What’s on this Week: Dec 9-10, 2023

What’s on This Week: December 9-10, 2023

Xmas Party; Firsts at Home along with U15s & Colts

Saturday

  • Xmas Party with Michelmersh Silver BandSaturday 4-9pm. Tickets are FREE but please reserve at our Eventbrite page. – only a handful of tickets remaining.
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 11:45 – 21:00
  • Seniors host Fareham, kick-off 14:00
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches:
  • Ladies 2s 10:30; 3s 12:15; Mens 2s 14:00; 4s 15:45
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 – 17:00
  • Colts host Tadley, kick-off 13:30
  • U15s host Bognor, kick-off 11:30
  • Walking Rugby – Open to All – 11:00
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

What’s on this Week: Dec 2-3, 2023

What’s on This Week: December 2-3, 2023

Second Team, Colts & U-12s at home

Saturday

  • Bar & Clubhouse open 11:45 – 18:00
  • Seniors are away at Christchurch, kick-off 14:30
  • Bath v Exeter – premiership rugby at 15:00 on the big screen
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches:
  • Ladies 3s 10:30; 4s 12:15 Mens 1s 14:00
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 – 15:00
  • U14s host Fareham Heathens, kick-off 10:00
  • U15s host Ellingham & Ringwood, kick-off 11:30
  • Walking Rugby – Open to All – 11:00
Upcoming Events
  • Xmas Party with Michelmersh Silver Band: December 9th 4-9pm. Tickets are FREE but please reserve at our Eventbrite page. – only a handful of tickets remaining.
  • 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 Isle of Wight

Match Report: Romsey v Isle of Wight 21.10.23

 Romsey win – 20-13
 Match report courtesy of Head Coach, Dave Grosse.

WET, WINDY…& WINNERS

Despite a brief spell of dry weather just 2 hours before kick-off, the black clouds rolled into Ganger Farm and ruined what could have been an enjoyable afternoon of running rugby.

Romsey welcomed Isle of White and with an almost full-strength side, Head Coach, David Grosse, was confident of a victory. Another bonus point win was forthcoming following another 4 try victory. The score finished 20-13. However, the win felt hollow no thanks to the awful weather conditions.

With the ball resembling a bar of soap, both teams struggled to maintain many phases of play and possession was hard to maintain.

Both sides were armed with a good kicker, therefore the key decision was to use the wind to secure some kind of territorial advantage. This mindset favoured Romsey best as they we able to utilise their pace to ensure that the game was played mostly in the opposition half. However, after a period of good territory play from the opposition, they were awarded a penalty and took a 0-3 lead 20 minutes in the game. 

That lead lasted for just over 10 minutes. Romsey were awarded a penalty just 5 meters from the line and Penn-Newman opted for a quick tap and go, that resulted in a short range unconverted try from Vice Captain, Harrison Scott.

Romsey’s error and penalty count was disappointing, but their attitude to ensure their defence stayed strong and their energy levels stayed high, paid dividends in the final minutes of the 1st half. Jim Lamont burst through the Islander’s defence. With one defender to beat and the wet conditions to consider, Lamont chipped the ball over and, thanks to a fortunate bounce, was able to dot down for Romsey’s 2nd unconverted try. The half-time score was 10-3.

The 2nd half started well for Romsey and a try from winger, Ollie Soundy, came in the 54th minute. Despite the wet conditions, the home side were able to quickly move the ball through the hands and leaving Soundy with a classic score into the corner.

The opposition responded almost immediately and were awarded a well-deserved try on 5 minutes later that made the score line close at 15-8.

Romsey score again following another outstanding sole effort from the Romsey centre, Sam Adam’s. Running from his own 22-meter line, broke through 4 tackles before ending with a glorious chip and chase to secure Romsey the bonus point try.

Despite another try from the Isle of White and a well-deserved losing bonus point, the win for Romsey was secured.

The league now enjoys a much-needed break. Romsey’s next match is away to Andover on 4th November. The next home game will be against Alresford on 11 November.

Match Report: Romsey II v Tottonians II

Match Report: Romsey II v Tottonians II 25.11.23

 Romsey win – 41-26
 Match report courtesy of El Presidente, Eric Bailey.

Despite the first overnight frost of the season, the Ganger Farm playing surface was in superb condition. Both sides took the opportunity to give game time to a number of youngsters, as well as allowing some Vets to dust their boots off.

Romsey began the game strongly spending the early minutes in their opponents half. After coming close to scoring Romsey came again and flanker Simon Garraway burst across the line for the first try which was unconverted. Romsey were quickly back on the attack and from a line out near Tottonians line and subsequent forward drive, veteran hooker Ben Hewitt drove over to score a second try which went unconverted making the score 10 : 0 to the home side.

Tottonians finally started to find their feet and spent several minutes in Romsey’s half during which Romsey’s momentarily flat-footed defence allowed a Totts player to burst through the centre unopposed to score a try under the posts which was duly converted to close the score at 10 : 7. Romsey immediately responded and after excellent forward play Ash Snow crossed for another Romsey try which was converted, increasing the lead to 17 : 7. At this point Romsey’s Chairman John Gray took the field and the veteran hooker was soon in the thick of things even winning a strike against the head assisted by his dominant pack. 

Another rare period of Tottonians pressure saw a second defensive lapse by the Romsey threequarters and with a three-man overlap the visitors capitalised with another try which was not converted taking their tally to 12 points. Totts pressed again but another veteran, assistant coach Gavin Harbour, caught the ball near Romsey‘s try line and with a terrific burst of speed, took the ball up to Totts 10 metre line. Shortly afterwards another strong Romsey scrum pushed the opposition off the ball and Simon Garraway broke from the flank to sprint over the line for his second try near the corner, with the difficult conversion missed. Half time saw a healthy 22 : 12 lead for Romsey.

From the restart Romsey quickly scored a fabulous try featuring wonderful support play with the ball passing through numerous hands until a try was scored by Dylan Scott under the posts. The conversion by Ollie Coburn extended Romsey’s points tally to 29 which was increased still further when an interception by Jay Hodges inside the Romsey half saw him outrun the chasers for another converted score under the posts.

At 36 :12 the home side appeared to be running away with the game. However this proved to be false as within a period of 10 minutes Tottonians managed to score 2 converted tries reducing the deficit to 36 : 26. 

 

However Romsey were not to be denied and a dropped ball was hacked on by Spencer Scott and this pinned Tottonians back in their own 22. Having conceded a penalty the dominant Romsey pack opted for a scrum and the ball was spun wide. A clever inside pass released Jack Murrant for the final home side try, which was confidently converted by Mike Streicher. The 41-26 score line was a fair reflection of Romsey’s superiority on the day. Their scrum was in control from the first whistle, and Romsey produced some superbly entertaining rugby to keep the crowd warm on a chilly day.

Get Ready for RRFC’s 2024 Burns Night

Get Ready for RRFC’s 2024 Burns Night

 

Romsey Rugby Club launches it’s annual Burns Night celebration general sale.

The countdown to the most eagerly awaited event of the year has begun! Romsey Rugby Club proudly presents the 2024 Burns Night celebration, a night of Scottish tradition, entertainment, and fun as we host the event at our new home for the first time. We’re thrilled to have the generous support of our event sponsors, Parker Bullen and Anchor Maintenance, who make this event possible.

In the words of our esteemed club Chair (and proud Scot), John Gray:
“‘Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race’

This wonderful occasion which started from a small group of club members having a Burn’s supper has now grown into a fantastic annual Romsey Rugby club event. The last couple of years it has been enjoyed by many with great food and Scottish country dancing. I look forward to welcoming all and hearing some incredible renditions of Burns poetry (and some maybe not so great!) from all those who volunteer.”

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 26, 2024, from 18:00 to 23:00 at Romsey Rugby Club, Ganger Farm Sports Pavilion, Romsey, SO51 0EE.

Buy your tickets here

Here’s What’s in Store:

  • Bar Opens at 18:00: Kick off the evening with your favourite drinks.
  • Welcome Drink on Arrival: Raise your glass to a night of merriment and camaraderie.
  • Piping in the Haggis, Chairman’s Welcome, Toasts & Addresses: The heart of the evening, starting at 19:00.
  • 3-Course Set Menu Scottish Feast: Savour delicious Scottish cuisine with a vegan option available, starting at 19:15.
  • Burns Poetry Recitals: Join in the poetic spirit, and volunteer to recite Burns’ verses.
  • Online Fundraising Raffle Draw at 21:15: Win fantastic prizes in our online raffle.
  • Live Ceilidh and Dance Tuition: Get ready to dance with the Ceilidh Tree.
  • Dress Code: Kilts, black tie, dinner suits, or evening dresses with dancing shoes – wear your best!
  • Wine, Whisky, and Event Sponsorship Opportunities: Want to sponsor or support the event? Contact us for more information.
  • Donations: Even if you can’t attend, you can contribute by donating raffle prizes. And if you’re coming, bring a bottle of single malt whisky to share.

Join us for a night of culture, tradition, and celebration. Be part of the Burns Night tradition and create unforgettable memories with Romsey Rugby Club. Buy your tickets here before they sell out. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

What’s on this Week: Nov 25-26, 2023

What’s on This Week: November 25-26, 2023

Second Team, Colts & U-12s at home

Saturday

  • Bar & Clubhouse open 11:45 – 19:00
  • Senior Second Team host Tottonians, kick-off 14:00
  • Gloucester v Leicester – premiership rugby at 15:00 on the big screen
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches:
  • Ladies 1s 10:30; 2s 10:30 Mens 2s 14:00; 3s 15:45
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 – 15:00
  • U12s host Locks Heath, kick-off 10:00
  • Colts host Andover, kick-off 13:00
  • Walking Rugby – Open to All – 11:00
Upcoming Events
  • Xmas Party with Michelmersh Silver Band: December 9th 4-9pm. Tickets are FREE but please reserve at our Eventbrite page. – only a handful of tickets remaining.
  • 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: Charity fundraising quiz evening, Saturday Feb 24th; 13th January Beer Bus. Details shortly.

Match Report: Romsey v Portsmouth

Match Report: Romsey v Portsmouth 18.11.23

 Romsey win 26-10
 Match report courtesy of El President, Eric Bailey.

Romsey v Portsmouth II
Romsey travelled to a gloomy, drizzly and windy Portsmouth hoping to add to last week’s winning ways. After the first few minutes of even play Romsey started to apply pressure and after a couple of rucks in the opposition 22 yard area Mike Streicher bundled over for Romsey‘s first score. A difficult conversion a couple of metres from the touchline was magnificently struck by fly half Aiden Clelland to put Romsey seven points ahead.
From the kickoff Romsey won the ball and a magnificent clearing kick by Jim Lamont took Romsey almost up to the opponents 22 yard line. From the lineout Romsey pressure soon yielded a kickable penalty. However Romsey felt confident they could score another try and the pack drove over the line with the ball carrier just held up preventing the score.
Romsey were now dominant and from a scrum a lovely chip kick saw Dan Murrant race through the defence to score under the posts with the conversion making the score 14 nil to Romsey. Portsmouth were being frustrated by Romsey‘s efforts and were rather too aggressive in defence with the result that their number six was red carded for a head on head tackle.
Another Romsey score soon followed when flyhalf Cleland set off on a wonderful run from the Romsey 10 yard line, evading the Portsmouth defence to score a try under the posts which he duly converted giving Romsey a 21 point lead. Just before the halftime whistle a rare period of Portsmouth pressure in Romsey‘s 22 yard area led to the visitors conceding a couple of penalties which the home side opted not to kick. Portsmouth drove forward and were held up over the line on one occasion but during this brief period the Romsey defence held firm. Moments later however Romsey were stunned when a kick ahead from half way was collected by the Portsmouth winger who out-sprinted the Romsey defence for their first try which was not converted, making the score 21 : 5 at the break.
After an uncomfortable few minutes following the restart Romsey soon re-established control and after a Portsmouth infringement, kicked for a line out in the corner. Romsey pressed hard with repeated attacks but were finally held up over the line. At this point Romsey conceded a couple of penalties which momentarily relieved the pressure the home side. However Romsey soon came back on the attack and Caine Latham broke from the back of a rolling mall to force his way over near the corner. The difficult conversion in the strong wind almost succeeded but in any case Romsey had secured their bonus point for scoring four tries. Shortly before the end Portsmouth scored a consolation try from a speculative kick ahead making the final score 26 points to 10 which did not reflect Romsey’s dominance.
Just as last week Romsey had much the best of the play and whilst this was a good win they need to find a way to convert pressure into even more points. This Saturday sees a break in the league program with Romsey’s second string taking centre stage at Ganger Farm versus Chineham.

Join the RRFC Christmas Party Extravaganza!

Get ready to don your festive fancy dress, as Romsey Rugby Club invites you to our annual Christmas party!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with all of you.

Date: December 9th, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Romsey Rugby Club, Ganger Farm Way, SO51 0EE

Our Christmas party promises an evening filled with joy, laughter, and merriment. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Live Xmas Music & Sing-a-Long: Enjoy the melodious tunes of the Michelmersh Silver Band starting at 5:00 PM. Get ready to sing your heart out to your favourite Christmas classics!
Rugby Action: Romsey will be hosting Fareham at 2:00 PM. Cheer on your local team and experience the thrill of the game.
Delicious Food: Tantalize your taste buds with scrumptious food options available throughout the evening.
Free Mince Pies: For the little ones attending, we have a special treat! All kids will receive a free mince pie to add a little extra sweetness to their Christmas celebrations.
Don’t Miss the Shuttle Service: We want to make it easy for everyone to join the fun. A minibus shuttle service will run regularly from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, taking you to Romsey town centre. It’s just a £2 cash donation, and you can hop on and off to enjoy the town’s festivities.
Admission: This fantastic event is completely free, and everyone is welcome! Simply scan the QR code on the poster to book your tickets, or sign up at our Event Pageand we’ll see you there.

Let’s make this Christmas party at RRFC the most memorable one yet. Bring your friends and family, and let’s celebrate the spirit of the season together.

See you on December 9th for a jolly good time at Romsey Rugby Club!

 

What’s on This Week: November 18-19

Saturday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 11:45 – 18:00
  • Seniors away @ Portsmouth, kick-off 14:30
  • Leicester vs Northampton on the big screen, kick-off 15:00
  • Romsey Hockey Club matches: Ladies 3s 10:30; 4s 12:15; Mens 1s 14:00; 4s 15:45
  • Beer Bus 18:00 @ Cocky Anchor (SOLD OUT)
Sunday
  • Bar & Clubhouse open 10:00 – 14:00
  • U16s host Overton, kick-off 11:30
  • U14s host New Milton, kick-off 11:30
  • Walking Rugby – Open to All – 11:00
Upcoming Events Xmas Party with Michelmersh Silver Band: December 9th 4-9pm. Tickets are FREE but please reserve at [url=https://ChristmasPartyRRFC2023.eventbrite.co.uk]our Eventbrite page.[/url] – only a handful of tickets remaining. Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh: January 26th 6-11pm. Tickets £49.50 on [url=https://RomseyBurnsNight2024.eventbrite.co.uk]our Eventbrite page[/url]. Move fast because the event will sell out – there are less than 20 tickets remaining. Save the Date: Charity fundraising quiz evening, Saturday Feb 24th; 13th January Beer Bus. Details shortly.

2024 Six Nations Tickets

Applications from members are now being taken for the Six Nations 2024.

Here are the men’s Guinness Six Nations 2024 fixtures.

  • Italy v England – Saturday 3 February 2024- Stadio Olimpico – KO 14:15
  • England v Wales – Saturday 10 February 2024 – Twickenham Stadium – 16:45
  • Scotland v England – Saturday 24 February 2024 – Murrayfield – 16:45
  • England v Ireland – Saturday 9 March 2024 – Twickenham Stadium – 16:45
  • France v England – Saturday 16 March 2024 – Groupama Stadium, Lyon – 20:00

Note the French game is not in Paris this year

 

We have a limited number of tickets at £112 each for the home games, away prices yet to be discovered but I will go for best cheapest ones and if the number of applicants exceeds the number of tickets a ballot will be held for them at the November committee meeting.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 29th October 2023 with payments to be made after notification of the ballot.

Further tickets may be available via the ticket exchange closer to game dates.

When applying for tickets applicants should refer to the International Ticket Guidelines found on the Club website (www.romseyrugby.club) under Information – Documents – General.

TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED DIGITALLY FROM NOW ON SO PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE TWICKENHAM STADIUM APP

Application by email only to squealer13@yahoo.com.

Any questions please email me at squealer13@yahoo.com or via 07801323075.

Nick Creal