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ROSS WINS WEST OF ENGLAND CHALLENGE VASE AND 100 WINS FOR 2009
60 years absence the Ross Elite coxed four has won the coveted
West of England Challenge Vase. This is one of the oldest
and most prestigious rowing events outside of Henley regatta.
It was last won by the Ross club in 1949, however Phil Davies,
Steve Randell, Roland Robinson, Anthony Dixon-Gough, along
with cox, Morgan Baynham-Williams wrote themselves into
the history books with an emphatic 5 length win over Hereford
in the final. Hereford were beaten by Worcester in the semi
final however they were awarded the race after it was a
judged that Worcester encroached on their water and impeded
them. The scene was therefore set for the Ross crew, coached
by Malcolm Pobjoy to regain a trophy last won by the club
just after the end of the second world war!
Ross crew were imperious in the execution of their race
plan, with a perfect course delivered by cox Morgan, the
race was all but over by half way, as the crew had established
a 3 length lead. The crew were determined to deliver the
ultimate in results and continued to moved ahead of the
Hereford crew. At the finish, the Ross crew were ahead by
5 lengths and posted a 7 second faster time than the disqualified
Worcester boat. Rapture would be the best adjective to describe
the Ross camp as the crew disembarked and then proceeded
to the presentation ceremony, joined by their indomitable
coach who commented 'I am delighted for the lads who have
worked extremely hard to earn this result.'
West of England Challenge Vase is the premier provincial
trophy for open coxed fours; this was the 120th time that
it has been competed for. The trophy is a magnificent William
IV vase purchased in 1877 by the committees of the regattas
held at Bath (later Saltford), Worcester, Tewkesbury, Hereford,
and Shrewsbury. Tewkesbury dropped out in 1900 when the
last regatta was held there and Gloucester was admitted
in its place in 1930, presenting a silver plinth to mark
the occasion. Saltford Regatta ceased to exist in 1971 and
was replaced by Bristol Regatta. Competition for the trophy
has since 1877 taken place at each participating regatta
in sequence, with the exception of the war years 1915-1919
and 1940-1946, together with 1904, 1906, 1968, 1972 and
2008, due to flooding. The
Vase has been won both by provincial and metropolitan club
crews, many of which went on to win national and international
season's crowning moment was proceeded by yet another performance
landmark. Pippa England racing in Wj12 single sculls won
the clubs 100th event for the season. This incredible feat
would have been considered incredulous just a few years
ago for the Ross Club. It is a testament to the amazing
progress made that 'Little Ol' Ross' can notch up this incredible
number of wins since 1st May. Pippa and the Elite fours
win, was added to by 5 other wins from the Junior Academy.
The squad picked up Wj12, Wj13, Wj14 double sculls, J13
double sculls, Wj15 coxed quads.
Captain Ian Howell said, 'We are running out of superlatives
to describe the performances of the squads this year. It
is amazing to think that just a few short years ago the
Club would have been pleased to win couple of events each
year. We will continue to build upon this success with all
squads now looking to step up yet another level. The club
is well positioned to spring to even higher levels having
established such an excellent performance platform in 2009.
Steve Randell, Phil Davies, Roland Robinson, Anthony Dixon-Gough
and Cox, Morgan Baynham-Williams and coach, Malcolm Pobjoy with
the coveted Vase.
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 7, GLAMORGAN WANDERERS XV 35
the new league season only a week away, Ross took the opportunity
to continue their pre season games with an away fixture
against a strong Glamorgan Wanderers outfit. With Gloucester
Old Boys first up in the Gloucestershire Premiership, Ross
were looking for a stern test to ensure they were ready
for the new league campaign and in Glamorgan Wanderers they
found a skillfull, well drilled outfit who eventually ran
out comfortable winners at 35-7.
a shaky start that saw them 5-0 down within a few minutes,
Ross settled down into what was a high tempo encounter.
Glamorgan looked to move the ball at every opportunity and
put a huge amount of pressure on the Ross defence. However,
for the middle 30 minutes of the half they held firm, with
significant contributions from Tara Barnett, Bas Parker,
Luke Gray and Chay Brine.
the half progressed, it was Ross that dominated possession
and territory. Twice scrum half Huw Bellamy just failed
to put his winger away after breaking from the ruck and
Gareth Holdsworth just failed with a penalty after Glamorgan
were penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle.
With jumper Matt Jones securing quality lineout ball and
the midfield running strongly, it was Glamorgan who had
to pull out all the stops defensively. However, as the half
drew to a close, Ross were dealt a double blow as twice
Glamorgan broke out from their own half to score two late
tries and went in 15-0 ahead. If Ross were going to make
a game of it, they had to open the scoring early in the
Glamorgan proved too strong early on in the half and two
quick tries killed off the contest. Ross still worked hard
in defence and attack, however, with both forwards and backs
looking to offload the ball. Once again Glamorgan had to
dig deep to stop Ross opening their account and on a number
of occasions their efforts were illegal. Ross refused the
kicking option, preferring to keep the ball in hand. However,
even with Ali Rees, Casey Morgan and TC Leech proving dangerous
with ball in hand, Glamorgan were able to blunt any comeback.
the clock running down, Ross did finally open their account.
From another strong scrum, no.8, TC Leech broke clear. He
was tackled 20 metres out but prop Wayne Williams drove
the ball to within 10 metres of the try line. Another two
quick rucks took them within 5 yards and finally Huw Bellamy
darted through the defence to score under the posts. Simon
Gwynne converted and the ref brought proceedings to a close.
Saturday, 12th September, Ross open their Gloucestershire
Premiership account with an away fixture at Gloucester Old
Boys. Kick off is at 3pm.