New 1st Team Head Coach

We are thrilled to announce Jason Berry as the new 1st team Head Coach of Romsey Rugby Club! Jason joins us having had huge success across many age ranges at club and county level.

“I’m a firm believer in attacking rugby. I will bring dedication and enthusiasm to guide and support this team to be the best they can be”.

Summer Touch Rugby Now On!

Keep your fitness up over the summer ready for next season.


When?

Under 16’s, Colts and Seniors – Thursdays 7 to 8.30pm

Where?

Mountbatten School Grass Area

North Baddesley Village Fete

Come and join us to take on the Romsey Rugby Club Eliminator. Will you be strong enough to score a try!

When

Saturday 6th July 12pm to 4pm

Where

North Baddesley Green

Walking Rugby Every Sunday at 11am

What is Walking Rugby?

Walking rugby is touch rugby without running but brisk walking instead. It is one of England Rugby’s non-contact formats of the game. There is no tackling involved, instead a touch on the armpit or below are used. Played on a half pitch, participants must be walking at all times. 

Who can play?

Everyone is welcome from Year 7 of school upwards.

When and Where?

Every Sunday at 11am at Romsey Rugby Club on the 4G – this is the fenced Astro turf area by the car park.

How much is it? Do I need to be a member?

Yes you’ll need to be a social member which is £8 per month, but come along and give it a try first if you like.

What do I wear?

General sports clothes plus Astro shoes or rugby/football boots. No flat sole trainers or blades allowed.

Do I need any experience?

Absolutely none.

How long is the session ?

1 hour.

What next?

Come along and give it a try! Any more questions email playing@romseyrugby.club

All England Euro Games Live

Join us at the Romsey RFC clubhouse to watch all England Euro games live.

6th July at 5pm – England v Switzerland – Clubhouse open from 3pm

10th July at 8pm – Netherlands v England – Clubhouse open from 7pm

THE FINAL!

14th July at 8pm – Spain v England – Clubhouse open from 6.30pm

Don’t forget your membership card for your bar discount.

Click here to become a member and enjoy discounts on food and drinks

Members and non members welcome

Update – Nick Smith

To all the members of Romsey Rugby Club

I have some very sad news to share with you all. Our club member Nick Smith recently received a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Understandably, this news came as a huge shock, as he had attributed the lack of mobility in his shoulders to other causes, for which he was under investigation.  

Nick has asked me to reach out and reassure everyone that he is not hiding away despite the significant challenges he and his family are now facing. On speaking with Nick, it seemed clear to me he is tackling this head on, with as much positivity he can muster and with the unwavering support of his wife Jackie, together with his boys Henry and Alistair. 

Though the road ahead will be tough, but he is committed to staying as active as possible with the hope of attending as many of Romsey’s matches in the 2024-25 season as he can. Knowing RRFC as we do, I’m sure he can count on our support and assistance whenever he is with us. You will all remember the time and effort he dedicated to the transfer of the Club to our new home at Kings Chase, and especially working to the deadline of getting the bar operational in time for the Six Nations last season.  

Nick is hoping he can join Rob Burrow on one of his walks in Yorkshire this summer. It’s moments like these, surrounded by friends and family, that remind me of the power of unity and determination in difficult times.

In conversation with Nick, it is clear to me he is trying to continue his life as near as possible to that he intended, being open and willing to discuss his situation so please, don’t hesitate to make an approach.

Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news.

Tristan

Match Report: Romsey v Eastleigh 06.04.2024

Match Report: Romsey v Eastleigh 06.04.2024

 Romsey lose 14-26
 Match report courtesy of Peter Jones

Frustrated Romsey suffer end of season blow

Romsey 14 : 26 Eastleigh

A bright and distinctly breezy afternoon at Ganger Farm was the scene for Romsey’s final League game of the 2023-24 season. 

Initial Eastleigh pressure on the Romsey line was relieved by a crunching hit by Caine Latham and the resulting kick downwind had the visitors back-pedalling. Skipper Latham crashed over for a try and Jim Lamont’s shiny new boots kicked the conversion to put the home side 7-0 up. Eastleigh quickly hit back with a try by their fullback who outstripped the Romsey defence to level the scores. The pace of the game was unrelenting, and an effective catch and drive by the Romsey forwards set up a close range try for the tireless Will Latham.

Romsey were determined to keep up the tempo and a smart tap penalty drew a yellow card for an Eastleigh forward. Just when it looked as though the home side was building pressure, Eastleigh hit back with a series of determined attacks and a try sent both teams into the halftime huddle at 14-14.

With the strong breeze stiffening at their backs the visitors were always in the driving seat in the second half. Latham’s side responded to this challenge with a wave of attacks against the wind. Strong Eastleigh defence kept Romsey at bay, and the wind carried a relieving kick well away from their line. Romsey were soon back, however. A scything break by the skipper in the midfield put play back under the visitors’ posts. A period of concerted pressure suggested that a home score score was inevitable, but an attempted miss pass to winger Ollie Soundy resulted in the opposition winger scooping the ball up and skipping away from the defensive cover to make the score 14-19.

This proved to be the game’s turning point. A yellow card for Jim Lamont left the Romsey defensive line exposed and Eastleigh ran in a simple try in the corner. With the clock ticking down the visitors were happy to keep the ball in the tight and use the wind to frustrate the home team. A red card at the death for forward Brad Piper was born of this frustration, and was a sour note to end a season that had given players, coaches and spectators some excellent entertaining rugby. This young squad can look forward to next season with some confidence.

Match Report: Romsey U-14 vs Fareham Heathens U-14 24.03.2024

Match Report: Romsey U-14 v Fareham Heathens U-14 24.03.2024

 Romsey win 37-7
 Match report courtesy of Baz Newman

Romsey U-14s showing fine form at the end of the season

🏉🏉🏉🏉A great 37-7 win today for the U14s vs Fareham Heathens. Romsey came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and scored first with Henry M going over the line. Joseph N followed with a brace soon after, one being a lovely quick tap penalty on the 22 catching the defence unaware. They carried on the second half with tries from Joe C, Alex S, James M and Fin W. 3 very proud coaches and onto Ellingham & Ringwood next week.🏉🏉🏉🏉

Match Report: Fareham Heathens v Romsey 23.03.2024

Match Report: Fareham Heathens v Romsey 23.03.2024

 Romsey lose 13-28
 Match report courtesy of Eric Bailey

Penultimate match of the season ends in defeat

Romsey travelled to highflying Fareham knowing that they were in for a tough test against a side in second place in the league. The first 10 minutes were fairly even with Fareham threatening once or twice but wasting an overlap by opting to kick. The home side then gave away the first of many penalties just within kicking range but with the strong wind blowing Jim Lamont was unable to convert. Soon afterwards Fareham offended again and this time Lamont made no mistake giving Romsey a three point lead.


Romsey had been tackling ferociously but suddenly a couple of missed tackles let Fareham in for a school behind the posts which was duly converted giving the home side a 7 : 3 lead. Undaunted Romsey came back strongly and after a great run down the wing by Ollie Soundy, taken on by a couple of other players, Romsey almost reached the line but unfortunately knocked on just short of the line.
To add insult to injury a wild pass by Romsey allowed Fareham to intercept and although initially thwarted, they soon crossed for a second try which was also converted, extending their lead to 14 : 3. The visitors hit back immediately and from a line out on the Fareham 5 metre line a superb catch and ferocious drive saw hooker Ben Hoad bundled over for Romsey’ first try which went unconverted leaving the score at 14 : 8.


The second half started with Fareham having the benefit of the strong wind and Romsey supporters feared the worst. However Romsey surprised everyone by taking the game to Fareham, retaining possession for long periods during which they were held up over the line and unable to ground the ball. Eventually the home side managed to pin Romsey back with a long kick which Romsey thought they had touched down but the ball squirted forwards and was pounced on by a Fareham player following up to score. An easy conversion from in front of the posts took the score to 21 : 8 to the hosts.

 
Adding insult to injury, an error by the Romsey fullback, who slipped whilst. fielding a long kick, saw a Fareham player intercept his attempted pass and score a soft try under the posts which was easily converted to give the hosts a flattering 28 : 8 lead. However Romsey were not finished and spent a further long period in the opponents 22m area and scored an unconverted try leaving the final score at 28: 13 to Fareham.


Romsey can be very proud that, although missing some key players, they took the game to their opponents and might have won with the scoreline not truly representing the run of play. Romsey’s final game of the season takes place at Ganger Farm Leisure Centre on April 6 against Eastleigh and Romsey hope to maintain their competitive fifth place in the league.

Match Report: Romsey v Christchurch 16.03.24

Match Report: Romsey v Christchurch 16.03.2024

 Romsey win 35-26
 Match report courtesy of Pete Jones

Bonus points all round at Ganger Farm

Romsey RFC played their part on the weekend of the Six Nations by drawing a decent crowd to the touchline in between the televised offerings. They were treated to a breathless nine try thriller against Christchurch. The home side, captained by flank forward Harrison Scott, eventually came out on top 35-26.

 
Romsey started at a high tempo and were rewarded after 12 minutes when scrum half Dan Penn Newman made a blind side break and burst through two would-be tacklers to make the score 5-0. Romsey’s scrum was in the ascendancy but determined opposition tackling kept Harrison Scott’s side at bay.

 
A deep kick into enemy territory eventually provided Lewis Cartledge with the opportunity to plunge over from the back of a line out.
The ten point lead allowed Romsey to play with more freedom, and a fluent counter attack after 35 minutes gave the skipper a chance to set sail for the try line from half way. Aided by his streamlined haircut, the flanker streaked away to score under the posts. To underline his side’s dominance, he then ran a clever angle to score a short range try to round off a fresh wave of attacks. At half time, the blue and golds were 24-0 up, with the bonus point in the bag.


The action at the start of the second half looked ominous for the visitors. Prop Mike Streicher burst onto a pass from his scrum half but then inexplicably dropped the ball over the try line. The scrum that followed, however, had the Christchurch forwards in reverse gear and fly half Jim Lamont crashed over for try to make the score 29-0.

 
It is to the visitors’ credit that they decided to fight fire with fire, and they ran in a try under the Romsey posts. Soon, they had doubled their rally to 14 after some enterprising play through the back line.

 
With their half time lead dwindling, Romsey sensibly opted to kick two penalties to push their score up to 35, but two more Christchurch tries made the final score a respectable 35-26.

 
Both sides left the encounter with a bonus point, a just reward for an afternoon of enterprising attacking rugby.

 

Awards Dinner 2024 Launched: Friday May 10th

Black tie dinner and dance

We cordially invite you and your guests to the 2023-24 season Romsey RFC Awards Night.

This event marks the end of the season and is our chance to recognise and thank the players, coaches and volunteers, from all teams across the club, whose hard work and commitment has made a difference to the club both on and off the pitch. The evening’s dress code is black tie and includes a 2 course meal, raffle and charity auction, and the awards ceremony for each team and Club Person of the Year for the junior and senior section. Before, finally, we hit the dance floor accompanied by our band, Ben & Zan

Running order:

• 1800 Venue opens

• Club Raffle & Charity Auction will be running online throughout the event with winners drawn automatically

• 1915-2030 Dinner

• Junior & Colts presentation

• Senior presentation

• Club person of the year: junior & senior

• Dance and sing-along with the band “Free Drinks”

Details:

£30/ticket

Includes 2 course meal and wine on the table. Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.

Tickets available to members and non-members

Music & Card-only bar til late

Dress code strictly Black Tie.

What’s on this Week: Mar 16-17, 2024

Real Ale is Back for Super Saturday!

Many thanks to Ian Thomas at Romsey Self Storage for his generous barrel sponsorship. Come down and get yours before it’s gone.

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Match Report: Romsey v Portsmouth

Match Report: Romsey v Portsmouth 02.03.2024

 Romsey win 48-25
 Match report courtesy of Pete Jones

Nothing artificial about Romsey RFC progress

The recent wet weather has taken its toll on sports fixtures in the county, but Romsey RFC’s players have enjoyed the advantage of being able to play on Ganger Farm’s superb 4G surface. The Junior section, from U5’s up, enjoyed their rugby under blue skies and went home with clean kit! 

The Blue and Golds of the Senior squad cemented in their position in the top 5 of the league with a sparkling display of attacking rugby against Portsmouth. Romsey took full advantage of playing on the 4G surface. It produced a game that was played at a fast pace, and the crowd fully enjoyed the thirteen tries scored on the day. 

Romsey scored eight of the tries, showing attacking intent throughout. Half backs Dan Penn-Newman and Jim Lamont were quick to spot the gaps in the Portsmouth defence, and ran the game from start to finish. The opening score for winger Ed Bethel was skilfully constructed and ruthlessly finished. Coach Dave Grosse was purring with satisfaction as further tries by Brad Piper, Dylan Scott and Jim Lamont saw his side race into a 22-0 lead. Portsmouth hit back with a quickly taken tap penalty on one of their rare forays into the Romsey half. A bulldozing score by winger Ollie Soundy re emphasised the home team’s superiority. With the game all but lost before half time, it is to Portsmouth’s credit that they managed to throw caution to the winds to score two more tries before the interval. 

Romsey’s healthy fourteen point lead was further improved by tries by prop Mike Streicher and captain Caine Latham. Again, Portsmouth responded with some spirit to grab a bonus point score before the end. The final score was 48-25 to Latham’s side. It was a breathless, hugely entertaining game to watch. Romsey will be hoping for a good crowd for their next home fixture against Christchurch on March 16th. With that day being the Six Nations “Super Saturday” the club bar expects to be busy!

 

 

Beer Festival 2024 Launched: June 21 & 22

🍻 Join us for a Brew-tiful Weekend at Romsey Rugby Club’s Beer Festival! 🍻

Secure your tickets now on our Eventbrite page

In collaboration with our esteemed bar partner, Cocky Anchor, and with generous support from our event sponsor, Pure Human Resources, Romsey Rugby Club invites you to savour the flavors of our annual beer extravaganza!

📅 Dates and Times:

  • Friday, June 21st, 2024: 18:00 – 23:00
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 2024: 16:00 – 22:00

Please note that tickets are only valid for the stated day.

🎟️ Tickets:

Secure your spot to the day of your choice for just £10 (plus platform fees) on our Eventbrite page. Your ticket includes:

  • Event entry for the session you purchase
  • A commemorative glass
  • Half-pint of real ale of your choice
  • An event programme with tasting notes
  • Live music

🎶 Entertainment:

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with live acoustic music each night!

🍺 Craft Beer Selection:

This year, we’re celebrating local brewers from Worcestershire, courtesy of Cocky Anchor’s ties to the region. Explore exciting new ales alongside Hampshire classics, ensuring there’s something for every palate.

🍔 Food and Drink:

Indulge in delicious food available for purchase alongside our full-service bar, offering a stellar selection of beers, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic options.

💳 Cashless Venue:

Please note that our bar operates on a card-only basis. Purchase tokens on-site for hassle-free transactions.

🚌 Transportation:

Hop aboard the rugby club shuttle bus, providing lifts to the town center for a small donation. Strictly first-come-first-served and soiling charges will apply.

🛢️ Barrel Sponsorship:

Elevate your presence at the festival with barrel sponsorship opportunities, priced at £100 per barrel. Receive two entry tickets and have your name or company showcased in our event programme. Contact business@romseyrugby.club for inquiries.

🙌 Volunteer Appreciation:

Our festival thrives on the dedication of volunteers who ensure a smooth experience from setup to teardown. Kindly support them, and consider joining our volunteer team! Fully paid-up club members receive a complimentary ticket for one evening in exchange for volunteering on the other. Reach out to business@romseyrugby.club to get involved.

Let’s raise a glass to great beer, good company, and unforgettable memories at Romsey Rugby Club’s Beer Festival! Cheers! 🍻🎉

 

Secure your tickets now on our Eventbrite page

Match Report: Romsey Social XV v Petersfield

Match Report: Romsey Social XV v Petersfield 24.02.2024

 Romsey lose nail-biter 22-24
 Match report courtesy of Nick Creal (judging by the excessively positive review given to Mr Creal)

Romsey social xv 22 Petersfield 3s 24

Romsey edged out by an experienced opposition

With no first team game this weekend, Romsey took advantage to let their social side take to the field allowing newer members of the squad to gain valuable game time alongside some more elderly statesmen of the club with some assistance from local rivals Millbrook and Fawley in an entertaining game against an experienced Petersfield 3rd team, in a game played in fluctuating weather conditions.

With the opening kick-off not going the required 10m and the visitor’s bulky pack too eager to drive the first scrum (little did they know that they would get many opportunities due to the slippery conditions), Nick Creal took a quick tap on half way and set off on a mazy run linking up with the flying farmer, Simon Garraway. The back row duo exchanged several passes before Garraway dived over under the posts. His partner in crime was obviously tired after running such a distance as he missed the conversion attempt.

Petersfield then began to assert their forwards on the play and made several thrusts into the Romsey half and this paid off when they scored 2 unconverted tries to take a 5-10 lead. A rumbustious surge through the middle from the newcomer Dan “American pie” Mlinciks allowed the ball to be swiftly transferred down the back line to Baz Newman who took full advantage of having his son running touch to tiptoe down the touch line before being held up short of the line where the visitors infringed at the breakdown. From the resulting penalty the delicate Darran Hall took advantage of the lack of a TMO at Ganger Farm to score a try that some observers from the east of the county may argue he lost in the act of going down. The visitors then retook the lead after their surprisingly good and fit centre/backrow player weaved his way through for a converted try.

With Steve Reeves replacing an injured Fawley man to make his club debut at the youthful age of 48 having been cajoled in the clubhouse on Thursday night looking every bit to the manor born and with the ancient club chair, John Gray  finding the venerable vest wearing Jamie Glanville with unerring one handed accuracy in the lineouts, Romsey moved the ball wide to the embryonic Oli Wise, who sliced through the opposition line only to be the recipient of a high tackle for the second week running with the line beckoning. From the tap penalty a lurking Creal gave a sublime quick pass to Tyler Beardsley who thundered over for his first ever Romsey try which was converted to make the score 17-17 at half time.

With the firm ground despite the week of rain taking its effect on the Fawley guests, Ryan Walker entered the fray for his senior debut and immediately started tackling anything that came his way and producing a turnover that allowed Chad Marshall from Millbrook to slide over to score a try that he converted to give the home team the lead 22-17.

There then followed a rather scrappy period of play as both sides thought the forwards needed to do more scrummaging much to the annoyance of a few of the older members who were hoping for a quick 10 minutes but ended up having to do the full 80. On 70 minutes another excellent burst from Beardsley was supported by the slug balancing Oli Glanville who’s burst for the line was ended by a rather higher than legal tackle and a penalty was awarded to the cries of “Oi that’s my son” from one of the home team. A kick at goal was opted for to try and extend the lead to 8 points by a violent gust of wind deflected the ball off line at the crucial moment.

With bodies now at exhaustion Petersfield attacked again in earnest and in the dying moments broke Romsey hearts with a converted try to give them a 22-24 as the clock went red. A devious piece of calling allowed Romsey a final opportunity as Sméagol lookalike and the most talented of the 3 brothers, Jack Murrant chased a booming kick and regathered the ball with the line at his mercy only for a magnificent cover tackle to come in and roll him over and prevent him from getting the winning try leaving the visitors victorious.

A thoroughly fun afternoon (and very painful Sunday and Monday) was had by everyone who took part and there is hope for the social side to take the field again later in the season. More details can be found on the club website www.romseyrugby.club

 

 

Sunday Catering Trial – Collaboration with Charlie’s Cafe

Romsey Rugby Club Trials Sunday Catering Collaboration with Charlie’s Cafe

 

Come down this Sunday and get 20% off food delivered to your table

Romsey Rugby Club is excited to partner with our new next-door neighbour, Charlie’s Cafe, to offer club members top-notch Charlie’s food with a bonus 20% discount when you flash your membership card. Charlie’s will deliver your order directly to your table in the rugby clubhouse, so you can still enjoy your favourite beverages from the bar.

The clubhouse is open 10:00-14:30 this Sunday. There’s walking rugby (11:00-12:00) which is open to all. The Under-15 and U-16 sides are at home and would welcome your support. 
 

Burns Supper 2024 – A sell-out success!

Romsey Rugby Club Hosts a Resounding Success at Annual Burns Supper 2024

 

2025 is already booked!

Romsey Rugby Club is thrilled to have successfully hosted and delivered its annual Burns Supper, held on January 25th, 2024. This cherished event, a cornerstone of our club’s calendar and key fundraising event, celebrated the life and works of the renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in splendid fashion.

The Burns Supper 2024 was a night to remember, brimming with Scottish tradition, conviviality, and spirited revelry. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended, making the evening an unparalleled success. Our esteemed guests of honour were warmly welcomed, adding a special touch to the festivities.

Club Chairman and proud Scot, John Gray, says “‘Some hae meat a canny eat ’ as Robbie Burns Selkirk grace points out. The Romsey rugby club burns supper delivered plenty to eat and enjoy. Great food, a great ceilidh and great company with everyone who attended a thoroughly wonderful evening. A few sore heads were to be found the following day, I’m sure!  Thanks to all who organised and our sponsors and guests.”

This year’s event, generously supported by our sponsors, Anchor Maintenance and Parker Bullen, once again sold out, a testament to the enduring popularity and appeal of the Burns Supper at Romsey Rugby Club. We express our sincerest appreciation to our sponsors for their unwavering support, which contributed immeasurably to the event’s success.

Ian Paxton, Managing Director of Anchor Maintenance contributes: “We are thrilled by the success of Romsey Rugby Club’s Burns Night Event. The evening unfolded as a vibrant cultural celebration with exceptional food, camaraderie, and musical festivities. Grateful to all involved, we eagerly anticipate future events and continued community engagement. Ian Paxton, Anchor Maintenance.”

Karen Clarkson, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Parker Bullen, continues: ““As a growing firm in Romsey, we are always looking for new ways to engage with the local community and support events that bring together the organisations, individuals and their families that make up our vibrant and proactive town.  We were delighted once again to sponsor the Romsey Rugby Club Burns Night, to join in the festivities and raise money for charity while having fun!  We are very much looking forward to 2025.”

The culinary delights of the evening were expertly crafted by TWJ Catering, who treated attendees to a sumptuous four-course Scottish feast. Guests revelled in traditional Ceilidh dancing, expertly guided by the lively tunes of the Ceilidh Tree band. The libations flowed freely, with a splendid selection of whiskies and wines adding to the merriment of the occasion.

Highlights of the evening included spirited Burns recitals, characterized by a delightful blend of humour and theatrical flair. The stirring sound of the bagpipes added an air of authenticity and grandeur to the proceedings, transporting guests to the heart of Scotland’s cultural heritage.

Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that next year’s event is already in the diary, scheduled for Friday, January 24th, 2025. Save the date for another unforgettable evening of Scottish revelry and dancing at Romsey Rugby Club. Tickets will be launched soon on our Eventbrite page.

 

Match Report: Romsey v Andover

Match Report: Romsey v Andover 03.02.24

 Romsey lose 3-12
 Match report courtesy of Club President, Eric Bailey.

Romsey 3 Andover 12

After the excellent win last week, away to Isle of Wight rugby club, Romsey came down to earth with a hard fought home defeat against Andover, a side they might have expected to beat on league form. However with several key players unavailable this week Romsey lacked the fluidity shown in their last two victories.

Right from the off Andover looked threatening and spent the first 10 minutes in Romsey‘s half but were unable to convert pressure into points. Having absorbed the pressure Romsey began to find their feet and spent a similar time pinning the visitors back in their own half. Having come close to scoring a try Romsey were eventually rewarded with a penalty from a ruck infringement which Jim Lamont duly slotted to give Romsey a three point lead.

Despite Romsey‘s largely dominant scrum the visitors managed to get the ball away and a subsequent ruck close to Romsey’s line resulted in an Andover player driving over to put them on the scoresheet with try which was converted to lead 7 : 3 at half time. 

The second half continued in the same pattern as the first with Romsey competing strongly but making errors with some stray passes and wrong decision-making in stark contrast to the last two victorious matches. Andover returned to the attack soon after the start of the half and strong forward play saw them cross for a second try which was not converted, extending their lead to 12 : 3.

There after Romsey fought hard but could not penetrate the Andover defence and after scrum half Lamont narrowly missed with a penalty kick, neither side had significant scoring chances. The game therefore ended with the visitors eking out a narrow victory and Romsey still hanging on to their 5th place league position.

Romsey 1st XV now have a one week break from league action before the away fixture at Alresford on 17th February.

In loving memory: Brian Fitzmaurice

In Loving Memory of Brian Fitzmaurice

Dear Romsey Rugby Club Family,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved long-time member, Brian Fitzmaurice. Brian was not only a passionate supporter of Romsey Rugby Club but a cherished friend to many within our community.

In honour of Brian’s life and the impact he had on all of us, his family has extended a heartfelt invitation to everyone who knew him to join in commemorating his journey.

Funeral Service Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, 13th February
  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Venue: Southampton Crematorium
  • Address: Basset Green Rd, Southampton SO16 3QB

Wake Information:

  • Venue: Three Tuns in Romsey
  • Address: 58 Middlebridge St, Romsey SO51 8HL

Following the funeral service, we will gather at the Three Tuns in Romsey for a wake to share memories and support one another during this difficult time.

All are welcome

If you plan to attend, it would be appreciated if you could provide an indication of your attendance to assist with arrangements. Please contact Louise at 07454468488 via call, text, or WhatsApp.

Let us come together as a club and community to celebrate Brian’s life, share our memories, and offer comfort to one another during this challenging time.

Match Report: Romsey v Ventnor

Match Report: Romsey v Overton 22.01.2024

 Romsey win 58-10
 Match report courtesy of Club President, Eric Bailey.

ROMSEY RUN RIOT!

On a day when many fixtures were frozen off, Romsey‘s superb pitch at Ganger Leisure Centre was deemed fit to play and Romsey’s spectators were treated to a “try fest”!

From the very first whistle Romsey dominated every aspect of play and very quickly scored the opening try. Ventnor were quick out of the blocks and managed to charge down what would have been an easy conversion leaving Romsey with a five point lead.

From the restart the visitors reached Romsey’s 22 yard line but turnover possession resulted in some terrific inter-play by Romsey all the way to the Ventnor try line with a score by Ed Bethel. The difficult conversion was missed so the score after five minutes play stood at 10 : 0.

Romsey’s scrum and lineout were dominant and a forward drive following a line out saw Romsey‘s third unconverted try scored by Alfie Lawrence. This was swiftly followed by another try by Ollie Coburn, which again went unconverted from out wide, giving Romsey a 20 : 0 lead. Romsey continued to pound away a visitors try line with stout Ventnor defence just managing to keep Romsey at bay, at least for a short while. The pressure soon told and Ollie Coburn scored again in the corner; the difficult conversion was successful increasing the score to a mere 27 : 0!

There followed an awesome scrum by Romsey driving forward many many yards and a burst by scrum half Dan Penn-Newman almost yielded a score. Moments later and Newman was not to be denied scoring on the stroke of halftime. The successful conversion gave Romsey a 34 nil lead at half-time.

The second half started in much the same vein with the home forwards dominant and linking superbly with the backs. After winning quick ruck ball Romsey drove forward again with Michael Streicher bursting over for yet another try with the conversion pushing the lead to 41 points. Next it was Dan Penn-Newman’s turn, picking up from a scrum and jinking his way through to score a another superb try. This time the conversion was missed leaving the score at 46 nil.

Completely against the run of play Ventnor finally got into Romsey’s territory, having kicked ahead, and managed to cross the Romsey line for an unconverted consolation try. Romsey immediately counted and a crossfield kick from replacement Ollie Soundy on the Ventnor 22 was pounced on by Ollie Coburn, scoring in the corner for his hat trick and increasing the score to 51 : 5.

With Romsey taking their foot off the gas Ventnor managed to make another rare incursion into the Romsey 22 and were rewarded with another consolation try. This stung Romsey into action again and replacement prop Brad Piper scored Romsey‘s final try with the conversion making the final score 58 : 10.

This was a great performance of forward domination and running rugby by Romsey but to their credit Ventnor continued to complete vigorously until the very end. 

 

Next week sees Romsey visit Isle of Wight rugby club for what promises to be a close encounter. 

Final Arrangements – Burns Supper 2024 – Final Tickets Released

Get Ready for RRFC’s 2024 Burns Night

 

The Final Countdown!

 There’s only one week to go!!
 
We’ve had some tickets returned, and sold a few more, and at this point we have 6 available – so if you would like more tickets please head over to Eventbrite and snap them up before they sell out again. 
 
Many thanks to everyone who has provided their raffle prizes, guest information, and menu choices. Speaking of the raffle, our Rally Up page is now available so please do pop over there and buy some tickets ahead of time – and why not share amongst your network as there’s no need to be at the event to claim your prizes. We’ve already got over 35 prizes and they continue to come in. Don’t forget to check if you have anything you’d like to donate.
 
Don’t forget that the event starts at 6pm, so don’t be late! Reminder of details are below.
 
  • Key Timings: Bar and clubhouse open at 18:00; Amuse Bouche (in lieu of a call to seats) at 18:45; Piping in the haggis at 19:00 followed immediately by the starter. From there it’s all downhill and the dancing will start as close to 21:00 as possible. As usual, these timings will go out of the window from the moment the whisky comes out.
  • Table layout: We will have three banquet-style tables in the clubhouse rather than last year’s circular tables.
  • Dancing: We will make way for the dance floor after supper and recitals. The tables nearest the band will be removed from 21:15 and these tables will be clearly marked. If you’re young and nimble, you stand a very high chance of being seated in this area. 
  • Venue: Romsey Rugby Club, Ganger Farm Sports Pavilion, SO51 0EE. Please note that the venue is upstairs, and toilets are downstairs. If this causes any issues, please reach out.
  • Dress code: Dress: Kilts Black Tie, Dinner Suits, Evening Dresses with dancing shoes…
  • Wine on table & Welcome drink: Oh yes, of course! Many thanks to our generous sponsors, Cocky Anchor and Parker Bullen for making this possible.
  • Tartan will be available for purchase from behind the bar for anyone who doesn’t have tartan or needs some more!
Menu Choices
TWJ catering have put together an excellent menu, with a meat-free alternative. Apologies but these are set menus and cannot be altered.

Menu:
Amuse bouche: Chalkstream cured trout with winter slaw. 
Starter: Venison carpaccio with pickled red cabbage, parmesan crisps and pine nuts.
Main: Haggis, tatties and neeps.
Dessert: Classic Cranachan.

Alternative menu:
Amuse bouche: vegan smoked salmon with avocado, goats cheese and pickled shallots.
Starter: Beetroot carpaccio with pickled shallots, whipped goats cheese and pine nuts.
Main: Vegan Haggis, tatties and neeps.
Dessert: Vegan Cranachan.

Full Order of Service

Time

Item

18:00

Doors open & welcome drink

18:45

Amuse Bouche (in lieu of call to seats)

19:00

The Chairman’s welcome

 

The Selkirk Grace

 

Piping in the Haggis

 

Address & Toast to the haggis

19:10

Starter

 

Burns Poetry Recitals

 

Main

 

Heads & Tails

 

Dessert

 

The immortal memory

 

Toast to the lassies

 

response to the toast to the lassies

21:15

Automated raffle draw

21:00

Band Session 1 (1 hour)

 

Band break

22:15

Band Session 2 (1 hour)

22:45

Last Orders

23:00

Bar Closes


Please make sure you respect our neighbours by leaving the venue quietly.

2024 Events Launched

2024 Event Programme Launched

Romsey Rugby Club is Proud to launch it’s 2024 Events programme.

Burns night has already sold out, but we’ve got the conclusion of our 2023/24 season with several home matches, and what promises to be another thrilling six nations tournament just around the corner.

After that, we’ll host six nations Super Saturday on March 17th, our final home match of the season on April 6th, our annual players, coaches and managers presentation dinner on May 10th and end-of-season fun day for the younger members.

Looking further ahead, the success of our 2023 Oktoberfest means it’s a fixture in the diary, and we’ll pick the date for that and the Xmas party as soon as we have the 2024/25 season fixtures confirmed by Hampshire RFU.

In collaboration with Cocky Anchor we’re also looking to reinstate our beer festival over the first weekend of July – watch this space for more details!

Ticketed events can be found on our Eventbrite page

What’s on this Week: Jan 13-14, 2024

What’s on This Week: January 13-14, 2024

Seniors visit Overton; Champions cup returns; full house on Sunday

Saturday

  • Bar & Clubhouse open 12:00 until 18:30
  • Seniors are away at Overton, kick-off 14:00
  • Toulon v Munster on the big screen, kick-off 15:00 
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches on the 4G:
  • Ladies 2s 10:30; 3s 12:15; Mens 2s 14:00; 3s/4s 15:45
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 until 16:30
  • Walking Rugby 11:00-12:00 – All welcome
  • U13s host Vectis, kick-off 11:30; 
  • U16s host Wimborne 11:30;
  • Colts host Fawley 13:30
Upcoming Events
  • Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh: January 26th SOLD OUT
  • Vice-Presidents & Sponsors Lunch: invite only February 3rd
  • Save the Date: Alfie’s Wish fundraising quiz evening, Saturday February 24th
  • End-of-season Presentation Dinner: May 10th

VP Lunch 3rd February 2024

VPs & Sponsors Pre-Match Luncheon

Saturday, February 3rd 2024

Dear VP’s, Sponsors & Guests,  you are
invited to a Pre-Match Luncheon on Saturday 3rd February. The day
will kick off with the bar opening at 12.30pm followed by a 1.00pm lunch before
our league game against Andover, which kicks off at 2.30pm. Sponsors are
invited to come as our guest without charge

Please reply by email as soon as possible, unfortunately we cannot take any replies past 4pm on
31st January.  There will be a two course hot meal served for
lunch and I very much look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Eric Bailey
President

president@romseyrugby.club or rachelb@asphair.com

What’s on this Week: Jan 6-7, 2024

What’s on This Week: January 6-7, 2024

First opening of the year; Seniors host Aldershot & Fleet; U15s host Vectis

Saturday

  • Bar & Clubhouse open 13:00 until 18:30
  • Seniors host Aldershot & Fleet, kick-off 14:00
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches on the 4G: Ladies 2s 12:15
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 until 15:00
  • Walking Rugby 11:00-12:00 – All welcome
  • U15s host Vectis, kick-off 11:30
Upcoming Events
  • Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh: January 26th 6-11pm. Tickets £49.50 on our Eventbrite page. Move fast because the event will sell out – 4 tickets remaining.
  • Save the Date: Alfie’s Wish fundraising quiz evening, Saturday Feb 24th

What’s on this Week: Dec 16-17, 2023

What’s on This Week: December 16-17, 2023

Final opening of the year; Seniors away at Havant; U15s host Fawley

Advance Notice: 

 

Clubhouse closed from December 18th. Reopening January 6th.

Saturday

  • Bar & Clubhouse open 15:30 until 18:30
  • Seniors are away at Havant, kick-off 14:00
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches on the 4G:
  • Mens 1s 14:00; 3s 15:45
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 until 15:00
  • Walking Rugby 11:00-12:00 – All welcome
  • U15s host Fawley, kick-off 11:30
Upcoming Events
  • Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh: January 26th 6-11pm. Tickets £49.50 on our Eventbrite page. Move fast because the event will sell out – there are less than 20 tickets remaining.
  • Save the Date: Alfie’s Wish fundraising quiz evening, Saturday Feb 24th

Match Report: Romsey v Fareham

Match Report: Romsey v Fareham Heathens 09.12.2023

 Romsey lose 7-22
 Match report courtesy of Club President, Eric Bailey.

Reality check for Romsey

When many games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, the state of the art drainage system at a Ganger Farm allowed Romsey‘s league game to go ahead with conditions firm under foot.

As befitted their second place league position Fareham started strongly pinning Romsey back in their 22 during the opening phase of the game. However Romsey defended well and eventually eased the pressure winning several turnovers and aided by the visitors conceding several penalties. Romsey then suffered a significant loss when hooker Ben Hoad, who had been having a storming game, was forced to leave the field with an injury.

Having withstood some Romsey pressure Fareham came again with a break down the right wing and when a loose pass went to ground it was pounced upon by one of the visitors to score the first try which was duly converted in the very strong crosswind to give Fareham a 7 : 0 lead. If Romsey were unlucky to concede the first score they can have no complaints about the visitors second try when poor defence allowed the ball carrier free rein to score near the posts. The conversion made the score 14 : 0 to the visitors at the break.

Romsey started the second half in a higher gear and there followed a period of intense pressure on the Fareham line ultimately resulting in a score for Harrison Scott who by this time was deputising at hooker. Jim Lamont slotted an excellent conversion in the windy conditions and at 7 : 14 down, but with their tails up, Romsey looked capable of turning things around. Further excellent play saw Romsey held up twice over the line and were unable to find the final touch to even the scores.

This was to be Romsey‘s last determined attack as Fareham recovered their composure and pinned Romsey back in their half for a long period which ultimately resulted in a well struck penalty giving the visitors a 17 : 7 lead. Romsey‘s woes were compounded when Fareham rounded off the afternoon with an unconverted try just before the final whistle making the final score 22 : 7.

 

After their winning run Romsey were brought down to earth and their performance contrasted with their excellent showing at Christchurch last week. Although missing a few key players through unavailability or injury this was a disappointing effort with far too many penalties conceded.

Currently Romsey are fourth in the league and face a tough challenge on Saturday at runaway league leaders Havant.

Match Report: Christchurch v Romsey

Match Report: Christchurch v Romsey 02.12.2023

 Romsey win – 21-0
 Match report courtesy of Head Coach, Dave Grosse.

In freezing cold conditions, Romsey made the trip to the south coast against newly promoted Christchurch.

 The opposition comprised of a big forward pack and big set of backs, too, but this suited Romsey’s style of play. Right from the start, the Romsey intensity in defense and speed in attack, nullified the strength of the opposition.

 Staying with their game plan, Romsey kicked deep and kept the pressure on Christchurch to find a suitable counterattack. The pressure soon led to the first opportunity for points when Romsey earned a line-out close to the Christchurch line. A secure platform provided the backs to run a set move leading to the first try. Captain, Caine Latham, ran through the opposition defense to score under the posts following Dan Penn-Newman’s initial burst from the set play. Aiden Cleland converted, and Romsey took a deserved 7-0 lead.

 The Romsey set piece continued to dominate. The youthful front row pairing of Micheal Streicher and Elliott Johnson gave Romsey a solid scum. Man-of-the Match Will Latham and Brad Hughes were both outstanding at second row putting in huge tackles from start to finish.

 As the game progressed, Romsey’s structure and decision making began to take it’s toll on Christchurch. In addition, a quick defensive line negated the Home teams chances to get any food hold in the game. Winning turnovers led to Romsey being awarded a couple of penalties keeping the score board ticking over. The score at half time was 13-0.

In the second half, Romsey kept turning the screw. Jim Lamont at scrum half, hassling is opposite number leading to a dangerous pass to the Christchurch fly half inside his try line. Ashley Snow pounced in and jumped on the loose ball to score the second try of the game to great celebration. The score was now 18-0 and was edging Romsey towards a comfortable victory. 

The home team did come close to gaining some consolation towards the end of second half, but valiant defense led by Vice Captain, Harrison Scott and Ben Hoad prevented the threat of a Christchurch score.

Another late penalty in the last few minutes of again from the accurate boot of Cleland moved the final score to 21-0.

Head Coach, David Grosse commented “This was our best performance of the season so far. We were disciplined; we stuck to our game plan and our energy levels were maintained”.

 

Romsey’s next game is at home against Fareham Heathens on Saturday at 2pm.