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Sean Richardson the B&W Man of the Match for the Old Albanian game.
Presented with his prize by Dave Hall, ex skipper and Bob Reynolds President.
Raiders entertained top of the table Old Albanian. They were looking to build on their gutsy performance against Redruth the previous week and once again, despite losing, they provided a spirited display against tough opposition.
Old Albanian kicked off in wet and windy conditions and despite both sides starting in lively fashion, Old Albanians scored their first try after five minutes when they were awarded a penalty and kicked for the corner. They won the ensuing line out and the ball was passed along the backs to Mike Allan who sprinted over to score from 20 metres out. The attempted conversion missed.
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Worthing RFC Ladies travelled to away at the weekend to take on Kent rivals Tonbridge Juddians Ladies.
These teams have a long history and over the last two seasons have never won or lost a game with more than 5 points in the score. Last season Worthing took the away win, and with hopes of promotion this season, they had a tough game ahead against a side in good form and having won 6 from 6 and sitting top of National Challenge SE South 1 more...
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A stunning, length-of-the-field team effort scored by Worthing Raiders back-rower Jamie Redmayne has been voted as the inaugural Samsung Try of the Season.
The sweeping move, which started in the Worthing 22 and passed through 11 pairs of hands, came in the 70th minute of December’s clash with Dorking.
It helped the Sussex club to a thrilling 32-27 victory at Roundstone Lane five days before Christmas, sealing what was one of the stand-out games of the National Two South campaign.
After scrum half Calum Waters had sparked the attack from deep, Worthing’s backs and forwards combined superbly to confound the Dorking defence.
Eventually Redmayne hit a devastating line off the final offload, outstripping one would-be tackler before stepping past another to dot down.
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Our visitors today are Old Albanian, well known to us, as there have been fixtures between the clubs dating back to 2003.
St Albans School, founded in 948 AD, the second oldest school in the country behind King's Canterbury, is at the heart of OA. A few former pupils with an urge to continue to play rugby together formed the club in 1924. Originally fixtures were played at a ground known as Beech Bottom, but a move was made in 2002 to the existing extensive facility known as 'Woollams', named after a generous benefactor to the School and former mayor of St Albans, Charles Woollam.
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500 Club News ….
Membership comment has prompted the latest project to receive a donation from the 500 Club, which I am sure will meet with universal approval.
The need for a ‘parking’ facility for the increasing number of cycling members has been identified, and a dedicated bicycle park is being planned.
Initial plans are being drawn up to provide secure anchorage set into a concrete base, with the addition of a roof to keep those saddles dry in inclement weather.
Meanwhile, especially those newly joined to the 500 Club, a reminder of our schedule.
The ‘official’ date for draws is the 15th of each month, but to help with my own schedule (not retired…..yet!) draws will usually be made bi-monthly, performing two draws at a time.
The next draw for September and October has just been made and we are pleased to announce the following winners .....
£200 : #113 Colin Newhouse
£50 : #112 Colin Bussey
£200 : #060 John Monoogian
£50 : #036 Mark Bradford
Thanks to Ollie 'Clamp' Harcus for helping so efficiently with the draws, to whom we also wish all the best in his new employment - missing you already friend, but I know you'll not become a stranger to us!
Congratulations to all the winners - your cheques are in the post!!
Numbers included for the first time will be for Sally Tomlinson, Andy Allen & Colin Fauvel (from September) and also Tracey Marden (from October) – thanks for joining us & good luck to you in the future draws!
Brian Allen – 500 Club Administrator
P.S. Enabled by previous donations, the new commercial refrigerator for the kitchens is Billie’s pride and joy, and her especial thanks is sent to you all. Also I am informed the delayed arrival of the beer coolers is imminent, much to the relief of all raging thirsts! – don’t worry, although nominally ‘beer’ coolers, other soft drinks, wine & cider will be kept in optimal condition to satisfy all our membership!! A further donation will be shortly made to help replace the failing bar glass washers to prevent us all having to drink from paper cups!
Worthing Raiders made the long journey down to Cornwall to play Redruth who were six places above them in National League 2 South.
There was a minutes silence held before the game to respect those that lost their lives in the Paris atrocities before Redruth kicked off into a strong, cold northerly wind.
Raiders started in lively fashion and had an opportunity to take the lead in the first minute when they were awarded a penalty 30 metres out in front of the goal which unfortunately Sean O’Hagan kicked wide.
O’Hagan made amends however two minutes later when he landed a drop goal after some strong drives from Raiders straight from the Redruth drop out.
Raiders continued to exert pressure on Redruth launching a number of attacks and appeared to be in control of the game.
Following the tense win over Chinnor 23-15, Raiders head to Cornwall this Saturday to take on old rivals Redruth. This will be Raiders fourth visit to The Recreation Ground for a league fixture, so far in the series the spoils have been taken by the home team.
Redruth RFC was founded in 1875, the same year as a number of other clubs in the South West including Taunton, Bridgwater and Plymouth. A tome was produced for the club's centenary and can be viewed on-line.
A number of international players have represented the club, Richard Sharp a dashing stand-off half, who gained 14 caps for England and 2 for the Lions in the 60s, is probably the most famous. He scored a memorable try against Scotland in 1963. (It's on You-tube!)
B&W Man of the Match Kieran Leeming receiving the T7 Wireless
speaker from Nicky Dumbleton and Andy Reid of ETI Ltd,
The Worthing faithful welcomed full back Matt McLean back on Saturday after several weeks’ absence, also last year’s captain Rob Smith made his 1st appearance of the season starting on the bench.
Conditions throughout the match were atrocious with rain lashing down, although to the credit of the ground staff the pitch stood up well.
Chinnor kicked off with the wind at their backs, and monopolised the possession in the early stages with the home defence tackling manfully and attempting to turnover ball at the breakdown. After 10 minutes Chinnor were awarded a penalty under the posts after Worthing were adjudged not to have released after the tackle, taking the lead with the successful kick – Worthing 0 Chinnor 3 after 10 mins.
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1980s Reunion Lunch, Saturday 28th November 2015
The 1980s was in many ways a Golden Era for our club. We won the Sussex Cup for the first time and repeated this success on a number of further occasions throughout the following years. We also played John Player Cup rugby for the first time and in 1986/87 became the first Sussex team to reach the 3rd round when we played a London Scottish side full of international players. And then came the amazing and never to be forgotten Twickenham appearances in The Middlesex 7s.
It's now been 30 years since those halcyon days and so a reunion is in order! I've been trawling through social media and old address books trying to track people down. I'm pleased to confirm that both the former 1st XV captain Dave Hall and coach Peter Greenwood will be coming along as well as many others from that golden age. If you would like to join us at the lunch then please contact me. I can guarantee an afternoon of laughter,drinking and song with old friends.
Contact me on 07900 212295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worthing boys are happy!!