things. P&G’s won a turn-over at the resulting ruck. The ball was quickly fed along the backs and centre Ollie Blazey scored out on the right. The conversion was unsuccessful but the visitors had a 13 – 10 lead. Pinner continued to look threatening but didn’t use the wind enough to get often into the home 22. An injury to no. 8 Andy Alexander reduce the power of the pick and drives and the heavier O G’s pack was gaining momentum in the set scrums and mauls.  Pinner had a possible third try disallowed but the game never really flowed due to the constant awarding of penalties and free kicks.  With full-time past, there was little injury time to add on according to touch-line watches,    O G’s mounted a series of drives with the referee giving yet more penalties. From the last one with Pinner retreating O G’s dived over for the final conclusive converted try to snatch victory 17 – 13. The eight club Herts- Middx Div 3 now goes into an enforced period without competitive matched until 11th January.

Pinner disappointing first half.

December 2, 2013 by paul  
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Expectations were high for P&G’s encounter with local rivals Watford. A bonus point win would see Pinner go to the top of Herts / Middlesex Division 3.  The home side started well enough but with many changes caused by injuries in the previous match early team coordination left much to be desired.  Three penalties in the first quarter of an hour inside the P&G 10 meter area were all kicked by the Watford fly-half posting an early   9- 0 lead.  The visitors were now full of confidence and running the ball with some purpose.  Another penalty in front of the posts was quickly taken whilst P&G’s were not alert. A try resulted on the left and the extra points added.  Pinner’s cause was not helped when their powerful no 8 Andy Alexander was yellow carded for holding back an opponent.  A Pinner attack broke down and Watford fly-hacked ahead getting the luck of the bounce to score their second converted try. On the half hour Pinner were awarded only their second penalty which was slotted over by Fred Riley.  With half-time approaching the powerful Watford forwards set up a driving maul to score the third try and make the score 30 – 3 at the break.

Pinner started the second half with much more purpose and greater coordination. The teams appeared evenly match with the home side dominating much of the play.  However injuries to key players again caused disruption.  There was no score for nearly half an hour when Fred Riley kicked his second penalty.  This gave the home side more confidence and several promising attacks developed. In one of these P&G lost the ball in the Watford 22 and the visitors broke away at speed with support to get their fourth and bonus point try.  The coordination of their backs and drills of their forwards showed the benefit of being able to train under lights the opportunity for which the home side is denied.  Pinner had their best chance to add points when winger Fred Riley intercept a Watford pass in his own 22 and sprinted deep into visitors half before being caught by an even faster defender.  With this chance gone the visitors great fluency resulted in a further final try to bring a the score to 44 – 6 to the great disappointment of the home crowd.

Pinner & Grammarians battle up front for bonus point win.

November 11, 2013 by paul  
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Hatfield were the visitors at the Shaftsbury Playing Fields on Saturday in a revived grudge match which promised a good old fashioned arm wrestle. The rain eased off just in time for the kick-off and allowed fans to gather from both teams.

Pinner & Grammarians kicked off and immediately put pressure on the visitors by regaining possession and surging into the Hatfield twenty-two. The opening exchanges were very physical with both forward packs looking to stamp their authority on the game. The P&G forwards and backs combined well to retain possession and winger Chris Hall was able to find enough space out wide to sprint down the touch line for the games first try. The conversion was missed, but the early score put the home side in the driving seat and the pressure continued with Pinner & Grammarians able to again push up field into the Hatfield half.

The Pinner & Grammarians offloading game was proving very difficult to stifle and the flowing play exposed a couple of cracks in the Hatfield defence and Dan Muckley jinked his way through the attempted tackles to dot down for another Pinner & Grammarians try. Freddie Riley missed the conversion but found the mark minutes later with a penalty kick to put the score at 13-0.

Hatfield showed great determination to get themselves back into the game and sustained the pressure through forward drives and direct backs play to find themselves on the P&G try line. The home side defended bravely and kept them out for phase after phase until Hatfield found the numbers to beat the scrambling defenders for captain Leon Ellis to score in the corner, with Conan Hoey adding the extras from the kicking tee.

The second half began with just as much intensity as the first, with Pinner & Grammarians desperate to put the game beyond the reach of the visitors. Some good passing from fly-half Fraser Allan and impressive offloads from full-back Chris Jepsen and Riley on the wing, combined with the industrious work rate of flanker Dan Smith put P&G on the front foot deep in Hatfield territory. The home side penetrated the defence on numerous occasions only to be judged the ball had been held up over the line. Eventually however the ball was worked wide to Kit Smith who finished well and secured another five points, the conversion came back off the upright, but again Riley found his groove to slot another penalty moments later.

Another try from Chris Hall in the corner of the pitch sealed the four try bonus point for the home side but it was clear the unrelenting pace had taken its toll on the Pinner & Grammarians forwards. Although P&G had dominated all game, the closing stages saw Hatfield make a last ditch effort take them on a rampaging run up field and using big runners they pushed towards the try line, only for the referee to blow the whistle for a full time score of 26-7.

A spirited display from both teams and possibly more excitement for the spectators than had been seen at Twickenham that day… although not quite as entertaining as the P&G RFC Pop-Idol competition that evening.

Pinner & Grammarians fight hard in the driving rain.

October 31, 2013 by paul  
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In the shadow of Saracens’ Allianz Park stadium in Barnet, Pinner & Grammarians took on Mill Hill in the driving rain. Spectators braved the wind and rain in conditions which would have sent viewers rushing back to the club house, had it not been for the tense match on show.

Both sides have tasted victory in recent weeks and wanted to continue that run of form. However the relentless rain did not allow either team to exhibit their preferred styles of rugby, keeping the play tight and the ball safe was going to be the order of the day.

P&G started the match strongly and pushed Mill Hill deep into their own half with a driving maul, and set up camp on their five metre line. The home side rallied strongly, and despite the barrage of big ball carriers from the visitors they were able to keep the P&G attacks at bay. The defence’s hard work was rewarded with a penalty offence at the break-down allowing Mill Hill to clear their lines with a kick to touch.

The rest of the first half continued to entertain the dedicated crowds with hard play from both sides, and fewer unforced errors than could have been expected with the ball growing increasingly slippery. Mill Hill had a couple of shots at the posts going astray with the wind no doubt playing a factor, and the half ended with nothing on the scoreboard.

The Second half started with the same energy as the first with good solid play, with P&G able to string phase after phase together and keep the pressure applied, only to be denied by a knock-on or the referee’s whistle. The visitors added some fresh legs to the field and it may just have been what was needed, as for the first time in the game it looked like Mill Hill were starting to crack under the strain. After some hard graft from the P&G forwards the ball was spun out wide to Andrew Alexander who cut a great running line, allowing the big Number 8 to run in the game’s first try from twenty metres out. Chris Jepsen added the additional two points from the conversion to put the score at 7-0.

Mill Hill surged back into the game with several big scrums and brave play but were never able to penetrate the P&G defence. The game finished in the same manner that it started, with both teams fighting hard for possession and crunching tackles coming in from all angles, but by the eightieth minute both sides were spent. The referee blew up for full time on a game which displayed hard work, grit and enthusiasm in abundance, which was not reflected in the score line.

Fred Riley

The French Connection returns

October 6, 2013 by paul  
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It has been a season or two since Pinner RFC Seniors faced London French in a league fixture. On a pleasant Saturday afternoon the visitors put on a victorious score of 30-12. Hopefully there will be match report on its way, in the meantime here’s some of the images from the game thanks to Andy Wright. Also, congratulations to first team player Ollie on his marriage to Elaine x

Here we go … the match report

Pinner’s slow start to league programme

After a convincing win in last week’s friendly P&G’s came down to earth when they entertained London French at Hatch End for their first match in Herts / Middx div 3. With several ‘regulars’ from last season not available the new players took a while to blend in. Pinner’s pack started well and carried early attacks into the French half. However the pace and power of the French backs was soon in evidence and breaking out from their own 22 they created an overlap to leave the home defence at sixes and sevens for the first score in the right hand corner. Soon they attacked again but this time P&G’s held firm. After 10 minutes P&G’s were adjudged to have gone over the top of a ruck. The French no. 12 landed a 35 m penalty to make the score 8 – 0 to the visitors. Luck was on the visitor’s side as Pinner put in a strong attack only to lose the ball. The visitors full-back delivered a long kick-out which seemed to be heading straight for his opposite number but a freak bounce sent the ball back 10 metres into the arms of the LF centre who ran in unopposed. However P&G’s were becoming better coordinated and several promising attacks were mounted with the forwards winning loose and set-piece ball. Mid-way through the half P&G’s knocked on in the visitors 22 only to see the ball booted up-field for the centre to collect and score his second try. With the no. 12 again adding the conversion things were not looking good for the home side at 22 – 0 down.  Now the P&G forwards showed their power and kept up pressure and spent most to the remainder of the half in the visitor’s 22. A good drive under the posts should have resulted in a home try but the ball was lost at the last moment. On the half hour a penalty chance to put points on the board was missed by acting captain Sam Heath.  With a minute to go to half-time London French got into the home 22 and although attacking on the right they were awarded a penalty for off-side in front of the posts. Instead of taking kick the ball was chipped out to the left wing where their second-row was loitering. This caught P&G knapping and he score French’s fourth and bonus point try to bring the half-time score to 27 – 0.

Pinner having re-grouped during the interval came out with greater intent and method in the second-half. After a series of line-outs in the French 22 the home forwards set up an impressive drive to force the visitors back over their own goal line for flanker Dan Smith to score.  Winger Fred Riley added the conversion.  The French backs continued to be a threat but now the Pinner defence was equal to it.  Both sides had scoring chances and French misses a relatively easy penalty kick.  After 15 minutes French were successful with a kick to bring the score to 30 – 7. With the French backs tiring and the P&G pack gaining in confidence the game was much more evenly balanced than the first half would have suggested. With 10 minutes remaining and French pinned in their own 22 the visitors won a line-out only to see their scrum-half’s kick charged down by the impressive and ‘man of the match’ Alex Dixon who scored to bring the final score to 30 – 12 to the visitors.

Pinner & Grammarians prove too much for Uxbridge in powerful display.

September 30, 2013 by paul  
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The conditions on Saturday were perfect for the pre-season friendly between Pinner & Grammarians and Uxbridge 2nds in Hatch End, with friends and family watching from both teams. Pinner were looking to start their season with a win and play their brand of free flowing rugby, and Uxbridge fielding an experienced side playing in memory of a veteran of the club who had sadly passed away recently.

After a minutes silence P&G received the kick-off and the powerful pack surged down the field. With eight minutes on the clock Pinner put the visitors scrum under pressure on their five metre line, and open-side flanker Dan Smith opened the scoring with an interception to claim his first try for the club. Captain Samuel Heath converted from the edge of the pitch to put the score at 7-0.

The early points set the pace of the match with P&G scoring a well worked forwards try to put Alex Dixon in under the posts, while full-back Chris Jepsen broke the defensive line and selflessly passed the ball to Chris Hall who dotted down under the posts. The latter try being converted by Freddie Riley to put the score at nineteen nil.

Uxbridge were unable to handle the intensity brought by the P&G forwards, with bulldozing runs from No.8 Andrew Alexander and prop Ken Ryan making space for pace men outside, with Dan Muckley, Heath and Jepsen capitalising. Uxbridge made progress into the opposition half with some solid play but were unable to sustain the pressure and knocking the ball on in the crucial moment.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Pinner pushing forward and finishing the chances they created, Riley adding the extras to keep the score board ticking over. The penalty count was very low throughout the match which testifies to the discipline of both sides, and perhaps reflecting positively on the new scrum laws which proved to be no issue in the game.

The Pinner forwards and backs continued to combine well with further tries from Alexander, Jepsen and Muckley, and additional scores from Josiah Varcoe and Tom Rainey sealed the fate of the visitors. Uxbridge played with pride until the end but failed to register any points in what proved to be a solid all round performance from the P&G side, who finished strongly with a final score of 71-0.

However a sterner test awaits next week as the competitive season starts for Pinner & Grammarians with London French coming to Shaftsbury Playing fields on Saturday the 5th of October.

Photographs provided by Ashley Lawrence

The Razzell Dazzel can’t stop the Cosmos Stars!

April 20, 2013 by paul  
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Saturday 20th April saw top of the division leaders Kilburn Cosmos take on Pinner RFC in what was Mark Razzells last game before he takes off to the big city of Sydney in Oz. At some stage there will be a match report, hopefully written by the man himself, in the meantime, here’s some photos. Thanks to Jo Talbot for standing on the sidelines in the sunshine, unlike her husband who has got drenched photographing the last couple of games.

The countdown begins……. who will FB first!!!

Pelicans give Uxbridge a fright

A scratch P&G’s 2nd XV took on the successful Merit table Uxbridge 2nd’s at Roger Bannister Playing Fields. Losing players at the last minute to their 1st XV the home side were lent a couple players by the visitors and the Club’s 74 year old President David Hiles  in the 2nd row ensured a full team. It was soon evident that the Uxbridge side were used to playing together on a regular basis and within half an hour they had run in four tries. However Pelicans were beginning to settle and show some organisation. Several attacks developed with captain Les Chaffe making good ground from full back. This renewed pressure told and Pinner drove hard to the left corner for prop Nick de Jong to force his way over.  Uxbridge hit back when a Pinner kick deep in the visitors half was fielded by their right winger who out-paced the defence to run in a fifth try from 50 metres.  From the kick-off Pelicans again attacked, worked the ball to the right and then inside for centre Burns to break through and score under the posts. Sadly it was not a day for make-shift kickers.  With half-time approaching Pelicans  once more forced the ball towards the Uxbridge line. A poor attempt to kick for touch was charged down to give de Jong his second try. Once more the simple kick failed  but from being 22 – 0 down after 30 minutes the home side went in at the interval only a credible 15 – 27 behind.

Pelicans started the second half as they had finished the first.  Only five minutes in they gained possession in mid-field. Scrum –half Andy Wright got the ball to fly-half Dan Muckley who cut through the defence to score Pinner’s fourth try.  This time Clyde Gordon was successful with the conversion and a possible turn-round was in sight at 22 -27.  Now tiredness and lack of fitness began to tell on both sides.  Fierce tackling and solid defence ensured no further scores until the Uxbridge full-back sold an outrageous dummy on the Pelican’s 22 to score under the posts.  With five minutes left Uxbridge kept up the pressure and touched down in the right corner.  Pelicans were not finished yet and with the final play of the match centre Burns powered through to get his second try bringing the final score of this very enjoyable match to 39 – 27 to the visitors.

P&G’s 1st XV await the effects of relegation decisions several leagues above.

Back at Shaftesbury Playing Fields on the only serviceable pitch P&G’s played the postponed league match against promotion contenders Kilburn Cosmos.  Kilburn, needing a win to clinch the title, were in no mood to compromise.  They put in a clinical display to defeat P&G’s by 52 – 5 the home sides only try being scored by Richard Southam.  Pinner, although well clear at third from bottom of Herts- Middx 2 and who in normal circumstances would be safe for another season, now must await decisions about transfers of clubs between regions in leagues higher up the pyramid to know their fate.

Pinner win in style

January 14, 2013 by paul  
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Match report for Saturday 12th January

Pinner’s first home match of 2013 brought a convincing 26 – 5 win over local rivals Uxbridge and was sweet revenge for the defeat suffered in September.  The team showed intend from the kick-off and were 14 – 0 up inside ten minutes with tries by centre Alex Goring and a break-away one by scrum-half Chris Jepsen.  Both were converted by full-back and acting captain Mark Razzell.  The pack led by Phillip Skelton dominated the set pieces with prop Simon Whitcombe prominent in many drives forward.   This enable the backs to move the ball freely and P&G’s came close to scoring on several occasions.  Much of the game was played in the Uxbridge half but from a lapse on the half –hour the ball was gathered by an Uxbridge centre who made good ground into the P&G 22.  Pinner’s defence got back to stop this initial charge but from the resulting ruck Uxbridge moved the ball wide to find their second row loitering on the right wing who scored in the corner. The conversion failed putting the score to 14 – 5.  Pinner then camped in the Uxbridge 22. To the vocal crowd of supporters, that had emerged from the clubhouse having enjoyed a good lunch hosted by President David Hiles, it appeared that prop Simon Whitcombe had driven through in the left corner but the referee adjudged that his dive was short of the line. The score remained 14 -5 at half time.

The second half started much as the first. Within five minutes centre Alex Goring had stormed out of his own 22. With the Uxbridge defence too far up-field he kicked ahead and beat the chasing visitors to touch down for his second try.  Razzell added a further two points.  From the kick-off P&G’s kept Uxbridge pinned deep in their own half and with only ten minutes of the half gone they forced Uxbridge back in a 5-metre scrum for No. 8 Andrew Alexander, who was named ‘man of the match’, to pick up and score the home side’s forth and much need bonus point try. This time the kick was too far out and it proved to be the last score of the match .  Pinner continued to press for further scores. Uxbridge tried a few counter attacks but the Pinner defence was very secure. This was one of the best performances of the season and the 26 – 5 win should give the team confidence for the rest of the year.

Earlier P&G President David Hiles had hosted his annual lunch when approximately 40, mainly former players, had enjoyed an excellent meal.  His guests were Anne and Michael Barnes, a former Pinner Captain and Chairman and current President of the Middlesex County RFU, together with Simon Wade, Chairman, and John French, Vice-president and former captain, of Uxbridge.  The victory and the recounting of tall tales of long forgotten tours and matches meant that the celebrations went on well into the evening.

Saturday, 12 January 2013
Old Grammarians 15 – 8 Chess Valley
Pinner & Grammarians 26 – 5 Uxbridge
Quintin 17 – 7 Hillingdon Abbots
Royston 78 – 0 Ickenham
Saracens Amateurs 72 – 20 Old Isleworthians
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Royston 12 11 0 1 594 86 508 9 48 -5
Kilburn Cosmos 11 9 1 1 414 135 279 8 46 0
Quintin 11 8 1 2 358 139 219 8 42 0
Hillingdon Abbots 12 8 1 3 470 272 198 7 41 0
Saracens Amateurs 12 7 0 5 397 267 130 7 35 0
Chess Valley 12 5 0 7 158 309 -151 3 25 0
Uxbridge 12 4 1 7 249 295 -46 3 21 0
Pinner & Grammarians 12 4 0 8 207 371 -164 5 21 0
Ickenham 11 4 0 7 147 375 -228 3 20 0
Old Isleworthians 11 1 0 10 161 514 -353 5 9 0
Old Grammarians 12 1 0 11 107 499 -392 2 1 -5

A convincing win…..at last!

October 26, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner  RFC match report for Sat 20th October 2012

Pinner recorded their first league win if the season when fellow strugglers Old Grammarians from Tottenham were the visitors to Shaftesbury Playing Fields. P&G’s signified their intent from the off with a series of attacks and play was mainly in the O G’s territory. Early chances of scores went begging with missed penalties. With frustration at not getting points from their efforts they allowed Grammarians to get more into the game.  With twenty odd minutes gone Pinner won a line-out just inside the OG’s half.  The ball was fed to captain Aaron Nicholas who found support from flanker Goodwin who drove for the line. Prop Neill {bullet] King was on hand to force the first score.  Mark Razzell, back in his usual role of full-back, took over the kicking duties and promptly added the extra points. The next try was not long on coming when scrum-half Lane cut through the Grammarians defence to leave flanker Goodwin to power the last 15m to score on the left. The conversion was unsuccessful. P&G’s were now playing with confidence and three more chances of scores before half-time narrowly failed. Firstly OG’s were adjudged to have obstructed on the half-way line. The penalty was kicked into the corner.  Pinner gathered and drove forwards only to be held up on the line. P&G’s then won the resulting scrum against the head but the pass went forward.  Grammarians counter attacked and put a kick deep into the home 22 where full-back Razzell made an excellent ‘mark’ under pressure. Instead of kicking for touch he led a counter attack. Forty yards were made by Nicholas and winger Jepson seemed certain to score but lost control of the ball as he dived over the line.  However P&G’s went into half-time with a 12 – -0 lead.

Within a minute of the restart OG’s were penalised for not retiring 10 m. Pinner, sensing the defence was not organised moved the ball swiftly for centre Southam to score.  Razzell added the 2 points. One more try would give P&G’s a much needed bonus point win and they continued with the attacks.  OG’s were forced to kick out but failed to find touch.  The ball was gathered by full-back Razzell who again counter attacked. The ball was moved out to the left where lock Dave Logan completed the last 20 m to score in the left corner. OG’s had little to offer other than to kick up-field which led to more counters by the home side. The next scoring chance petered out when an attack from their own 22 saw P&G’s interchanging the ball freely only there to be adjudged a forward pass deep in the OG’s half. After 15 minutes the next score did come, again Goodwin, who sensing the lack of  organisation in the visitor’s defence, made a solo run from the 22 to score under the posts, Razzell adding the 2 points. With half an hour of this half over the referee, who up till then had had a good game seem to lose the plot.  Having legitimately moved a penalty 10m forward when a Pinner player disagreed with a decision he moved it a further 10m because of further back-chat. At the next play just inside the Pinner 22 and near the touch-line he mysteriously awarded a penalty try when Pinner replacement Burns had too much to say for which he received a yellow card and 10 minutes ‘rest’.  The game now became scrappy with penalties coming thick and fast. With the end in sight scrumhalf Lane took a quick tap-penalty on the OG’s 22 and ran more or less unopposed to score under the posts.  ,Man of the match, Razzell again added the conversion to make the final score 38 – 7 to Pinner and with their six tries a much needed 5 league point win.

Saturday, 20 October 2012
Chess Valley 6 – 40 Royston
Ickenham 27 – 12 Old Isleworthians
Kilburn Cosmos 46 – 10 Saracens Amateurs
Pinner & Grammarians 38 – 7 Old Grammarians
Uxbridge 16 – 44 Quintin
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Kilburn Cosmos 4 4 0 0 126 69 57 2 18 0
Quintin 5 3 1 1 146 82 64 3 17 0
Royston 5 4 0 1 223 56 167 4 15 -5
Chess Valley 5 3 0 2 80 84 -4 1 14 0
Uxbridge 5 3 0 2 128 100 28 1 13 0
Hillingdon Abbots 4 2 1 1 119 132 -13 2 12 0
Saracens Amateurs 4 2 0 2 135 83 52 2 10 0
Ickenham 4 2 0 2 44 102 -58 1 10 0
Pinner & Grammarians 5 1 0 4 85 197 -112 2 6 0
Old Isleworthians 4 0 0 4 53 149 -96 2 2 0
Old Grammarians 5 0 0 5 51 136 -85 1 -4 -5

Lack of preparation show in first match for P&G’s

September 17, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner & Grammarians Press report for Sat 15th Sept 2012

Pinner, under new captain Aaron Nicholas, for the going difficult in their first league match of the season at Hillingdon Abbots, formerly Old Abbotstonians. With Abbots kicking off P&G’s failed to field the ball cleanly handing over early possession. The home side made the most of this mistake to move the ball around scoring their first try within a couple of minutes of the start to give them an early lead of 7 – 0. From the restart P&G’s mounted a sustained attack and were awarded a penalty on the Abbots 5 m line. Quickly taken by scrum half Chris Hall he found lock Alex Gorling in support who powered over for a try. Full back Mark Razzel levelled the score. The early season rustiness was showing in both sides but after 10 minutes Abbots broke out from their own half to score their second try but the conversion was missed. It was now obvious that this was going to be a high scoring match as defences, with players getting used to match play, were not too secure. Further pressure by the home side saw their forwards power over for their third try, again the conversion was missed but the home side were ahead 17 – 7. With a quarter of the match gone Abbots knocked-on on their own 22. P&G’s won the scrum with Hall feeding new fly-half Ray Conboy who dummy a couple of defenders to score under the posts. Razzel again added two points. Captain Aaron Nicholas was taken out in the air attempting to catch a kick up-field let the home side in for their fourth and bonus point try. P&G’s again struck back. Scrum Half Chris Hall, on half-way, chipped over the home defence, Alex Gorling out-paced the over to score his second try. In the final ten minutes of the first half Abbots added two more tries making the half-time score 34 -19 to the home side.

The second half started as the first with Abbots scoring within a couple of minutes of the kick-off when a long kick to the corner was gathered by the home winger who appeared to score. This was confirmed by the home touch-judge much to the dissatisfaction of the visitors. Defence now were better organised with players getting used to the pace of the game and no further scored came until mid-way through the half. End to end play resulted in a line-out on the P&G 5m line which was lost by the visitors allowing Abbot to power over for their eight try. Pinner continued to fight back but without replacements for benefit from the new ‘rolling subs’ law they were unable to catch up until with only a couple of minutes left centre John Kirby took a pass in his own 22 a ran some 80 m evading several tackle to score under the posts to gain P&G’s a bonus point. Razzel added two points to bring the final score to 44 – 26 to Hillingdon Abbots.

On Sunday the newly formed Colts XV had a harder match but, after leading for most of the game came from behind to clinch their second victory of the season with a 22 -17 win over Henley.

Next Saturday P&G’s have their first home league game at Shaftesbury Playing Fields Hatch End against Chess Valley KO 3 pm.

Pinner end season in fine style

April 17, 2012 by paul  
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For the final league match of the season P&G’s played host to third place Uxbridge and put on one of their best performances to win 32 – 17.  Pinner gave early notice of their intention to avenge the early season defeat by the visitors with an opportunist try by prop Aaron Nicholas. The conversion failed but the five points were a confidence booster.  The Pinner pack  took the game to the much heavier Uxbridge forwards showing fire in the loose and good technique in the tight.  With the referee being very strict at the break-downs several penalties were conceded but Uxbridge failed to take advantage.  P&G’s were now guilty of over confidence and miss-handling allowed Uxbridge to scoop up the ball to run in a try, which was converted. The visitors now led 7 -5 but Pinner were not to be denied.  On the half hour a clever chip over the defence by scrum-half Craig Lane allowed flying winger Chris Jepson to out-pace the cover to score close in.  Mark Razzell added the two points to give the home team a half-time lead of 12 – 5.

The second half started with Uxbridge again not being able to capitalise on kickable penalties but with only five minutes gone Pinner got another penalty on the Uxbridge 22. Rather than take the easy kick scrum-half Lane darted through the flat-footed defence to scored under the posts and with Razzell adding the extra two points P&G’s now had a comfortable 19 – 7 lead.  Uxbridge were not yet finished, breaking for the back of a ruck in the Pinner half they got the ball wide to score in the right corner.  With only ten minutes remaining both sides were engaged in attacking rugby and zealous commitment to rucks and mauls led to several more penalties.  Razzell now had his kicking-boots on and was able to stretch the P&G lead to 22 – 12.  However Uxbridge stirred themselves for a final onslaught.  Their backs were at last moving with more precision and a well executed try was their reward.  Now, with only one score between the teams, Uxbridge seemed to have the momentum.  Their backs began a promising move into the home sides territory but the ever alter Chris Jepson intercepted their final pass top sprint 60 m to score his second try under the posts.  Razzell added the points and a couple of minutes later he brought his personal tally to 12 with a final penalty.  Uxbridge now seems reconciled to defeat and Pinner had a last minute chance to add to their score but the final pass went astray.  P&G’s ended the season on a high note for Reza Sibilants last game as Captain with a bonus point win by 32 – 17.

Pelicans also in action.

Pinner Pelicans, a mixture of 2nd XV and Veterans took on Fullerians from Watford.  The visitors had won their Vets League and with their 2nd XV not having a match they brought a very large squad.  Such is the nature of this class of rugby that the visitors were able to substitute players at will and bring on a totally new front row at half time.  Pelican replacements were a few mature gentlemen putting in brief cameo performances.  However everyone enjoyed the day.

The Club will be defending the Middx CRFU 7 a-side Vase, which they won last season at the MCRFU Club 7’s at Richmond on Sunday 6th May.

Anticipation….

March 16, 2012 by paul  
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une belle victoire bien méritée à Pinner.

March 14, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner 1st XV versus London French

Perfect playing conditions presented themselves on the 10th March when Pinner travelled south to take on old rivals London French. Both teams have had a gruelling season and a win was an absolute necessity for both, so an intense battle was to be expected.

Pinner won the toss and chose to play in to the wind, in anticipation that French would utilise their kicking game. Straight away it was clear that both teams were up for the fight and the forwards traded heavy blows to test each other’s defences. Pinner slowly worked their way up the field for the first 10, before French were penalised for hands in the ruck just outside the 22. Mark Razzell stepped up to get the score board moving and dutifully added 3 points.

Both teams were starting to find their flow now and Pinner produced some nice passages of play but couldn’t quite get to where they wanted. French also found themselves unable to break through on feet so, as predicted, used the boot to gain territory. Time and again, Pinner slowly worked their way up the field as French defended the attack before turning over and putting them back where they started. At around the 20 minute mark, French were again found guilty of an infringement on their 10 metre line. Mark Razzell again stepped up and slotted the points.

The rest of the half saw much of the same, with neither side able to give themselves a significant advantage. Just before the whistle, though, French were hard on the attack forcing Pinner to pull out some gritty defence in their own 22. Eventually, after numerous attempts were found wanting, they settled for 3 points when Pinner were penalised in front of the posts.

Half time score 6-3.

Second half got off to a good start for Pinner as French were very quickly penalised for hands in the ruck again, which Razzell capitalised on by adding another 3. Without the wind in their favour and Pinner’s back 3 wise to the 10’s game plan, Pinner were really starting to turn the screw. After a chip through from French was picked up by Razzell, he chipped over the gain line and chased with the back line. Richard Southam further kicked on with all in hot pursuit and Chris Jepsen further dinked it on before Razzell finished the play, touching down under the posts. He then converted to add another 2 to make the score 16-3.

The fire was burning for Pinner now and they were gunning for blood. The forwards especially dominated up front, with a special mention to the front row who were annihilating the French scrums. That battle won, they started to swing it wide and play the open game on their terms. After receiving a penalty just outside their own 22, Pinner took a tap penalty and shifted it wide. Simon Whitcombe started with a nice draw and pass, linking up with Neill King, before the ball eventually found the hands of replacement winger Rupert King. It was a race to the line then for King, who turned the gas on and sprinted along the left wing. 1 metre before the touchdown, the French fullback made a last ditch tackle. King managed to touch down as he tumbled in, but the linesman called him out. The referee, however, saw things differently. The fullback’s tackle had been exceedingly high and, as such, he awarded a penalty try. Razzell converted to bring it to 23-3.

The next twenty minutes still saw Pinner putting a strangle hold on the French, with some lovely passages of open play forcing the French to scramble their defences. Eventually an opportunity presented itself after 8 man Richard O’Connor shrugged of a tackle and gassed it pass the gain line. With one man to beat, he needed only to look to his left to find Rupert King in support, who took the pass and easily touched down for his second try, this time without someone trying to decapitate him. Razzell again converted.

10 minutes left and the game was all but sealed. French took stock of their situation and fought with tenacity, forcing Pinner to spend the last 10 defending stoically. The line held though, and the French found no way through, giving an emphatic and well deserved victory to Pinner.

Final score: 30-3.



Saturday, 10 March 2012

Kilburn Cosmos        29 – 26   Old Grammarians

London French          3 – 30     Pinner & Grammarians

Old Abbotstonians   17 – 5     Ickenham

Old Isleworthians     18 – 19   Royston

Uxbridge                     10 – 35   Harrow

Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Old Merchant Taylors’ 17 16 0 1 538 171 367 10 74 0
Harrow 16 15 0 1 736 141 595 14 74 0
Uxbridge 17 12 0 5 534 277 257 12 61 0
Old Grammarians 17 11 0 6 374 283 91 11 55 0
Kilburn Cosmos 16 9 0 7 363 302 61 10 46 0
Royston 17 10 0 7 310 297 13 5 40 -5
Old Abbotstonians 18 7 0 11 303 463 -160 7 35 0
Pinner & Grammarians 17 6 0 11 250 392 -142 4 28 0
Ickenham 17 4 0 13 145 548 -403 0 16 0
Old Isleworthians 17 2 0 15 216 608 -392 8 16 0
London French 17 1 0 16 151 438 -287 4 8 0
Last Updated: Mar 10 2012 5:35PM

Narrowly missed victory for 1st XV

January 29, 2012 by paul  
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This Saturday following a splendid Presidents Lunch, which saw many of the past players attend ventured out of the warm and cosy clubhouse into fresh afternoon to watch the 1st XV play a league fixture with Old Grammarians RFC. A match report will be posted as soon as possible, but you know the score, here are some of the images from the game taken by under 12’s hooker Jacob Talbot.

You might want to have a look  at the Presidents Lunch post to watch a very entertaining video of the clubhouse in full swing with their rendition of ‘Lion Hunt’ are the current first team missing out on something…………….. enjoy

Pinner RFC match report Sat 28th January

Lack of a kicker cost P&G’s dear.

In front of a large crowd who had enjoyed a good lunch hosted by Club President David Hiles and with the Middlesex CRFU President Paul Astbury and Old Grammarians RFC President Keith McGuiness among the guests P&G’s narrowly lost by one point to visitors Old Grammarians.  Within five minutes the home team were 3 – 0 down having conceded a penalty on their own 22 in front of the posts.  Almost immediately after the restart P&G’s drew level when Simon Griffiths converted a penalty for killing the ball.  Five minutes later yet another penalty taken quickly allowed O G’s centre Jon Watkins to score the first try which was converted by the visiting fly-half.  Pinner immediately retaliated with their own quickly taken penalty by captain Reza Sibilant which saw the ball move through several pairs of hands for centre Richard Southern to score close in. Fly-half Simon Griffiths added the two points to bring the scores to 10 all.  Play ebbed and flowed with both sides evenly matched. However, yet another penalty for not rolling away from a tackle saw the home side once more behind.   Pinner had further scoring opportunities and eventually the referee’s patience was exhausted sending an O G’s flanker to the sin-bin for constantly killing the ball.  With half-time approaching two more penalty chances went begging which should have put the home aside ahead at half-time but the trailed 13 – 10.

The second half saw a much more spirited start by the home side egged on by increasingly vocal supporters.  An injury to fly-half Simon Griffiths required a reorganisation of the Pinner backs.  Mid-way through the half Pinner under pressure made a poor clearance which fortunately was fumbled by O G’s just outside the home 22. The ball was gathered by Sibilant who produced a fine up- field kick behind the visitor’s defence which was no match for the pace of home centre Chris Jepson who easily won the race to touch down.  Replacement kicker Alex Gorring was not able to add the two points but the home side were now 15 – 13 in the lead.  On the half-hour O G’s took advantage of having two reliable kickers to regain the lead from yet another penalty for pulling down in the line-out.  The referee’s enthusiastic use of his whistle did not help the home side.  And so although scoring two tries to the visitor’s one Pinner lost 16 – 15.  The crowd of former players returned to the Clubhouse to enjoy an evening of reminiscence and song that at one time was standard in all rugby clubs but now seems to be out of fashion with the younger players.

With the start of the Six Nations Internationals clubs at this level have a few weeks break from the league programme.

Presidents Lunch: Saturday 29th January

January 9, 2012 by paul  
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This Saturday saw many past members attend the annual Presidents Lunch hosted by current President David Hiles. Many of the past past players brought an assortment of memorabilia including a dish/bowl with a cartoon character painted on (see photographs). Two fresh barrels of London Pride were made available for our retired players; but judging by the consumption levels they have not retired from consuming alcohol!

David Hiles made his usual great speech and mentioned the sad loss of Bill North, the current performances of the 1st XV and the continuing development of both the Youth and Mini Sections.

After an excellent meal an auction was set in place by Pinner RFC Chairman Andy Wright for 10 tickets for the Saracens v Harlequins match at Wembley. After a slow start a bidding war developed and unlike usual auction bids did not go up at a steady pace; one wasn’t sure but a bid of £100 was keenly added to by an amount of £130 some jump! The final winning bid was for £185 the winner will remain nameless at this point just in case members of the family were looking forward to a nice weekend away with the bid money!

Following the meal, past members ventured out on to the bitterly cold fields of Shaftesbury playing fields to watch the 1st XV home League fixture against Old Grammarians – see match report on website

Please find below a number of photographs from the lunch (taken by under 12’s hooker Jacob Talbot; current 1st XV match photographer)
Also a little treat: ‘Lion Hunt’ those who know, know!


Local Derby didn’t go to plan

January 8, 2012 by paul  
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Pinner 1st XV suffered their first defeat of 2012, local rivals and league leaders put on the points against a team that basically lacked good quality training time. The match report will be put up as soon as it arrives, in the meantime, the usual, photos

Pinner suffer second heavy defeat.

Before the kick-off both teams and all the spectators stood in silent tribute to the former Pinner & Grammarians President Bill North whose funeral, attended by nearly 200 people, had taken place two days earlier.  Bill was not only an unsung war hero as a young Lancaster bomber pilot but had worked tirelessly on behalf of his own club and all sports clubs in Harrow over many decades.  This was recognised by the people from many walks of life who attend the wake in the Pinner RFC clubhouse and by the respect shown by the Harrow players and supporters before and after the match.

The New Year started badly for P&G’s when they played hosts to promotion chasing local rivals Harrow.  Without a few key players Pinner soon found themselves 7 – 0 down.  Harrow were awarded a penalty on the P&G 22 and elected to kick for touch. From the ensuing line-out Harrow moved the ball across their backs for the no. 12 to score near the posts giving an easy conversion for the scrum half.   Ten minutes later an almost copy was repeated but this time the no. 12 scored further out and the kick was unsuccessful.  Pinner forwards were getting the better of the set scrums but Harrow’s more precise drills proved dominant in the lines-out.  Sloppy handling in mid-field led to Harrow’s next try.  The fly half kicked for the right corner and the bounce favoured the visitors wrong footing the defence and enabling the no.11 to score.  Very soon the no.11 was on the score sheet again when a quickly taken free kick, awarded for a crooked feed into the scrum, caught the home defence off guard.  On half time P&G’s had a chance to get on the score sheet when they were awarded a penalty on the harrow 10 m line but fly-half mark Razzel’s long range attempt fell just short.  Harrow went into half-time with a 24 – 0 lead having already secured their bonus point.

Soon into the second half Pinner lost a scrum on their own 5 m line allowing the visitor’s scrum half to score.  P&G’s now entered their best period of play several spirited attacks were thwarted by the Harrow defence.  No. 8 Bernie Richter made a couple of impressive breaks from his own 22 to set the backs in motion but the wingers were bundled into touch. The score remained at 29 – 0 until the last ten minutes of the match when the home side’s lack of fitness after the holiday lay-off  proved yet again the need at this level for better training facilities.  In that 10 minute period Harrow ran in a further four tries but fortunately for the home side only one was converted.  The final score was 51 – 0 to Harrow.

Next Saturday P&G’s travel the 50 miles to Royston in north-east Hertfordshire in much need of a win to cement their place in the middle of the league.

Saturday, 07 January 2012
Ickenham 5 – 19 Old Merchant Taylors’
London French 21 – 28 Old Isleworthians
Old Abbotstonians 22 – 30 Uxbridge
Old Grammarians 32 – 31 Royston
Pinner & Grammarians 0 – 51 Harrow
Herts/Middlesex 2
Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Harrow 12 11 0 1 460 126 334 10 54 0
Old Merchant Taylors’ 12 11 0 1 407 129 278 7 51 0
Uxbridge 12 10 0 2 409 144 265 8 49 0
Old Grammarians 12 8 0 4 271 199 72 7 39 0
Kilburn Cosmos 11 6 0 5 250 180 70 6 30 0
Old Abbotstonians 12 5 0 7 230 291 -61 5 25 0
Royston 11 5 0 6 208 208 0 5 20 -5
Pinner & Grammarians 12 4 0 8 154 319 -165 2 18 0
Old Isleworthians 12 2 0 10 144 420 -276 4 12 0
Ickenham 12 2 0 10 97 405 -308 0 8 0
London French 12 1 0 11 110 319 -209 3 7 0
Last Updated: Jan 7 2012 5:36PM

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