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1st XV - Match centre

Fareham Heathens
Isle of Wight
S Devoy, H King, C Chipperfield
C Guthrie
Sat 10 Mar 14:30 - London & SE Division - Snows Group Hampshire 1 Full time

Fareham Heathens return to winning ways

Mike Blow Memorial Game-Heathens retain the Shield

Fareham Heathens 1st XV hosted IOW RFC in their Snows Group Hants 1 fixture at Cams Alders.
The game also doubled as the Mike Blow Memorial Game, with both teams competing for the Mike Blow Memorial Shield for the second time.
The game was played in tough underfoot conditions as the pitch remained very soft following the recent adverse weather conditions.

Both teams came committed to play expansive and attractive Rugby and it was Heathens who took the early initiative. Following some strong and committed phase play, Heathens spread the ball wide right just inside the IOW half and right wing, Steve Devoy, collected the ball in a little space and managed to out pace the scrambling IOW defence and power over into the corner. Guthrie's kick just came up short.

Heathens continued to apply great pressure, especially within the Heathens pack. A 5m attacking scrum resulted in Heathens pushing the visitors pack across there own line and Number 8 Harry King was first to touch the ball down, making it 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Guthrie's kick came up short one again.

The IOW team tried hard to apply pressure, but resolute defence from Heathens kept them at bay. Heathens continued to apply pressure and Hooker, Charles Chipperfield, powered over for Heathens third try and Guthrie added the extras making it 17-0 at Half Time.

The playing surface was becoming ever more difficult to play on. The second half continued like the first but it was the IOW who opened their account on 11 minutes. A speculative hack through from a Heathens knock on saw the IOW 12 power through the middle to follow up on his own kick and IOW managed to touch down to reduce the deficit to 10 points (17-7)

Heathens continued to apply pressure on the IOW line with several attacks, looking for the 4th BP try. Each time however, an unforced error resulted in the IOW managing to clear their lines and work back up the field, where Heathens had to start all over again.

In truth IOW were probably unlucky not to have gone away with a bonus point but it was a credit to the Heathens defence for keeping the visitors out time after time.

No.7 James Whitfield put in a MOTM performance but credit goes to the whole team for what was, given the conditions, one of the best team performances this season.

After the match Club President said a few words about Mike Blow and the legacy he has left at the Club. The Club Bar has been named the Mike Blow Bar, in honour of Mike, and the Club Room is now called the Gerry Neighbour Club Room in honour of another of of founder members.

The Mike Blow Memorial Shield was presented to 1st XV Captain, Rob Impey, by Julie Blow, Mike's Widow who was also accompanied to the Club by her daughter Libby, who was visiting from Singapore.

Next week sees Heathens 1st & 2nd XV travel to Arlesford for the rearranged League fixtures postponed by the bad weather.

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Key moments

Try Steve Devoy scores for Fareham Heathens
Try Harry King scores for Fareham Heathens
Try Charles Chipperfield scores for Fareham Heathens
Conversion Cam Guthrie kicks a conversion for Fareham Heathens


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39:00 Try 15 - 0
Charles Chipperfield scores for Fareham Heathens
39:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Cam Guthrie kicks a conversion for Fareham Heathens
0:00 Try 5 - 0
Steve Devoy scores for Fareham Heathens
0:00 Try 10 - 0
Harry King scores for Fareham Heathens
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As it happened

  • Fareham Heathens
  • Isle of Wight
  • 0
  • Steve Devoy Try 0:00'
  • Harry King Try 0:00'
  • Charles Chipperfield Try 39:00'
  • Cam Guthrie Conversion 39:00'

Team selection

Guthrie, Cam Guthrie, Cam
Devoy, Steve Devoy, Steve
Impey, Rob Impey, Rob
Furlong, Jack Furlong, Jack
Cole, John Cole, John
O'Loghlen, Joe O'Loghlen, Joe
Lee, Daniel Lee, Daniel
King, Harry King, Harry
Whitefield, James Whitefield, James
Huelett, Jarrod Huelett, Jarrod
Gardner, Jim Gardner, Jim
Wheaton, Dave Wheaton, Dave
Fokinther, Harrison Fokinther, Harrison
Chipperfield, Charles Chipperfield, Charles
Gander, Josh Gander, Josh

League round up

Other Snows Group Hampshire 1 results


League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. United Services Portsmouth 20 87
2. Bognor 20 82
3. Millbrook 20 70
4. Fordingbridge 20 69
5. Sandown & Shanklin 20 64
6. Fareham Heathens 20 49
7. Alresford 20 43

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