Dear SRFC VP,
last weekend was supposed to start on Friday night with the Colts providing the only home senior fixture with a friendly fixture against Bridport under lights. Unfortunately Bridport cried off towards the end of the week. Apologies to anyone who may have headed along to watch this one, I didn't hear it was off until after the weekend.
The 1st and 2nd XVs were both in league action away from home. The 1st XV made the short trip to Blandford for a game that looked to offer no major threats to Sherborne in respect of their 100% record. As it happened the points were picked up but the winning margin - 15-8 - was perhaps a little less than Sherborne may have been hoping for. I wasn't at the game but have heard from a couple of people that the referee, who was being assessed, did make this a very stop and start match. That sort of game certainly doesn't suit the style of rugby Sherborne are trying to play but I guess you have to adjust to suit everything that may come your way on match day in order to be successful.
The 2nd XV had no issues in picking up the bonus point from their visit to Bournemouth 4th XV. With all four senior Bournemouth sides in action on Saturday and therefore no chance to bolster the team with spare players from above Bournemouth were never at the races as Sherborne cruised to a 70-7 win.
The results mean that all three senior sides remain undefeated as we head into November. A great start to the season but a lot of rugby left to play and as we head towards the time of year associated with heavier pitches and conditions that make running rugby that bit more difficult there will be plenty of challenges for all three teams.
Those challenges start this coming weekend with another three fixtures for the senior squads. The 1st XV entertain Devizes in their league match. The visitors have always proved difficult opposition in past encounters and having lost just once in league and cup this season Devizes will arrive with every ambition of a win on the road. There is added significance to this league match as the two teams meet at Devizes in the Dorset & Wilts cup semi-final in two weeks time and both teams will want to set out their stalls for that one when they meet on Saturday. Please note that, following the clock changes, this one kicks off at 14:30.
The 2nd XV are also at home and will be looking to continue their strong run as they host the team propping up the league - Oakmedians 2nd XV. This one also starts at 14:30.
The Colts have a big game to round off the weekend as they host Swanage & Wareham in the Colts Dorset & Wilts Semi-Final on Sunday. This one kicks off at 14:00 and any support will be very welcome.
Good to see two senior players, Rhodri Hopkins and Jamie Davidson in action for Dorset & Wilts under 20s and three of our Colts representing D&W at under 18 level last weekend.
Away from Sherborne our former players who have moved up through the mini and youth sections are mostly doing well. Unfortunately Ollie Devoto is still on the injured list at Exeter and his shoulder injury has meant he has not featured for the champions so far this season. Will Carrick-Smith has made a second row shirt his own at Championship side Bedford and Jake Woolmore has skippered Jersey from the front row a number of times this season. In the clash between the two Tom's on Sunday Tom James crossed once for hosts Doncaster Knights but it wasn't enough for a win as Tom Lawday scored twice and picked up the Sky Man of the Match award for visitors Cornish Pirates. Tom James is proving to be a useful recruit for Doncaster and I am sure he will feature more regularly as the starting 9 as the season progresses. Tom Lawday looks to be taking his first season of professional rugby in his stride and whilst the Exeter back row looks to be very difficult to break into I am sure that The Chiefs will be more than happy that they have him on a dual registration arrangement with The Pirates. Sam Nixon continues to learn the world of Premiership rugby in his first season with Bath after spells with London Scottish and Plymouth Albion.
Key future dates for your diary:
Saturday 18th November 1st XV Dorset & Wilts Cup Semi Final SRFC 1st XV v Devizes RFC (Away)
• 11am Coach leaves Sherborne Railway Station
• 5.30pm Coach leaves Devizes RFC for Bath City Centre
• 10.45pm Coach leaves Bath City Centre
• 12pm Coach arrives at Sherborne Railway Station
• Everyone welcome
• £10 per seat
• Please reserve a seat on the coach through Jim Gower (07980314566)
Saturday 2nd December Dorset & Wilts 2nd XV Shield Semi Final v Dorchester RFC (Away) KO 2pm
Saturday 2nd December Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Cup Final
Wednesday 6th December SRFC Colts v Sherborne School (Home) KO 7.30pm
Saturday 9th December 1st XV v North Dorset RFC (Away)
Saturday 16th December SRFC Annual Christmas Revue 7pm at SRFC
Saturday 6th January Dorset & Wilts 2nd XV Shield Final
Sunday 14th January U18 Dorset & Wilts Plate Final
Saturday 3rd February 1st XV v Yeovil RFC (Away)
Friday 9th February Social/Vets XV v North Dorset RFC (Away)
Saturday 24th February Club Away Day Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons
Friday 16th March Social/Vets XV v North Dorset RFC (Home)
Friday 6th April 1st XV v North Dorset RFC (Home)
Saturday 21st April SRFC Annual Dinner & Dance
Updated 14:54 - 3 Nov 2017 by Philippa O'Grady