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Paddy’s Day – It’s still on at the park – see below for details

See updated details below.

The Guinness is chilling. The larger has bubbles and is cold. The G&Ts are ready to go along with a large variety of other beers and drinks.


The kitchen has started sourcing the grub.  shopping trip #1 completed – 5 more to go!  40kgs+++ of meat, 100kgs+++ of potatoes, carrots, leeks and onions. Soda bread galore!



This is the the place to be for everything you need to know about St Patrick’s Day at Stockwood Park

10:00 Clubhouse open
10:30 Kitchen open
12:00 Bar open
12:29 1 minute silence for Steven Cakebread and Dougie Deacon
12:30 Ladies showcase game – Postponed
12:15 Sponsors buffet for invited guests only upstairs in the viewing gallery
12:59 1 minute silence for Steven Cakebread and Dougie Deacon
13:00 Men vs Bedford Queens – Postponed
14:45 Six Nations – England vs Ireland (Main Hall and Marquee)

17:00 Six Nations – Wales vas France (Members Bar and upstairs viewing gallery)

17:00 Main Hall – Ticket Holders Only
Irish Band – The Skivers followed by DJ until midnight

01:00 Club closes

It’s a busy day at the Park this Saturday with 2 games and a 6 nations test match on our big 104” HD screen as well as other HD screens around the clubhouse in the afternoon.

Access to the clubhouse, the ladies and mens games as well as the 6 nations test is free of charge for all guests and club members. Tickets are only required for access to the main hall after 5pm.

The kitchen will be open for the usual burgers, bacon rolls, chips,coffees etc from 11am until 5pm. The Irish stew ,for ticket holders only, will be available from the kitchen located in the main hall from 2:45pm until 8pm.

At 5pm entry to the main hall will be limited to wrist band holders only.

Ticket holders should collect their wrist bands and tokens from a member of staff on arrival. Wrist bands are required to access the main hall after 5pm and the tokens must be presented for the free drink, Irish stew and evening buffet.

Non-wristband holders are welcome to relax in the members bar, upstairs viewing gallery until the club closes at 1am. Bar access for non-wristband holders is via the members bar only from 5pm onwards.

Raffle tickets will be sold from 12:00 until a few minutes before the draw at 16:30. The draw will take place in the main hall.

We would ask that when leaving the club that you please do so quietly so as not to disturb our neighbours.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the clubhouse. This includes all forms a e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Dougie Deacon Funeral Arrangements

Former Park forward Dougie Deacon who played second row and prop for almost 20 years died on Sunday 25th February after a long battle against illness.  Dougie was a popular and committed club man who enjoyed his rugby, on and off the pitch.  He was a tough competitor who was good to have on your side and will be missed by those who played with him and enjoyed his company over the years.

Our thoughts and with his wife Chris and his family at this sad time.

Dougie’s funeral is at 1:45 on Monday 19th March at Bedford Crematorium and then back to Cranfield  Management College afterwards.

Mark Lovell


Steven Cakebread

It is with great sadness that we have received news from Paul and Heather Cakebread that their son, Steven (Stevie), has passed away after a short illness during his on-going rehabilitation and care following a serious car accident in 2014.

Stevie joined Stockwood Park’s under 12’s youth side as a prop and continued as a loyal club member and player until his accident at the age of 17.  Stevie participated in all the tours from Holt in Norfolk through to sunny Spain forming great player bonds on and off the pitch and was becoming a much improved and recognised player.

After his accident, the community spirit of Stockwood Park Rugby Club came out and we hosted fundraising events to raise money for the East of England Air Ambulance Service as a thank you for their vital service and for home adaptations to allow Paul and Heather to bring Steven home from his 24/7 residential care home. Heather & Paul would like to thank everybody again for their support over the past few years and would love to see you all at the “Celebration of Steven’s Life”.

Stevie’s service is being held in the small chapel at the Luton Crematorium on Friday 23rd March at 4pm and afterwards at the club.  All are welcome and Paul and Heather have a request for you to wear a splash of colour on the day. They would rather no flowers but if you would like to make a donation to the Sawbridgeworth Neuro Centre who have looked after Stevie for the past 3 years please use the following link

From everyone at Stockwood Park Rugby Club, we send our deepest sympathies to Heather, Paul and the family and friends of Steven.

Rushden & Higham 17 Stockwood Park 17

This was a result for Stockwood Park of “what might have been “.  Despite having 75 – 80 % possession and territory, particularly in the first half, Park’s composure often deserted them as they camped on the home team’s try line but failed to secure the score.  Rushden’s defence was also solid and when they did have a scoring opportunity they took it to match Park at 3 tries each and secure the draw.

Park were on the attack for the first half hour but conceded the first score to the home team before levelling almost immediately when Flanker Jack Brooks was driven over just before halftime.

In the second half Rushden took the lead 10-5 before Jason Mitchell, playing on the wing, went over in the corner for a well constructed team try. Almost immediately Rushden went ahead again with a converted try before sustained Park pressure saw scrum half Frank Daly, who was busy throughout, sell a sharp dummy and score under the posts. Replacement Matt Jones added the extras.

The draw and bonus point moved Park into fourth position in the league in a congested mid table. This Saturday Park play Bedford Queens at home in their rearranged league fixture. There will be an early ko at 1pm .

Park’s 2nd xv maintained their impressive form with a comfortable victory over Rushden & Higham 2nd xv.  Former 1st xv Skipper, Michael Powell, had an encouraging return from a long term injury. Powell scored two tries and was fully involved in an excellent team performance.

John Humphreys.

Colts & U17 roundup

We’ve not produced a match report for a while but that does not mean to say its all been quiet for these age groups with a roundup of recent games below.

The Colts toured in Spain over the weekend 9-12 February after flying to Alicante on the Friday and then spending good social time in Benidorm on the Saturday watching the 6 nations games and then  travelling to Valencia on the Sunday to play Valencia.     Unbeknown to us the team we were set up to play by the tour company is 3rd in the Spanish national league and top in the Valencia region, the tour company setting us up against their 1st team squad rather than their 2nd team.

With the game also being played on Astroturf it was a reality check for the lads with a quick learning curve, unfortunately adapting too late into the game with the hosts getting a good lead which then proved impossible to reel back in.

Credit to the boys though as in the last quarter we started to get on top with the opposition coach commenting towards the end that if the surface was not astro the result may have read differently.




In all it was a great game well played by both teams with the opposition team proving some fantastic hospitality after the game.




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U17 vs Hitchin
With the U17s playing Hitchin in the weekend following the tour this was a bump back to ‘reality’ and English playing conditions.   With Hitchin getting their nose in front in the beginning and a then tit for tat scoring through the game until the last 15 minutes with Hitchin 26-24 in the lead it looked like Park were in for a loss.  With Park holding their discipline we managed to get on top with two fantastic tries in the closing minutes ending the game 36-26 victors!



Both of the last 2 tries engineered by ‘BoyBand’ Sibilia who in later weeks was to add to club history by playing with his older brother Giovanni in a 2XV against Welwyn.




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Colts vs Chess Valley
This past weekend saw the Colts take on Chess Valley having suffered defeat in the 1st game of the season to Chess going down 27-10.     The lads were quick off the mark and were quickly 3 tries – 0 in the lead, but with only 15 players and Chess with 22, things began to slow down towards the end of the half with Chess rotating fresh legs on at regular intervals.     With Chess losing a player to a red card just before the end of the half it looked like Park had the game in their gift – it was not to be with tit for tat scoring through the 2nd half until the last 5 minutes with Chess crossing for 2 tries easily getting past some tired legs putting the game out of reach for Park.  No excuses from Park though with Chess getting the upper hand in the last 20 minutes overall.      Even though the result did not go our way this was a ‘cracker’ of a game with some superb play by Park – let’s work on the fitness though lads!

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Finchley RFC versus Stockwood Park U16

Finchley RFC 20:33 Stockwood Park U16’s

Match report by Robert Coupland

Today it was London Calling for the Stockwood boys who were away at Finchley. It was excellent conditions for a game of rugby although a little cold. Going into this game both teams had some good wins under their belts and I was anticipating a good clash.

Initially the boys were put under pressure resulting in an early try for Finchley who missed the conversion to go 5:0 up. Finchley continued with the pressure which the Stockwood lads defended well against and some great defence exemplified by Max holding the opposition up over the line. But unfortunately he wasn’t going to last much longer due to a pre match injury and Reece Sweeney was waiting to get the call up following the EMRU cancellation.

The next points came from a Stockwood penalty deep in the Finchley half. The forwards lined up ready to drive the ball forward from the tap but the ball went swiftly through the back line instead fooling the Finchley defence leading to G.I. Joe Ladley going over for the first of his two tries. Kieran failing to convert but hitting the post. The next two scores in the first half were by some great back play culminating in Steve Missen and Reece Sweeney both scoring with Kieran converting both, making the half time score 5:19 to Stockwood. This set the tone for the second half and early on Finchley had the put in on the scrum in their own 10 metre line. A scrum half should always be testing the referee and scrum halves should know your rights. Will was asking the question should I stay or should I go. He decided to go and pounce on the opposition scrum half who spilled the ball for the ever present Dan Loft to pick up and score, again Kieran converting. Later in the game Will was unlucky not to repeat his sacking of the opposition scrum half at the scrummage and it was a case of he fought the law and the law won. The referee blowing up for offside.

The following points went to Finchley and the score was 10:26 to Stockwood. The main threat from Finchley was their large pack not the Brixton guns but big guns all the same, time after time their big runners were stopped in their tracks by some great and tenacious defence. In fact we had our own one man battering ram Mark ‘tommy gun’ Smith. You could see non of our boys train in vain and subsequently reaped the rewards for all the hard weeks work. Today’s match was probably the best team display of well supported unselfish back play ( Joe and Reece both playing their preferred roles in the backs) they were the magnificent seven which was epitomised by Stockwoods last try scored by G.I. Joe who danced past Ivan to support Kieran doing well to stay free which enabled Kieran to off load beautifully for him to score his second try and nicely converted by Kieran to make the score 33:10

Finchley did get two late consolation tries it was hardly death or glory making the final score a comfortable 20:33 win for Stockwood u16’s. Who travelled back up the m1 proudly smiling to themselves that Londons Burning after their dazzling performance.

As mentioned earlier the backs ran well for each other, supported well, took the ball at pace and found support if needed. I thought Steven Missen was outstanding and was closely followed by all the backs in a great team performance.

After the final whistle I was surprised considering this is England to hear the three coaches talking about Spain. Well actually it turned out to be Dan Spain and it’s not often you will hear all three coaches agree on anything but their overall consensus was what a excellent contribution Dan Spain made today and makes week in week out landing those hard tackles (Spanish bombs) never getting the accolades or glory of others or man of the match but definitely a real contender for player of the season due to his consistent high standard of hard forward graft every game. A well earned and truly deserved tribute.

Great game still improving every week, excellent performance as a team. The team are in their GCSE year and looking at career opportunities and this discipline committed team effort will bode them well for the future.

My only criticism at the risk of being told to go straight to hell after such a good performance. Is the boys when winning comfortably need to take complete control be more ruthless and finish the opposition off. Clampdown on unforced errors and be sharper at penalties.

It was a shame the captain’s Dad was not here to watch but he was hitting the waves in Manchester although I did hear Charlie don’t surf.

Ladies show the way again

With the games coming thick and fast the Ladies bounced back from last weeks “LESSON” to record a comfortable victory over Kilburn Cosmos to make it 2 out of 3

On what was a very Sunny but cold afternoon in North London we once again travelled with a squad of 21 with at least 3 or 4 regulars missing. This really is absolutely tremendous commitment

Unfortunately Kilburn are not in the same situation and despite some improved results in recent weeks they have been playing a 12 aside game and when we arrived only had 11 … we discussed lending players but they wanted to play with 12 so we did lend 1 Hazel … who it has to be said right from the start was magnificent all afternoon

Playing with 12 is a much more open game and you have to be mobile .. we talked about keeping our structure and playing like there was 15  aside .. as this will allow space to be created for  our wider players to exploit

We started well enough camped in Kilburns 22 but were all following the ball a bit and the structure I wanted wasn’t in place. However we did manage to force Kilburn on the defence and Eleanor who has been our rock defensively all season found some space to score in the corner  her first try of the season

From the restart we again forced Kilburn back and with Aimee running good ;lines and Irish joining the line from fullback we started to look a little more dangerous .. with the ball swinging back through good hands Cat off loaded to the joining Irish who had enough gas to go around and score her first try of the season to put us  10-0 up  fairly quickly .

We then lost our discipline for a bit and it became a midfield battle and Kilburn created a great move with great passing only to find that they had a couple of forwards needing to run the full length of the pitch .. they were caught and we managed to wrestle the ball back and with DAISY  , Fran and both Fays trying to punch some holes up the middle we tried to re-assert some control … Kilburn buoyed by their little bit of possession strung some phases together and suddenly looked threatening  with Stockwood looking a little leggy already .. they worked their way to the line with good offloading and support to score in the corner .. it looked like they may have been held up but in truth they deserved the score for a really good phase of play.

So Mr Grumpy here had a few words about structure … and from the re-start we never really looked back .. camping in Kilburns 22 we had several times Daisy was held up and with Fran and Amy coming on to really give us some punch .. Kilburn were already tiring … Cat found some space and went for the corner only to be hurled into touch but the tackle was very high and the ref awarded a penalty try … With Debs and Clare SL coming off for injuries albeit minor half time arrived with the score at   17 -5 ..

We changed a few personnel to get everybody a run and the second half started with a real purpose and possibly the try of the game went through all the backs hands and with Cat drawing the last 2 defenders off loaded to Ally who ran in to score .. although she nearly ran out of the end zone as it looked like she had forgotten to put the ball down ..for her first try of the season as well  and with Tracey now finding her range with the conversion at 24-5 .. Kilburns resistance was broken … with  further scores from Aimee who scored an excellent individual score from way out .. Fay 2 and Cat   we started to run away with it .. another conversion from Tracey and with the score at    41-5….. it was all done and with 10 minutes to go Kilburn had picked up a couple of injuries and only had 10 fit people on the pitch …. … What I love about the Ladies game is whilst its competitive its not always about the winning ..and neither side would benefit from the game continuing … Kilburn must be given credit for never giving up and fulfilling their fixture in the best way they can … we always receive a warm welcome and a hard but friendly game ….. a brief chat with the ref and Kilburn were happy to call time then and there.

So another win from the ever improving Ladies .. who apart from the first 10 minutes were excellent .. Aimee is really growing in confidence Irish had a stormer and several girls scored for the first time … all 21 played and without some of our more established players it was a really good run out.

Try Scorers …. Eleanor, Irish , Ally ,Aimee,Faye 2 and Cat ..with 2 Conversions from Tracey

Hazel was voted forward of the match for both sides  and Irish back …..

Next up Haringey…