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Northampton BBOB U17 vs Stockwood Park RFC

I got up this morning wondering if the game would take place or not – the weather forecast was not good but then I remembered this was Rugby and not Football! Having battled through the rain and roadworks on the M1 we arrived at our hosts ready for a battle and the boys did not disappoint.
The ref started the game on a wet and windy day – conditions which were going to prove tricky. Northampton Old Boys were a large, physical team and they put the Stockwood boys under pressure from the first minute. Our boys defence was immense and Old Boys were unable to break them down.
Then from Stockwood’s first real attack they gained a scrum in their opponents half and a passage on good handling and passing across the line released Jordan on the right whose strength and speed were too much for Northampton Old Boys to handle and he scored in the corner.
Northampton Old Boys rallied and Stockwood defended heroically and our hosts thought the had equalised only for a last ditch tackle by William held the ball up. However, the pressure eventually told and Old Boys ran in a try underneath the posts which they duly converted. Instead of our boys heads going down the reply was almost instantaneous and a clever wind assisted kick by Kieran tested the Old Boys full back. Once again Jordan outpaced his opponents to score his second try of the day, a try which Kieran converted to make the score at half-time 12 point to 7 in favour of the visitors.

The second half was to prove even more competitive than the first with some hard tackles and scraps all over the pitch. The only score of the second half came from a really good team effort, when Connor released a quick ball from a Stockwood scrum to Kieran. The ball was then moved through the hands to Max and then Joe Ladley before Reece exploded down the left. Fortunately Joe L was able to keep up with him in support and a clever pass by Reece allowed Joe L to score between the posts.
Both teams were resolute in defence for the rest of the half with neither side able to add to their points tally. A very good win for Stockwood by 17 points to 7 against a strong and physical opposition.
I was really impressed by the ball handling and decision making from Stockwood in testing conditions – more of the same over the rest of the season please. A special mention needs to be given to Rob Coupland, who was desperate for a box kick and much to his delight he was treated to not one but three from William and Connor!

Congratulations John!

Below are details of two awards recently given to John Howells for his contribution to local sport, both on and off the pitch, over the last 50 years.

John has held numerous key positions at Stockwood Park RFC at various stages during that time. President. Chairman. Secretary, Treasurer (for 25 years) and 1st xv Captain.  He was a fine rugby player having played for Llanelli and London Welsh before coming to teach in Luton. It is fitting that his huge contribution to Stockwood Park RFC should be recognised by the Rugby Football Union.

  1. Presented to him by The Rugby Football Union.

RFU President’s Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award.     This award has been for some time the major honour of the RFU Volunteer Recognition and Reward Programme. The RFU President invites an outstanding volunteer, who has been nominated by their Constituent Body (in our case The East Midlands RU) to a 6 Nations Match at Twickenham at which they and their guest are hosted by the RFU. John and his guest will be going to the England v France game in February 2019.

  1. BBC Three Counties Radio People Awards.

John also recently received a Bronze award at The BBC Three Counties Radio People Awards Ceremony in front of 400 people at The Grove Theatre Dunstable. This was for his voluntary contribution to local Sport which included Rugby at Stockwood Park RFC and Cricket at Luton Town and Indians CC.

John’s contributions to Stockwood Park RFC are shown above.

For Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club John again held all the key Committee positions at various times including President. Chairman. Secretary. Treasurer and Fixture Secretary. He was a key official in the merger of Luton Town CC and Luton Indians CC.

He was also a Committee Member for Bedfordshire County Cricket Club, holding the position of team Secretary / Manager for several years.

Halloween Party 2018

Calling all souls to our Day of the Dead Halloween Party!

As the life of the dead are placed in the memory of the living…

Bring your best costume!

Raffle prizes
DJ
Games
Mexico Food
Saturday 27th October 2018
7pm til late

£5 per ticket

Tickets available online here

Stockwood Park RFC U17 vs Old Grammarians U17

The U17s had their first league game this morning against Old Grammarians. Unfortunately, SPRFC got a walkover as Old Grammarians only had twelve, the game, however the game went ahead. I would like to welcome back Reece Sweeney, Callum McIntyre and Connor Nash for their first outings of the new season and a special mention to Carter who came out of retirement to represent us! Also thanks to Sam Tenny who joined the ranks to make up the numbers.

To enable the game to take place Connor, Aadil and Sam made up the numbers for Old Grammarians in the first half. Our visitors came out of the blocks quicker than Park and a period of pressure led to the game’s first try and conversion for Old Grammarians. I am not sure why we started so slowly – whether we underestimated our opponents or we were just too asleep but fortunately conceded a try seemed to wake the boys up! No one side took charge of the game until Stockwood took control of a rolling maul that led to Steven ‘the crab’ Missen, after one of his typical sideway runs charged down the right side leaving the OG players in his wake before scoring in the corner. After another period of sustained pressure by the home team Jordan ran past the defence to score under the posts a try that was converted by Kieran to give the home team a 12 point to 7 lead as the referee blew for half time.

The three Stockwood players that had played for OG in the first half were swapped with Luke, Jordan and Joe Sweeney. I am not sure what Riz and Darren said at half time but whatever it was it seemed to have the desired effect. This time it was Stockwood who started the quicker a good passage of play led to the new lad, Sam Tenny’s first try for the U17s, a try that was converted by Kieran. This score was quickly followed by a second try for Steven.

Stockwood then started to really turn the screw and dominated the rest of the game. Kieran was released by Dan Loft and showed an incredible turn of pace that not only leave OGs defence in his wake but also his own team mates. A minute later Steven completed his hat trick with a strong run down the right, a try which was duly converted by Kieran. Dan Loft showed off his new pair of boots as he weaved his way through a tired OG defence to score his first try of the season. From the resulting kick off, Old Grammarians tested Carter deep in the corner, Carter was up to the challenge and caught the ball cleanly, tip toed past a number of the players before executing an excellent reverse pass to Sam Tenny who went off on an explosive run. As Sam was caught he managed to offload to Eoin who ran in Stockwood’s eighth try of the day to complete a comprehensive 46 points to 7 victory.

Considering the number of injuries we have I would like to say how impressed I was with the way the team conducted themselves and were there to support one another. A few handling errors by Stockwood meant the score line did not run away from Old Grammarians, but I am sure that after more games these errors will soon be eliminated.

Bedford Queens v Stockwood Park

Stockwood Park RFC will not recall with affection their first league game on a Rugby Football Union 4G artificial pitch. Saturday’s opponents, Bedford Queens RFC, who share their playing facility with Bedford Athletic RFC, had use of the 4G pitch for their home league fixture with Park. Unfortunately, Park were defeated in the match and came away with two serious injuries for their troubles. Flanker Michael Powell with ankle ligament damage and Centre Jason Mitchell with a damaged Hamstring.

Park started well. Brandon Lewsey playing Fly Half in the absence of the unavailable James Hankey, kept Park on the attack with some accurate kicking to keep the Queens defence under pressure but on a break out from their own half Queens kicked a penalty and soon followed up with a converted try from a powerful rolling maul which gave them a 10-0 lead. As halftime approached Queens scored another try before Park bounced back and Brandon Lewsey scored a good try to make the score 15 – 5 to Queens at the break.

Any hope for a recovery in the second half faded as Queens extended their lead to 23 – 5 with a try and penalty before Brandon Lewsey, Park’s man of the match, again drove himself over for a try, converted by Matt Jones to take the score to 23 – 12 to Queens.  Queens added a further penalty to complete a 26-12 victory.

This Saturday Park return to Cup action when they entertain Shipston on Stour in the 2nd round of the RFU National Vase.

Park’s 2nd xv continued their strong start to the season with a close 12-11 league victory over Ampthill.

YO HO HO HO HO!

Birstall RFC, on their first ever visit to Stockwood Park, must have thought that Christmas had come early as Park, having dominated possession in the second half, mainly through their excellent lineout where lock Jack Wharton was impressive and drawn level at 15 – 15, then managed to squander four clear try scoring chances to take victory and a possible extra bonus point.

For Park the game started as last week with their scrummage under early pressure and Birstall soon moved into a 3-0 lead with a penalty. However, against the run of the play Park then took the lead themselves when Centre Jason Mitchell forced his way over the line for a try following forward pressure. The visitors bounced straight back to score a try of their own to give them an 8-5 lead at half time.

In the second half Park started to build the pressure as a constant supply of ball gave them opportunities to attack. Unfortunately, a missed opportunity on one side of the pitch saw Birstall increase their lead with an interception try which they converted to lead 15-5. Park now dominated the last 30 minutes as first No 8 Michael Powell drove over for a try and then left-wing James Young followed up with another. Neither try was converted.  Park continued to attack and both loose head prop Justin Harkin and scrum half Frank Daly were stopped just short. Park finished on the attack but could not secure the victory. A case of what might have been.

Next week Park travel to Bedford Queens for their next league match.

Park’s 2nd xv defeated Bedford Swifts by 38-10.  Tries were scored by Bennett. Anderson (2). Standring. Peacock and Brady. Jones kicked four conversions.

2018/19 Fixture lists now available

 

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Cup Win For The Park In Local Derby

Stockwood Park and Dunstablians used the first available non-league Saturday of the season to play their first-round tie of this season’s Bedfordshire Cup.

After a close, competitive but error ridden game, primarily due to the arrival of rain, Park emerged as 17-11 winners from this local derby in which Dunstablians established scrum dominance, particularly in the first half but Park controlled the lineout and gradually took control of the game through the second half. Park were well served by their powerful number 8 Ben Griffin and by man of the match, scrum half Frank Daly, who was at the heart of Park’s excellent defence.

In this rain affected match Dunstablians scrummage platform and pressure soon secured a 3-0 lead but with Park withstanding further pressure their centre Brandon Lewsey intercepted a loose pass close to his own 22 metre line and ran the length of the pitch to score a try giving Park a 5-3 lead which they held until halftime.

In the second half Park came more and more into the game and with 20 minutes to go increased their lead to 12-3 after some good forward pressure saw Brandon Lewsey drive over for his second try which he also converted. Dunstablians added a further penalty to take the score to 12-6 before Park secured the crucial score when a sharp pass from Fly half, James Hankey, prominent throughout, put replacement left wing James Pedder over for a try wide out.

With a few minutes to go Dunstablians pulled a try back following a fine run by their right wing to set up a tense and exciting end to this Cup Match with Park finally securing a 17-11 victory.

This Saturday Park revert to league action when they play Birstall RFC at home.

Game on game improvement from the ladies

On what proved to be a rather Warm Sunday afternoon Stockwood Ladies entertained Hitchin on the first home league game of the season , with none of the local teams having Ladies Rugby Hitchin is pretty well a local Derby ..
We have never beaten Hitchin as over the years they have had an established Ladies team and good numbers and good coaching .. we are in the second year of our Journey with a New Coach and we are learning with every game ..

With some of our more established squad away or indisposed it was a chance for some of the younger members of the squad to put their hands up …and put their hands up they did…

We had talked about last week’s rustiness and that the second half was ok but this week we couldn’t afford a slow start .. especially as Hitchin hammered last year’s runners up by 50 pts the previous week.
We talked about asserting ourselves individually and therefore collectively taking responsibility for our own performance and not coming off the field at the end feeling .” I could have done better”

We started very well , on the front foot and Hitchin couldn’t get out of their half .. the forwards were retaining the ball well and even when we lost possession Amy and Abbie ( the terrible twosome) would stop Hitchin and often turn the ball back over. With Hannah Thomas belying her tender age of 17/18 with her real intensity and the returning Kristie having a real impact , Hitchin were put on the back foot … The game was becoming a real tussle but both teams were trying to play rugby and get the backs involved whenever they could … Stockwoods New backline of Tracey , Cat ,Pariese and Ellen on one wing Chloe on the other ..were up fast and making their tackles .. I don’t think there was a clear line break by either side in the first half which shows how evenly matched the teams were .. the last fifteen of the half where some changes had been made by both sides due to the sheer physical intensity of the game , was played more in Stockwoods half but the defensive structure was awesome with the girls working for each other and defending on the front foot and when Hitchin did finally break the line out wide .. Annie was there to crash their winger into touch as she was about to score … Hitchin have a big second row and she is very adept at keeping herself moving .. we had been double teaming her and stopping her in her tracks .. when she finally did get some momentum and crashed over Amy had made sure she was underneath her and held her up …
Finally turning the ball over Tracey cleared to touch and relieved the pressure .. and the half was up .. 0-0 and a very entertaining game played in a great spirit and with 2 focussed teams not letting up … Dara (Yorkshiiiire ) Cath ,Kristie, Leeanne, Amy, Hannah, Ally , Daisy and Abbie had been a magnificent unit and with Tracey , Cat and the rest of the backs looking good also … Katie making loads of tackles leading from the front as a Captain should .. it was really a very good half of Rugby

Second half was always going to be difficult with the effort that had been put in but the rotation and squad numbers always allowed for a bit of a breather .. not forgetting Hitchin who had worked hard also … however they pounced on an early mistake to put some pressure on us but like in the first half were met generally with a brick wall , the big second row finally managed to get a small break and although she was tackled managed to stretch and get the ball down … with the conversion missed the way the game was going this might have been the only score .. swapping a few things around again due to some minor injuries that need attending Hitchin took advantage of this and scored again this time the conversion was made …. With about ten minutes to go clearly Hitchin were starting to flag and after a great tackle at the stand in fullback Catherine .. we started to create some gaps with Pariese breaking through and driving into Hitchens half we looked like we might have time to get back into this .. with 5 mins to go Pariese again made a clean break and was through with only yds. to go she was caught .. but if she had dived forward I am sure she would have scored … but maintained possession and set it back for the support that was there only for Hitchin to dive over the ball .. ref allowed it unfortunately which gave them chance to clear .. we were knocking on the door now and with Daisy and Katie and most of the others going for it …couldn’t quite open it .. we moved the ball wide and with the overlap it looked sure Ellen would score but the pass was high and she had to stretch a bit which unfortunately meant she couldn’t gather it and with that the whistle blew for the end ….

We always look for indicators for improvement and Hitchin are a good barometer as the last scores have been 90-0 55-0 25-0 and now 12-0 and we should have scored at least once shows how far we have come as a side .. with 30+ signed on and some friendlies being booked Ladies Rugby at Stockwood is in a good place … now it’s starting to be good on the field as well ….. Abbie was my player of the match ..simply everywhere and Pariese and Sophie have shown us a glimpse of the future … and wow its exciting ….
Finally I can’t let the game go without a mention for Cathy Edmonds .. one of our older members but you wouldn’t know it the effort she puts in .. always gives 100% or more she truly is a terrific role model and we would really miss her is she is not around … look at Cath girls ..do half of what she does and we will be in a great position ….

So Close!

Stockwood Park’s second league match of the season was a tremendous game of exciting rugby played with total commitment on both sides and well refereed.  Casuals, who finished one point off promotion last season finally took the honours on their own ground by 22-21, but not before Park, led from the front by Skipper and Hooker Tom Childs, had competed with great spirit and skill to nearly secure the victory themselves.

Casuals started with intent and were soon 7-0 up slicing through Park’s defence after collecting a loose ball in midfield and then adding to this with a penalty to take the score to 10-0 after 30 minutes. With both sides seeking to attack Park were soon on the scoreboard themselves when, following forward pressure, Centre Brandon Lewsey scored a try which he also converted, and which was soon followed by another try, this time from left wing Kyran Ryan who outpaced the home defence to score near the posts. Lewsey added the extras to give Park a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Unfortunately, a yellow card for a “professional” foul robbed Park of Brandon Lewsey for ten minutes at the start of the second half, with Casuals taking advantage to score again and take the lead at 15-14.  Park continued to attack and their quality lineout possession, where locks Phil Doherty, Jack Wharton and back row Michael Powell and Will Varnals excelled was crucial. From such a lineout on the Casuals 22 metre line Park produced a powerful drive which was stopped illegally on the home team’s try line and which resulted in a penalty try to give Park a 21-15 lead.

With eight minutes to go pressure from Casuals resulted in their winning converted try to leave them as 22-21 victors. Park took much credit for their performance including a losing bonus point.

Park’s 2nd xv made it three wins out of three with a 34-22 victory over Albanians 3rd xv and Park’s 3rd xv defeated a Hitchin xv by 27-7.