Tribute League Awards
The Tribute League Awards evening for Somerset clubs was held at TOR RFC on Friday, August 22, 2014. Somerset RFU President and Chairman Des Chalmers presented the following awards to club representatives
The Tribute ‘ You’ve earned it’ Award was presented to a club who were nominated for their perseverance and transformation over a few years from a Sunday XV to a competitive League team who have already gained promotion and finished a very creditable third in Somerset 2 South as well as becoming a full member of the RFU.
Forthcoming Somerset games
See the Senior Rugby page and the table above for details.
Kent RFU 1st XV 28 - 9 Somerset RFU 1st XV - 24/5/2014 - Medway RFC
As we went through all the seasons in one afternoon at Medway RFC Kent came out deserved winners in the end although the score may have flattered them a little. Somerset handed debuts to 20 year old Nick Mason of Taunton RFC at full back and Callum Lynch 18 year old hooker, Carl Brown of North Petherton RFC and 22 year old Tom Crossman of Nailsea & Backwell RFC. Marcus Adams of Keynsham RFC another 18 year old also travelled as a reserve. These guys have all progressed through the county under 20’s and Development XV this season. More . .
Somerset RFU 1st XV 20 - 15 Devon RFU 1st XV - 10/5/2014 - Bridgwater and Albion
The county coaching team were really pleased with the start to this game, going 12 nil up in as many minutes into the wind. As the game progressed it looked as though the home team would, if they could keep the ball, go on to a comfortable victory. The scrum went well, the front row of Woolmore, Wheeler and Booley looked a real handful and the outstanding back row of Gibbs, Fry and Spellisy featured in most things. Fry's dynamism and Gibbs power were key in most things the county did in defence and going forward as half time came. More . .
Bath United 34 - 7 Somerset RFU - 14/4/2014 - The Recreation Ground, Bath.
On Sat 18th June Crewkerne held an ex-player reunion at their new clubhouse facility in the heart of the town. Past and present members celebrated the end of a long road to get the facility funded and built. Over 100 ex-players attended, sharing memories and stories over lunch before a first team fixture versus Wells 2nd which the home side won 73-0.
Apart from having a great day with a good bar take the club have since been able to recruit a number of volunteers & supporters from their ex-player base, many of which haven’t been involved in the club for over ten years. The club plans to continue the event annually and build on their current 2 adult teams & mini section.
They have just achieved Accreditation too!
Sharing Good Practice The Club Feature allows you to know what is working for other Somerset clubs; recruitment drives, social events, money-making projects, anything that is worth sharing because it could make a difference at your club - It is reproduced here from the Somerset Rugby Development Newsletter.
New Sedgemoor Rugby Development Centre
Bridgwater & Albion RFC, North Petherton RFC, and Bridgwater College are jointly launching an exciting Rugby Football Union-backed player development project, commencing Tuesday 28 January.
Bill Frost, North Petherton RFC Chairman said, “We are looking forward to getting involved in this exciting local project. It’ll undoubtedly be valuable to everyone
involved and, most significantly, help provide some high quality coaching for our young players.”
Places are limited, so under 15 and under 16 male rugby players who are interested in registering or finding out more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, date of birth, school and current club.
Left to right: Clive Pearn (North Petherton RFC), Steve Smith (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Hamish Morton (RFU), David Pomeroy (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Bill Frost (North Petherton RFC), Luke Buckingham (Bridgwater College)
The annual Remembrance Day match between the Combined Services v Barbarians due to take place at The Rec, Bath on Tuesday 11th November 2014 KO 7.30pm. Click poster for details
This event is held on behalf of the Royal British Legion and being the 100th anniversary of WWI it has great poignancy - both teams will be wearing poppies on their shirts – a unique thing for the Baa Baa’s.
Recruit & Retain pot £250 for every club
The Recruit & Retain pot is available until the end of May. Please take advantage of this opportunity to put £250 towards a project of your choice. If it helps keep players or recruit new ones it will be considered. Simple application form here.
The following clubs have successfully gained funding already:
Old Culverhaysians, Wincanton, Ivel Barbarians, Stothert and Pitt, Bridgwater & Albion, Morganians, Castle Cary, Wiveliscombe, Cheddar Valley, Gordano, WinscombeWhy not apply for the R&R pot to put some of your coaches on the coaching or first aid courses! See below
First Aid courses
1 free place for each club
Funded by SCRFU - find your local course below and email me with the name & email address of your candidate. Any additional places are £45 per head if you would like to get a few more of your volunteers qualified-very competitive price for an excellent course-first come first served.North & West at Clevedon RFC Sat 31st May 9-4pm
BANES at Bath RFC (Lambridge) Sat 14th June 9-4pm
South & Central at Tor RFC Sun 15th June 9-4pm
Coaching and Managerial Vacancies
Somerset RFU are looking to appoint coaches and managers for the six county age grade sides and the 12 district teams that are run by the Constituent Body.
These appointments will be made for the 2014/15 and in to the 2015/16 season pending a review after year one.
Somerset RFU welcomes applications from all.
Details on the roles can be found on the vacancies page.
Quality DVD's of the Senior and Saxons XV games now the U16 Super Six Finals Night are available from Roy Murgatroyd: email email@example.com
The RFUs Positional Skills Handbook is available here
The county now has an on line kit shop so you can order directly through Webb Ellis. Training wear,replica shirts etc.
Support your county
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