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No. 94 - 3rd May 2006
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Grammar School Reunion
Ten years after the last 'Class of '67' reunion, former
pupils of Ross Grammar School, Cheryl Compton and Frances
Gill organized another get-together for old boys and girls,
who are now aged fifty. The event took place on Saturday
evening, 29th April in the bar of the Larruperz Centre,
which was at one time the school's hall and science block.
appreciate your experiments and move into the movies. Problem
is there is only one of you (sorry two, Tina) and you are
trying to do a hell of a lot. For us expats we love the
local news, don't spread yourself too thin.
No snow, we had a better winter than you and already playing
golf in shorts!!! Warmest winter on record in our part of
you for your views, Pete. Regarding the 'spreading myself
too thin', I guess you are noting the lack of much in the
way of news last week. That was not really a case of spreading
too thin but more a case of nothing happening in town to
report. (Or, at least, nothing that I was aware of.) It
is a bit like that this week also - today is Bank Holiday
Monday and there is absolutely nothing going on that I am
am pleased to hear about your weather there in Canada, assuming
warm is what you want. I wore shorts here over the Easter
Holiday actually but that was more a case of I couldn't
find any clean jeans to wear.
is Tina? Well at least, that is the way it seems just lately.
She is working at the White Lion all the hours God sends
during the busy period and I am hoping she will send me
a photo soon so that I can remember what she looks like.
be fair, we have met up in the local café a couple
of times over the past week before going shopping and a
few hours each night in bed but that is about the sum of
our seeing one another lately. Tina reads Wyenot News the
same way everybody else does lately, I'm afraid - on the
web. I miss her help as I have to confess that publishing
the news is feeling more and more like a thankless chore
of late! Thank Heavens for people like yourself, who do
appreciate the time and effort that goes into it! To most
local folk, it is just another one of those things that
is always there, as if by magic.
also miss Tina's presence because, like my father before
me, I am something of an eccentric type with no dress sense
and she's the one who advises me against attending events
such as the Mayor's Ball in shorts, odd socks, sandals and
a woolly hat.
you help me? I am trying to locate a lady who i understand
teaches Buddhism and lives in or around Ross on Wye,
- Ross' Cup Hopes Dashed - Lydney XV 18 Ross RFC 0
With a successful unbeaten league season behind them Ross
were confident that they could add the Forest Cup to their
achievements for the first time, however a strong a well
drilled Lydney outfit did just enough to shut Ross out and
take the cup after an elongated game. The air ambulance
was called as Ross winger Dan Weston sustained a neck injury
with the game 52 minutes old.
secured the kick off and immediately the Lydney outside
half drilled the ball deep into the Ross twenty two, giving
Ross the throw in 15 metres from their own line. Tim Hanks
secured Ross's first line out and Chris Gage cleared into
the wind up towards Ross' 10 metre line. Again Lydney secured
their ball, with their 10 drilling the ball deep into Ross
territory. This was to prove a feature of the half as Ross
found it difficult to break out of their own half. From
the Ross throw in Lydney disrupted Ross possession and were
subsequently penalized for not rolling away in the tackle.
Lydney converted giving them a 3-0 lead. The restart mirrored
the start of the game. Andy Hunt kicked off, Gavin Oates
and Kevan Healy attacked the catcher but Lydney got the
ball away to their 10, who again drilled the ball deep into
the Ross twenty two. Lydney again disrupted the Ross line
out and has a result, forced a Lydney throw only 5 yards
out. Lydney secured the ball, setting up a catch and drive.
Ross tried desperately to defend their line but Lydney crashed
over to score, giving them an 8-0 lead after 12 minutes.
Ross worked hard for the rest of the half to gain some possession
and territory. After some good work from Tony Clements and
Tara Barnett, Simon Gwynne moved the ball up the short side
to Wayne Bishop. He cut outside his winger, feeding Flos
Morgan, who cut inside the last line of defence. Unfortunately
his offload to Tim Hanks went to ground and one of the few
try scoring chances went begging. Ross' attack may not half
been top notch but their defence was. Time and again, Lydney
had quality ball in the Ross twenty two but on each occasion
they were scythed down by Ross defenders, with Mike Davies,
Andy Hunt and Adam Clements putting in some crunching hits.
This stout defending ensured Lydney did not add to their
score and at half time Ross turned around 8-0 down.
second half however was a different story. The Ross players
immediately responded to the half time team talk. Gavin
Oates secured the kick off, making some hard yards. With
quick ball to Dave Mince then Kevan Healy, Ross found themselves
deep in Lydney territory. This enabled the Ross back line
to find their feet. First Andy Hunt cut inside his man then
Adam Clements cut outside his marker. Ross were now looking
dangerous playing their typical high tempo game. It seemed
a try was imminent, however it seems rugby can be a cruel
game. Tim Hanks took a Ross line out, Dave Mince ran hard
into the Lydney defence, quick ball set up an overlap, however
Andy Hunt's miss pass was intercepted by the Lydney centre,
who ran the 65 metres unchallenged to score. What looked
like a Ross score and 8-7 was now 15-0 to Lydney. Ross refused
to lie down and were immediately back in the Lydney half.
The Ross pack were now hitting rucks hard and creating quick
ball. After some good work from Tara Barnett, Simon Gwynne
moved the ball blind to Hugh Bellamy. He chipped the ball
through for his winger, Wayne Bishop but the ball bounced
into touch. With the half 12 minutes old, a clash between
Chris Gage and Dan Weston, who had been chasing back from
a Lydney kick led to a lengthy injury break as the collision
left Dan Weston unconscious on the floor. Although he did
come round, Dan was complaining of neck injury and the air
ambulance was called. Dan was later released from hospital
with the all clear. The break did not seem to have disrupted
Ross as they piled on the pressure. Holes were now appearing
in Lydneys defence. First Kevan Healy broke clear from the
base of a ruck, then Dave Mince repeated the feat minutes
later. However, the score did not come. Ross rang the changes,
looking for that spark with Matt Redman, Ali Rees,Wayne
Williams and Nick Rawlings entering the fray. With the subs
hungry for work, Ross continued to look like scoring. First
Chris Gage went close wide out on the left, then Adam Clements
burst through a gap in the midfield but his pass went to
ground. With the clock ticking down Lydney converted a penalty
from one of their rare forays into the Ross half, giving
a final score of 18-0.
a successful season Ross were confident of securing victory.
However, after a subdued first half they had left themselves
too much to do.
would like to thanks players, officials and supporters for
a great season and look forward to a repeat performance
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