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Topic: South West Premier - Next Season??
Posted By: Chipping Man
Subject: South West Premier - Next Season??
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 15:20
With only 7 games left of this season Cry It comes round to that time of year to plan for next season. But who is going to be in SW Premier?

I think its safe to say Bournemouth are set for Nat2 South and looks like Barnstaple might take the playoff place... but they have a tough run in, including playing Uni, Ivybridge and Maidenhead.

As far as the dreaded bottom 3, looks like Old Pats will go down, joined by Newton Abbot who have a really hard 7 games left. But who will take the 3rd spot? Got a feeling Bracknell might occupy it.

The clubs coming up, will see a few old faces as Newbury are certain to rejoin and then it looks like a battle between Oakhampton and Launceston. The play off places are wide open. 

As for the possible Nat2 South relegated teams, there is a gap opening and there are 3 teams, Birmingham & Solihull, London Irish Amateurs and Guernsey taking these spots. None who are a natural fit in SW (Unless the RFU finally decide Guernsey is in the SW..) so will be interesting to see the league structure.

So, who do you think will make the drop from SW Premier?

CM Confused          



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Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 19:49
Bournemouth look home and dry (although it should be noted that they have just got home in the dying minutes of their last 3 games).

As for second place, Barum have four very tough games coming up now including the key away game at Maids. Looking at Ivybridge remaining games I cannot see them getting back into it unless they recapture their earlier form. If I had to bet I would go for Maids in second spot (which would almost certainly be an away play off game)
IMO Barum are weaker than last season and are not ready for a return to Nat 2 yet.

As for the relegation places Old Pats look doomed and looking at the remaining fixtures  NAB’s have it all to do.  Drybrook are surely too good to go down so the third relegation spot looks to be between Bracknell and Cleave.  For me Bracknell have the most difficult run-in. WSM could yet be dragged into it if they take their eye of the ball.




Posted By: Mr KFC
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 21:43
As with the first two posters Bournemouth is a done deal for me, and the ability to pinch last minute wins recently further nails them on as a champion side.

Unlike my fellow Barumite above (come on RJ, have a little faith!) I remain positive about our chances of securing the playoff spot. Granted its a tough run in but four of the games are at home and two of our remaining games are against the bottom two (balanced against also having to play Ivy & Maids of course) and we do have that 7 point buffer! 

Bottom 3, well Old Pats will be one, Newton Abbot will join them (current rumours of off field challenges probably not helping) and I also believe Bracknell will join the drop.





Posted By: SimonTheAssessor
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 22:07
Whoever gets the SW Premer play off spot will have their work cut out against whichever of Sutton & Epsom, Wimbledon, or Westcliff is 2nd in London & South East Premier.

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I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees. Jonathan Davies,
A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 13:05
Originally posted by SimonTheAssessor SimonTheAssessor wrote:

Whoever gets the SW Premer play off spot will have their work cut out against whichever of Sutton & Epsom, Wimbledon, or Westcliff is 2nd in London & South East Premier.

Agreed but you never know Simon - Barum surprised most when they won the play off away against TJ's


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 13:13
Originally posted by Mr KFC Mr KFC wrote:

Unlike my fellow Barumite above (come on RJ, have a little faith!) I remain positive about our chances of securing the playoff spot. Granted its a tough run in but four of the games are at home and two of our remaining games are against the bottom two (balanced against also having to play Ivy & Maids of course) and we do have that 7 point buffer! 


I would love to be proven wrong Mr KFC but I like to tell it as I see it (I was like a bear with a sore thumb for a few weeks after the Bournemouth game Cry ) I must admit I would love to see some more Nat 2 rugby at Pottington Rd but wonder if we would be up to competing at this time.


Posted By: sidelined
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 15:31
I have to agree with the prediction for the bottom 2, Old pats and Newton Abbot. As for the last relegation spot all 3 team have to play each other and the results of those will go a long way to decide the last spot.

As for the top I can't see past Bournemouth taking the automatic promotion. 
The play off spot is any ones guess, although I fancy Barums chances for a play off spot.

Looking further afield, it would appear that London Irish Wild Geese are on their back down.
Newbury Blues would appear to have pretty much wrapped up SW 1 East, and Okehampton and Launceston are battling it out at the top of SW 1 West.


Posted By: SimonTheAssessor
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 17:30
Credit where it is due, that was a great win for Barum.
But TJs didn't make the same mistake again, and are now 3rd in Nat2S, after beating runaway leaders Rams last weekend.
Having watched both leagues (and in SW Premier Bournemouth a lot this season) I regard Westcliff, Wimbledon and especially S&E all on a par with Bournemouth.
But look where I am in the prediction League, so the above is a good omen for the SW play off contender. !   



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I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees. Jonathan Davies,
A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 19:28
Originally posted by SimonTheAssessor SimonTheAssessor wrote:

Credit where it is due, that was a great win for Barum.
But TJs didn't make the same mistake again, and are now 3rd in Nat2S, after beating runaway leaders Rams last weekend.
Having watched both leagues (and in SW Premier Bournemouth a lot this season) I regard Westcliff, Wimbledon and especially S&E all on a par with Bournemouth.
But look where I am in the prediction League, so the above is a good omen for the SW play off contender. !   


Yes, TJ's are doing great now in Nat2S Simon as you say (I still follow Nat2s with great interest). I would think that Bournemouth are somewhere near to where Wimbledon (and Barum)were last season. Barum did the double over Wimbledon last season in N2S and look what happened to them both!.
Do you know if Wimbledon have strengthened their squad this season?


Posted By: BruceElliott
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2019 at 00:57
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Do you know if Wimbledon have strengthened their squad this season?


I follow TWRFC. From what I've seen this season Wimbledon aren't the force they were a couple of seasons ago. It doesn't look to me like they've recruited significantly, or particularly effectively.  They are a good side, but they haven't steam-rollered the league as some would have expected back in September.

They started this season strongly but they've looked more vulnerable over recent weeks. They're still well placed but I don't see them taking the automatic spot. I wouldn't be surprised if Westcliff pip them to the playoff. If they do manage to go back up they will have to recruit if they want to stay up there. Any of the sides from L&SE will need to recruit if they go up.

There are no outstanding sides in the league this season. Anyone can beat pretty much anyone else on their day.


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2019 at 15:26
Home play-offs  for promotion are fairly important IMO. With both 2nd and 3rd in the London and SE division on 71 pts I would think  that Barum who are on 69 pts would be the only side in SW with any chance of getting a home draw should they finish runners up. The other play-off contenders Maids and Ivy are both 9 pts adrift on 62 pts.


Posted By: Surreyben
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2019 at 16:24
Originally posted by Chipping Man Chipping Man wrote:

As for the possible Nat2 South relegated teams, there is a gap opening and there are 3 teams, Birmingham & Solihull, London Irish Amateurs and Guernsey taking these spots. None who are a natural fit in SW (Unless the RFU finally decide Guernsey is in the SW..) so will be interesting to see the league structure.

So, who do you think will make the drop from SW Premier?

CM Confused          
 
I disagree that the gap is opening up at the bottom of N2S - if anything it has got smaller over the last couple of weeks. Barnes have lost four in a row and stand just above the drop zone. They also still have to go away to Birmingham & Solihull as well as London Irish Wild Geese. B&S also have several other home games against other sides in and around the bottom, so it's still possible that things could change.


Posted By: sidelined
Date Posted: 14 Feb 2019 at 19:49
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Home play-offs  for promotion are fairly important IMO. With both 2nd and 3rd in the London and SE division on 71 pts I would think  that Barum who are on 69 pts would be the only side in SW with any chance of getting a home draw should they finish runners up. The other play-off contenders Maids and Ivy are both 9 pts adrift on 62 pts.
 

Bear in mind that the location of the play off is done by playing record in the first instance (RFU Reg 13.2.10). Currently Barnstaple 15 0 4, Wimbledon 14 1 4, Westcliff 14 0 5.

Plenty to play for.


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 15 Feb 2019 at 09:16
Barnstaple clear favourites for the play-off place in my opinion. After Drybrook did us a favour last week, we can’t help but feel that we may have blown it now by faltering against Ivybridge, a game we should have won.

Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year, so I think that will be a big enough boost to keep them up, which sadly make Cleve favourites for that 3rd relegation spot.

Coming up, I fully expect Newbury to be top 6 next year- they have a young squad, which are getting better and better, definitely ones to watch next season in my opinion.

From Nat 2S, I’d guess we may welcome Wild Geese into our league?


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 15 Feb 2019 at 11:13
Originally posted by sidelined sidelined wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Home play-offs  for promotion are fairly important IMO. With both 2nd and 3rd in the London and SE division on 71 pts I would think  that Barum who are on 69 pts would be the only side in SW with any chance of getting a home draw should they finish runners up. The other play-off contenders Maids and Ivy are both 9 pts adrift on 62 pts.
 

Bear in mind that the location of the play off is done by playing record in the first instance (RFU Reg 13.2.10). Currently Barnstaple 15 0 4, Wimbledon 14 1 4, Westcliff 14 0 5.

Plenty to play for.

I did not realise this 'Sidelined' always thought it was league pts and then playing record (wins......). Seems strange that this should be different from determining the position in a league.


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2019 at 08:54
Cracking game to watch at Barum yesterday. The Uni dotted down after three minutes but by the 15th minute Barum had scored three tries of their own. By the 37th minute both sides had scored 4 tries each.
At one point in the second half The Uni were two scores in front but with 12 minutes left back came Barum with a try and the game was won with a penalty try with about 5 minutes left.
So it ended with 6 tries each the difference being that all Barum's were 7 pointers whereas the uni missed three conversions.
I cannot remember seeing a game with so few scrums and penalties. The Students handling was exceptional and played at pace with hardly a dropped ball all game. In the end Barum were just too powerful.



Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2019 at 12:13
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Barnstaple clear favourites for the play-off place in my opinion. After Drybrook did us a favour last week, we can’t help but feel that we may have blown it now by faltering against Ivybridge, a game we should have won.

Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year, so I think that will be a big enough boost to keep them up, which sadly make Cleve favourites for that 3rd relegation spot.

Coming up, I fully expect Newbury to be top 6 next year- they have a young squad, which are getting better and better, definitely ones to watch next season in my opinion.

From Nat 2S, I’d guess we may welcome Wild Geese into our league?

Although I seem to remember the Wild Geese played in the South West a few seasons ago, I believe this was the result of a level transfer.

Not sure if they could be forced to transfer again?

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RAID ON


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2019 at 12:55
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Barnstaple clear favourites for the play-off place in my opinion. After Drybrook did us a favour last week, we can’t help but feel that we may have blown it now by faltering against Ivybridge, a game we should have won.

Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year, so I think that will be a big enough boost to keep them up, which sadly make Cleve favourites for that 3rd relegation spot.

Coming up, I fully expect Newbury to be top 6 next year- they have a young squad, which are getting better and better, definitely ones to watch next season in my opinion.

From Nat 2S, I’d guess we may welcome Wild Geese into our league?

Although I seem to remember the Wild Geese played in the South West a few seasons ago, I believe this was the result of a level transfer.

Not sure if they could be forced to transfer again?

Yes that was 2012-2013 season Raider - they won the league that year losing just one game.


Posted By: royalwarrior
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2019 at 15:37
Bromsgrove who are top of Midlands West 1 could make an appearance in SW Premier again as per 2 seasons ago??


Posted By: Friendly prop
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2019 at 16:06
Originally posted by royalwarrior royalwarrior wrote:

Bromsgrove who are top of Midlands West 1 could make an appearance in SW Premier again as per 2 seasons ago??

At the moment Birmingham & Solihulls position in N2S is looking a precarious I wonder if they’ll be offered a place in SW. Currently it’s looking like there may be 2 coming down from N2N into the Midlands premier. It is currently already loaded with 3 level transfers from North premier. There is certainly a great deal of swapping to be going on at the start of next season.

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Posted By: Robb
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2019 at 16:41
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Barnstaple clear favourites for the play-off place in my opinion. After Drybrook did us a favour last week, we can’t help but feel that we may have blown it now by faltering against Ivybridge, a game we should have won.

Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year, so I think that will be a big enough boost to keep them up, which sadly make Cleve favourites for that 3rd relegation spot.

Coming up, I fully expect Newbury to be top 6 next year- they have a young squad, which are getting better and better, definitely ones to watch next season in my opinion.

From Nat 2S, I’d guess we may welcome Wild Geese into our league?

Although I seem to remember the Wild Geese played in the South West a few seasons ago, I believe this was the result of a level transfer.

Not sure if they could be forced to transfer again?

Probably will have to, I think the RFU treat Guernsey as being based at Gatwick despite their Hampshire RFU membership (Why are they Hampshire members anyway?) as they want to keep the travel costs down. Plus we in LSE would love to have our mini-tour back!


Posted By: Dobber
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2019 at 20:53
Funny old season was the last one. Newbury got relegated with 64 points in the bag.  <rolls eyes>

20 games in and they've just suffered their first defeat of this season (by 2 points with the very last kick of the game against the 'Marlborough Fijians' - they have some big lumping Polynesians available to them from the local Army regiment... their 1st XV is bereft of local talent that's come through M&J structure whereas the majority of the Newbury boys have been playing for them since they were nippers) 

Looking forward to coming back up. 


Posted By: @boatyjames
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2019 at 12:47
Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2019 at 17:07
Originally posted by @boatyjames @boatyjames wrote:

Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S
I was pretty sure it was Better Playing Record, defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant as you say (in this case as there are the same number of games in both divisions then league points won is the same thing).
At the moment 2nd and 3rd in the L&SE div are both on 76 pts and 2nd in the SW div is on 74 pts so with 6 games left it is still all to play for although one of the L&SE teams must be slight favs for a home play off.


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2019 at 21:08
Originally posted by @boatyjames @boatyjames wrote:

Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S


Last time Wimbledon were promoted to N2S they had a number of Antipodeans who were not eligible at the higher level. Are they in the same boat this season, or have they put together a squad that qualifies?

For what it is worth, I thought Wimbledon in the 2nd half of last season were a far better side than that of the 1st half - if they had found that form a few weeks earlier they may have stayed up.

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RAID ON


Posted By: @boatyjames
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2019 at 07:56
Raider999 we don’t have as big an issue with qualification this time if we were to go up.

Unfortunately we could not hold the squad together that we had in the 2nd half of last season. Ambitious players understandably wanting to play in higher leagues. As you say that team was becoming a fine side.


Posted By: Clive Norling
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2019 at 11:47
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:



Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year


Are you sure it's the same player? Level 3/4 scrum half and you play him on the WING, in a must win game against the team below you in the league?

If it is the same player, with selection process like that, would suggest you're paying a lot of money for a wasted talent .....


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2019 at 14:21
Originally posted by Clive Norling Clive Norling wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:



Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year


Are you sure it's the same player? Level 3/4 scrum half and you play him on the WING, in a must win game against the team below you in the league?

If it is the same player, with selection process like that, would suggest you're paying a lot of money for a wasted talent .....


Yep, same player. His brother Cam played on the other wing...


Posted By: Cannon
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2019 at 16:34
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Clive Norling Clive Norling wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:



Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year


Are you sure it's the same player? Level 3/4 scrum half and you play him on the WING, in a must win game against the team below you in the league?

If it is the same player, with selection process like that, would suggest you're paying a lot of money for a wasted talent .....


Yep, same player. His brother Cam played on the other wing...
He played on the wing and full back at Chobham. Swift as f.....


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Posted By: Jester10
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2019 at 18:08
Originally posted by Clive Norling Clive Norling wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:



Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year


Are you sure it's the same player? Level 3/4 scrum half and you play him on the WING, in a must win game against the team below you in the league?

If it is the same player, with selection process like that, would suggest you're paying a lot of money for a wasted talent .....

Maybe that's why Bracknell are in the bottom 3? 


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Enjoying life!


Posted By: SimonTheAssessor
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2019 at 14:36
Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:


Probably will have to, I think the RFU treat Guernsey as being based at Gatwick despite their Hampshire RFU membership (Why are they Hampshire members anyway?) as they want to keep the travel costs down. Plus we in LSE would love to have our mini-tour back!

Hampshire RFU clubs are in London & SE Division, not SW.
Jersey and Guernsey both affiliated to Hampshire for many years. Hants Refs still supplied for the 2nd team matches.
I have many happy memories of reffing in both islands when they were down at L6 and below - and extended weekends and loss of memory.
We used Southampton flights, then Gatwick came in for London 1 and National 3 SE (as they were) due to changes in flight timetables, and have stayed that way now Guernsey are in National2.
If relegated Guernsey or LI WG would have their 'natural home' in London and SE Premier, before any level transfer process starts ! As was posted above LI WG were level transferred, rather than Bracknell, who have in the past been in both L&SE and SW. Currently in SW and I am there on Saturday week.     


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I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees. Jonathan Davies,
A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)


Posted By: SimonTheAssessor
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2019 at 14:45
Originally posted by Dobber Dobber wrote:

Funny old season was the last one. Newbury got relegated with 64 points in the bag.  <rolls eyes>

20 games in and they've just suffered their first defeat of this season (by 2 points with the very last kick of the game against the 'Marlborough Fijians' - they have some big lumping Polynesians available to them from the local Army regiment... their 1st XV is bereft of local talent that's come through M&J structure whereas the majority of the Newbury boys have been playing for them since they were nippers) 

Looking forward to coming back up. 

And looking forward to visiting you guys again next season hopefully.
With only Bracknell, Maids and Bournemouth (likely to go up), the League is very West clubs based so some long M4 trips when not at one of the three above.


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I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees. Jonathan Davies,
A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)


Posted By: Camquin
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2019 at 14:51
Bracknell is Berkshire so naturally in SW.
LIWG in Sunbury on thames so Surrey so naturally L&SE.
Channel Islands are in hampshire as they have to be somewhere and were placed there in the days of steam ships and trains.

Similarly Hampshire is in L&SE as the trains go to Waterloo - whereas Berkshire is on GWR with trains to Paddington and direct to Bristol.

It all made sense once and nobody has had the will to upend the entire structure.


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Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 08:43
With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 08:57
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


Posted By: fatbear
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 11:19
Originally posted by Cannon Cannon wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Clive Norling Clive Norling wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:



Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year


Are you sure it's the same player? Level 3/4 scrum half and you play him on the WING, in a must win game against the team below you in the league?

If it is the same player, with selection process like that, would suggest you're paying a lot of money for a wasted talent .....


Yep, same player. His brother Cam played on the other wing...
He played on the wing and full back at Chobham. Swift as f.....
MacDonald played the second half of last season for Chinnor on the wing


Posted By: NewburyBlue
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 20:39
Whilst not counting our chickens yet (especially as we play 2nd placed Old Cents next week) but if we win that one its almost certain Newbury Blues will return to the SW Prem after being v unlucky to be relegated last season.
Not sure I'd go quite as far as MaidsBoy for a top 6 finish next season but do think will do better than last time. We have a young side with some terrific backs who scored 8 of the 10 tries v Witney last weekend.


Posted By: Chipping Man
Date Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 21:50
Originally posted by NewburyBlue NewburyBlue wrote:

Whilst not counting our chickens yet (especially as we play 2nd placed Old Cents next week) but if we win that one its almost certain Newbury Blues will return to the SW Prem after being v unlucky to be relegated last season.
Not sure I'd go quite as far as MaidsBoy for a top 6 finish next season but do think will do better than last time. We have a young side with some terrific backs who scored 8 of the 10 tries v Witney last weekend.

For what its worth, I think you'll be fine next season but like you, not top 6. Good luck in SW Premier.

CM Clap 


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2019 at 11:37
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.

One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2019 at 15:13
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).




Hi Barum Man,

I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that Bournemouth will be gunning for us, after we dispatched them at our place before Xmas. 5 tough games left, can’t wait!

Cheers


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2019 at 18:41
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).




Hi Barum Man,

I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that Bournemouth will be gunning for us, after we dispatched them at our place before Xmas. 5 tough games left, can’t wait!

Cheers
I remember when Rams won the league  4 seasons ago 'Maids' - we were in the bottom half and played them last game of the season when it was done and dusted - they rested a few and others were not fully committed, we beat them 39-7 (coincidently exactly the same score we beat you earlier in the season - just saying Wink)


Posted By: Jester10
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2019 at 09:07
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).




Hi Barum Man,

I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that Bournemouth will be gunning for us, after we dispatched them at our place before Xmas. 5 tough games left, can’t wait!

Cheers
I remember when Rams won the league  4 seasons ago - we were in the bottom half and played them last game of the season when it was done and dusted - they rested a few and others were not fully committed, we beat them 39-7 (coincidently exactly the same score we beat you earlier in the season - just saying Wink)
 
I remember that game well Barum Man, t'was a long coach journey down to be on the end of a bit of a stuffing, the coach back only took 10 minutes though! Smile


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Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2019 at 14:26
Originally posted by Jester10 Jester10 wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).




Hi Barum Man,

I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that Bournemouth will be gunning for us, after we dispatched them at our place before Xmas. 5 tough games left, can’t wait!

Cheers
I remember when Rams won the league  4 seasons ago - we were in the bottom half and played them last game of the season when it was done and dusted - they rested a few and others were not fully committed, we beat them 39-7 (coincidently exactly the same score we beat you earlier in the season - just saying Wink)
 
I remember that game well Barum Man, t'was a long coach journey down to be on the end of a bit of a stuffing, the coach back only took 10 minutes though! Smile

You have had a great season Paul - some new places to travel next season. I guess it will add to your travelling time/miles but at least only Plymouth Albion in the far south west.



Posted By: Jester10
Date Posted: 07 Mar 2019 at 14:30
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by Jester10 Jester10 wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

With a home game against Barum coming up Maids must now be favourites for the play-off spot although Ivybridge seem to be coming back to form and could yet have a say in it, especially if they beat Barum next week. Either way it now looks almost certain that the runners-up in L&SE will get home advantage.
Who goes down with Old Pats and Nab's is anyone's guess with just a point separating three teams.



I think it will be mightily close Barum Man! With away fixtures at Barnstaple, Bracknell and Camborne to come, plus a home fixture versus Bournemouth, I think Ivybridge have the toughest run in, whereas for Maids and Barum, that head to head clash on the 23rd is key. I can’t see how it won’t go down to the final game of the season, where Maids will have a long trip to Brixham, whereas Barnstaple will welcome Weston, who will be comfortably mid-table by then.

A fascinating few weeks coming up which could see bonus points prove vital.


One big thing in you favour 'Maids' is that Bournemouth will have almost certainly have won the league by the time you play them (not saying you would not have beaten them anyway!).




Hi Barum Man,

I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that Bournemouth will be gunning for us, after we dispatched them at our place before Xmas. 5 tough games left, can’t wait!

Cheers
I remember when Rams won the league  4 seasons ago - we were in the bottom half and played them last game of the season when it was done and dusted - they rested a few and others were not fully committed, we beat them 39-7 (coincidently exactly the same score we beat you earlier in the season - just saying Wink)
 
I remember that game well Barum Man, t'was a long coach journey down to be on the end of a bit of a stuffing, the coach back only took 10 minutes though! Smile

You have had a great season Paul - some new places to travel next season. I guess it will add to your travelling time/miles but at least only Plymouth Albion in the far south west.


The Chickens are being counted just yet at Rams......... Smile I  don't do too many away trips these days, but yes, I think the team will have a number of overnight stops needed next season if the unmentionable happens. Looks like it'll be an exciting run in to the Southwest league, good luck to the mighty Barum Thumbs Up


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Posted By: NewburyBlue
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2019 at 18:00
Newbury Blues 31 12 win v Old Cents today confirms them a SW1 East Champs & back in SW Prem next season! #delighted #CantWait


Posted By: Chipping Man
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2019 at 18:10
Congratulations to Newbury on promotion from SW1E. The play off place is still being hotly contested. 

In SW1W, it's a real tight race between Oakhampton and Launceston for the automatic promotion spot.

CM Big smile


Posted By: NewburyBlue
Date Posted: 17 Mar 2019 at 19:10
In SW1 East despite their loss to Newbury in their last match the play off spot is still Old Cents for the taking. They have a decent run in but probably the key game for them is at 5th placed Wootton Bassett who are still on with a shout themselves.
If they slip up in any of their 4 games it will let Banbury in to the play offs again (having lost to Exeter Uni last Yr) as I think they will win all their remaining games as they they have 3 of the bottom 4 plus mid table Wimborne to play.
What is pretty certain is whoever of Okehampton or Launceston comes runners up in SW1 West will have home advantage in the play offs.


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2019 at 10:21
Originally posted by NewburyBlue NewburyBlue wrote:

Newbury Blues 31 12 win v Old Cents today confirms them a SW1 East Champs & back in SW Prem next season! #delighted #CantWait

Well done to the Blues - have not seen them at Barum since the 2011-12 season so look forward to welcoming them at Pottington Rd next season.


Posted By: NewburyBlue
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2019 at 11:19
Thanks Barum man looks like there will be a few long trips to Devon & Cornwall for the Blues next season but looking forward to it. Of course we may not play at Pottington Rd if you make it up via the playoffs! #Goodluck


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 19 Mar 2019 at 12:53
Maids announce appointment of new Head Coach, Dave Mobbs-Smith- https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead-rfc/142743/mobbs-smith-excited-by-opportunity-to-become-maidenhead-rfc-s-new-head-coach.html#.XJDkz5vwVh8.twitter


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 08:27
So its Barum that will be in the play off (surprised Maids lost at home). The way WSM are playing at the moment it is just as well that it did not come down to the last game as it should be a close fought game at Pottington next week.
It looks like Barum will be away to either Wimbledon or Westcliff (It is theoretically possible that Barum could be home in the play-off but highly unlikely).



Posted By: Dingbat
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 08:48
Congratulations on 2nd spot Barum Man I do hope you come up to Nat 2 next year,2 great clubs you and Bournemouth.

If your home I'm coming down to watch.


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2019 at 14:35
It is looking like Birmingham & Solihull, Guernsey and London Irish Wild Geese are coming down from Nat2S - none of these sides are naturally in the South West area so someone is going to be level transferred from either the Midlands or London division by the looks of it.



Posted By: Friendly prop
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2019 at 16:16
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

It is looking like Birmingham & Solihull, Guernsey and London Irish Wild Geese are coming down from Nat2S - none of these sides are naturally in the South West area so someone is going to be level transferred from either the Midlands or London division by the looks of it.

Invariably teams that are relegated go back to their normal region & a different team from those regions moves unless of course they volunteer to move. Let's see what the RFU decide.


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Posted By: Dad
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2019 at 19:46
Do teams coming up get automatic entry in SWprem or can they get Level transferred ?


Posted By: Jester10
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2019 at 19:50
Originally posted by Dad Dad wrote:

Do teams coming up get automatic entry in SWprem or can they get Level transferred ?

I can't see either Newbury or Okehampton being level transferred due to their locations. 


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Posted By: Dad
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2019 at 21:28
i was wondering whether we might end up with camberley if they get to and win playoff


Posted By: Thatbloke
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2019 at 22:40
You can be level transferred when promoted but NOT when relegated (unless volunteering)
If indeed SW Prem Look like being a club short other threads seem to suggest the transfer will be from Midlands not SE which puts Luctonians (Leominster) very much in the mix if they were to lose their play off game with Blaydon for a place in Nat2 or Bromsgrove who had a season in SW very recently


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 20 Apr 2019 at 17:41
I wondered how Barum would approach the Devon Senior cup final against Exmouth today in view of the play-off match next week but they put out just about their strongest team and were well up for it. Luckily the game was won by half time so they could take it a bit easier in the second half. Any way it was a super afternoons rugby played in glorious weather in front of a very large crowd.

Could it be that it was a seen as a priority over next weeks play-off game !!!, certainly most fans I have talked to are not overly keen to see them return to Nat2 at the moment for both financial and playing strength point of view, But I guess the players themselves and most club officials will always want to play the highest level they can and that's fair enough. Barum must be clear second favourites next week but you never know.


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2019 at 11:37
You are probably correct, that Barnstaple will be the underdogs as they are away.

I know a number of Raiders fans who wish you well and hope you return to N2S as we enjoy our weekends in Devon

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Posted By: sidelined
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2019 at 13:48
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:


I know a number of Raiders fans who wish you well and hope you return to N2S as we enjoy our weekends in Devon

Raider you always welcome whatever league we're in.


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2019 at 17:17
Maids announce first 4 new signings;

Sam Curran, prop from Richmond
Dan Hostetler, hooker, ex USA u20
Chris Campbell, RAF 2nd row, formerly of DMP and Newport Salop.
Ben Mitchell, centre, ex Ospreys

More to be announced over the next 2 weeks.


Posted By: fatbear
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2019 at 20:01
Not the Surrey and England cricketer then ?!


Posted By: Blutarsky
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 08:15
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Maids announce first 4 new signings;

Sam Curran, prop from Richmond
Dan Hostetler, hooker, ex USA u20
Chris Campbell, RAF 2nd row, formerly of DMP and Newport Salop.
Ben Mitchell, centre, ex Ospreys

More to be announced over the next 2 weeks.

More info, plus details of departures:

https://maidenheadrfc.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow - https://maidenheadrfc.wordpress.com/  


Posted By: Gareth
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 13:38
Maids boy Big D moved closer to home then..



Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 14:30
Originally posted by Gareth Gareth wrote:

Maids boy Big D moved closer to home then..



Dylan is a lovely lad, but commuting from Southampton 3 times a week was just too much for him. With our new additions, plus existing back 3 players, I’m not sure how much 1st XV action he would have seen.

We wish him the best of luck at Bournemouth.


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2019 at 17:18
Some quality returnees to the Maids squad- https://maidenheadrfc.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/the-comeback-kids/


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 17:42
Seems like Maids are going to be really up for it this season.
Fairly quiet at Barum although they have signed a couple of Exeter Chiefs academy youngsters (both backs) and also 2 or 3 returning backs from a couple of seasons ago. Nothing on the forwards yet.
I note that Brixham have made some good signings while Camborne have lost Ducker to Plymouth Albion.
Any other news ? 


Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 20:27
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Seems like Maids are going to be really up for it this season.
Fairly quiet at Barum although they have signed a couple of Exeter Chiefs academy youngsters (both backs) and also 2 or 3 returning backs from a couple of seasons ago. Nothing on the forwards yet.
I note that Brixham have made some good signings while Camborne have lost Ducker to Plymouth Albion.
Any other news ? 


Have you retained the services of Ben Hilton, Barum Man? He’s a good leader for you boys.

Brixham look like they’ll be strong, whilst it looks as neighbours, Ivybridge have lost a few, including player coach, Paterson and Billy Pinkus, to Brixham...might they struggle?

Exmouth announced some new signings a few days ago, but heard very little from anyone else regarding incomings...

I believe the Bracknell TH prop, Dowding has retired, he’ll be a big loss, whilst the Macdonald brothers have moved on too. I have heard that winger George Owen may be returning to them though, from Wild Geese- anyone know if this is true?

If Weston keep the majority of their squad together, I fancy them to be near the top- some good players there, who strung together some good results after Xmas.

Any news from other clubs in SW Prem?


Posted By: NewburyBlue
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2019 at 22:27
Newbury Blues have lost a couple of their talented youngsters Max Hayman and Alex Sparkes to Rams but have other youngsters coming through so think they will be ok


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 08:29
Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Seems like Maids are going to be really up for it this season.
Fairly quiet at Barum although they have signed a couple of Exeter Chiefs academy youngsters (both backs) and also 2 or 3 returning backs from a couple of seasons ago. Nothing on the forwards yet.
I note that Brixham have made some good signings while Camborne have lost Ducker to Plymouth Albion.
Any other news ? 


Have you retained the services of Ben Hilton, Barum Man? He’s a good leader for you boys.


I have not got any insider info 'Maids' but most folk I talked to though Ben captaining Cornwall to victory at Twickenham would be his Swansong, apparently he is training and with us for another year.

Agree about WSM, they were very impressive against us last match of the season.

One of Exmouth's recent signings was James Bath who played scrum half for us for the past three years or so.




Posted By: Jester10
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2019 at 10:41
[QUOTE  I have heard that winger George Owen may be returning to them though, from Wild Geese- anyone know if this is true?

 [/QUOTE]

I bumped into gorgeous George a couple of weeks ago, he confirmed he's left LIWG and hinted heavily he'd be back playing at Bracknell. 


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Posted By: MaidsBoy
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2019 at 13:49
Maids release details about exciting partnership with Ealing- https://maidenheadrfc.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/maids-agree-ealing-trailfinders-partnership/


Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 24 Aug 2019 at 07:51
From all the social media postings I am seeing Maidenhead are home and dry this season before a try has been scored so its a matter of who will finish runners up Big smile

Camborne have already pulled out of a pre season friendly this weekend because of injuries - I would have thought that it would be ideal to give some of the fringe players a run out !

Best of luck to all teams this season, lets hope its a good one.




Posted By: RedPete
Date Posted: 31 Aug 2019 at 20:45
VERY sad to report Jordan Petherbridge damaged his shoulder today. I fear the worst.

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Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2019 at 08:32
Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

VERY sad to report Jordan Petherbridge damaged his shoulder today. I fear the worst.

That's sad Pete, I cannot see Jordan coming back from this after losing all last season.


Posted By: RedPete
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2019 at 13:59
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

VERY sad to report Jordan Petherbridge damaged his shoulder today. I fear the worst.

That's sad Pete, I cannot see Jordan coming back from this after losing all last season.
I agree, that was the feeling around the club yesterday afternoon. It happened very early in the game against Ivybridge (much the same as last year against Cardiff Met).
Taunton won 53-38 in an entertaining game though Taunton have much to work on defensively. Jack Arnott scored 4 tries. Ivybridge took their chances well.


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Posted By: Barum man
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2019 at 15:48
Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

VERY sad to report Jordan Petherbridge damaged his shoulder today. I fear the worst.

That's sad Pete, I cannot see Jordan coming back from this after losing all last season.
I agree, that was the feeling around the club yesterday afternoon. It happened very early in the game against Ivybridge (much the same as last year against Cardiff Met).
Taunton won 53-38 in an entertaining game though Taunton have much to work on defensively. Jack Arnott scored 4 tries. Ivybridge took their chances well.
I read the Ivybidge report on their website this morning Pete, they were well please with their performance. I was surprised how many tries they scored against you.
BTW Pete I was looking at the Taunton squad and it seems as if Jarred Hayler is not with you this season or did I miss his name?.  He was well impressive when he played for Barum.


Posted By: RedPete
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2019 at 17:32
Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

Originally posted by Barum man Barum man wrote:

Originally posted by RedPete RedPete wrote:

VERY sad to report Jordan Petherbridge damaged his shoulder today. I fear the worst.

That's sad Pete, I cannot see Jordan coming back from this after losing all last season.
I agree, that was the feeling around the club yesterday afternoon. It happened very early in the game against Ivybridge (much the same as last year against Cardiff Met).
Taunton won 53-38 in an entertaining game though Taunton have much to work on defensively. Jack Arnott scored 4 tries. Ivybridge took their chances well.
I read the Ivybidge report on their website this morning Pete, they were well please with their performance. I was surprised how many tries they scored against you.
BTW Pete I was looking at the Taunton squad and it seems as if Jarred Hayler is not with you this season or did I miss his name?.  He was well impressive when he played for Barum.
As I said, Taunton have much to work on defensively! I was told they leaked some soft tries in their win at Cardiff Met the previous week.
I understand Jarred is on an officer training course this year and will not be available for Taunton. I am not sure if this includes playing for the Navy. It's a great shame as he was a stand-out player for us last season.


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