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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:16
County Rugby meant so much but not any longer. The RFU dont help and should publish the full results together with a short commentary. That should appear on all the County websites at the latest by now that is within 48 hours. There is decent coverage the further north that the games take place, but it is so patchy. At least Rolling Maul fills the gap here, thanks to the contributions above.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:18
and I should have added " and west" as there is still life from Somerset onwards.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:27
HITR Were you at the game at Ipswich? Your son had an outstanding game
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:27
MM, it used to be one of those "honour" stepping stones but the evidence from the East is that it's run and coached by those not up to the job.  The Eastern Counties team on Sat was filled with men from lower leagues: only 2 from Cambs and 1 from Shelford.

Last week our excellent young tight-head, who won most improved player at Cambs didn't even get picked for the bench at Herts!!

That said, they performed well and beat a Middx side with members from RP,  LWelsh and Wasps in the team.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:28
I was WV..........was that before or after the YC?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 09:30
WV.....your Inside Centre did a good job too
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 10:17

I think the 70 mins he was on the pitch was superb.  Aidy did very well at 12, he usually plays 13 but I think he looked a much better player there. I certainly enjoyed the game - didnt have the greatest of games and was a bit disappointed not to be on the scoresheet Smile

I think the problem from EC perspective is that the coaches didnt see enough of the cambs prob in the two sessions they had to select him.  However I would have taken him on the bench.  To bring Des Brett off and them let him have 30 mins or so.  The coaches did say to all players not selected that there were still oppourtunities for selection the following week.  None of them attended training!  & Des wasnt available this week so there were front row opportunities.

All Shelford & Cambridge squad players were invited to play apparently.  I guess the lack of ££ going around and after a hard season for both sides there isnt much incentive for some to play.  However players from more Junior sides do look forward to testing themselves.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 11:08
WV, perhaps one of the problems is that EC have to play their way up the various tiers of the competition to provide meaningful opposition for the Nat League lads to get interested. That means investing two seasons in attaining the status and at the end of a long season, may be a step too far. Selection for England Counties is meant to be the carrot so let's hope the team for Japan and Korea is exclusively made up from players who have turned out in the County Championship this year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 11:22
WV.  You're right. It's been a hard season for Cambs and Shelford who have both been in bitter fights for promotion. so perhaps that's the reason. Confused

Still, as I said, I thought the lads played really well on Saturday against a Middx side, which on paper at least, looked strong.

My son's best moment was probably in second half and drawing in the defence before releasing a perfectly timed and weighted ball to the winger who went on to score.  Although the try was not bad, especialy the taunting of the Wasps Full Back as he was running for the line. Wink. Naughty boy!!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 12:52

HITR I was at the Middlesex game the week before last. Was the team more or less the same? Seems like Hertforshire have got the group sewn up.  Was the Eastern Counties side any different either?

I thought Middx would win easily over EC!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 13:00
Originally posted by matchmaker matchmaker wrote:

County Rugby meant so much but not any longer. The RFU dont help and should publish the full results together with a short commentary. That should appear on all the County websites at the latest by now that is within 48 hours. There is decent coverage the further north that the games take place, but it is so patchy. At least Rolling Maul fills the gap here, thanks to the contributions above.

It is possible to generate interest and atmosphere for these County games in the North & South West. We worked very hard on the pre-publicity for Saturday's Lancs v Yorks match at Fylde (including giving tickets to local schools) and it sometimes seemed like pushing water up hill. However, on the day, there was a healthy crowd, over 200 people enjoying a pre-match meal, genuine excitement and enthusiasm and very good craic - with a few famous faces at the Woodlands. And the photos of the game illustrate all these things. And if there's any doubt about what a win meant to the players have a look at the last few in the gallery! All in all, a very worthwhile exercise.

http://gallery.me.com/photosonline#100495


Edited by Allan Foster - 18 May 2009 at 13:02
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 13:26
Alan-how big was the crowd for the Roses game?
 
I don't know how many were at Redruth on Saturday although it sounded a decent number on the radio[note, live commentary on BBC local radio] but there were 1100 at Brickfields the week before for Devon v Cornwall.
 
County RFUs generally have a long way to go on the promotion front mind; I logged onto the Somerset RFU site hoping to find their team for the Cornwall game, to find the last entry was the 2007 fixtures!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 13:49
Axeman. Don't know on either counts.  My son says EC team was substantially the same, but I'm not sure and the Middx web site doesn't appear to have the team-sheet for either of their matches. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:00

Thanks HITR

Am I correct in sayin that alot of Wasps Academy boys are in the Middx team? In the Sheasby still playing?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:05
I believe Sheasby was on the team sheet.  I expected a lot more from Middx as they appeared to have the credentials.

You'll have a tough match against Herts at Staines next week.

EC will have to win by about 100 points at Hants, + Herts to lose if we're to go through to the final.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:16
I see Herts have some Cambridge boys in their team. Handre SCHMIDT Cambridge AND Dave ARCHER Cambridge (Capt). What are these two like?
 
Doesnt look like thats going to happen!! Mind you, stranger things have happened......
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:20
Handre is a quick, very quick and strong winger, Dave a hugely powerful, mobile and effective back row.  Either would walk into the 1st team of any Nat 1 (as from next season) team.

but............that's probably not what you want to hear Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:26

Unfortunatley thats what I suspected! Looks like Herts have a useful side.  I see they have Paul Gustard the ex Prem player and Chris Rainbow the England Counties player. If my memory serves me right Ian Hardcastle use to be at Westcombe Park, although that needs checking. Their 10 is very useful, a Southend centre, two england students players and they have a Caldy prop!

I think its safe to say im worried!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 15:55
The middlesex team is predominantly made up of non 1st XV starting players from clubs like rosslyn park/london welsh and players from clubs not playing national league rugby (bracknell, staines, etc...)
 
On saturday middlesex looked to be in complete control at half time then imploded, conceeding about 8 second half tries.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2009 at 17:03
Originally posted by cheshire exile cheshire exile wrote:

Alan-how big was the crowd for the Roses game?
 
I don't know how many were at Redruth on Saturday although it sounded a decent number on the radio[note, live commentary on BBC local radio] but there were 1100 at Brickfields the week before for Devon v Cornwall.
 
County RFUs generally have a long way to go on the promotion front mind; I logged onto the Somerset RFU site hoping to find their team for the Cornwall game, to find the last entry was the 2007 fixtures!

About 600, I think, CE. A bit disappointing as we'd originally envisaged 1000, but from what county attendances I've seen in recent years at Sedgley & Hoppers, rather better than par. Uncertain weather didn't help. Nevertheless, it was a good occasion, well staged and a suitably tight game with the right ending for the Red Rose supporters. The photos give a good impression of some areas of the crowd, the stand, terraces and clubhouse balcony.

Twenty years ago we would have had a live broadcast of the game on Radio Lancashire but sadly those days are long gone. Footie dominates all Saturday local radio broadcasting, even inconsequential games of no particular merit.
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