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10th November 2010 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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RUGBY - ROSS 2nd XV 36, EVESHAM 3rd XV 10

The young Ross 2nd side put an experienced Evesham side to the sword on Saturday, playing some great ball in hand rugby to run out comfortable 36-10 winners in this Merit table league encounter.

Ross were quicker in deed and thought from the kick off and opened the scoring after 5 minutes. Another strong scrummage from the Ross pack gave scrum half Craig Powell quality possession. Some quick hands from the backs saw full back, Chris Gage cut through the defence before putting centre Craig Smith clear with a well timed inside pass. Craig out sprinted the cover defence to score under the posts. Craig Powell converted and Ross were 7-0 ahead.

From the kick off, Matt Jones secured possession and some strong running from Paul Hayward and Tony Clements set up Ross possession deep in the Evesham twenty two. Initially it looked as if their defence would hold firm as Dave Lawrence and then Richard Russell were held up short. However, prop Tony picked up 5 yards out and crashed through the defence to score. Craig Powell again added the points and Ross were 14-0 ahead.

With the forwards winning quality possession, the young Ross backs looked dangerous every time they got the ball. From a long Evesham clearance kick, Winger Tom Booth ran the ball back, beating a number of defenders before setting up quick ruck ball. Ross moved the ball quickly right to Winger, Greg Morris who was tackled just short of the line. However, flanker, Paul Hayward was the first there and he collected the ball before diving over to score Rossís third try. Evesham did score just before half time to give Ross a 19-5 lead.

Ross made the game safe early in the second half with the best try of the match. From a lineout on the half way line, hooker Chris Price found jumper Jake Christopher who fed Craig Powell. Once again some great hands by the back put Winger Tom Harris in the clear. He handed off one tackle before outpacing the fullback to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but this put Ross 24-5 ahead. Evesham did add another score after some poor tackling, but the Ross pack re-established control and outside half Andy Bevan scored under the posts. Craig Powell converted and Ross were 31-10 ahead.

With minutes to go Ross added another score. Again some great inter passing between Chris Gage and Ian Phillips put Craig Smith clear and he scored in the corner. The touchline conversion was missed but Ross were comfortable 36-10 victors.

The Morris and Aubrey Man of the Match was Richard Russell.

On a sad note, Ross RFC want to send their commiserations to the family of ex president Don Ruck who passed away last week.


After a successful launch in the summer, Ross Juniors U7ís played their first ever match on Sunday against local rivals Drybrook. Ross turned up with twelve enthusiastic and well drilled tag rugby players who were a credit to their coaches, Clare Godwin and Serena Gowling, and an enthusiastic crowd of mums and dads cheered on their every move.

Drybrook started well with their pacy backs looking dangerous but some great tagging by Jamie Harris, Ivor Harrington and Toby Benjamin kept the home team at bay. Some great running by Jayesh Punn, then William Chinn nearly saw Ross open the scoring, but it was Drybrook who opened the scoring with two quick tries. However, unbowed, Ross came back with two scores of their own by Jayesh Punn and Felix Newey which brought the scores level.

Some great tagging by Ethan Rees and Poppy Godwin kept the scores level until just before half time when again Drybrook scored two quick tries. Half time brought some well earned refreshments and encouragement from coaches and parents alike.

The second half started well for Ross with Lucy Pollock and Josh Gowling both nearly scoring wide out on the right. Some more great tagging from William, Ollie Pearson and Felix kept Drybrook out and eventually Ross closed the gap with tries from Ivor and Jamie. Drybrook then hit back with another two scores, before Jayesh and Felix added another try each.

With these young athletes now tiring tries came thick and fast, with Drybrook adding another three scores before Poppy and Felix closed the gap. Some last gasp great tagging from Lucy Pollock and Jamie Harris kept Drybrook out and with the final whistle, it was Drybrook who were winners 9 tries to 7.

A big thanks to Drybrook, the coaches and parents for being so supportive and well done to all the players who worked so hard.

Ross Juniors train every Sunday at 10.30am at Wilton Road Sports Ground. Boys and girls of all ages are welcome so please go on down and join in.

Ross Under Sevens Tag Rugby Team.


At the AGM of North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club on Monday, 8th November, members were given an insight into the work of the Severn Area Rescue Association by their chairman, Mervyn Fleming of the Beachley Rescue Station. He told them of the extent of the work from river and mud rescues to mountain and forest searches by all their volunteer teams who work closely with the emergency services to ensure the safety of the public.

The retiring chairman of NGOC, Chris James, welcomed Ed Nicholas of British Orienteering, who presented the club with a certificate on attaining Club Mark, an award presented to sports clubs who meet a high standard of welcoming newcomers of all ages, with good coaching opportunities and teamwork. Over the past year the club has continued to work with neighbouring clubs and members have entered competitions both individually and as teams, in various parts of the country.

In giving his report, Chris thanked all the committee and volunteers who help to make the club such a success and who stage a good programme of events for the club members to enjoy. He thanked Pat Cameron who was retiring as secretary for her work over the three years. Chris had enjoyed his three years in office and appreciated all the support he had received in that time from everyone.

Carol Stewart, the treasurer reported a healthy account balance and it was agreed that whilst membership subscriptions would remain at the same level for 2011, they would rise by a small amount from 1st January, 2012 as the cost of staging events, particularly in Forestry Commission areas was likely to rise by a considerable amount. Other officers also gave their reports.

The following were elected to the committee for the coming year: Chairman - Pat Macleod, Treasurer - Carol Stewart, Secretary - Caroline Craig, Membership Secretary - Ellen Starling, Fixtures Secretary - Dave Hartley, Mapping Officer - Paul Taunton, Equipment Officer - Pat Macleod, Club Captain - Greg Best, Legend Editor - Alan Brown, Welfare Officer - Gill James, Development Officer - vacant.

Committee Members are Roger Coe, John Fallows and Gary Wakerley.

For a full fixture list and further details about the club on

North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club.
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