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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE
RUGBY - ROSS RFC 1ST XV 15, MATSON 24
Ross played their last league game on Saturday, entertaining
the league champions Matson in the sunshine. After a physical
encounter Matson had just enough momentum to finish their
season on a high. Ross acquitted themselves well and did
enough throughout the season to ensure they will be playing
Gloucester Premier rugby next season.
conditions perfect for running rugby both sides looked to
move the ball from the off. It was Matson who scored first
with an unconverted try, but Ross hit straight back with
some wonderful handling by both forwards and backs to put
Winger, Casey Morgan clear to score in the corner. Two converted
tries either side of half-time then Put Matson 19-5 ahead
and another, halfway through the half, gave them a convincing
24-5 lead. Ross, however were not about to roll over to
the champions and they played some great expansive rugby
in the last quarter with first Prop Wayne Williams crashing
over after some great approach work by both Gavin Oates
and Adam Clements. Then, Ross scored the try of the match.
a lineout 25 yards out, Ross moved the ball quickly through
the hands and fullback, Huw Bellamy cut inside the defence
before gliding over to score. Ross were left to rue missed
conversions and penalties that would have resulted in an
interesting last ten minutes, however Matson did enough
to win and confirm their status as league champions.
Terrys Digital Man of the Match was Dave Mince for his commitment
before having to leave the field injured after being stamped
on the head. This wraps up Rossís first season in Gloucester
Premiership, emerging with seven victories and having comfortably
secured Premier rugby next season.
RFC would like to thank all their sponsors for their support
Friday, 30th April Ross take on Lydney United in the Combination
Cup Final at Drybrook. Kick off is at 6:30pm. 'Make sure
you come along and lend your support,' said Coach, Paul
FOOTBALL - ROSS UNITED U13s 3, KINGTON 1
Ross United U13ís made the long trip to Kington on Sunday
morning to play in the Brederodes Cup.
game started fairly evenly but it was Ross who had the best
early chance, with a shot from Josh going just past the
post. In the 13th minute, Ross took the lead with a through
ball from Josh finding Ryan who finished, making it 1-0
to the visitors. Ross played some excellent football with
the defensive line of Ralph, Ollie, Dan and Joe all looking
composed on the ball and breaking down the Kington attacks.
The midfield always looked a danger with the pace of Max
on the wing and the tenacity of Daniel L in the centre.
Ross pressed home their advantage when a few minutes before
the interval Callum was fouled in the box and Max took the
penalty to make the score 2-0.
was introduced for the second half and was full of running,
giving the Kington defence some problems but it was Kington
who scored the next goal to make it 2-1 to Ross. Harry needed
to be alert in goal, making some useful interceptions to
keep Rossís advantage, but the nerves were settled in the
32nd minute when some excellent passing allowed Liam to
turn in the box and pass to Callum, who finished with precision
to make the final score Kington 1, Ross United 3.
Man of the Match was awarded to Daniel L, and the whole
team was praised for a hardworking display on a warm morning
against a good Kington team.
The Ross United Team were Harry, Ralph, Dan, Joe, Ollie,
Josh, Ryan, Dan L, Liam, Callum, Max and Robbie.
ROWING - ROSS JUNIORS REACH NEW HEIGHTS
Ross Rowing Club had 6 crews representing the West Midlands
at the Junior inter regional regatta last weekend. Preparation
for this event since the trials in March had been intense,
with the senior crews in the squad training harder and longer
than previous preparation periods. The challenge in any
sport is the ability to transfer the work achieved in training
to the performance environment and Sunday, 25th April became
the day when the Ross Junior Academy became a seriously
recognized force at a National level in Junior Rowing. Of
the six crews, five reached the top six (final) and four
of those crews achieved medal positions. This is unparalleled
success for the Ross Club and was only matched by the large
city clubs with GB Squad links like Nottingham.
Surman was the first to strike success in the Wj14 single
sculls. Having set the performance standard for the squad
with an impressive qualification time, Amy showed poise
and determination to row through several of her opposition
and won a very hard fought bronze medal. This was an incredibly
well deserved medal, rewarding Amy's dedication to training
and mental toughness through the many hard sessions she
put herself through during the winter. Single
sculling is the toughest of all rowing events and Amy proved
she has the "right stuff" to compete at the highest levels
in this class of boat.
next event was the Wj14 4X+ , This crew was made up of the
amazing Wj13's that had beaten the best of the West Midlands
crews to earn their place in this prestigious national event.
The crew of Catrin Morris, Molly Phillips, Rosanne Ingram
and Jess Crossman with Georgie Jones coxing, acquitted themselves
well at these new heights. Having placed 8th in qualification
they competed in the Petite final. Again they showed bravery
and excellent bladework to finish 5th . This effort was
a tribute to the squad approach who supported their training,
namely Emma Richardson and Livi Baynham Williams.
Morris and Rosie Lindley have been a consistent feature
of the Ross Junior Academy since its inception in 2005.
Every year they have been challenged to rise to new heights
and every year they have risen to meet this challenge with
veracity and an absolute focus on achievement. Competing
in the Wj16 double sculls they qualified 3rd fastest. In
the final they were up against old adversaries from Christchurch
and were keen to put them under pressure early in the race.
The first 500 was a very close affair with Christchurch
taking a small a lead with the Ross crew continually pressurizing
them. Finally at the 1000 metre mark the Ross girls broke
through. At the same time a double from Bristol City rowing
club also made a move. Kelly and Rosie went with them and
on the line the Bristol crew crossed first with the Ross
crew gaining a well earned Sliver Medal.
event was quickly followed by Ellie Grindle and Effie Hiram
in the Wj14 double sculls. Effie is a recent product of
the Junior Academy, having only started rowing last September.
Having been identified as a high potential, Effie continued
to develop her technical skills through the winter period.
Effie attended trials in March working with the Wj15 squad.
However, she impressed enough to be considered an option
in her age group at J14.
the success of the squad at the trial a place became available
to join Ellie Grindle in the double scull. The pairing worked
hard in training to develop a partnership that could generate
exceptional boat speed. In qualification they placed 5th
in their heat and had to wait for the second heat to run
in order to learn if they had made it the final. Word quickly
came through that although placing low in their heat they
had rowed fast enough to make the final. This was a very
the final approached Effie and Ellie had reviewed their
strategy and were to focus on their blade work and length
in the water. From the start the Ross duo took the lead,
striking a steady rate of 29 strokes per minute and retaining
their length in the water. At 500 metres they were half
a length up, at 750 metres this had stretched to a length,
with 500 metres to go the girls had clear water and were
raising their strike rate and moving away from the field.
With 100 metres to go it was clear this remarkable pairing
were going to win the Junior Academies first National Gold
Medal. As the saying goes .. the crowd went wild! The amazing
fact in this story is this event was Effie's first ever
competitive race and she has set a very high standard and
broken all recognized conventions.
success was to follow with the J14 double scull of Will
England and Johan Lai. The boys qualified comfortably in
the first round and were keen to test out their aggressive
race plan to take on the sizeable crew from Walton upon
Thames. The weather at Nottingam can be very fickle and
this is one aspect of rowing that training and coaching
cannot legislate for. The boys race was timed perfectly
with the worst conditions of the afternoon and considerably
impacted their ability to deliver their race plan. That
said, they showed utter determination to finish as high
possible almost catching the 2nd place crew to achieve a
very creditable bronze medal. This result is again remarkable
as Johan is rowing up an age group and Will England has
only been with the Academy since late last summer.
final crew was a composite crew with 5 Evesham girls to
make up a Wj16 eight. Kelly, Rosie, Elle Blackwood and Lucy
Jones coxing, fought hard to qualify 5th in the first rounds
and were up against some well drilled school crews. They
rowed well in the final to retain their 5th place overall.
This was an excellent result given they had only had 4 outings
as a crew prior to the event.
a coaching perspective, Junior Performance coach Ian Howell
commented, 'When you have a group of athletes who have responded
to the training and performance programme so well, you dare
to hope that nothing gets in the way of their ability to
translate it into race performance on the big day. It is
with extreme pride to see all the training planning and
support by the coaching team turn into success for the athletes.
I would like to thank all the coaching team who have supported
the sessions up to this event. In addition the incredible
parental support over the weekend made the execution of
practice and race preparation all the more effective.'
Academy is competing at Evesham Regatta next weekend and
the the High Performance Group will be targeting national
schools at the end of May.
medal winners, Ellie, Effie, Amy, Johan, Will, Kelly and Rosie with
Coach, Ian Howell.
FOOTBALL - ROSS RATTLESNAKES U11s 3, BARTESTREE U11S 1
In a thrilling end of season game, the Rattlesnakes travelled
away to league leaders Bartestree and stole a memorable
win of 3 - 1 against a team riding high at the top of the
league. For Ross Rattlesnakes this was the climax to the
season that they all dreamed about. From early February
when the now 'Mighty Rattlesnakes' won their first league
game of the season, the team have never looked back. Going
from strength to strength they have lost just one game since
team tactics of rolling substitutions allows everyone to
play their part, and all can be proud of their comfortable
league position. This seasons team saw Rory ( the magnificent
) in goal, Lizzie, Ethan and Sam always solid in defence,
while the hard working mid-field has been Troy, Josh, Scott,
Lewis and Connor with the golden boys Ty, Brad, Brandon
and CJ up front.
a fitting tribute to their amazing commitment and stylish
performances the team were recently treated to a Limo and
5 star treatment to a recent away match to reward the team
in true superstar style.
team would like to thank their kind sponsors for their generosity.