|Bury St Edmunds||28||10||1||17||629||774||-145||16||58|
|London Irish Wild Geese||28||7||0||21||620||906||-286||18||46|
|Sunday 9th April 2017||Junior Rugby 11am|
|Thursday 13th April 2017||Colts / U16's V Union County, USA 530pm KO|
|Saturday 15th April 2017||U15's V Berry Hill 12 noon KO|
|Saturday 15th April 2017||Development XV V Okehampton 230pm KO|
|Saturday 22nd April 2017||Development XV V Paignton 230pm KO|
Good afternoon ladies and gents and welcome to Barnstaple Chiefs final home game of the National 2 south 2016/17 season and what a treat we have in store to close it out as we welcome today’s opponents from Gloucester, Cinderford who have had a fantastic season themselves and look like remaining in 6th place by the end of it, if current form is anything to go by. Amongst their scalps this season have been away wins at title favourites Bishops Stortford and Taunton and show what a good side they can be. We extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee member and any supporters who have made their way too Pottington Road and hope you have an enjoyable day today
We would like to thank are sponsors for today Wright Commercial and Torch Vets whose never ending support and commitment to Barnstaple Rugby is as unwavering as ever and has helped massively in helping us to reach the level of rugby we enjoy today.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the players and coaches for what has been an incredible season for Barnstaple, it has been an entertaining, exhilarating and at times a tough season to witness, from the early nerves and heavy defeats to some great wins and a realisation that we can play at this level. Personal favourites for me was our first win here at Pottington road against Clifton in October, then beating title challengers Taunton and so close to doing the double over them last month. Of course beating Exmouth is always good especially with an outstanding try in the last minutes. But what I have really enjoyed this season is, win or lose, the high quality of rugby we have witnessed and how The Barnstaple Chiefs have grown and matured this season. Which was evidenced more last week as the Chiefs claimed another first with the vital away win at Wild Geese last Saturday which has given them ever chance of staying up this season.
Finally we would like to thank our army of volunteers whose dedication and unseen work lays the foundations for such a successful season. So much has to happen to make Saturday afternoon a success, maintenance of the grounds and buildings, stocking of the bar, kit washing. All the volunteer coaches and trainers who organise hundreds of juniors every Sunday morning, The gateman dedicated to ensuring that everyone coming here today is greeted with a friendly smile and Tony Wasley's team of grounds men who work tirelessly to give us such a magnificent playing surface week after week. These and many more work tirelessly for just the love of rugby and The chiefs to make Saturday afternoons a joy. Last but not least the biggest thanks goes to our incredible supporters who have been amazing and have often lifted the team towards the end of the game with the mighty Barum Spirit in full voice to help give the lads that final ounce of energy and determination to win this season. Good luck to both teams today and lets have an memorable home finale.
Barnstaple's Club Dinner will be held at Barnstaple hotel on Saturday 13th May. this is open to everyone and a time to celebrate the achivements of all the senior sides, Tickets are £29.00 per person which includes a 3 course meal with coffee, live band and the awards.
If you are interested in coming please speak to Verity or Mike Cannon TODAY or phone Verity on 07812858218 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / email@example.com
As the season nears it's end its time to start preparing for the next. There are lots to do with grounds and buildings maintenance, and a whole host of jobs to be completed throughout the summer months so if you have some spare time on your hands, fancy a day in the sun and would like to help out and enjoy yourself with our friendly bunch of volunteers to get the Barnstaple Rugby Club ready for 2017/18 contact either Tony Wasley or Stuart Chugg for more details.
As many of you will know The Wall of Tiles is now on sale. The idea is to fill the wall in the main room with 2000 tiles to create an exciting new image in the main bar.
Each tile is just £20. They will be individually numbered so you can choose your number (some have already been allocated so make sure you get yours soon to avoid disappointment!!!! )
Please help support your local rugby club by purchasing some tiles to be displayed on the clubhouse wall. This project will enable Barnstaple RFC to maintain the high standard of national league rugby played here and make our town proud.
If you would like a tile please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your generous support and contributions.
“Together we’ve got this covered!”
Barnstaple Colts have made the Devon Cup final for the 3rd time in 3 years, They will take on Ivybridge on Sunday 23rd April 3pm KO, At Sandy Park, the home of Exeter, they will also be hosting the Plate and Shield FInal. Enrty is £5 per person.
Barnstaple v Cinderford
A stunning April day with temperatures soaring to nearly 20C attracted an end of season crowd just short of 800 spectators to Pottington Road. This fixture against Forest of Dean side Cinderford was the first between the clubs for about 17 years and the Gloucestershire outfit arrived confident from a season just below the top teams and with some impressive wins under their belt. Several of their supporters made a weekend of it in North Devon and no doubt enjoyed the sunshine.
Missing three key forwards Barum began on the back foot as the visitors made significant inroads with their carries and quick off loads. The home side resisted the pressure with some important tackles in the 22 which stifled the Cinderford ball when it mattered.
Despite the almost perfect playing conditions both teams were prone to error strewn rugby as successive line outs went astray or the ball was knocked on or coughed up. This broke continuity but enabled Barum to steady themselves and start to work some space against tough opponents. When a penalty was awarded from a ruck JP stepped up just inside the Cinderford half, lined up his kick and sent it sailing through: 3-0.
With the large short sleeved crowd urging them on Barum were looking to force the pace but ran into a wall of midfield tackles and could make no progress. Now regrouping and setting a series of destructive phases Cinderford came hard and wove through the tackles. Pounding the home line they recycled time and again but the team work from Barnstaple was as good as it’s been all season and each defender stopped his opposite number as the line beckoned.
James Starkey was replaced at hooker by Ashley Crouch and Cinderford tried to go blindside. Again they were held and back came the rolling maul from the throw. Somehow Barum won critical turnover ball twice on their own line before finally breaking free to get breathing space upfield. Minutes before half time they were awarded a kickable penalty and JP did the honours for a hard fought 6-0 lead.
The second half was only a minute old when a Cinderford penalty drifted wide and the onlookers in the stands sensed it might be Barnstaple’s day. Rather than kick clear Brum were looking to keep the ball in hand and make the big carries. Inspired by Bryn Jenkins their forwards rose to the task and made the hard yards to gain crucial metres.
A sequence of phases saw Barum retain possession well but make little progress. Patience, however, is a virtue. After a dozen phases of close quarter rugby the home side kept popping the gainline passes to runners. Will Topps found the space, Linford ran a great supporting line out right, Topps drew his man, the offload came, Linford accelerated and went through the last tackle. The crowd rose from their seats as one and the touchdown was secured, a reward for persistence and self-belief: 13-0.
Almost immediately a Barum scrum was penalised and Cinderford helped themselves to an easy three points: 13-3. From the restart Barum found Toby Williamson out left, he was held but they came back for an earlier infringement. Penalty and 16-3.
Now the match was end to end with both teams profiting at the restarts. This time James Moffatt skated past the tackles and carved open the space. Out right went the ball for Aaron Ryan to pull five back for the visitors: 16-8.
The beer was flowing, the crowd were singing, the tension on the pitch mounted as Cinderford countered with dangerous and threatening phases but the force was with Barum. Winning a penalty outside the 22 they opted for the scrum. A brave and confident decision which was justified when Pez peeled off the base and slipped the ball through for Jake Murphy who darted clear: 21-8.
Barum could not relax. Throwing themselves into the tackles they hauled down the Cinderford runners but when a big maul got rolling they could not prevent replacement Joe Smart going over in the 78th minute: 21-13. But the missed conversion meant an 8 point lead and now the celebrations could begin.
An impressive team performance from Barnstaple who delighted their fans with this win and an almost certain retention of National league status for next season. Bottles of Peroni and backslaps all round.