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|Sunday 29th January 2017||Junior Games 11am KO|
|Saturday 4th February 2017||Development XV V Bideford - 230PM ko|
|Saturday 4th February 2017||Colts V Exeter Youth - 2PM KO|
|Sunday 5th February 2017||Junior Games - 11am KO|
|Saturday 11th February 2017||1st V Exmouth - 2pm KO|
Welcome to another National 2 South home fixture in Barnstaple Chiefs continuing campaign. Today opponents are the Redingensians and we extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and any supporters who have made the trip from Reading and hope you enjoy your day at Pottington Road
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game Bray Leino and Barnstaple Nissan. Your continuing support for Barnstaple RFC is hugely appreciated and fundamental to our continuing success and we hope you enjoy a great game of rugby here at today.
Today at half time 2 special events will be taking place firstly Tony Pryce will be presenting the winner of the rugby ball competition with his prize, more on that inside this program including a Q&A with the winner. There will also be a bucket coin collection on behalf of the Hospice by Nat West Bank employees lead by David Rees and his team, whatever funds are raised, the Bank will double for the Hospice. Any donation no matter how small will be welcomed so dig deep people.
Well this league has become a bit unpredictable as far as results go since the turn of the year. The top five are still the same however Taunton drew against Barnes and lost to Cinderford, both games were home fixtures. Cinderford also got another away win at Bishops Stortford and Exmouth almost pulled off the shock result losing away to Redruth by just 1 point last Saturday.
Barnstaple have yet to win in 2017 but were so close at home against Chinnor losing in the last few minutes to a penalty, whilst their two away games were also close affairs with The Chiefs picking up 3 bonus points on the road so far. The way this league is going those bonus points will be vital at the reckoning, especially with the promotion and relegation changes to all the Nation Leagues and Championship following what has happened to London Welsh.
Redingensians have also not managed to win in 2017 with two of their games playing against promotional favourites its been a tough start to the year for them as well but they have managed two losing bonus points to keep the points tally ticking over and will be pumped today to try and record their first victory of 2017. So we need everyone in full voice today and let that Barum Roar ring out.
We are sadden to report the sudden death on Tuesday of regular supporter and member Chris Willis aged 84 years. The Reverend Chris Willis was one of the members of the Saturday luncheon club (Golden Oldies) that meet to enjoy a meal before every Chiefs home game. We understand that Chris was taken ill on Monday and was admitted to the RD&E Hospital at Exeter with chest pains. he passed away early the next morning FROM a fatal heart attack. Chris was a respected and well loved resident of Chittlehampton where he was well known as a friendly humble man who had time for everyone. Chris was involved in numerous charititable organisations including Chaplain of West Buckland School, First Director of The Calvert Trust, Chairman of Go North Devon and The Samaritans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. There will be a minutes silence held before today's game to honour his memory.
Good luck to both teams today and lets see a great game of rugby before we retire to the bar.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
And how it will effect us....................
Doubtless you will have heard about the RFU's decision that London Welsh cannot continue in the Championship. The impact on promotion and relegation is covered in RFU regulation 13.2.8. Its effect on our clubs can be summarised as follows.
Championship No club will be relegated
National 1 Top of league will be promoted to the Championship. Bottom two clubs will be relegated to National 2
National 2 Top team in each league will be promoted. Second placed teams in the two leagues will play off and the winner will be promoted to National 1. Bottom two clubs in both leagues will be relegated to National 3. The playing records of the two clubs in 14th position in their leagues will be compared and the one with the poorest playing record for the season will be relegated to National 3.
Team: Barnstaple U9’s
Ruben is the latest in a long line of Chugg’s to pull on a Barnstaple shirt, father (Jeremy) and grandfather (Stewart) both captained Barum and Devon whilst grandmother Mary was the first female president of an English RFU side. Those long-term supporters of Barnstaple will have seen Ruben grow up with a rugby ball in his hand. Most Saturdays his white hair can be seen bobbing above the railings as he plays with his friends on the second team pitch and not a week goes by without him dragging his parents down to practice his kicking. Ruben is very committed to his rugby, in his seasons at U7’s and U8’s he didn’t miss a single training session or match. Ruben is aiming higher than his family before him; his ultimate goal is to play for England and the British Lions as a fly-half – but will settle with scrum half if the Chugg gene’s stick with him and he struggles for height!
Back in September Tony Pryce held a colouring Competition, which went out through all their stores and the local rugby clubs. They had loads of entrees, but they got it down to 5. Then it was up to the PUBLIC... People had to vote for their favourite, this is where Barnstaple supports came good a again and got behind young Ruben with Likes and share and retweets that went worldwide on Facebook and Twitter was amazing. Which saw him winning, beating 2 others from Barnstaple, 1 from Taunton and 1 from MInehead.
Birthday: 26th December
Height: 131cm Weight: 28kg
Favourite Colour? – Red (like a Barum shirt)
Favourite Food? – Tortellini Bolognaise from Giovanni’s
Favourite Barnstaple Player? – Jordan Petherbridge and Winnie
Favourite Exeter Chiefs Player? – Gareth Steenson and Jack Nowell
Favourite player of all time? – Jonny Wilkinson
Best Player to come out of Barnstaple? – Dave Lewis, my dad and me
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Professional rugby player
What do you like about rugby? – Smashing people
What do you dislike about rugby? – Getting cold
Toughest player you’ve played with or against? – Ethan Bowden
Best achievement in rugby so far? – Winning the Tigers Tour Cup last year
Any other highlights? – Jonny Wilkinson seeing a video if me practising and tweeting my mum to say I had awesome skills and to keep up the good work.
What do you do when the rugby season is over? – Play cricket and continue to practice my rugby
Who has been your biggest inspiration in rugby so far? – dad, grandad, Ross and Tom Swales
Who cleans your boots? - It’s supposed to be me but normally I put them on dirty.
Barnstaple v Redingensians 28 01 17
Another close match, another tight game and another four points missed for Barnstaple as they met a wall of organised defence which yielded them little in the way of gainline control against a well drilled Redingensian side who are enjoying mid table security.
The overnight rain had produced a sticky pitch, reducing opportunities for running and handling skills despite the best efforts of both teams. Early phases from Barum ran into a brick wall of drift defence out wide and meaty, resistant tackles in the tight. When the visitors did get going they forced 22 pressure and soon won a penalty. Into the corner it went and the catch and drive did the rest: 0-7.
A quick response saw Barum win a kickable penalty for offside but it drifted wide.
Barnstaple did not help their cause with some basic, unforced errors. Two penalties failed to find touch, turnover line outs were dropped and momentum halted.
Redingesnsians applied the pressure but were thwarted by determined defence on the line. Pinned in their half Barum fought tenaciously as always but were being smothered on the gainline if they tried to break out and being forced to kick to relieve the assault.
Finally the moment arrived which got the crowed on their feet. A Barum penalty kicked deep into the Rams’ half, catch and maul, roll and rumble towards the line, ball dug out, James Bath dummies and goes through for the score:7-7.The half closed with Rams putting up some effective kicks for their runners to chase but no further addition to the score.
The third quarter became a battle for control as Barum picked up the pace. An accurate kicking game was essential as the gluepot surface did not allow easy breaks and offloading rugby. A period of stop, start, sticky, messy rugby ensued until a clever JP kick found touch on the 10m line. Barum heaved and shoved but the resultant penalty was not kicked and went back into touch. Ball lost and moment gone. Another line out, another penalty, another catch and drive, another turnover. This was frustrating for Barnstaple who were beginning to exert some sort of control in a very tight match.
As the minutes ticked Redingensians sensed that they could exploit the home disappointment and started putting up some steepling kicks for their backs to chase. From one such move they gained territory halfway and were soon in the 22 with a penalty to touch. North Devon hearts sank as their visitors threw, caught and rolled over for a winning try: 7-14.
A bonus point at least but Barum will be very annoyed at losing the third game in a row when all three could potentially have been won.