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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 13, HUCCLECOTE 0
On a very heavy muddy pitch, Ross put in a professional
performance last Saturday to shut out the home team and
run out comfortable 13-0 winners. The conditions said this
would be a hard fought battle up front, however Ross also
looked to play rugby when the opportunity arose and it was
this skill level that set the teams apart.
the outset the Ross set piece at scrum time and lineout
was dominant, with full debutante, Jake Christopher disrupting
the first four Hucclecote lineouts. At scrum time, the Ross
eight were far too strong for Hucclecote. It was from this
platform that Ross dominated the first half and the first
score duly arrived after fifteen minutes. After some strong
ball carrying from Gavin Oates and Matt Redman had set up
ruck ball 10 yards out, scrum half, James Hughes took the
ball blind. He dummied a pass to wing, Casey Morgan before
wriggling his way over to score wide out on the right. He
failed in his conversion but Ross were worthy 5-0 leaders.
continued to dominate up front and on the half hour, extended
their lead. From a ruck on the Hucclecote twenty two, James
Hughes kicked the ball through for Winger, Casey Morgan
to outpace both Winger and full back to touch down in the
corner. A difficult conversion was missed and Ross went
in at half time 10-0 ahead. Hucclecote did rally in the
second half, with their forwards working hard with the ball
in hand. However, a resolute Ross defence ensured a clean
sheet and a Ross penalty saw them run out comfortable 13-0
Ross on Wye man of the match was full debutante Jake Christopher
for his great work in the lineout and around the park.
Saturday, 6th March, Ross are away to Bristol Saracens.
MARTYN MEETS HIS RUGBY HEROES
Martyn Pocknell of Ross Rugby Club was honoured when he
was invited by the North Midlands RFU to not only go to
watch the England v Ireland International game at Twickenham
last Saturday, but also to attend the post match team dinner.
there Martyn met many great players, past and present and
in the photograph below, Martyn can be seen with Paul O'Connell,
British Lions Captain and Irish 2nd Row.
to say, Martyn had a ball.
Pocknell meets British Lions Captain Paul O'Connell.
ROSS AND DISTRICT WALKING GROUP ENJOY WALKS AFTER THE SNOW
By Gill James
Following our first walk of 2010 at Bishopswood when 35
members enjoyed the walk over Leys Hill on a beautiful day,
prior to lunch at the Inn
on the Wye, the weather then thwarted our plans for
much of January, with snow and ice making conditions too
tricky for safety.
mountain walk, due on 17th January was postponed until April.
However, walkers were able to enjoy an alternative walk
in the Forest of Dean instead of seeing snowdrops on Garway
as the flowers declined to put on a show on 21st January.
On 27th January, seventeen members enjoyed a bright, clear
day's walk from Colwall Church, via Coddington Church and
vineyard, up Oyster Hill, where a brief stop was made on
top of the Hill for a picnic, and then back to Colwall.
Next day, sixteen members went on a ramble around Hereford
which proved to be very enjoyable and informative. On 4th
February, five intrepid walkers made the decision to have
a walk in spite of the rain and the very wet conditions
underfoot. All were glad they had enjoyed the fresh air
as the rain stopped just before they started walking.
and Bringsty Common was the chosen walk for 9th February,
when sixteen members took advantage of good weather to see
many points of historical interest, including Brockhampton
Court. Seventeen members enjoyed a hilly walk which included
English Bicknor, then the Coldwell walk to Yat Rock and
steeply down to the River Wye. To stay in the sun, the group
crossed over Biblins Bridge for their lunch stop, then returned
to climb steeply back up through the woods to Hillersland
and back to cars.
week's walks will be at Garway and Offa's Dyke above Tintern.
further information about membership and our programme,
please see our website: www.rosswalkinggroup.co.uk The group
also works closely with Ross Walkers are Welcome Group.
and District Walking Group at English Bicknor. . .
. . and on Oyster Hill.
RUGBY - ROSS 2ND XV 45, LEDBURY 12
Ross completed a comprehensive victory over local opposition
Ledbury in a convincing 45 to 12 rout at Ross Sports Centre
back row, Stuart Veale set the tone in the first couple
of minutes with a storming run to score the first of seven
tries. In the next play Ledbury were deemed off side at
a ruck and Gage stepped up to convert the penalty, to make
the score 8 - nil with only 5 minutes gone. Ross were now
playing free flowing rugby, the ball moving through the
backs with ease, only for the Ledbury Winger to latch on
to a loose ball and sprint the length of the pitch for a
converted try to bring the score to 8 - 7. Undeterred
by this setback, Ross kept the ball moving in the backs
which resulted in tries. for centre Tim Chainey, Wing, Tom
Hariss and a second for Stuart Veale. This brought about
half time, with Ross holding a 23 points to 12 lead.
started the second half on the attack. Even the yellow carding
of no. 8, Tim Hanks could not help Ledbury back in to a
game so dominated by Ross's forward power and flair out
wide. Andy Bevan was the next on the score sheet with a
fine try. Scrum half, Powell's quick ball to outside half,
Taylor saw Bevan come on to the ball at pace and with a
superb delayed pass, the outside centre sprinted the 30
metres to score a superb try. Gage added the next try with
a powerful solo run converted by Powell.
now used the opportunity to bring on fresh legs, replacing
hardworking Ellis Williams and Paul Hayward by C. Robertshaw
and J. Kay in the forwards and N. Stevens for D. Lawrence
on the wing. Ledbury, to their credit never gave up and
with a fine forward drive were awarded a dubious consolation
try for all their efforts.
the game now nearing its end Ross produced one more fine
try. Good ball from Powell to Taylor found Chainey. Taylor
on the loop, received the ball back and on an arching run
scored out wide. Powell converted to finish a very good
display by Ross. Ross would like to thank this weeks match
sponsor Mrs Josie Bundy from the Drop Inn.
week's man of the match could have been any one of eighteen,
but in the end, for 2 tries. and endless work, the Drop
Inn man of the match was Stuart Veale.
Saturday, 16th March, Ross 2nds are at home in the Midlands
Merit Table to high flying Old Halesowen's. Kick off is
CLASSIC BUSES FOR CLASSIC ORIENTEERS AT SOUTHERN CHAMIONSHIPS
By Gill James
Eight hundred competitors entered the annual Southern Championships
in Lydney Park on Sunday, 21st February. The Forest of Dean
comprises one of the best areas in England for orienteering,
with terrain suitable to create challenging courses for
our world class orienteers as well as local and regional
Organiser, Roger Coe, along with Planner, Paul Taunton and
Controller, David May had to meet many challenges before
the event was able to take place. Not the least of their
problems was the fall of snow, which meant that the usual
parking field was not suitable for the number of cars which
would be arriving from all over the south of England. Arrangements
were then made with Watts Tyres to use their site in Lydney
itself, and the car parking team directed competitors to
fit in with the change of plans. But how were the competitors
going to get up to the competition area? Classic Coaches
came to the rescue and competitors had a 15 minute bus ride
to enable them to then walk from the road to the start of
Enquiries Team, ably led by Carol Stewart kept folks informed
on changes, and enabled them to either enter a colour coded
course on the day or to change their allocated start times
where necessary. David Jones who was in charge of the race
Start area, along with his team, kept people moving and
as competitors start one minute apart on each course, this
meant a constant stream of men, women and children making
their way from the bus.
. . .
folks started returning by bus, they made their way to the
Download Team, led by John Fallows, to receive their overall
time and split times for each control visited. The early
runners created a number of 'elephant trails' through the
snow, but which is the one to follow? With a large number
of courses to suit age groups and technical difficulty,
it is easy to think the competitor in front may be on the
same course only to find that you end up a long way away
from your own control. The elite competitors, the 18 to
21 year olds, have much longer and more difficult courses
than any of the other runners. The majority of competitors
came back saying that the going was tough but they really
enjoyed it! There were courses for ages from 10 to 80, which
varied in length and technical difficulty. There was also
a string course, organised by Alan and Ellen Starling, for
the younger members of the family aged 2 and upward.
winners (those who live in the Southern Regions) of the
trophies were as follows:- M10 - David Bunn, Thames Valley
Orienteering Club; W10 - Gemma Gostick, Happy Herts; M12
- Edward Lines, South Downs Orienteers; W12 - Fiona Bunn,
Thames Valley Orienteering Club; M14 - Harry Butt, Sarum;
W14 - Becky Young, Happy Herts; M16 - Jack Benham, Sarum;
W16 - Lucy Butt, Sarum; M18 - Thomas Butt, Sarum; W18 -
Bryony Harding, Happy Herts; M21 - Matthew Crane, Eng Bristol
Orienteering Klub; W21 - Anne Edwards, Oxford University
Orienteering Club; M35 - Kostya Lutsenko, Chigwell; W35
- Christine Farr, Bristol Orienteering Klub; M40 - Ifor
Powell, Bristol Orienteering Klub; W40 - Melanie Rayner,
British Army Orienteering Club; M45 - Steve Keyes, Southern
Navigators; W45 - Jackie Butt, Sarum; M50 - Mark Saunders,
Bristol Orienteering Klub; W50 - Jane Morgan, South Downs
Orienteers; M55 - Axel Blomquist, British Army Orienteering
Club; W55 - Janet Rosen, Happy Herts; M60 - Jim Prowting,
Thames Valley Orienteering Club; W60 - Sue Hands, Wimbourne;
M65 - Mike Murray, South London Orienteers and Wayfarers;
W65 - Carol Pearce, Devon; M70 - Andy Macgregor, Basingstoke
& District Orienteers; W70 - Janet Gibb, Berkshire Orienteers;
M75 - Bill Vigar, Quantock Orienteers; W75- Anne Donnell,
Bristol Orienteering Klub; M80 - Ron Ley, Sarum; W80 - Pat
Grenfell, Bristol Orienteering Klub.
more detailed information on the results and future events,
please go to our website www.ngoc.org.uk.
IMPRESSIVE WIN FOR ROS UNITED U13S AGAINST KINGTON
Ross United U13ís were home to second in the league, Kington
on Sunday morning. The game started with Ross attacking
through Ryan and Robbie up front, supported by an excellent
midfield of Josh, Daniel L, Jake and Max, making his debut.
The home teamsí pressure told in the 10th minute, when a
lovely set up by Robbie allowed Josh to strike outside the
box into the opposite corner to make the score 1-0.
were then forced on the back foot as Kington started to
put some good moves together, with the defensive quartet
of Jacob, Dan, Ollie and Ralph working well as a unit. Kieran
was forced into action, tipping a shot around the post.
Ross continued to apply pressure and a battling move involving,
Ryan, Robbie and Max, led to a chance for Jake, who poked
the ball past the Kington keeper to make it 2-0 after 23
and Liam were introduced before half-time and slotted well
into their respective positions. Kington continued to attack
in the second half but Ross worked well as a team to soak
up the away teamsí pressure. Ross had numerous chances to
add to their score with shots from Liam, Ralph, Max and
Josh all drifting just past the post or over the bar. There
was no further addition to the score which at the finish,
was Ross United, 2 Kington, 0.
Manager and Coaches praised all 13 players for their hard
work in winning the match against a very good Kington team.
Ross United Team were Kieran, Ralph, Dan, Jacob, Ollie,
Dan L, Josh, Max, Jake, Robbie, Ryan, Colin and Liam.