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Mar 5, 2017, 11:31 PM

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Saturday 4th March 2017 (ko 1500)
at Lodge Lane, Dinnington
RFU Northern Division North One East (Level Six)
Dinnington 15 Morpeth 27 (ht 5-15)
Admission - £5.00
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 100 (estimate)

I had drawn up a fairly long list of possible games for today, with this one always one of my favoured options. However, the exposed location of the ground meant I was only going to do it if the forecast was for dry weather, and that looked increasingly unlikely as the week progressed, with rain predicted for Saturday afternoon even as late as Thursday evening. That then changed dramatically by Friday evening, with a pleasant day promised, which turned out to be correct, with plenty of sunshine although it did cloud over in the second half.

The former mining village of Dinnington would seem an unlikely outpost for a rugby union club, but I was told the school in the neighbouring village of Wales has a long tradition of playing rugby, and has provided the club with a steady supply of players over many years. The whole village stands on fairly high ground, which possibly aids drainage, as I notice the town’s football club were the only ones to survive a raft of postponements in their division today.

First Bus provides a direct link from Sheffield Interchange via its X5 route, the service operating every 30 minutes with a journey time of just over three quarters of an hour. This service terminates at the small bus station in the centre of Dinnington, very handy for popping into a local café for a very large lunch at a very reasonable price. After eating so well I was quite pleased it was around a mile or so to walk to the ground, located very rurally beyond the built up area. There is a regular bus route from Rotherham to Worksop that stops much closer to the ground and also serves Dinnington Interchange, but, with the game finished by 1630 and my return bus departing at 1658, I also had plenty of time to make the walk after the game.

Seagull reported from here not that long ago, and two things to confirm from his post. The drainage must be superb - even after Friday’s heavy rain at the end of a fairly wet week, the pitch and surrounds were immaculate - I had barely a trace of mud on my boots. Also, the buffet in the clubhouse is still provided and free for all - I was invited to partake on paying admission but had already eaten far too well to do so - however, there looked to be enough food to satisfy a small army. It would seem the club still usually issue programmes as there were, apparently, grumbles from some of their regulars at the lack of an issue today. Whether this was anything more than a one off, I have no idea.

Pitchside facilities at the ground are fairly basic, but the setting is pleasant enough on a nice day. Two pitches, both railed along the sides and also at the clubhouse end on the main pitch, stand end on end, with the far pitch today hosting a 3rd XV game. A third set of posts is located on slightly lower ground to the north, and there are also training lights here. A fairly large corrugated iron type shelter provides standing cover on the southern touchline as well as the only area of hard standing, but it is flat standing and directly behind the home technical area, so viewing might not be great if everyone piled under there on a wet day. An electronic scoreboard is used, whilst clubhouse and changing rooms are in a single storey building behind the posts. No real ale at the bar, but coffee could be had at £1.00 a cup, whilst food, as already noted, was provided free to all who wanted it.

With the bottom two in this division already mathematically relegated, seven clubs divided by just nine points are trying to avoid the last spot in the drop zone. Dinnington begin the day just two points above the safety line, with Morpeth slightly better placed with five extra points in the bag. Although Dinnington score the first try of the game to lead midway through the first half, Morpeth prove to be much the stronger on the day, two tries in the last ten minutes before the interval and two more after the break securing a maximum point haul. A stoppage time score for the hosts rather put the gloss on the final scoreline for them, but Morpeth bought themselves a little breathing space in the table, which they will probably need with a trip to the league leaders on the horizon next weekend.

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Mar 10, 2017, 11:35 PM

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Friday 10th March 2017 (ko 1900)
at Larksmead Recreational Grounds, Blandford Forum
RFU South West Division Southern Counties South (Level Seven)
Blandford 7 Sherborne 26 (ht 0-19)
Admission - None charged
Programme - None issued
Attendance - 120 (estimate)

Comfortable win for Sherborne in this North Dorset derby taking the lead after 10 minutes with a try in the right corner followed by a try in the left corner after 25 minutes and a try through the middle on 35 minutes, only missed conversion after the first try. It took until the hour for the visitors to secure the bonus point try which was grounded in the left hand corner followed by a superb conversion from near the touchline from their excellent kicker. Blandford scored a deserved consolation try right at the death which brought about the loudest cheer of the night.

Larksmead is on the north eastern edge of Blandford, a left turn off Salisbury Road. There are two pitches in a T-shape, the floodlit pitch at the far end a good 50 yards past the clubhouse and on a plateau above a raised bank. No furniture apart from a portable manual scoreboard. The ground is enclosed by a green fence on three sides, the near side is roped off but everybody watched from inside it as behind the rope is on a slope and below pitch level. The end to the left is elevated on a grass bank which continues half of the way round the far side before it levels, the end to the right, like the near side on the edge of a downward slope. The lights of the town and the bypass are seen in the distance, the ground may look more scenic in daylight. Doesn't look as if Blandford issue programmes but I did pick up a copy of this season's club handbook in the bar which contained some useful information including directions to other local clubs.

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Friday 10 March 2017
Esher 18 Rosslyn Park 24
Natiomal League One
Admission £15
Programme £1

Wow this was hard work to watch. I should have been like the majority of people in attendance - networked, socialised, stayed in the clubhouse or watched Ireland v Wales on the TV's. It was a typical.Rugby Union event. The game was irrelevant.

The ground is dominated by a large grandstand down one side of the ground. It is flat bench seating. The clubhouse is behind the sticks and a raised bank opposite the main stand provides a good vantage point.

Food was burgers etc. but painfully slow to get served. A 24 page glossy programme was available for £1. The raffle prize was a wheelbarrow full of booze
Don't know how I would have got that home on the train !

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Berkswell & Balsall Nuneaton OE 21
Midlands Two West South
Attendance 40
Admission and Prog None
As the day when I can drive less in winter, if at all and retirement heads towards me, then Midlands rugby would be an interesting challenge to visit all. If however public transport is required then a handful would be useful to do first. If so this one along with Eccleshall may well be the challengers to be the hardest.
This is somewhat surprising as the ground is actually in the West Midlands but the nearest bus would be well over 2 miles away and hourly and Berkswell Station over three miles, it seemed useful to visit when finishing work in Solihull
Facilities are however modest and much less than equivalents in the North as I have indicated before. This is surprising for a club who have plated at Midland One, I think including last year, with a small clubhouse and a railed off pitch. there are floodlight but I don't think they are up to match standard and two other pitches
Despite have a members dinner before hand and the 6 nations on TV, this was one of the smallest crowds I have been in for either code of Rugby. No food was available apart from the official dinner and the only handpump had no pumpclip and I assume not in use
The hosts scored early and only two converted tries in the last three mins for the visitors resulted in the appearance of a close game.
Midland West 2 South is one of the most localised divisions with only Malvern not in the former Warwickshire
Certainly not a place which would justify six miles walking but pleasant enough on a dry day with little wind and a car

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Mar 12, 2017, 5:18 PM

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Saturday 11th March 2017 (ko 1500)
at Beaver Park, Beverley
RFU Northern Division Yorkshire One (Level Seven)
Beverley 26 York 24 (ht 13-12)
Admission - £5.00 inc 20 page programme
Attendance - 120 (estimate)

This is a part of Yorkshire I am not particularly well travelled in, although a visit by train to Hutton Cranswick for football a good number of years ago means I must have passed right by the rugby ground. My arrival around noon was greeted by a peal of church bells from the imposing Beverley Minister, though I suspect the two were not connected. The town has an attractive, and surprisingly large, pedestrianised centre, and certainly no shortage of GBG entries. First though I have lunch and a JDW tick at The Cross Keys, where there is a good choice of local ales from Wold Top and The Hop Studio, and I also have time to divert to the Chequers Micropub, where, from a choice of five hand pumps, I try a porter from Old Pumphouse, a recently opened Driffield based brewery.

The ground is around a mile or so from the town centre, and, as I implied earlier, sits right next to the Hull to Bridlington railway line, with the entrance drive emerging on to the main road adjacent to a level crossing. There is a slightly shorter direct route back to the station, which I take after the game, the walk being around fifteen minutes, with a conveniently placed chip shop passed on the way.

The main feature of the ground is provided by its clubhouse, which is situated behind the posts nearest to the entrance. The two storey building has changing rooms downstairs and bar upstairs, currently nearing the end of renovation work but still available for use. Two hand pumps available at the bar, though, unsurprisingly, a far less interesting choice than I had enjoyed earlier, with Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen on offer. Coffee was also available from the bar, and I assume hot food could also be purchased - at least there was a sign at the kitchen hatch saying food could be ordered at the bar, but no list of what was actually available.

The clubhouse has an outside balcony that was a popular vantage point during the game, and has a manually operated scoreboard amidst the advertising signs attached to the front of it. The area beneath the balcony directly outside the changing rooms would provide the only covered accommodation, but, set a few yards back from the pitch and behind the posts, would, I suspect, only be used by anyone in the most inclement of conditions. No such issues today, with the sky dull and overcast throughout, but no sign of any rain.

The playing area runs away from the clubhouse on an area of land that widens out as the railway line heads away at an angle. The main pitch is closest to the clubhouse, and beyond that and standing end to end is another pitch today hosting a 2nd XV fixture. Next to that second pitch is a third set of posts, with training lights sited up against the boundary with the railway. Neither of the other two pitches has lights, but the main pitch is railed along both sides, with dug outs on its eastern touchline. It is all grass standing, a little heavy underfoot in places, and a fairly featureless landscape, houses bounding the western edge of the site, with the area beyond the railway similarly residential.

Visitors York begin the day just three points shy of the second place in the table that would qualify them for a promotion play off. Beverley are back in sixth, having started the campaign fairly inconsistently following last season’s relegation, but eight wins in their last nine games suggest they are likely to provide difficult opposition. It certainly turns out that way, and I am rewarded with a cracking encounter that see-saws throughout, with York losing despite outscoring their hosts by four tries to two. The visitors looked in control when they had opened up an eight point lead before the hour mark, but Beverley turned the game around, and then held on for their win in the face of late pressure.

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Rugby Europe Trophy (TOP 18)
Switzerland 54-18 Ukraine
Centre Sportif des Cherpines, Geneva
Admission 15CHF
Attendance "environs 2,000" according to the stadium announcer

After a week at Les Gets we are spending a couple of days in Geneva. I thought I would have to settle for Servette v FC Wil but then I discovered there was a rugby international on.

The home of Servette Rugby Club de Genève is an impressive installation with tiered seating and bars along one side and hard standing on the other. The ground was more or less full with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd - plenty of cow bells and national flags on show.

Ukraine held Switzerland to 6 points in the first half but were overrun in the second. The Ukraine forwards were pretty fearsome looking but were bossed by the smaller Swiss.

The standard was pretty reasonable - I should think on a par with top or second level Scottish club rugby.

A very enjoyable excursion to the edge of the city.

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Mar 13, 2017, 1:53 PM

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Re: [AndrewG] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Saturday 11th March 2017
Welsh League Division One West (Level 3)
Llanelli Wanderers 19 Kidwelly 19
Att: 170 (h/c)
Admission: £5 including programme (4pp insert in amongst advertising shell)

This one stood out a mile in amongst the games in the area, with second placed Wanderers hosting leaders Kidwelly. Both had lost 3 times and we clear of the chasing pack, but the visitors had a 7 point lead through a plethora of bonus points. The game lived up to expectations being utterly full blooded (but pretty much fair) but with both sides brutal defences being on top. There is a decent end to end slope and both sides scored their only tries and the bulk of their points playing downhill. Wanderers did well to come back from 19-6 down with ten minutes to go to salvage a draw but Kidwelly were probably left wondering how they'd let the win slip away.

The ground appears to be the old training ground for Stradey Park, the former home of Llanelli RUFC. This is now under houses and more new builds are going up around the pitch. However, they are staying put and indeed a new dressing room block is nearing completion with the final home games of the season being played on their second pitch, known as Peoples Park, about 1/2 a mile away. Unusually there is no clubhouse on site.

It is in many ways a very basic facility but it dioes hae some character. There is a lovely old high stone wall that encloses one end and one side which is tree clad, there are shallow grass banks at various points around the fairly tightly enclosed pitch which give a decent elevated view and it has those lovely old telegraph pole floodlights with triangular top mounts for the lights. These very much looked in working order as the lights fittings looked new as did the wiring and power boxes on the poles. The pitch itself is merely roped down both sides. A small basic tea bar operated in one corner from a tiny garden shed doing hot drinks, pop and confectionary. A tea and Mars was £1.50, hardly rip off central :)

Despite the relatively rudimentary facilities it was a thoroughly enjoyable tick and an excellent game.

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Friday 17 March 2017
Oadby Wyggeston 10 Melton 12
Leicestershire RU Cup ( maybe shield or plate) semi final
Attendance c 300 Prog no admission no
Would have been unaware of this without Ramblers advices on here and details were hard to find on line but I assume not locally as a good crowd turned up. The hosts are one division lower than the visitors in Mid 2 East South and 1 east respectively. Despite a close final scoreline this was the impression on the night
Oagby Wyggs play directly opposite Oadby Town FC on a site with three pitches. The signage is split between OW and Leicester Tigers who use the facility for academy training and offices and maybe more. There are three pitches, the one nearest the clubhouse railed on one side, the other two are floodlit. Tonights game was on the middle pitch and simply roped down the sides
I have not discovered who are in the other semi but the final is at Welford Road

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Mar 19, 2017, 5:08 PM

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Saturday 18th March 2017 (ko 1415)
at Medical Athletics Ground, Heaton
RFU Northern Division Durham and Northumberland One (Level Seven)
Medicals 29 Hartlepool 5 (ht 10-5)
Admission - no charge
Programme - none issued
Attendance - 100 (estimate)

Rugby union has a long list of clubs with ties to educational establishments, and quite a few from medical schools and colleges are playing at a fairly senior level of the club game. The northern division has four such teams playing at levels seven to nine, based in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle. University or college playing fields, hardly near the top of my list of grounds to visit, often seem to serve as their home venue, but, as the most distant of the four from home, I had never looked at where Medicals RFC were based. I only did so this week as the relatively mild winter had left a sparse fixture list on this catch up weekend, and I was glad I did. Although owned by Newcastle University, this is very much a ‘proper’ club ground.

I travelled by bus from the city centre, Stagecoach services 62 and 63 combining to give up to ten buses per hour, and stopping at the junction of Chillingham Road and Cartington Terrace, just a few yards from the ground. Chillingham Road metro station could also be used, being around half a mile to the south. I arrived early enough for a short diversion to call at The Northumberland Hussar. Five hand pumps were in use - one serving cider, and, of the other four, two were dispensing stouts. It would have seemed rude not to try both - the well travelled Thornbridge Brock was perfectly acceptable - the much more local Almasty Oats and Milk was quite outstanding.

Dragging myself away to the ground, I arrived just as a friendly between the Medicals 2nd XV and a team comprised of Medicals past players was concluding. I suspect this game contributed to a rather larger attendance for the 1st XV game than would perhaps normally be the case here, with many of those involved staying on to watch.

The imposing clubhouse building stands next to the entrance overlooking the 1st XV pitch from behind the posts, and looks little changed from a photo on the Medicals website that is dated 1965. Changing rooms are downstairs, with, what one sign describes as tea rooms, upstairs. There is a bar, however, although the one hand pump in place was not in use pre match. The kitchen was serving up food for players from the earlier game - I did not enquire whether food was available for purchase having eaten in the city centre - however, coffee was on sale, served in proper cups, and at a very reasonable 50p.

The grounds comprise of two rugby pitches, located either side of a cricket square. The more northerly of the two pitches had staged the aforementioned earlier game. Neither of the pitches is floodlit, although there are training lights located on an area of grass alongside the clubhouse. The 1st XV pitch is roped along both sides, and a small manually operated scoreboard is sited close to the clubhouse. The far end of the ground is overlooked by a church tower, and with the site fringed by cherry trees - a sign indicates they were planted as a memorial to club members killed in the second world war - it is just about as pleasant as an inner city setting can get.

A stand provides covered accommodation on the southern touchline. I had found an article online that indicated the old wooden 1930’s stand had been renovated in the 1980’s, but remained a wooden structure. That has obviously been replaced again, by what appears a fairly new metal clad structure. The terracing has two rows of plastic tip up seats, rather redundant from the point of view of watching the game, as at least half of the crowd present stood in front of them, where metal railings provide a good barrier to lean against. A pathway provides hard standing between the clubhouse and stand, with grass standing elsewhere.

Visitors Hartlepool were promoted to this level last season, and have found it tough going, beginning the day five points adrift of safety in the second relegation position, with Medicals a further three points ahead. Victory in this game in hand would put Hartlepool back in touch with the teams above them, as well as dragging Medicals back into the mix, whilst victory for the hosts would all but ensure their safety.

Hartlepool scored the opening try and led 5-3 for much of the first half, but Medicals scored tries a minute either side of the interval, that was extended slightly for treatment to a home player, who, sadly, seemed to have suffered a broken leg. He was able to be stretchered off without having to wait for an ambulance, with, no doubt, rather more medical expertise available here than at most games. At 17-5 down Hartlepool had a good spell of pressure, but saw a potential score disallowed for a double movement, and missed another great chance when their centre knocked on. Medicals third try, just before the hour mark, effectively sealed their win, and they went on to secure a four try bonus point despite having a man in the sin bin in the closing stages.

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Sunday 19th March (KO 1300)
National Under 20 Championship - Pool 4
Hampshire 25-19 Cornwall (played at Overton RFC)
Attendance 140 h/c
Admission was free according to website but they charged £3 for 16 page programme

Hampshire secured top spot in their group with this win in their first Championship campaign after being promoted from the second tier shield competition which they won last year. The game wasn't as close as the scoreline would suggest and Cornwall were disappointing. Hampshire, with a strong wind behind them in the first half, took the lead with an early penalty then scored a try soon after with a 40 yard run from number 11, conversion hit the post. Another try which was converted made it 15-0 at the break. A third try unconverted made it 20-0 early in the second half and it took a mistake from the home defence, a pass intercepted 5 metres from their own try line, for Cornwall to finally score with 20 minutes to play, try converted. Hampshire responded by going over for their bonus point 4th try, conversion missed making it 25-7. Cornwall rallied in the final 10 minutes with two more tries, the last converted to give them a bonus point but it was too little too late and they crash out of the competition following Gloucestershire's win over Berkshire. Hampshire's reward for winning the group should be a home quarter final which I hope they play somewhere different. This was my second visit to Overton, no noticeable changes from last time two years ago.

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Saturday 25th March.
Midlands Two East (North).
Newark. 25 v Coalville. 26 @ Kelham Road.
Great game played in bright sunshine.
Admission £3 including free programme.

Total Grounds- 1266 (9).
New grounds this season- 28 (0).
Latest New ground: Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham.
Rugby Union grounds-4.
Latest-Westleigh Park. Leicester Lions.

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Saturday 25th March 2017
Nuneaton 12 Broadstreet 17 (HT 6-14)
National League Three Midlands (level five, kick-off 2pm)
Admission £5
Programme (w/a) 28pp: game-specific cover, 24pp glossy shell, 4pp match insert
Attendance 325 (h/c)
Refreshments available 100 yards away in the clubhouse (didn't bother)

Second versus first but a desperately poor game lacking in excitement and quality. The desultory proceedings were dominated by the sound of the female referee's whistle. She (one Sarah Toll) couldn't bear to let more than a few seconds of continuous play elapse before blowing. During one of many breaks in the 'action', I overheard an exasperated home player tell a spectator: "She's f***ing useless." Coupled with numerous stoppages for treatment to injuries (real or imagined), the stream of penalties resulted in a ponderous contest. Both teams framed better playing into a strong wind blowing down the field, from east to west. I'm tempted to compare this dross with the National Conference League amateur rugby league - level eight of the 13-a-side code - I watched in Bradford this time last week. Better not. It would be akin to pondering the difference between day and night.

Glad Broadstreet beat their neighbours because at least they managed to score two tries. Nuneaton, running into bad form at the wrong time of the season, never looked like getting over the line. Their fly-half kicked four penalties, all near the posts, to keep them in it and secure a losing bonus point. The first Street try, in the 17th minute, was a ditchwater dull pushover effort; the second, in the 30th minute, a 25-yard dash to the sticks after Nuns left wing made the schoolboy error of allowing a kicked rugby ball to bounce. Not in his favour. Other than a bit of tension, there was little to engage the crowd, of decent size on a sunny afternoon. With third-placed Sheffield crushing doomed Syston 34-0, Nuneaton drop to third. Apparently, three of Nuns more capable players have disappeared to New Zealand on a sporting exchange. Doesn't bode well for their erstwhile team-mates' run-in.

No immediate prospect, I was told, of Nuneaton Town FC and Nuneaton RUFC settling their differences (petty, and well covered on this forum) over use of, and access to, the Liberty Way stadium. Town were at home this afternoon. The kick-and-clappers started at two o'clock to avoid chaos in the one-way-in-one-way-out car park. The skips (reported elsewhere on this forum) are still in place outside the turnstiles next to the rugby clubhouse. This match was played on Pitch One, over the murky Anker. Cherryhopper and AndrewG have both described the facilities (such as they are) this season, so I won't bother. Basic sums them up. There aren't even any toilets. Can't remember when last I observed so many grown men relieving themselves in public. Maybe a late Eighties night out in Carlisle. Did enjoy the many passing freight trains, mind. Got talking to an old-timer before kick-off. A follower of both clubs (his interest in Nuneaton Borough went back to the Manor Ground), he labelled the present impasse "ridiculous". I really can't improve on that. During the second half of the rugby, three roars drifted across the weed-choked Anker from the stadium. Each signalled a Nuneaton Town goal against National League North leaders AFC Fylde. Well, well. Every dog has its day.

My records tell me I attended a rugby union game at Liberty Way - on what is now the stadium pitch - in October 2003. Back then, before the football club got involved and transformed the out-of-town site into an actual stadium, the ground consisted merely of a clubhouse and a tiny stand. That evening (it was a floodlit fixture), Nuneaton hammered National Two rivals Rugby Lions 45-0. Must have been as dull as it sounds because my recollection is minimal at best.

Rugby league next. Thank goodness.

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