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5. 2015-16

Slough 7s 2016

Slough Rugby Club welcomed 32 teams and in excess of 350 rugby players to its grounds in Upton Court Park for the 12th annual Slough 7s Peter Crockford Memorial Tournament on Saturday. A new format saw the creation of a three tier competition for 2016 with teams entering an Elite, Beer or Junior competition.

Oxfam Crusaders won the 10 team Elite section, facing stiff opposition from Cobra 7s, Smugglers 7s, Apache Braves and Reeds Weybridge in their pool before edging ISC Tornados out by just two points in the final.

Three local clubs were among the 16 teams that entered the inaugural Beer Competition, set up in memory of club stalwart Colin Pocock who passed away earlier this year.
Host club Slough met Honey Badger 7s, Forest Old Boys and East India Club in pool 1, recording one win and two losses.
Drifters, in pool 2, had wins over Peanut Chasers, Trouser Snakes and Hugh Gumbs Green Army before bowing out to eventual Beer Competition winners High Wycombe in the semi-final.
Phoenix, in pool 3, had a narrow win against Buckingham Rangers but posted losses against McDermott Hawk & Trowel and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Maidenhead Stags won the Junior Tournament after wins against teams from Slough, Rosslyn Park, Windsor and Redingensians.

Rugby 7s fans started arriving on Friday night in preparation for the Club’s biggest 7s event to date and as well as rugby this year were able to enjoy a small selection of stalls, bouncy castles and a hot tub area whilst in the evening local band Herschel West and DJ Clint Tee provided entertainment.

Tournament Organiser and Director of Rugby at Slough RFC, Ben Harris, hailed the day as a great success adding that it was great fun and got bigger and better every year.


Vase: Bucks U20s
Shield: Olaf’s Axes
Bowl: Apache Braves
Plate: Smugglers 7s
Cup: Oxfam Crusaders

Plate: McDermott Hawk and Trowel
Cup: High Wycombe

Bowl: Slough Spartans
Plate: Redingensian Rams
Cup: Maidenhead Stags

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NatWest RugbyForce

A big thank you to those that came along and volunteered for NatWest RugbyForce 2016 this weekend

20 volunteers from various sections of the club were joined by staff from our local branch of NatWest for the annual workday this year.

A number of jobs including weeding, varnishing and cleaning kept the volunteers busy and though small in number the team had a very productive day, managing to complete quite a sizeable to do list before settling down for late ploughman’s lunch provided by the club.

Senior Awards 2015/16

Senior player awards were presented at the annual Players' Supper on Friday

Robbie Morrison won the Club’s Player of the Year award whilst Alister Donnan, new to the club this season, picked up the Young Player of the Year Award. Morrison was also presented with the Top Try Scorer trophy after a season that saw him score an impressive 12 tries and the 1st XV Players’ Player of the Year as voted by his team mates. The Top Points Scorer for the 1st XV went to Max Miles for the second year running, Kev Dunne picking up the equivalent for the 2nd XV. Warren Kinson was voted the 2nd XV Players’ Player of the Year. Full list of awards:

Player of the Year – Robbie Morrison
Captains Cup – Craig Fullicks
Coaches Cup – Cheyne Hewison
Most Improved Player – Joe Sole
Young Player of the Year – Alister Donnan
1st XV Player’s Player of the Year – Robbie Morrison
2nd XV Player’s Player of the Year – Warren Kinson
Top Try Scorer – Robbie Morrison
Top Points Scorer 1st Team – Max Miles
Top Points Scorer 2nd Team – Kev Dunne
Wayne Kerr Award – Joe Sole
Captain of the Year – Max Miles
Team of the Year – 1st XV
Supporter of the Year – Trevor Sheddon

M&J Awards 2015/16

Slough Rugby Club’s youth section gathered to celebrate the achievements of its members at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday.

Presenting the awards were Youth Chairman Andrew Leighton- Pope, Youth Vice-Chair Joanne Williment and Club President Ken Watkins.

There were awards in each age group, U7s through to U16s, for the Most Improved Player and Coach’s Player as well as a Player of the Season award.

There was also an overall Club Player of the Season award for the Mini’s section and the Juniors section. U9s player Charlie Spires won the Mini’s award whilst U16s Henry Royal-Brown picked up the Juniors award.

Volunteers’ efforts also received recognition at the ceremony with Sandie Belcher collecting an award for coaching and Debbie Harris, Joanne Williment, Louisa Caldwell, Lisa King and Ann Vater all receiving flowers for keeping us fed and watered throughout the season. Debbie Harris also collected The Vase award whilst Nancy Smyth was presented with The Endeavour Cup and Matt Harris was awarded the Colin Williams Cup.

Club President Ken Watkins commented that he had been proud to be asked to present the trophies this year and added that ‘It was a thoroughly enjoyable awards ceremony attended by children of all ages and cultures, with their parents looking on proudly. It is extremely pleasing to see Slough RFC Minis and Juniors section growing and improving year on year, thank you to everyone involved for their passion and hard work.’

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Chipping Norton/ Slough Judgment

Ladies and Gentlemen

Firstly my apologies for not posting this statement sooner. I thought it better that we would await final confirmation from the RFU of what sanction we have received following the postponed game at Chipping Norton on the 6th Feb 2016. We have received it today but I should have informed you of the delay. Sorry.

These are the facts from that day as confirmed by the RFU;
1. Chipping Norton RFC 1st XV were scheduled to play Slough RFC 1st XV in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier League (South West Division);
2. Due to adverse weather conditions the match was called off and therefore should have been rescheduled;
3. An agreement was made between Head Coach, Slough RFC, Head Coach, Chipping Norton RFC and the match referee to complete the RFU Official Match Result Card to falsely show that the match had taken place and ended in a 24-24 draw, with both Clubs scoring 4 tries each;
4. The RFU Official Match Result Card was signed by the Home Official for Chipping Norton RFC and the Away Official for Slough RFC and match referee and;
5. The false RFU Official Match Result Card was sent to the League Secretary and Chipping Norton RFC and Slough RFC were awarded the points for a draw and try bonus.

Now it is obvious that the actions carried out above were a serious breach of RFU regulations.
As a result of these actions the club has received the following sanction;
Slough RFC is deducted twenty five (25) league points with immediate effect
The club is fined £125
SRFC Head coach is suspended from coaching at any level of the game for a period of 20 weeks as follows:
24 February 2016 – 3 May 2016 inclusive (10 weeks) and 1 July 2016 – 8 September 2016 inclusive (10 weeks)
SRFC 1st xv administrator at the game is suspended from having any involvement in the administration of the game at any level for a period of 14 weeks as follows:
24 February 2016 – 3 May 2016 inclusive (10 weeks)
13 August 2016 – 9 September 2016 inclusive (4 weeks)

I am sure that many members of the club will have opinions and thoughts about how this chain of events came about. It is up to you how you choose to debate or react to them and what effect this debate could have on the club.

Personally I think the response of the players to this situation has been exemplary. Despite the sanction they have given us a fighting chance of staying in the league and deserve our full support. Thanks to John Spandley too.

It is my personal opinion that the club’s players and supporters should see the season out as successfully as possible and then allow the committee to find the best way forward.

I have been a member of Slough Rugby Football Club for over 20 years and now is the time for unity and support.
Thank you
Mark Casey

Slough RFC Minis Festival 2016- club round up

The Slough RFC Minis Festival saw over 600 boys and girls competing in the annual U6-U12s tournament on Sunday.

A combined Slough/ Phoenix U12s team made a promising start when Harry Dillon and Man of the Tournament Alfie Spiller crossed the whitewash twice in a 4-2 win over Bracknell in their first match. Maidenhead proved to be stronger opponents in the next game, beating Slough 8-0. The baabaa team then lost to Drifters before tries for Spiller, Dillon and Kana Williams saw a neat 4-2 victory over Thatcham to finish the day.

Slough U10s lost their opening match v Drifters, however the young Greenies then put on a fantastic show of rugby against Ealing winning 6-1 with a hat trick for George Harris and a try apiece for Cody Rumney, Stuart Goddard and Mason Simpson. A brace for Rumney, Goddard and Isaac Sullivan sealed a win against Bracknell in the next match, setting the team up for a semi-final against Pinner.

Slough had a hard time of it in the first half of the semi, going down 2-nil at the break but the young Greenies came out fighting in the second half to secure a narrow 4-3 victory and a place in the final with two tries each for Rumney and team captain Henry Caldwell.
Facing Drifters for a second time that day, Slough U10s felt the pressure from their first match defeat, however the team never gave up and played hard to the end losing 4-1 to the powerful Drifters side. Cody Rumney scoring Slough’s only try in this game.

Slough U9s recorded a variety of results whilst the U8s improved game on game, debutants Mohammed Aayan, Salim Gonzalez and Dennis scoring in games against Bracknell and Phoenix.

Slough U6/7s made a quick start against Old Albanians Sharks in their first match when Ryan Goddard darted down the left wing to touchdown in the corner. Tries for Marley Hughes and Bradley soon followed giving the youngsters a solid win to start the day. Unfortunately Slough then went on to lose their next match when they were unable to catch up with Old Albanians Springboks early lead. They then lost out to the festival’s eventual U7s winners Drifters- Kalen Singh Dillon and Devraj Sihota adding to the scoresheet in a thrilling finish.

Slough RFC Minis and Juniors Chairman, Andrew Leighton-Pope said-
A fabulous day was had by all at Tamblyn Fields at Slough RFC’s 2016 Mini Rugby Tournament in memory of Mr.Wynford Philips. Over 600 children took part in a cracking festival of rugby and the weather held out which is always a bonus. The day featured Bar B Que, Bouncy Castles, Tombolas, Dogs and lots of bacon rolls. I would like to thank all the volunteers who made it happen and the teams for visiting our major event of the year.

Teams attending:
Hillingdon Abbots
Old Albanians
Amersham and Chiltern

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Two Slough Players in Bucks U20s Squad

Congratulations to Joe Sole and Tom Young who have been selected for the Bucks County U20s squad.

Both Joe and Tom have come through the Club's M&J section. We are delighted. A great achievement for the lads and a fine testament to the Club's pathway for players. Well done.

Pete Harrison Memorial Game

Two father and son combinations were amongst the 22 players that made it to this year's Pete Harrison Memorial match.

Four Counties Mini Rugby Gala

Slough Rugby Mini’s section took part in a 4 Counties Mini Rugby Gala for the first time this weekend. The Club hosted a number of U8s and U10s teams from across Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex and Hampshire at Tamblyn Fields while Slough RFC U7s and U9s teams travelled to the equivalent for their age groups, hosted at Farnham RFC.

Slough U7s, playing their first matches, made a promising start with an early try for Jack McDonagh-Radley in the first game. However the excited young Greenies lost the match and despite a good effort and a number of tries they lost two more before scores for Marley Hughes, Ryan Goddard and a hat trick for Zac Watkins gave the team a win to end their first festival experience on a high note.

A quick start by Moneir Dawkins and Megan Fullam gave Slough U9s an early lead in their first game, Adam White scoring Slough’s 3rd try after half time before opponents, Reeds, drew level to finish with a draw.

Two quick tries for Man of the Match Jessie James, with Moneir Dawkins adding a third, took the team into half time 3-2 ahead in the next game. James and Dawkins added another to their tallies after the break while Aidan Coyne crossed the whitewash after a superb run and Adam White scored the team’s 7th in a nail-biting win over Bracknell.

Unfortunately a try apiece for Cameron Jack and Katie Vanstone wasn’t enough to win against Farnham 1 who ran out 3-2 winners in the next game and the young Greenies were unable to penetrate a strong Farnham 2 defence at all in the match after

The last game saw Slough U9s play their third match in a row, and despite a battling effort the tired youngsters lost heavily to a strong Bracknell 2 team.

Back at Tamblyn Fields Slough U8s lost to an impressive Farnham side before drawing 3-3 with Bracknell D and losing their final match against Camberley Golds

while the U10s won one game out of four.

Slough RFC Mini’s Chairman Andrew Leighton-Pope said ‘We hosted 200 children and had a fabulous day playing rugby together. A great effort by the SRFC volunteer team yet again. We look forward to hosting the event again next year.’

A spokesperson for the club added that it had been a great opportunity for the children to play against a number of larger clubs and add to their rugby experience.

Rugby Megafest and Ultimate Club Experience

Approx. 400 people soaked up the late summer sun and enjoyed a series of rugby taster sessions at Slough Rugby Club’s Rugby Megafest on Saturday.

Festivities kicked off at 2pm with a youth rugby demonstration before attendees were invited to ‘give rugby a try’ with a series of activities run by the club’s 1st XV. Participants took part in various passing exercises and tackle pad drills before finishing with a game of Touch Rugby.

There was also face painting, a visit from NatWest Bank’s Pigby, the Bombardier bus and a BBQ to help build up Rugby World Cup excitement before the clubhouse opened for its evening ‘ultimate club experience’ event at 6pm.

England and British and Irish Lions legend Lee Mears joined Slough Rugby Club to get behind England for the evening event. The former England hooker answered questions and signed autographs before settling down in the transformed clubhouse to watch England play Australia.

Slough Rugby Club was one of only 6 clubs nationwide to be awarded the ultimate club experience following a successful NatWest RugbyForce bid earlier in the year. The Ultimate Club Experience saw NatWest, via its agency M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, work with the club to deliver a bespoke experience on Saturday including bringing a bit of Twickenham to the club with impactful décor and goodies, a plasma screen, momentos and support for the day.

A spokesperson for the club said it had been a very successful day. ‘We’re all about offering opportunities to play rugby, from young children through to seasoned vets, so it was great to see so many new faces, inspired by the Rugby World Cup, turn up to give rugby a try. The evening event exceeded expectations with tickets selling out in advance. It was a great night even though England were knocked out of the World Cup!’

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Slough U8s Welcome Rugby World Cup Trophy

Slough Rugby Club was invited to send a squad of twelve U8s to Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the world-famous venue for paralympic games and wheelchair sport, to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup on day 73 of its tour of the UK.

The Rugby World Cup tour which started on June 10th will end at Twickenham Stadium on September 18th ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.

The day started with a coaching session led by Team GB Wheelchair Rugby Captain Steve Brown which involved the young Greenies using wheelchairs and working through various training exercises. They then played a round robin of tag rugby games with Aylesbury and Phoenix RFC U8s before the Webb Ellis Cup was delivered by ex- Wasps and England captain Lawrence Dallaglio :)

Slough’s Youth Chairman Andrew Leighton-Pope said ‘It was a great day out for everyone, the wheel chair rugby session provided a very good life lesson for the children and we now look forward to the World Cup starting with all games shown live at Slough RFC’

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