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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 19, BRISTOL SARACENS 13
RFC notched up their second win on the road on consecutive
weekends to pull further away from the relegation zone in
the Gloucester Premier and almost guaranteed their involvement
in this league next season.
was another physical performance up front that did the damage,
with the Ross pack far more aggressive in the tackle and
at the breakdown. This disrupted Saracens and it was from
this constant pressure that Ross were able to convert two
penalties by scrum half James Hughes to lead 6-3 at half
time. At this level though, you cannot take your foot off
the pedal, especially away from home. Ross did early in
the second half, however and as a result conceded two early
tries which put Saracens 13-6 ahead midway through the second
the slope in their favour it looked as if Saracens would
run away with an easy victory. However it was once again
the Ross pack that dug in and through clarity of purpose
began to impose themselves on the Saracens eight. It was
from this physicality that Saracens spilled the ball in
midfield. Huw Bellamy quickly gathered possession and some
quick hands by the Ross backs sent Winger Casey Morgan clear.
He outpaced the covering defence to score in the top right
hand corner, which put Ross 13-11 behind.
last quarter of the game belonged to Ross, who continued
to win the physical battle. James Hughes added another penalty
to put Ross 14-13 ahead, then Casey Morgan added his second
try. After another turnover in midfield was pounced upon
by loose head prop Tara Barnett, who decided with 60 metres
to run, it was best to leave Winger Casey Morgan do all
the running, which he did by again outpacing his Winger
to score in the corner. Saracens rallied in the dying minutes
but the Ross defence held firm to register their seventh
win of the season.
Walford timber man of the match was Captain, Gavin Oates
for another tireless display in defence.
are home next Saturday, 13th March against the Old Richians.
Kick off is at 2.30pm.
ROSS ROWING CLUB COMPLETE A MILLION METRE CHALLENGE
Rowing Club members teamed up on Saturday to attempt to
complete a total of a million metres or 621 Miles, which
is exactly the same distance as Ross-on- Wye is from John
challenge started at 8am, using 10 ergos, with a target
of finishing by 6pm. That meant keeping up an average of
100,000 metres every hour. The support in the club was amazing,
with over 70 members taking part in 157 separate 'paddles'
ranging from 500 metres up to 26,000 on one pull. The commitment
and support from the groups was simply fantastic.
President, Jonathon Preece commented, 'It was a brilliant
club day in which all members could contribute equally.
The 'espirit de core,' especially as the target was approached
was wonderful.' Tim Crossman, Club Vice Chairman added,
'This Club event was a terrific way to generate enthusiasm
and support for the club, with members raising over £2000
in sponsorship for their efforts.'
team completed their challenge at 6.10pm whch was just 10
minutes over their target, but many members completed huge
totals over the day; notably Mike Phillips with 55,000m
and Johan Lai (J14) completing over 41,000. It was an impressive
effort from all the team and each contribution was just
as important from each member.
and Kerry win medals at Cornish indoor championships
Academy rower Megan Jephcote, (WJ12), struck gold again
in the Cornish Indoor championships, completing a personal
best of 508 metres in her two minute row. Kerry Meek, (WJ14),
also completed her 4 minute row with a personal best of
1140 metres, earning herself a bronze medal.
thanks to Dad, Graham for supplying the transport to Cornwall.
Jephcote and Kerry Meek.
The Million Metre Challenge.
The Million Metre Challenge.
The Million Metre Challenge.
RUGBY - ROSS 2ND XV 45, OLD HALESOWEN 5
Ross 2nd XV continued their impressive form last week with
a comprehensive 45 points to 5 victory over Old Halesowens.
glut of tries started in the 5th minute, when a good run
by Jack Taylor set up Tim Chainey, beating 2 defenders to
touch down for a try which was converted by Craig Powell.
Ten minutes later, back row Paul Hayward was on hand for
Ross's 2nd try. This time the conversion was missed to give
Ross a 12 nil lead. The home side's forwards were working
hard by holding a much bigger Halesowen pack and strong
running by no. 8 Tim Hanks, hooker, Tony Clements and prop,
Rob Jode, kept Ross on the the forward foot and producing
fine ball for the backs to attack. Ross
kept the pressure on, with a powerful run by Stuart Veale,
resulting in Ross's third try. The conversion was added
by Powell to take the score to 19-nil.
running at every opportunity, next to score with a fine
solo try was Jack Taylor, quickly followed by a Karl Pritchard
try, both of which were converted by Powell. Ross were now
in control of all aspects of play and it was only a matter
of time before the fleet footed Jack Taylor added his 2nd
with a fine solo run to score under the posts for a converted
scored their only points of the game when the 2nd row burst
through some poor tackling to score a try in the corner.
Ross responded to this minor setback in fine style. Winning
back the restart, the ball moved through the backs to find
Chainey in space. With a jinking run he crossed the line
for the last try of the match. This was converted again
by Powell to end a fine display by Ross.
2nds would like to thank Saturdays match sponsors, Techniplumb
Heating Services. The Man of the Match went to the whole
Ross squad for an outstanding display.
week Ross travel to Luctonians.
Ross Squad were Gage, Harris, Chainey, Gwynne, Taylor, Pritchard,
Powell, Hanks, Hayward, Veale, McCauley, Lawrence, Jode,
Clements, Williams, Stevens, Kay, Hutton, Russell and Smith.
NEW ROUTE FOR SOUTH WALES 2010 THREE PEAKS TRIAL CHALLENGE WALK
Cardiff Outdoor Group are introducing a new route for this
year's South Wales Three Peaks Trial Challenge Walk which
is to take place on Saturday, 27th March 2010. Over the
last 47 years about 500 walkers from all over the UK have
taken part in this challenge walk in the Brecon Beacons,
with ages ranging from teenagers to pensioners. It's a fun
Platinum Route is 17 Miles, 5000' Ascent and starts in Llanthony,
before conquering Bal Mawr, Pen Cerrig Calch and Sugar Loaf.
The Gold Route is 20 Miles, 5000' Ascent, starting with
the challenging North face of Blorenge, before moving on
to Sugar Loaf and Skirrid.
The Silver Route is 15 Miles, 4000' Ascent with only two
peaks which are Blorenge and Sugar Loaf.
The Bronze Route is a circular walk of about 10 miles and
2000' Ascent. The route goes from Abergavenny to Sugar Loaf,
then descends by a different path.
routes are never far from civilization, however they are
physically demanding and require good navigation skills.
Further information is available on http://www.threepeakstrial.co.uk
year, proceeds from the event, the 48th Three Peaks Trial
will be split between the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team
and the Elenydd Wilderness Trust to help maintain Ty'n Cornel
& Dolgoch Youth Hostels. A donation for footpath maintenance
will also be made to the National Trust, who are owners
of Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr.