Christmas was an unsettled period for Ross, with two league
opponents not showing, which created gaps in the Ross fixture
list. This gave Ross points for winning the fixtures but
not the opportunity to advance their position in the league
in terms of goal difference or score lines. There is much
to be said for a win on the pitch compared to a win on paper.
This is why subsequent disappointment turned to satisfaction
during the last league fixture of 2005. There
is much to be said about the better team winning in any
contact sport, as often skill is pitted against sheer brutality.
is with great satisfaction then that Ross finished the last
League game of the year, against a side that had every intention
of beating them at all cost. The match started as any game
does with the opposition making it known from very early
on that their intention was that it was going to be a physical
game. Ross responded and held firm. Ross far out played
the opposition moving the ball forward, committing to the
contact, and supporting each other through the passage of
play. With Ross’ lead secured by half time, the opposition’s
frustration with the situation was apparent. It was at this
time that Ross stood their ground and rather than a reduction
in skill or momentum, the commitment to maintain their clean
sheet was compounded. A
dejected and frustrated opposition was subject to numerous
penalties and a number of sending off’s. This enabled Ross
to run in a number of tries close to the whistle and end
the year beating Tredworth by 28 points to nil.
maintain their position at the top of their league. The
same kind of physical battle wasn’t the form during the
traditional ‘Over’ Vs ‘Under’ match played on Boxing Day.
Many players dusted off their old boots or changed club
allegiance for the afternoon. The game was played in good
spirit - and good spirits played their own part during the
interval and post match. The
game was tight and the closest it had been for many years
seeing the ‘Unders’ win by 7 points to nil.
commences again in the New Year, at the sports centre off
Wilton Road on Tuesday and Thursday night at 6:30 pm ending
at around 8:00 pm. Those wishing to support the club either
as a player, supporter or just with passing interest are
invited to contact the club at these times or post match
on a Saturday afternoon in the Drop Inn.
year's Tour has been announced and will be to Nottingham
on the weekend 5th – 7th May. This will be an opportunity
for Ross players to end their season on a high, and for
Ross locals to enjoy a weekend devoid of rugby players.
If this is too long to wait for an event however, there
will be a race night on Saturday February 18th at the Drop
only remains for me to wish Ross RFC continued success on
and of the pitch. And those associated with Ross a very
happy and prosperous New Year.
R.F.C. Top Turnout
is going to be looking well turned out, both on and off
the pitch this season. Their generous hosts at the Drop
Inn have kindly volunteered to sponsor the team's dress
shirts. Ross on Wye RFC would like to thank the Drop Inn
for their ongoing support and post match facilities.
has continued to maintain a healthy first team squad situation,
with some positive player rotation through the side. Each
Saturday opens up opportunities for the creative play Ross
are looking to continue from the start of the season. It
is disappointing that a permanent second team does not currently
run from the club.
who would like to commit to a more leisurely paced game
on an occasional basis is welcome to contact the Club. This
can be done post match through the Drop Inn or on Tuesday
or Thursday night after training, which is held at 6:30
pm ending at around 8 pm at the Sports Centre off Wilton
Road. We extend the invitation to train to all potential
players of both regular and occasional standard.
had started the season with the momentum it built up following
a continuous summer of training. This seemed to pay off
for Ross with new and returning players at the start of
the season enabling Ross to field a team with both youth
and experience. The results of this was a very healthy score
line, in the first league game (Ross 15 - 0 Tredworth) and
some very credible results in the friendly fixtures (Ross
18 - 15 Civil Service) (Ross 91 - 0 Dowty). The day trip
to Wales provided the closest of results (Ross 17 - 17 Sully).
success sets the bench mark for Ross' season, allowing them
to enter the league table in the top half; though it is
still early days. The season becomes more intense now with
league games coming through more regularly and the pitches
becoming wetter and slower. It remains to be seen whether
this impacts on Ross impressive start or whether they can
maintain their initial pace. The club atmosphere and talk
is turning towards the creative prizes in the annual raffle
and suggestions of next years tour, which is already in
the early stages of planning. There is a lingering atmosphere
of anticipation within Ross RFC currently, and high expectations
that it is realized.
RFC 25 Sully RFC 17
a three week Christmas break, Ross got back into action
on Saturday against Sully RFC from Penarth in South Wales.
the score line suggests, Sully pushed an unbeaten Ross side
all the way. However, after Ross had shaken off the Christmas
malaise, they were able to take total control after the
hour mark and win fairly comfortably in the end.
Although cold and overcast, the rain showers did clear and
both sides started the match by moving the ball at every
opportunity. However it was Ross who got on the score sheet
first. After some good inter play in the backs with Dan
Weston and Wayne Bishop prominent, Ross forced Sully to
concede a five metre scrum. The Ross front three, Tara Barnett,
Tony Clements and Matthew Redman set a solid platform for
the Ross No 8, Mike Davies to burst off the back off the
scrum and crash over to score after ten minutes, making
the score 5 - 0.
continued to dominate and an Andy Hunt penalty took Ross
into an 8 - 0 lead. However the Sully defence held firm
and slowly their forwards began to get them into the game.
With half-time looming it looked as if Ross would enter
the second half in the lead, however an interception try
by the Sully centre and a blind side lineout move led to
two late tries and it was Sully who led 14 - 8 at half time.
quickly put the first half setbacks behind them and started
the second half strongly. With Nick Brierley, Matt Taylor
and Flos Morgan to the fore, after some strong running from
Tara Barnett and Kevan Healy, Sam Harness moved the ball
quickly to Andy Hunt who fed Huw Bellamy, who chipped the
ball over the Sully defence, gathered the bouncing ball
and outpaced the defence to score. Andy Hunt converted and
Ross went ahead 15 -14.
were now controlling territory and possession and with Craig
Creed, Flos Morgan and Gavin Oates dominating the breakdown,
Sam Harness began to give the Ross backs some quality ball.
Adam Clements, Alistair Rees and Chris Gage began to ask
questions of the Sully defence with some strong running
and after a series of surges into the Sully half, Chris
Gage was set free down the right, selling two dummies before
scoring and giving Ross a 22 - 14 lead.
continued to dominate the rest of the match and with both
sides registering one more penalty each, the final score
was Ross 25 Sully 17.
next match is home to Birmingham Exiles in the North Midlands
Cup on Saturday 14th January. Kick off is at 2:30 pm, so
please come down and support your local team. Hopefully
we can continue our unbeaten record!