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Stockwood Park 1XV v Stamford 1XV

Despite producing what was probably their most disappointing performance of the season so far, Stockwood Park took what should have been a match winning lead early into injury time at the end of the second half when tight head prop Rob Day crashed over in the corner and Fly Half Brandon Lewsey gave Park a 14-13 lead with an outstanding conversion from the touchline.  Unfortunately, promotion chasing Stamford forced their way back into Park’s half and after giving Park a reprieve with a missed penalty kick in front of the posts, they retook possession and with the last move of the game secured victory with a try through their forwards.

The game was not a great spectacle in difficult playing conditions but Park, struggling in the lineout, failed to produce their usual rhythm. They started slowly and allowed the competitive visitors into a 10-0 lead before Full back, James Brennan, joining the line, scored a try which was converted by Brandon Lewsey. Stamford added a Penalty which gave them a 13-7 lead at halftime.

The second half became a dour slog with Park struggling to break out of their own half before the match burst into life through the last few minutes of injury time. Park’s defeat moves them to third place in the league table and this Saturday they travel to Oakham RFC to complete the first half of the season.

Park’s 2nd XV continued their successful run with a 41 – 19 victory over Stamford 2nd XV

BBOB 1XV v Stockwood Park 1XV

Stockwood Park moved to the top of the league table with a comprehensive victory on Saturday over Northampton BBOB by 35 points to 5. Park scored 5 tries to secure a bonus point win and all the tries were converted by some outstanding kicking from Fly Half Brandon Lewsey. Although Park dominated the game there was still some frustration that they left at least 3 tries out there following brilliant attacking moves which failed at the last moment with the final pass.

For Park there were some fine performances with their line out jumpers, Jack Wharton, Phil Doherty and Michael Powell supplying a constant source of good ball and with a man of the match performance from Scrum Half Frank Daly, who scored 2 tries, one from a quickly taken penalty which saw him cross the line before the home team were aware and which saw him involved and committed in attack and defence.

Park started slowly and conceded a try within a few minutes to go 5-0 down before they got going.  BBOB worked hard but Park’s slick handling was very effective and in the first half they moved into a 21-5 lead at halftime with tries from Brandon Lewsey, Alfie Daly and his brother Frank.  In the second half Frank Daly added his second try before No 8 Will Bennett charged over for Park’s 5th try, all of them converted by Lewsey.

This Saturday Park take on Stamford at home in a top of the table League clash. KO 2.15pm.

Park’s successful 2nd XV continued their good run with a 21-7 victory over Brackley.

Ladies vs ONs

The latest fixture for Stockwood Ladies was an important day in many ways and for lots of reasons. It was against Old Northamptonians; a long established, BIG club in the East Midlands with players representing at that level too. This was the return of the early season fixture, but this time, having drawn them in the East Mids cup, this was a double header…

Soft underfoot, bright and dry, conditions were pretty good apart from a brisk wind. This season has been a strange one for the Huns with a lot of changes disrupting things a bit, but today we had the Uni girls back in our side and a big thanks to them for making the effort to travel from Birmingham, Leeds and Plymouth to bolster the squad to our more normal 22. The pre-match warm up was pretty good, I felt everybody was focused and the pre-match talk centred around heart. We may be many things as a group but when we put our hearts on the line I believe we are a match for anybody.

From the start, ONs came fast and with their excellent 13 cutting lines we were on the back foot. Stopping them at our 5-metre line, we defended pretty well from there, counter rucking and challenging the ball. ONs were retaining the ball well and have very good handling in the back line, finally the 13 found some space to go and score in the corner: 5-0. From the restart we managed to hold onto possessions better; we were rucking well with Kristie, Abbie and Dara at the forefront, Hannah and Shania on hand to take the second phase and Claire, Tracey and Cathy keeping the possession. It was a real to and fro, with ONs occasionally turning over the ball and then Tracey doing her thing to get it back. ONs managed a couple of line breaks but getting past Eleanor and Fresh was proving difficult, to then find Lisa who provided a stonewall and on several occasions made incredible tackles to thwart the advances. Hannah made a couple of clean breaks to get us going forward, Eleanor looked like she was through only to be caught but the support was there to maintain the ball and for the next 10 minutes of the game we were camped in ONs 22. We recycled the ball well and kept challenging the line, managing to move it wide, committing players by offloading in the tackle. The final pass came from Eleanor to Sophie, who had the overlap, and cut back inside to score by the posts, only for the ref to blow for a forward pass, and for us to keep possession because of a previous offside infringement. We had the ball turned over on the line and cleared and the rest of the half petered out in the midfield.

If we our honest with ourselves, we should have levelled it up. We had the possession and the opportunity, we just didn’t take it. If we had been level at half time that would have been a fair reflection on two sides going at each other hard and not giving and inch either way. In the second half we had the wind on our backs and the setting sun behind us, could this push us towards and amazing win…The efforts of the first half were showing, Katie was changed for Charli, Shania was off, and Daisy was returning from a long lay-off with injury, but still the strength was there.

From the KO we knocked on and this gave ONs another chance to put us under early pressure, sensing that from the 22 they threw everything at it, switching directions but being met with stoic defence. Eleanor, Hannah, Abbie, Tracey, everybody pretty much putting their bodies in the way. ONs kept possession though and eventually crashed in the corner to go 10-0 up. It was the next 10 minutes which would define this game, we overturned the ball and pushed ONs back and as in the first half we laid siege to their line phase after phase of attack kept out. Daisy looked to have crashed over to be held up. From the ensuing scrum we again attacked, Hannah, Daisy and Abbie all trying to get over, Dara, Kristie and Shania also. We lost possession and ONs cleared, from the ensuing lineout we turned over the ball in midfield and attacked again. Finally go a little wider, Daisy and Hannah together to crash and score, but the whistle had gone. A yellow card was issued to ONs for deliberately fowling to stop a try, however we were only awarded a penalty. The consensus was to allow advantage as we still had possession for a score or a penalty try for deliberate offending, but we had neither. Losing possession as we tried too hard allowed ONs a little space to breathe. Their exceptional 13 found some tiny space to sprint away, managing to avoid both Sophies who valiantly tried to stop her before she could score under the posts and with the first conversion of the match, a huge moment. Instead of 10-7 it was now 17-0.

I can’t deny it was disappointing and understandably shoulders sagged a bit. The rest of the game was played with the Huns not getting enough possession and when their big forward managed to charge through and crash in the corner at 22-0 our opportunity was gone. Sophie as it turned out broke her thumb trying to stop this try and with some other adjustments, Tian was on to finish the game with Fresh dropping to fullback. ONs had one final attack and although T got her tackle in she stretched and reached for the line and with the converted score the final whistle blew.

29-0 the loss possibly not a true reflection but credit to ONS for their defence. There were two crucial periods in the game where their defence and experience was enough to see them through.

For me I hope we can gain the confidence that seems to be lacking. We have gone toe-to-toe with the 2 teams at the top of this table, and if we had taken our opportunities then there may well have been different outcomes. As a forward outfit when we are switched on nobody is better, we more than compete in this area and as a back line again we create opportunities but don’t always take them. To ONs I would like to thank their Coach for the nice words, he said that at half–time his team talk was about the potential of losing the game, and they possibly upped themselves by a small percentage to see them through, but he felt they had never been pushed as hard all year.

The returning Hannah was everywhere and deservedly got forward of the match but that shouldn’t take away the efforts of the other 7 because I thought the forwards were magnificent all day. Lisa received back of the match for the incredible performance at full back until she was injured in the second half. But Eleanor, Fresh and the 2 Sophies gave all they could, both our scrum halves did a great job and all the finishers tried their hardest.

Today turned on fine margins and I had asked everybody to put their heart on the line and I got what I asked for and couldn’t be prouder, the more we play together like this the more we will take the opportunities when they arrive, and then the results will change.

Believe Huns. Belief and brave hearts, each and every one of you!

Stockwood Park 1XV v Handsworth 1XV

Stockwood Park reached the semi-final of the Midlands RFU Senior Vase with what was eventually a comprehensive victory by 36-13 over visitors Handsworth.  Park welcomed back from injury , Man of the Match Michael Powell who had a fine game, they scored 6 excellent tries and although the visitors remained in contention for much of the game, it was Park’s pace and superior handling in the backs that saw them draw comfortably clear by the end.

Park started well when left wing Kyran Ryan sped over in the corner with only three minutes on the clock and this try was soon followed by a further score from number 8 Will Bennett with Brandon Lewsey adding the extras.  Handsworth responded with their own try before Fly Half Lewsey drove over for a try close to halftime to extend Park’s lead to 17-5 at the break.

In the second half Park extended their lead to 22-8 with a second try for Will Bennett but a certain loss of concentration allowed the visitors to score again and apply some pressure to Park at 22-13.  Park however finished the game in style with two excellent team tries.  Kyran Ryan scored his second and after some excellent inter passing Full Back Rob Jack completed the scoring.  Centre Sean Martyn added the extras to both tries to give Park a conclusive victory at 36-13.

This week Park return to League action with a visit to Northampton BBOB.

Park’s 2nd XV defeated neighbours Luton RFC  24-15 to complete a successful weekend for the Club.

Girls Rugby – Pitch up and play (ages 10 – 18)

With no rugby experience required from any girls wanting to try out rugby, Dunstablians RUFC and Stockwood Park RFC are offering pitch up and play sessions to girls from age 10 through to 18.

In line with the RFU #innerwarrior and ‘ release your inner warrior’ campaigns to encourage girls to try out contact rugby two of the local rugby clubs in Bedfordshire and on the Hertfordshire border are offering sessions for girls to come and give rugby ‘a go’.

Stockwood Park and Dunstablians have combined their resources to give the best possible exposure and experience to any girls wanting to try rugby with sessions running alternately across the two clubs.

With a mix of female and male coaching staff on hand to run the sessions girls of any experience can come along and take part in the sessions.   The sessions will cater for players of absolutely no experience at all to players that have played for years – you will fit right in irrespective of your level of experience!

The sessions will involve a warm-up along with some basic drills and then into a game against other girls of the same skill level.   If you are feeling nervous about playing a game, come along, do the warmup and skills and you can the watch the games and jump in at any point if you decide you want to have a go!  You can also just watch and make your mind up at a later time.

Some of the pitch and play sessions will be followed by our ladies team playing their next league match, keep an eye out on our website for where these dates overlap.

The sessions are as follows:

Stockwood Park RFC
08/12/2019 @ 12:00pm
02/02/2020 @ 12:00pm

Dunstablians RUFC
26/01/2020 @ 12:00pm
08/03/2020 @ 12:00pm

The sessions will run for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours with the clubhouse facilities available to all taking part and spectators.

2019/20 Fixture lists available

The 2019/20 fixture lists for all teams are now available on our website.   The fixture lists are also available on your smartphone or computer by subscribing via the links below.

There as still some fixtures are still to be added, updates to fixtures on the website will automatically be updated to your computer or smartphone if you subscribe.    You must set up the calendar to refresh regularly otherwise updates will not automatically be picked up by your device.

You can unsubscribe from a fixture list at any time.

How to get fixture lists on your smartphone

Google calendar users should select the Google link for the team you want to follow below.    For Windows, Macs and smartphones where you do not use Google calendars, select from the Windows/Mac links below.   When you click on a link you will be prompted to add the subscription, select how often you want the fixture list to be refreshed from the website, select if you want to be notified when fixtures do change or if you just want them to be silently updated in the background, then click ‘ok’ or ‘yes’ and that’s it!    The fixtures should now appear.

You may subscribe to as many fixture lists as you like.    There is a single fixture list at the bottom of the list that includes all fixtures.

If you already subscribe last season the fixtures will already be reflected in your smartphone calendar.

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*If you need assistance in setting up a subscription on your laptop or smartphone we have a helpless desk which operates on a Thursday evening after practice at the bar.   After 9:30 and a few beers we have many experts available to offer help and advice.

Stockwood Park 1XV v Spalding 1XV

Stockwood Park conceded their first league defeat of the season on the last play of the game in testing conditions at London Road.  Park started the match brightly with early pressure rewarded by a Brandon Lewsey penalty in the second minute.  Park showed their pace outside after 16 minutes when Sean Martyn made a sharp interception and break and found the speedy Kyran Ryan running a fine line up the middle to sprint in from 40 metres out. Lewsey added the conversion for a 10-0 lead.  The visitors came back with a converted try of their own and a further penalty from Lewsey gave Park a 13-7 lead at the interval.

In the second half the bigger visiting pack of forwards began to gain some ascendancy and put Park under pressure, denying them the ball and leading to some uncharacteristic handling errors.  Two further tries followed as a result, allowing the visitors to take the lead for the first time after 65 minutes.  The lead was short lived however as Park came back and Lewsey made a strong break and forced his way over the line.  He converted himself for a 15 point haul.  At 20-17 up going into the final minute Park thought they done enough, but a missed touch finder on the last play allowed the powerful Spalding forwards to rumble over from short range for the win.

Next Saturday, Park entertain Handsworth in the quarter final of the RFU Senior Vase at London Road.

Huntingdon 1st XV v Stockwood Park 1st XV

Despite spending long spells of the game under intense pressure from a skilful and physical Huntingdon forward pack, a combination of magnificent defence from the whole of the Park team allied to a fierce determination not to lose their unbeaten league record saw Park finish with what must be one of their most satisfying victories of the season so far.

Park moved quickly into a 10 – 0 lead with a fine individual try from their speedy left wing, Kyran Ryan, following a long miss pass from Harry Bishop. Fly Half Brandon Lewsey, who kicked with great skill throughout, added the extras and then kicked a penalty.

Huntingdon responded powerfully and soon had levelled the score at 10 – 10 with two unconverted tries before taking the lead at 17-10 early in the second half. Responding to skipper Tom Childs example, Park now competed with skill and commitment as a team, with the Daly brothers, Alfie and Frank, prominent in some great defence.

As the home team began to wilt and with 10 minutes to go, Park levelled the score with a fine team try finished by number 8 Will Bennett and converted by Brandon Lewsey.  As Park applied more pressure Lewsey kicked two further penalties to give him a personal haul of 13 points and take Park to a well deserved victory.

This Saturday Park continue their league programme with a game against Spalding RFC at home.  This will be the first fixture between the two Clubs

Ladies vs Royston

Stockwood ladies travelled to The Heath at Royston in their latest league outing. Royston, who had beaten league-leaders Old Northamptonians last time out, were now joint top and using social media to let us know they were looking to settle the score from the previous meeting last season.

Our last game against Royston was the defining moment of last season, securing second place with a fantastic display of grit, determination and skill. It’s relevant to mention that from that day we have had a change of 12 players, which is a lot and makes a massive difference today. Our recent injury troubles have been well documented, whilst not wanting to dwell on it, as every side has their issues, it does feel like we’ve been hit particularly hard. We have been working very well in training, with lots of players in new positions or inexperienced players getting greater opportunities with the injury count, all in all, it’s coming together.

A new pre-match structure seems to be having a positive effect with the Huns, with the need to switch themselves on. We wanted to kick into the sun first as later in the game it would be very low. Abbie: on-pitch captain, as Daisy is long-term injured, won the toss and we got what we wanted.

Royston are always a well-drilled outfit, but they rely heavily on their 10-12 axis and their fullback, we discussed shutting them down as best we could. The forwards had worked massively on the breakdown and support play and the early skirmishes were very encouraging, as ball retention was excellent and counter rucking brilliant also. The scrum was functioning well and even the lineout was on point. We were trying a little too hard and rushing a little, and whilst on the front foot, gave Royston some possession. The aforementioned 12 pushed us back into our own half for a while. A slight criticism was that we were not coming up quick enough as a defensive unit and once 12 had got some speed up she was always making ground of offloading at the right time. Charli, Fresh and Sophie were doing a great job with a scrambling defence, and Lisa at fullback looked like a brick wall. From an attack of our own after good handling from Abbie, Dara and Claire, there was a breakdown on Royston’s 22. I then heard a call for a change, as Ally had hit the ruck with her forehand, with a golf-ball sized lump appearing, she had to come off and Lee-Anne was on.

Royston started to get a little possession, we missed a couple of tackles and found ourselves defending our own 5 metre line. No. 12 was trying to knock the door down, finally scoring and converting. At 7-0 it was a little disappointing, because we made an error and they scored. This is where these games are won and lost, and I think this disheartened us a bit. Again, after some excellent play, we managed to lose possession and once more the 12 broke the line and pushed us back again. By this time Cathy was on for Lee-Anne as she would be needed in the second half, as with Ally off, we only had one sub. With 12 scoring again and converting, at 20 minutes gone it was 14-0. We had had a lot of possession and played with excellent structure, so possibly not that reflective or our performance. Royston, however, had taken advantage of their opportunities, where we had missed a couple of ours. With a couple of minutes left of the half, Royston kicked for territory, won back possession from a knock on and scored once more. Half time score: 19-0.

The half-time discussion was around the effort and structure which had been exceptional, but we needed to defend coming forward. Royston had some strange rallying call which suggested they knew the second half wouldn’t be easy. I thought we had better forwards and should look to dominate that area. We started the second half well, with Royston only getting out of their half 2-3 times. Once, unfortunately, was for 10 to pretty much run the full length to score. From a scrum she tried to go blind, Abbie had read the move and shut it down, where she ran back the other way. With Katie getting blocked from tackling, which the ref missed, she ran through the space. She possibly could’ve been stopped twice but did enough to get herself over. At 24-0 this was a long way back. I saw something return from last year, the belief in themselves. The Huns started to grind Royston down and with wave after wave of attack and numerous penalties, it looked like we couldn’t get over. But with excellent ball retention, we finally had some space wide and through hands to Aimee who cut back inside, she forced her way over and converted her own score. 24-7 and no more than was deserved.

Once we had the ball again, we drove forward. It was clear that Royston were struggling, and we were really growing in confidence, with Dara having an exceptional game, Shania driving at the line, P and Tracey securing some awesome turnovers, we had the lions share of possession. From a scrum, Katie picked and went blind, and for all the world, Sophie looked like she was in. But Royston scrambled her out of play. Again, as the pressure built, Royston were giving away penalties in the danger zone. Fesh, Charli and Claire all being forced off the line. Somehow, Royston turned the ball over and went to pass their way out of trouble only for Sophie to intercept and score in the corner. 24-12 and definitely in control. However, this proved to be the last play of the game and albeit another loss, this was a very good performance and without 4 or 5 errors, may well have been a different outcome.

At 24-0 it could have been easy to give up, but that’s not what this group is about. In the 3 years I have been here, there are only a couple of times that you could say we have “dropped off”. It was a great game, fiercely contested and in good spirit. We are growing and coming again, with 18 fit and ready, we have our challenges but with some new players shaping up nicely, and the core staying together we are in a good place. If we continue like this, the results will come.

Katie and Charli, who rotate scrum half duties, had great games. P, Abbie, Dara, Tracey, Shania, Cathy, Cath, Lee-Anne, Claire and Ally were, as a group, awesome. Not forgetting Aimee, again in controlling form of the undeniable talent that is Fresh. Stonewall Lisa, firewoman Sophie, and of course Chloe, who whatever happens, always has a smile on her face.

Well done Park, well played!

Forward of the match: Pariese Roberts

Back of the match: Aimee Aslam

Gnome one like you: Sophie King

Stockwood Park 1XV v St Neots 1XV

Stockwood Park maintained their unbeaten position at the top of the League with what was eventually a comfortable bonus point victory over St Neots. The score line however does not reflect a determined defensive display by the visitors in the second half which restricted Park to just one further score after turning round with a 21 – 3 lead at halftime.

Despite a few changes in selection Park soon settled into their game and took the lead after 10 minutes with a try from number 8 Will Bennett. Brandon Lewsey added the extras.  Further forward pressure released Park’s backs for right wing James Brennan to score wide out, converted by Lewsey with a fine kick.  St Neots then kicked a penalty before just ahead of halftime Park’s debutant Full back, Rob Jack, scored a brilliant individual try, scything through the visitors defence to score under the posts for Lewsey to convert.

Park started the second half with a rush and scored their bonus point fourth try through lock forward Conor Underwood to take the score to 26 -3 before the visitors scored their own converted try to make the score 26-10 and then frustrate Park with some committed defence.

This week Park travel to Huntingdon RFC for their next league fixture.

Park’s 2nd XV completed a winning double for the club with a hard fought 14-12 victory over Northampton Old Scouts RFC.