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RUGBY: A PRE SEASON WIN FOR ROSS RFC
Ross-on-Wye 13, Berry Hill 0.
With the new league season less than a month away, Ross
travelled to Berry hill on Saturday for their first warm
up game of the season. The game was split into 4x20 minute
segments in an effort to give all players a chance to shake
of the close season cobwebs .Both sides looked to play in
a positive manner early on however Ross had the edge with
a dominant, scrummaging display,with the front row of Tara
Barnett, Chris Price and Wayne Williams proving far too
strong for their opposite numbers and it was from a scrum
that Ross opened the scoring.
Hanks broke from a scrum 20 yards from the Berry Hill line.
Jake Christopher and Dave Mince cleared the ensuing ruck,
delivering quick ball for scrum half James Hughes who darted
through a gap in the defence to score under the posts. Gareth
Holdsworth converted and Ross were 7-0 ahead at the first
break. Ross nearly extended their lead early in the second
quarter as another solid scrum saw replacement scrum half
Huw Bellamy break clear from the base. He accelerated into
the Berry Hill half before drawing the last line of defence
and passing to winger Josh Morgan. However, with the line
beckoning, the pass did not stick and the score stayed 7-0.
good field position, however, Ross were able to force two
kickable penalties which Gareth Holdsworth converted putting
Ross 13-0 clear at half time.
teams brought on a number of replacements in the 3rd and
4th Quarters and the game became a bit disjointed. Berry
hill launched one last salvo in the 4th quarter looking
to get on the score sheet, however some excellent tackling
from Craig Creed, Josh Morgan and Casey ensured that Ross
finished the game without conceding a point.
game was a great opportunity for old and new players to
get into the new season and every player contributed to
a great result. Ross continue to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays
at 6.45pm at the Wilton Road Sports ground. If there are
any players out there looking for a game, Ross Rugby Club
run two sides so pop down or drop them a line on their website
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING ROSS RUNNING?
No doubt readers will have noticed the many people pounding
the streets of Ross and surrounding areas, without realizing
that there is no running club in the town. This may be about
to change, if you would like it to.
local resident is keen to hear from all runners, joggers,
shufflers, first-timers in the area with a view to forming
a group of people who meet up and run together - socially,
not competitively - in small same-standard groups once a
have been running off and on for a number of years, recently
given up smoking and in need of motivation to get me running
again with enthusiasm. It occurred to me that it's easier
if you have people to run with, if only once a week. I have
run with clubs in London and really enjoyed the social and
motivational side of the group thing,' said Andrew Pearson.
'I've been talking with Ian Howell, Captain of the Rowing
Club, and we realized that a group of runners could use
the Club as its base to our mutual benefit.'
idea is that runners meet at the Rowing Club, every Tuesday
18.00pm. It's a social thing, so people run with whomever
they choose, at whatever pace. After just a few weeks, members
will naturally be running at a pace and distance with which
they are comfortable, in company.
first step', said Andrew, 'is to get those interested -
men and women of all standards - to a short meeting to assess
what it is we have and what it is people want from their
running. Ian thinks we could become associate members of
the Rowing club, which means use of their changing rooms,
weights and bar - but we can discuss details like that at
Howell (Rowing Club), Andrew Pearson, Heather Sealey and some members
of Ross Rowing Club.
ROSS ROWER WINS GOLD AT JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Steve Tuck, graduate of the Junior Academy at Ross Rowing
Club won a gold medal at the Coupe de la Jeunesse ( Junior
European Championships) held in Vichy France. Rowing
in the J18 eight, up against national crews from all over
Europe the eight won both its events over the weekend, contributing
maximum points to the team competition which the GB squad
won by a handsome margin, beating its closest rival, France
by 100 points.
came to Ross Rowing Club when he was 15 and was quickly
identified as having high potential. Showing incredible
dedication very early on, he worked through to row with
the men's senior squads at the club very quickly. Having
truly been smitten by the sport, Steve won series of event
with the senior crews and still is a very popular member
of the training group. In
2008, through his new rowing abilities and well established
rugby talent he won a scholarship at Monmouth Haberdashers
and has continued his meteoric progress. Having rowed for
the school at Henley, Steve also went to fight for a place
in the GB squad at a series of gruelling trials, which takes
place each winter and spring. He successful navigated these
tests, each time developing further as an athlete and rower.
team event which took place in Vichy is an annual European
championship regatta, which takes place in a different country
each year. Steve was part of one of the most successful
GB squads to compete in the event, which won by one of the
largest ever winning margins. Steve's success is hot on
the trail of Ross's other GB rowing team member Rhiannon
Jones who is currently with the full squad competing at
the world championships in Pozan Polland. Rhiannon is coxing
the men's adaptive IV and are looking to secure another
Gold medal. (At time of going to press Rhiannon's crew has
qualified for the final on Saturday)
The clubs progress in being able to create pathways for
young people to reach the top of its sport was a key goal
that was set out in the development plan over 5 years ago.
It is with an absolute delight that the club can truly say
it has had a pivotal role in developing both these young
rowing stars careers. Both Rhiannon and Steve can serve
as shining role models as to what can be achieved by getting
involved in your local club!
has recently returned from a victorious rowing tour with
the school in South Africa and can be seen donning a Ross
top once again this weekend at Ross Regatta.
(back row 2nd from right) with his victorious crew.