Lloyds give us £300
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Our Club has been awarded £300 from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund for 2013.
The top grants for Gosport of £3,000 each went to the Read & Grow group (1,587 votes) and the Ocean Youth Trust South (1,330 votes) with our club collecting 858 votes and Leesland School also getting £300 with 515 votes.
Daylight - and ours to lose
Sunday, 24 November 2013
The 1st XV have put daylight between themselves and second placed Guildford at the top-of-the-table for the first time this season after an 18-15 win at Gosport Park yesterday writes Brian Seeney.
They now lead London 2SW by a clear three point margin - Gos are on 43 points from their nine wins and Guildford on 40 from their eight victories - the first time that either side has held anything more than a points' difference advantage over the other all season.
Tottonians, who are the next visitors to Gosport Park in a fortnight's time, closed the gap on the leading pair with a 43-10 home win over Teddington who are next up for Gos next Saturday.
The clash of the two top teams saw neither side playing at their best throughout, starting with a penalty-strewn opening 10 minutes when Gos were under the cosh until their first attack brought a reward, against the run of play, with a try from full back Tom Lewis.
Within seven minutes they were leading 12-0 thanks to centre Sam Foster's try that fly half Loz Wadham converted for what was then the perfect start.
But Guildford were on the scoreboard with their first try in the 24th minute, then Gos had a Wadham penalty within three minutes for 15-5, only for a 35th minute converted try from Guildford to make it 15-12 at the break. It was a fair reflection of the first 40.
The sides exchanged penalties at the start of the second half with Wadham's second successful kick, but either side of a yellow card for Mark Pollard, Wadham missed a couple of kicks and Guildford too had a man sent to the bin as well.
Gos coach Scott Ashley was a relieved man and so too were most Gos supporters after their side came out on top in a match which never really lived up to expectations as critical games often don't.
Said Ashley: "We are top and there's daylight between us now. I'll take that (result). If someone had said before the game would you take a win by three points of course I would have said 'yes'.
"The league is now ours to lose even at this stage. We are in the driving seat now.
"If we had lost I would have been absolutely gutted because I think the best team won today - just. We didn't deserve to lose because I think we were a little bit more consistent than they were.
"We knew it was going to be tight because they are a good side. They play off their set piece and want to run and you can quite clearly see that. We let them do it on several occasions!
"I think we played at 60% of our capability and I don't know why that was. Whether the players knew it was a big game and it got to them I don't know...
"We just didn't seem to have that fire in the belly that we've seen before this season but then it got a little bit fractious in the last stages and we dealt with that.
"Our first up tackles weren't good enough but when we started putting some moves together it worked and the bottom line is that the top two teams have played and we are the ones who've come away with a win.
"It was a classic quiet for the first ten minutes (from us) although I was never really worried because even though our defence was poor (at times) it was good enough. As soon as we went 12 points up I really feel we were on top.
"Their heads were down and I thought we could really turn the screw but then we let them back in it and suddenly we were the ones with our heads down.
"One minute we were on top, the next we weren't and it seemed to be like that the whole way through."
For their part Guildford were disappointed but they did go back up the A3 with what might be an important bonus point at the end of the campaign...
Meanwhile, on an adjacent pitch, the Gos 2nd XV beat Tottonians 2nd XV 31-0 and that was a result that Ashley feels was "as important a win as the first team's win".
"That was good to see. It is very important because it proves we have some strength in depth and sends out a message to Tottonians who are here in a fortnight against our 1st team," he said.
Sam Foster scores the second try yesterday. Photo: Roger Smith. More pictures in the Photo Gallery
Book now for this derby top-of-the-table feast!
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Our next League Lunch is on 7th December before the 1st XV's first derby clash with Tottonians.
The Bar is open from 11.45am - lunch begins at 12.15pm as the match kicks off at 2.15pm
Pre-match lunches are the perfect way to spend your time in the build-up to enjoying the day's 1st XV fixture.
Lunches are for everyone in the club - officials, members and supporters including all visiting supporters. Good food, wine, friends and some rugby 'craic' are all on the menu.
This has been designated a 'Standard Event'. Members pay £20 and all non-members £22.50.
Paid up members may bring as many non-member guests as they wish at £22.50 per head. Any non-members attending who are not guests of members will also be charged £22.50 per head.
Sponsors may also bring an unlimited number of guests to this event and will be charged £20 per head for their group less whatever sponsorship deal has been agreed
no later than 6pm on Thursday 5th December.
If you want the vegetarian option or have special dietary requirements please tell Jeff at the time of booking.
There is a Lunch before every 1st XV home game this season - see the 1st XV fixtures list for more details.
More cash winners!
Friday, 22 November 2013
The October winners of the Monthly Draw have been named.
They are £30 Mick Winter, £20 Ray Bundy, £15 Steppy Walmsley and £10 Bev Fitzgerald.
Find out more about how you can win cash prizes in the Monthly Draw section of this website.
Thank you Terry
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Terry Pizzey is the match day ball sponsor for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Guildford.
The sponsorship is through his company PEAR Business and Training Solutions LLP.
He is pictured presenting the ball to 1st XV prop Jordan McIntyre.
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 and pay a minimum of £45 but can give a bigger sum if they wish!
Photo: Roger Smith
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