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28th April 2010 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
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RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 15, MATSON 24

Ross played their last league game on Saturday, entertaining the league champions Matson in the sunshine. After a physical encounter Matson had just enough momentum to finish their season on a high. Ross acquitted themselves well and did enough throughout the season to ensure they will be playing Gloucester Premier rugby next season.

With conditions perfect for running rugby both sides looked to move the ball from the off. It was Matson who scored first with an unconverted try, but Ross hit straight back with some wonderful handling by both forwards and backs to put Winger, Casey Morgan clear to score in the corner. Two converted tries either side of half-time then Put Matson 19-5 ahead and another, halfway through the half, gave them a convincing 24-5 lead. Ross, however were not about to roll over to the champions and they played some great expansive rugby in the last quarter with first Prop Wayne Williams crashing over after some great approach work by both Gavin Oates and Adam Clements. Then, Ross scored the try of the match.

From a lineout 25 yards out, Ross moved the ball quickly through the hands and fullback, Huw Bellamy cut inside the defence before gliding over to score. Ross were left to rue missed conversions and penalties that would have resulted in an interesting last ten minutes, however Matson did enough to win and confirm their status as league champions.

The Terrys Digital Man of the Match was Dave Mince for his commitment before having to leave the field injured after being stamped on the head. This wraps up Rossís first season in Gloucester Premiership, emerging with seven victories and having comfortably secured Premier rugby next season.

Ross RFC would like to thank all their sponsors for their support this season.

On Friday, 30th April Ross take on Lydney United in the Combination Cup Final at Drybrook. Kick off is at 6:30pm. 'Make sure you come along and lend your support,' said Coach, Paul Haley.


FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED U13s 3, KINGTON 1

Ross United U13ís made the long trip to Kington on Sunday morning to play in the Brederodes Cup.

The game started fairly evenly but it was Ross who had the best early chance, with a shot from Josh going just past the post. In the 13th minute, Ross took the lead with a through ball from Josh finding Ryan who finished, making it 1-0 to the visitors. Ross played some excellent football with the defensive line of Ralph, Ollie, Dan and Joe all looking composed on the ball and breaking down the Kington attacks. The midfield always looked a danger with the pace of Max on the wing and the tenacity of Daniel L in the centre. Ross pressed home their advantage when a few minutes before the interval Callum was fouled in the box and Max took the penalty to make the score 2-0.

Robbie was introduced for the second half and was full of running, giving the Kington defence some problems but it was Kington who scored the next goal to make it 2-1 to Ross. Harry needed to be alert in goal, making some useful interceptions to keep Rossís advantage, but the nerves were settled in the 32nd minute when some excellent passing allowed Liam to turn in the box and pass to Callum, who finished with precision to make the final score Kington 1, Ross United 3.

The Man of the Match was awarded to Daniel L, and the whole team was praised for a hardworking display on a warm morning against a good Kington team.

The Ross United Team were Harry, Ralph, Dan, Joe, Ollie, Josh, Ryan, Dan L, Liam, Callum, Max and Robbie.


Ross United U13s.

ROWING - ROSS JUNIORS REACH NEW HEIGHTS

Ross Rowing Club had 6 crews representing the West Midlands at the Junior inter regional regatta last weekend. Preparation for this event since the trials in March had been intense, with the senior crews in the squad training harder and longer than previous preparation periods. The challenge in any sport is the ability to transfer the work achieved in training to the performance environment and Sunday, 25th April became the day when the Ross Junior Academy became a seriously recognized force at a National level in Junior Rowing. Of the six crews, five reached the top six (final) and four of those crews achieved medal positions. This is unparalleled success for the Ross Club and was only matched by the large city clubs with GB Squad links like Nottingham.

Amy Surman was the first to strike success in the Wj14 single sculls. Having set the performance standard for the squad with an impressive qualification time, Amy showed poise and determination to row through several of her opposition and won a very hard fought bronze medal. This was an incredibly well deserved medal, rewarding Amy's dedication to training and mental toughness through the many hard sessions she put herself through during the winter. Single sculling is the toughest of all rowing events and Amy proved she has the "right stuff" to compete at the highest levels in this class of boat.

The next event was the Wj14 4X+ , This crew was made up of the amazing Wj13's that had beaten the best of the West Midlands crews to earn their place in this prestigious national event. The crew of Catrin Morris, Molly Phillips, Rosanne Ingram and Jess Crossman with Georgie Jones coxing, acquitted themselves well at these new heights. Having placed 8th in qualification they competed in the Petite final. Again they showed bravery and excellent bladework to finish 5th . This effort was a tribute to the squad approach who supported their training, namely Emma Richardson and Livi Baynham Williams.

Kelly Morris and Rosie Lindley have been a consistent feature of the Ross Junior Academy since its inception in 2005. Every year they have been challenged to rise to new heights and every year they have risen to meet this challenge with veracity and an absolute focus on achievement. Competing in the Wj16 double sculls they qualified 3rd fastest. In the final they were up against old adversaries from Christchurch and were keen to put them under pressure early in the race. The first 500 was a very close affair with Christchurch taking a small a lead with the Ross crew continually pressurizing them. Finally at the 1000 metre mark the Ross girls broke through. At the same time a double from Bristol City rowing club also made a move. Kelly and Rosie went with them and on the line the Bristol crew crossed first with the Ross crew gaining a well earned Sliver Medal.

This event was quickly followed by Ellie Grindle and Effie Hiram in the Wj14 double sculls. Effie is a recent product of the Junior Academy, having only started rowing last September. Having been identified as a high potential, Effie continued to develop her technical skills through the winter period. Effie attended trials in March working with the Wj15 squad. However, she impressed enough to be considered an option in her age group at J14.

With the success of the squad at the trial a place became available to join Ellie Grindle in the double scull. The pairing worked hard in training to develop a partnership that could generate exceptional boat speed. In qualification they placed 5th in their heat and had to wait for the second heat to run in order to learn if they had made it the final. Word quickly came through that although placing low in their heat they had rowed fast enough to make the final. This was a very impressive result.

As the final approached Effie and Ellie had reviewed their strategy and were to focus on their blade work and length in the water. From the start the Ross duo took the lead, striking a steady rate of 29 strokes per minute and retaining their length in the water. At 500 metres they were half a length up, at 750 metres this had stretched to a length, with 500 metres to go the girls had clear water and were raising their strike rate and moving away from the field. With 100 metres to go it was clear this remarkable pairing were going to win the Junior Academies first National Gold Medal. As the saying goes .. the crowd went wild! The amazing fact in this story is this event was Effie's first ever competitive race and she has set a very high standard and broken all recognized conventions.

More success was to follow with the J14 double scull of Will England and Johan Lai. The boys qualified comfortably in the first round and were keen to test out their aggressive race plan to take on the sizeable crew from Walton upon Thames. The weather at Nottingam can be very fickle and this is one aspect of rowing that training and coaching cannot legislate for. The boys race was timed perfectly with the worst conditions of the afternoon and considerably impacted their ability to deliver their race plan. That said, they showed utter determination to finish as high possible almost catching the 2nd place crew to achieve a very creditable bronze medal. This result is again remarkable as Johan is rowing up an age group and Will England has only been with the Academy since late last summer.

The final crew was a composite crew with 5 Evesham girls to make up a Wj16 eight. Kelly, Rosie, Elle Blackwood and Lucy Jones coxing, fought hard to qualify 5th in the first rounds and were up against some well drilled school crews. They rowed well in the final to retain their 5th place overall. This was an excellent result given they had only had 4 outings as a crew prior to the event.

From a coaching perspective, Junior Performance coach Ian Howell commented, 'When you have a group of athletes who have responded to the training and performance programme so well, you dare to hope that nothing gets in the way of their ability to translate it into race performance on the big day. It is with extreme pride to see all the training planning and support by the coaching team turn into success for the athletes. I would like to thank all the coaching team who have supported the sessions up to this event. In addition the incredible parental support over the weekend made the execution of practice and race preparation all the more effective.'

The Academy is competing at Evesham Regatta next weekend and the the High Performance Group will be targeting national schools at the end of May.


The medal winners, Ellie, Effie, Amy, Johan, Will, Kelly and Rosie with Coach, Ian Howell.

FOOTBALL - ROSS RATTLESNAKES U11s 3, BARTESTREE U11S 1

In a thrilling end of season game, the Rattlesnakes travelled away to league leaders Bartestree and stole a memorable win of 3 - 1 against a team riding high at the top of the league. For Ross Rattlesnakes this was the climax to the season that they all dreamed about. From early February when the now 'Mighty Rattlesnakes' won their first league game of the season, the team have never looked back. Going from strength to strength they have lost just one game since February.

The team tactics of rolling substitutions allows everyone to play their part, and all can be proud of their comfortable league position. This seasons team saw Rory ( the magnificent ) in goal, Lizzie, Ethan and Sam always solid in defence, while the hard working mid-field has been Troy, Josh, Scott, Lewis and Connor with the golden boys Ty, Brad, Brandon and CJ up front.

As a fitting tribute to their amazing commitment and stylish performances the team were recently treated to a Limo and 5 star treatment to a recent away match to reward the team in true superstar style.

The team would like to thank their kind sponsors for their generosity.


Ross Rattlesnakes U11s.
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