England debut for Joe
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Former Colt and Mini/Youth player Joe Batley made his England Under 18 debut at Harrow School this afternoon in a 23-3 win over Australia Schools writes Brian Seeney.
Joe (17) pictured below in action for England, is now with Gloucester Rugby's Academy and is a pupil at Hartpury College, Gloucester.
He played at flanker for an hour before being substituted.
Around 50 Gosport & Fareham supporters travelled to Harrow to cheer Joe on including his proud dad Rob, former Mini/Youth chairman Spud Hudd, Simon Burns who coached Joe for most of his years at Gos, and executive committee members Paul Cass, Alan Foulger and Joe Cloke plus a number of supporters.
Above: Joe (second from left).
Above: Tall lad - Joe battling for possession.
Above: Joe claims a lineout for England.
Above: Scrum time for Joe. All photos by Brian Seeney.
Great prizes to win in our Grand Boxing Day Draw
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Tickets are now on sale for our Grand Boxing Day raffle, organised by or Club President Patricia Roche and her husband Colin Smith with some great prizes to be won.
The four top prizes are:
• A 2 for 1 Ski Weekend donated by skiweekends.com
• One week's accommodation in a two bedroom apartment on the Algarve donated by Patricia Roche
• Two tickets to the Heineken Cup Final in Cardiff on 24th May
• Two tickets to the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 31st May (donated by Mike Barham)
Others prizes include:
• 'The Army v Navy Game Experience' with the Carisbrooke Arms (donated by landlords Daren & Tina Tester)
• Two x 1 hour professional fitness sessions (donated by Tim Snowden)
• Two x 1 hour Ladies' private fitness sessions (donated by Liam Walsh)
• Two x 1 hour Ladies' private aqua fitness sessions (donated by Matt Beard)
• £60 Dinner Voucher at Villa Romana
• Ladies' Spa Treatments (donated by KARMA)
• A Rugby Ball signed by the 1st XV
• A 1st XV and 2nd XV team photo (donated by Roger Smith)
• A pair of tickets to be the guest of the Club president at a league lunch.
There will be lots more prizes to be won including booby prizes! The raffle is a lucky dip.
The draw will be made at 5pm on Boxing Day in the Clubhouse - you don't have to be present at the draw to claim your prize.
You can buy tickets for just £1 each now from our senior players and from the bar.
Also, if you would like to donate a prize for the raffle please hand to club manager Jean Robson at the bar.
And if you would like to sell some tickets to friends and family please contact Jean.
Tickets must not be purchased by anyone under 16 years of ages and no prizes will be given to those under 16.
Image courtesy of www.stubbstickets.com
Keeping it in the family
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Colin Smith, who is sponsoring the match day ball for this Saturday's 1st XV derby clash with Tottonians decided to keep it in the family when he presented the ball to a first team player.
That's why he is pictured with his son Matt, our 1st XV skipper, alongside Colin's wife Patricia Smith-Roché (our club president).
1st XV Match Day Ball Sponsors are needed for every home game this season.
They are acknowledged on this website with a photo when presenting the Match Day Ball to one of our 1st XV players.
Sponsorship costs a minimum of £45 but you can give a bigger sum if they wish!
A game of two halves
Sunday, 01 December 2013
A much-changed 1st XV avoided the potential banana-skin that was waiting for them at Teddington yesterday with a five-try bonus point win writes Brian Seeney.
They went into the day knowing that any victory would keep them at the top of London 2 SW regardless of whatever second placed Guildford did at home to Portsmouth.
By half time Gos had run in the required four tries and were leading 0-24, but in the second half they didn't have it all their own way as they did in the first, because a battling Teddington limited them to just one further try in a game of two very different and distinct halves.
Guildford posted their biggest win of the season 69-10 which puts then on exactly the same points difference total of plus 234 as Gos. But that 18-15 precious Gos victory at home to Guildford the previous week keeps daylight between the two title chasers.
Much juggling of starting positions and the introduction of three 2nd team players to the squad meant that wing Gareth Jones, scrum half Wes Dugan, skipper Matt Smith in the second row and prop Matt Flower were the only ones who started in the same shirts as last time.
But it was still a side with plenty of real 1st team experience and one that was always going to cope with Teddington.
The three debut makers - Nathan Walton at full back, Shaun Taylor on the wing and Dan Turner from the bench - all played a full part but it was the Gos 'old guard' who got all the tries.
Man-of-the-match Chris Thompson's 11th minute score, converted by Walton, put Gos 0-7 ahead and six minutes later Gareth Jones had a lot to do from 30 metres out, but his strength and eye for the try-line took him past two defenders and in for 0-12.
Gos cashed in on a yellow card for Teddington with two tries in three minutes by returning hooker Joey Clark, one improved by Walton, and after 26 minutes Gos were leading 0-24.
Fly half Sam Foster scored the fifth and final Gos try on 62 minutes as Gos kept their first clean sheet of the campaign against a spirited Teddington side, who didn't play like a team rooted to the bottom of the table with only one win to date.
"In the first half everything we did seemed to break their line but in the second half they came out really fighting and sorted their (defensive) lines out," said skipper Matt Smith .
"I don't know whether it was us trying to push too much and trying too many offloads and things and going at 100 miles an hour, but it wasn't working for us.
"They came flying out of the blocks in the second half and turned us over quite a few times and pinned us back in our own half. They did well.
"It worked really well for us in the first half but it was completely the opposite in the second half and it didn't work for us at all.
"We had some guys missing but the ones that came in stepped up from the 2nd team proved why they are on the borders of the first team and are fighting for a spot. It's good to see that.
"When we need them they are there and they do step up and that's what happened today.
"Joey's two tries were training ground moves - we should really always score from those (5 metre) line outs and it worked an absolute treat today.
"Gareth had a lot to do for his try - he beat a couple of defenders and showed he is strong and quick and we couldn't ask for any more.
"We should have scored a couple more (tries) but to be fair Teddington had a lot of fight in them."
Man-of-the-match Chris Thompson (right) set Gos on the road to victory with their first try. Photo: Roger Smith.
Out to avoid a 'banana skin'
Friday, 29 November 2013
It's top v bottom when the 1st XV travel to bottom-of-the-table Teddington tomorrow (2.15pm) writes Brian Seeney.
After the 18-15 win over Guildford last Saturday, Head Coach Scott Ashley said the London 2SW title is "ours to lose".
"We are the scalp to take now. As soon as you are top of the league everyone wants to beat you and that's going to be the case with Teddington tomorrow and Tottonians in a week's time.
"The biggest fear for me now is the next two or three games - tomorrow is not going to be an easy game because they play some quality rugby.
"Then we have the derby with Totts then Portsmouth and what we can't afford to do now is have a 'banana skin' and slip up before Christmas.
"Every game now is going to be tick done, tick done and we mustn't start looking too far ahead
"We have to really concentrate and that's why training is critical. The coaching staff's job now is to make sure that won't happen.
"I think we have the better run-in because we have more homes games in the second half of the season and I'd rather get the tricky away trips out of the way than have those in the run-in."
Gos now lead the table with 43 points, clear of Guildford by three points with Totts third on 31.
Centre Kieran McRoberts, who played several seasons for Teddington, is in the Gos starting line-up tomorrow but they will be without fly half Loz Wadham who suffered a fractured jaw last week and is out until February. Sam Foster will take the 10 jersey.
Both Gos 2nd XV and 3rd XV are without games tomorrow - the 3s opponents Basingstoke Cavaliers called the game off.
For a live preview, half-time and full-time reports of tomorrow's 1st XV game listen to Radio Haslar online and through the station's various apps.
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