Christmas Lunch deposit deadline looms
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Next Sunday (3rd November) is the deadline for payment of booking deposits by all those attending the Christmas League Lunch.
The gathering on 14th December has been designated a 'Premier Event' and because the maximum capacity of 138 has already been reached, there is now Reserve List.
Priority booking for Members and Sponsors will close this Sunday (3rd November) by which time a £10 deposit per person must have been paid to secure each provisional place.
The balance of the full payment (non-refundable) will be required to confirm each seat by no later than Sunday 24th November. All payments are non-refundable.
After this Sunday, anyone who hasn't paid their deposits in full will lose their bookings which will be offered immediately to paid up members on the Reserve List.
For 'Premier Events', Members and Sponsors are restricted to a table of 10 places including themselves and their guests.
On Monday 25th November, Christmas Lunch bookings will be open to non-members for any vacancies remaining or to join the Reserve List.
A non-refundable deposit of £10 per head for non-members will be required at the time of making the provisional booking and on Sunday 8th December the list will close altogether.
Those on the Reserve List who have been successful with their bids will be required to pay the balance (non-refundable) immediately to confirm their booking.
If any spaces become available after 8th December for whatever reason, they will be allocated in strict accordance with the ‘bidder’s’ place on the Reserve List with full payment required immediately.
Anyone on the Reserve List who does not secure a place because the event is full will have their £10 deposit refunded.
Deposits can be given to Club Manager Jean Robson over the bar in cash or with a cheque made payable to Gosport & Fareham RFC. Or you can send a deposit in a cheque by posting it to ‘Xmas Lunch’, Gosport & Fareham RFC, Dolphin Crescent, Gosport PO12 2HE.
Saturday, 26 October 2013
The latest winners of the Monthly Draws have been named.
£50 Mr B. Seeney
£30 Mr M. Camp
£20 Mr L.Thwaites
£15 Mrs S.Foulger
£10 Mr P. Wilkinson
Previous winners were:
£30 Mr P. Jackson
£20 Mr K. Raymond
£15 Mr M. Tipton
£10 Ms D. O'Toole
£30 Mrs L. Weatherson
£20 Mr M. Camp
£15 Mr W. Burt
£10 Mr S. Bennett
£100 Mr D. Middleton
£30 Mr R. Adams
£20 Mr C. Hay
£15 Mr D. Middleton
£10 Mr J. Barrett
£30 Mr D. Middleton
£20 Mr M.P. Newbury
£15 Mr M. Monaghan
£10 Mrs B. Fitzgerald
£30 Ms D. O'Toole
£20 Mr P. Jackson
£15 Mr C. Thompson
£10 Mr M. Monaghan
Find out more about how you can win cash prizes in the Monthly Draw section of this website.
Vikings can hold their heads high after narrow loss
Monday, 14 October 2013
Gosport & Fareham Vikings (2nd XV) lost out to Bournemouth 29-22 in a game which caught the eye of many Gos supporters who had actually come to watch the 1st XV such was the quality and competitiveness of the match.
The Vikings did not begin the first half well giving far too many penalties given away and a lapse in concentration let in Bournemouth for their first try from a quick tap penalty after eight minutes. The try remained unconverted.
The Dorset side who have put large scores on teams in their early season fixtures would have believed they were in for much of the same after this score, but Gos were in no mood to for this to happen to them and only two minutes later a good driving maul led to the backline using a set play to put winger Vetaia Veiteve into space. With still a lot to do to score Veiteve used his strength to barrel over two players to make his way to line to put Gosport level.
The away side struck back once again though. With some hard running and slick hands Bournemouth scored a converted try.
G&F stepped it up at the breakdown and a couple of penalties later led to another lineout and driving maul. This was dubiously stopped just short of the line but Gos persistence meant Christian Jones got in from short range to score his first of two tries for the day.
Bournemouth if they hadn’t already, realised they were in for a battle for the three points and the remaining minutes of the half saw some brutal hits going in from both sides, notably from centre Tim Vodanaivalu on his debut and Man of the Match Dan Turner, clearly motivated by a knock he took to the nose early on in the game.
The Vikings went into the half 12-10 down but with all to play for and could sniff a victory with 40 minutes more of hard work.
Things didn’t go to plan at the beginning of the second half though when Vodonaivalu saw yellow for a high tackle leaving Gos down to 14 men at a key part of the game.
Gos defended like they do when their ‘backs are to the wall’ in that 10 minutes, but after half a dozen penalty decisions going against them they could not stop the league leaders scoring another try, this time from a pushover scrum to rub salt into the wound.
The last 20 minutes turned into a feisty encounter, many spectators turning their attention away from the main pitch to watch the Vikings insist on not rolling over.
G&F were denied a try when another driving maul crossed the line. When it looked like the only decision that could be given was a try the man in the middle decided the ball carrier had been held up.
From the resulting scrum, full back Nathan Walton scored once again from close range but was unable to add the conversion making the scores 19-15 to set up a nail biting final 10 minutes.
From the kick off the opportunity for a scalp all but disappeared when Gos were trying to force a score to take the victory and had pass intercepted to see the away side take what seemed a unassailable lead with only five minutes to go.
The Vikings refused to accept this though and with two minutes remaining Jones scored for Walton to convert easily.
It was not to be Gosport & Fareham’s day though and Bournemouth closed out the final minutes professionally keeping the ball away from the home side to take the spoils 29-22.
Captain Daz Willey was happy with his side’s performance: "People stepped up to the mark today against a top side especially the three lads in the middle of the park (Kieran McRoberts, Christian Jones and Vodonaivalu).
"As players we are a bit gutted. We need to learn to make good decisions at key times and we will start getting results against these top sides."
Coach Si Pickett added: "The lads did what I asked of them today; they fronted up and showed they can easily compete with what is a 2nd XV to a National League 2 side.
‘Dan Turner was excellent today and thoroughly deserves his ‘man of the match’ accolade, but I have to give a special mention to Rhyce Parberry. He is only 18 and he bossed our pack around today from scrum half like he had been doing it for years’
"With the Chichester game at the end of last season and this game today we have shown we are at that level.
"We just need to turn the results against the top couple of teams from close losses to wins. Once we get one I think it will be massive psychological boost for us, it will reward the hard work that is continuously being put in and will be another big step forward for us in what we as a team want to achieve."
Match action. Photo:Roger Smith.
Well done John
Monday, 14 October 2013
Flanker John Field has won the September Player of the Month Award.
He is pictured with club sponsor David Buisson who presented a certificate at the League Lunch on Saturday.
John will also receive a tailor-made club shirt (displaying the club logo) from the online shirt maker Finicky who provide a shirt for the Player of the Month award throughout the season.
In addition, Finicky donate tailor made shirts as Blackout raffle prizes.
Finicky Shirts offers completely bespoke, hand-crafted made-to-measure shirts of outstanding quality that fit perfectly every time.
If you purchase any shirt, including our Club’s exclusive bespoke formal club shirt through our online Clubshop, you’ll get an exclusive 10% discount.
Back on top after eight-try fest
Monday, 14 October 2013
Gos grabbed the opportunity to go back to the top of the table with both hands on Saturday when they thrashed Effingham & Leatherhead 61-17 at Gosport Park in an eight try fest writes Brian Seeney.
Guildford, the side that knocked Gos off the top after only a week in pole position were in high scoring mood at home to third placed Old Alleynian, ending up 40-23 winners.
But the Gos rout was enough to overhaul the +20 points' difference that Guildford held at the start of the day and Gos themselves now lead the pack with a slim seven point advantage for at least a fortnight, as next Saturday is a fixtures' blank.
The Eagles had suffered a 5-50 home defeat to Guildford in the second week and that was the victory that had given Guildford the leadership for three weeks.
So Gos knew that they would have to dish out another thrashing to the Eagles to at least keep up the pressure on Guildford or better still regain top slot.
Gos did just that but a couple of times they took their foot off the gas during this win, letting in Effingham for a converted try two minutes into first half extra time when it became 30-7 and it was quickly 30-10 after the break from a penalty.
But debut making rugby league convert Jordan Humphries came off the bench and showed he wants a regular start on the wing with a try on 48 minutes before the Eagles got their second seven pointer for 42-17 within seven minutes.
By half time Gos had scored three tries after fly half Alex Duncombe showed he had brought his kicking boots with him, landing three penalties that gave Gos a 9-0 lead after 20 minutes, the last of these on the edge of his range and landed with a little help from the right hand upright.
Last week at London Cornish, Duncombe had a nightmare with the boot, missing four kicks before handing over to Loz Wadham who ultimately kicked Gos to victory.
But on Saturday there was no question in Duncombe's mind that he is the frontline kicker and no argument from anyone either.
He converted six of the day's tries and set up the penultimate 74th minute score when his perfect cross field kick to Sam Foster out wide on the right put the centre in for the seventh try of the day, a couple of minutes after the Eagles had to go to uncontested scrums.
The last word went to Wadham who won it for Gos last week, when he scored the final converted try for the seven points that gave Gos the leadership of London 2 SW again.
The earlier tries came from number eight Chris Thompson on 24 minutes and centre Wayne Dugan within two minutes, scrum half Wes Dugan getting the third on 39 minutes.
After Humphries had scored the fourth try, wing Gareth Jones showed he doesn't intend to let his starting spot go easily with the fifth on the hour then came a pushover try on 68 minutes which was Thompson's second score.
After a week's break, Gos will next be put to the test at Old Reigatian whereas Guildford have an easy looking trip to strugglers Weybridge Vandals.
But already Gos fans are licking their lips at the thought of Guildford's visit in six weeks' time and who can blame them.
Gos and Guildford are both on 24 points having opened up a healthy eight point advantage over the chasing pack with the title chase looking like a two horse race even this early in proceedings...
Wing Gareth Jones about to stretch for the try line and score the fifth of eight tries. Photo: Roger Smith. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.
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