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Dorking RFC (The Red & Whites) pay their first visit to Roundstone Lane for a league match.
The club was founded in 1921 (one year after Worthing) and was originally based at Pixham Lane with one pitch, the pavilion was shared with the cricket club, the ground was shared with Old Dorkinians FC. The Star & Garter was used for changing and post-match discussions.
In 1972 the club moved to Brockham Big Field on a 50 year lease, a clubhouse was built, and 3 pitches provided. The facilities were also used by Old Epsomians RFC (until 1995).
Mini Rugby started in 1980 and first ladies team was formed in 1988. The club became a registered charity in 2010 (the first rugby club to do so) and as such has a strong amateur ethos.
The 1st XV were promoted to London & SE National 3 in 2009, with promotion to National 2 South being achieved last season. The club prides itself on a 'one club' culture, with an emphasis on bringing through the youngsters (like Worthing). The U17 team have won the National Cup twice in 2007 and in 2012.
Another 50 year lease was granted by the National Trust in 2011 and in the following year the £1m refurbished club house facility was opened by the venerable Bill Beaumont.
Dorking run 4 senior men's teams along with Junior rugby U21-5yrs, girls and ladies sections.
The club colours are red and white striped jerseys and stockings, blue shorts. The cockerel emblem is used on club merchandise and jerseys, with the team sometimes being referred to as 'The Dorking Cocks!
In fact the cockerel is used as the insignia for the town and it is thought the fowl was introduced in Roman times. The distinctive breed first came to national prominence in the mid-19th century and was a favourite at the table of Queen Victoria. Followers of fowl will know that the Dorking breed has five claws rather than the customary four....................Lord Olivier was born in Dorking in 1907.
I make no apology to the two brave (or sad) fans who actually admitted to me they read the weekly Sye diatribe for the superlatives and adulation which will be peppered throughout this report.
Frankly, the Raiders deserve them after their awesome performance in beating unbeaten top of the table Henley Hawks on Saturday.
Raiders got off to the perfect start in the first minute when Matt McLean converted a penalty.
For the next 9 minutes Raiders put Henley under intense pressure attacking their line through some powerful drives from the forwards.
They were rewarded when Kieran Leeming put in a clever cross field kick which was caught by Finlay Coxon-Smith to score in the corner. The conversion attempt missed.
Raiders continued to pin Henley in their own half despite a number of phases where they tried to gain some territory.
Eventually, having made it out of their half, Henley were unfortunate as Raiders turned the ball over and Alex Nielsen picked up and offloaded to Calum Waters who sprinted from the half way line to score the first of his tries in the 17th minute.
Matt McLean converted.
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WORTHING RAIDERS V DORKING
Worthing Raiders v Dorking - 20th December 2014
There are a few places still available at the pre-match lunch for the Dorking game.
The lunch is a 2 course meal including a glass of wine, which follows a talk about the upcoming match. As it is the last one before Christmas there will be the addition of crackers etc.
Cost includes gate entry and programme: Club members - £23.00; Non-members - £27.00; Season ticket holders - £15.00
Please call the office on 01903 784706 or email email@example.com and a form will be sent to you.
BOXING DAY GAME
Worthing v Academicals play a traditional Boxing Day Match. The kick-off is set for 12.00.
This year the captains will be:-
Worthing Captain Grant Gatford
Academicals Captain - Josh Mills
Please contact either of the above if you wish to play.
The bar will be open all afternoon and a finger buffet will be available.
(No Turkey sandwiches!)
Worthing Raiders made the long journey to Bristol to play Clifton winning 34 40 in a physical and entertaining match.
Raiders made a lively start and scored a try after only 3 minutes when Jamie Redmayne drove over from a lineout. Matt McLean converted.
Cliftons first points came in the 11th minute when Charles Foley converted from a penalty.
Raiders responded with another try three minutes later when Matt McLean scored after some slick interplay between the forwards and backs. He successfully converted his own try.
Clifton then started to take control whilst Raiders lost some composure and discipline resulting in Clifton scoring three tries in final twenty minutes of the first half.
In the 19th minute, the Clifton winger Lucas Slowik sprinted from the half way line before passing to Rupert Freestone to score in the corner which James Mackay converted.
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Results from Saturday
Brighton 2 15 Worthing Senior 1 10
Worthing Senior 2 39 Horsham 3 19
Following the disappointing home defeat, 24-28 to Bristol based Dings Crusaders, Raiders now head to Bristol this coming Saturday to take on Clifton RFC at their North Bristol base, Cribbs Causeway.
If a quiz question popped up: Which is the oldest rugby club in Bristol? The popular answer would probably be 'Bristol', well it's not... it's Clifton!! The club was founded in 1872 and is the 22nd oldest club in England, only Bath is older in the South West.
Like most good clubs its founding meeting took place in a Public House, 'The Kings Arms' on Blackboys Hill in Clifton. The pub is still there although it has been rebuilt and changed its name at least 4 times, but is now the The Kings Arms again!
The club has played at quite a number of different locations throughout North Bristol, but never apparently in Clifton itself! Since 1976 the club has been based at the southerly end of Cribbs Causeway. (Cribbs Causeway also lends its name to a large out-of-town shopping centre/mall (inc John Lewis etc) so there is plenty on offer for visitors!)
Six Nations 2015
The club is now accepting members applications for the following Six England Nations Internationals:
Scotland - March 14th
France -March 21st
Applications will close on December 5th .
You must be a member of Worthing Rugby Club to apply.
Members who meet the December 5th date will be informed of their allocation by 26th Januury.
Please note that tickets for the England v Italy game on 14th February are being distributed via Ticket Master.
Please contact the office for more detail -. 01903 784706; office@worthingrfc.
WORTHING RUGBY CLUB & FIT4 CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP
Worthing RFC are pleased to announce that current WRFC members can now benefit from corporate rates with Fit 4
for just £35.50 per month.
Adult Membership includes:
270+ fitness classes per week
Membership across 4 sites: Splashpoint Leisure Centre,
Davison Leisure Centre, Field Place and Worthing Leisure Centre
3 modern fitness suites
Swimming pools, saunas, spa, steam rooms and heat beds
Free gym induction & regular fitness programme updates
Off-peak racquet sports
No tie-in contract
For more details please contact a membership advisor at:
Worthing Leisure Centre Tel: 01903 502237
Splashpoint Leisure Centre Tel: 01903 231797
Worthing Raiders failed to extend their recent run of two wins after losing against a spirited Dings Crusaders at Roundstone Lane on Saturday.
The visitors found themselves 3 points ahead after only two minutes after a Mark Woodrow penalty conversion.
Matt McLean missed the opportunity to draw the scores level after 4 minutes and Dings extended their lead after 8 minutes through another successful penalty conversion by Mark Woodrow.
Dings continued to pressure Raiders and on 14 minutes full back Mark Woodrow kicked the ball diagonally across field where it was caught cleanly by winger Simon Hunt who went over to score the first of his tries. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Raiders finally woke up and were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute. They kicked for the corner and from the lineout they drove for the line before Matt MacLean scored in the corner from which he failed his conversion attempt.
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