IWRFC Weekly Club Events




Thu. 24 Apr. Training 6.30 pm at club - note earlier start
Sat. 26 Apr. 1sts v Farnborough (H) Hampshire Plate semi-final. 1.30 pm meet at club, 3 pm kickoff.

Sat. 26 Apr.

2nds v Farnborough (H)

Last 2nds game of season. 1.30 pm meet at club, 3 pm kickoff.

Sat. 26 Apr. Layla’s Day shenanigans Fundraising fun, a very special DJ and a woman dressed as a whoopee cushion. Be there. Stay at club after the games.











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Your club needs you!

So the end of the 2013-14 season is approaching, and there’s much at stake! The 1sts need to ensure they don’t get relegated from Hampshire One and are also looking to win the Hampshire Plate, while the 2nds are pushing for a top three merit table finish. There are some important games to be played, and the IWRFC needs your support, whether as a matchday volunteer or supporter.

Sat. 29 Mar - 1sts v Locksheath Pumas (A) (Hampshire Plate q-final), and 2nds v Andover (H)
Sat. 5 Apr - 1sts v Overton (H) and 2nds v Basingstoke (A)
Sat. 12 Apr - 1sts v Alton (H) and 2nds v Southsea Nomads (A)
Sat. 19 Apr - possible Plate s-final (would be at IWRFC)
Sat. 26 Apr - possible Plate final (would be at IWRFC)

See you there…



OPEN eveing to discuss the plans is *TUESDAY 4th MARCH *
TUESDAY 4th March at 7pm

IWRFC held an open evening on 4th March for residents so that any Residents or other interested parties were able to view the plans for the floodlighting development on Wootton Recreation Ground.

The meeting was very informal but opened at 7pm and closed at 8.30. During that time 16 people attended (11 residents). They were able to ask questions and view plans / diagrams detailing such items as design of the floodlights and light spill charts.

The meeting was held in great spirit with many positive comments being made by the residents and some new pledges of support. Concerns were discussed and it was felt by IWRFC that a better understanding of the plans was attained by those present. All in all the meeting was very positive and the Club are confident that all questions were answered.

A full list of attendees is held by IWRFC


Press Release

RUGBY Union on the Isle of Wight received a major boost today when Isle of Wight RFC was chosen by the Rugby Football Union to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales.

Supporting the choice of the Isle of Wight RFC as a Legacy Centre is a grant of £38000 which will be used to install floodlighting at the club and confirm a partnership between the RFU and club to be Fit for 2015.The grant will enhance the club’s facilities and provide a resource for use by the local community.

Hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy for rugby union and the RFU has committed a £10m investment which will create a network of over 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club rugby participation throughout England can be built.
“The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group.” said RFU Area Facilities Manager Jason Bowers
“This investment will also support the club’s financial sustainability leading into the Rugby World Cup and will create a focus for England 2015 and a lasting rugby union legacy for rugby in the community. The floodlights will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Club Chairman, Nick Puckett, said: “We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by Hampshire RFU. We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local community can utilise and be proud of. The 2015 Rugby World Cup will inspire a new wave of people of all ages to become involved in rugby and this RFU investment will help our club to be even better equipped to welcome newcomers.”

“This investment by the RFU is excellent news.” said Nick Puckett “The Isle of Wight RFC has had an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future.”

Isle of Wight RFC is one of many clubs across England benefitting from investment through the RFU Lead Up and Legacy fund. To find out more go to www.rfu.com/betterfacilities.

The Club is holding an open evening on the 4th March at the Clubhouse, Wootton Rec form 7pm.


Race Night!

On Saturday 8th March, after the 1sts and 2nds play at home, and the Six Nations games have finished, there will be a race night with a 6.45 pm start! Drink and bet, bet and drink. If you’d like to sponsor a race or buy a horse or two (£2 each), speak to Simmo or Joni before the big night. Bring your friends, family, etc. for an evening of fun and jolly japes!


Memory Lane

This week, Romsey bring two teams to us. Here’s what the archives threw up:

11 Feb. 2006 IW 17 Romsey 12

A relegation-threatened Island threw themselves a lifeline at Wootton with a crucial win against bottom club Romsey. The Islanders remain second from bottom of Hampshire One but edged closer to the safety zone with this victory, achieved without a number of regulars.

The home side began well in perfect sunny conditions and exerted pressure on Romsey from the off. After a period of incessant attack and spirited Romsey defence, full-back Andy White handed off a defender to cross for the opening score after five minutes. Then a slick midfield move freed wing Richard Dollimore, who rounded his man to score in the left corner. The Island could have scored more in the first half but for some handling errors, and they were indebted to scrum-half Neil Brading for a magnificent individual try on the half-hour, as he chipped ahead and gathered on the full to score. Paul Courage converted for a 17-0 half-time lead.
Whitey, who scored the first try, with Simmo.

A slight wind advantage helped Romsey to establish territorial dominance on the resumption and they spent almost the entire third quarter in the Island 22. The home defence held firm however, inspired by the likes of Dan Taylor and man of the match Mark Allen. Romsey eventually crossed for a score out wide on the hour mark, and then to the alarm of the big home support registered another try almost immediately, which was converted to narrow the gap to five points. To their credit the Island roused themselves in time to interrupt Romsey’s momentum and control possession for the remainder of the game, although one error forced White to make a fine covering tackle to prevent a Romsey breakaway. The home supporters were relieved to hear the final whistle which confirmed a valuable brace of league points.

IW: White, Browne, Roch, Taylor, Dollimore, Courage, Brading, Cole, Allen, Jennings, Simpson, Orchard, A. Woodbridge, S. Boulter, Sawle. Replacements: Williams, Jackson, Newnham.

17 Feb. 2007 IW II 25 Romsey II 10

A fired up Island second team rose to the occasion in their crunch encounter at Wootton Rec and emphatically defeated league leaders Romsey, in so doing drawing level with them at the top of the table and now trailing only on points difference.

Knowing that only a victory would keep their season alive, the Island began well playing up the slope and shaded the ferocious early exchanges. Superiority at the breakdown was established thanks to the likes of flankers Ian Browne and Kevin Hennessy, and the Island got their reward when Kieran Leahy landed a 35 metre penalty goal after 15 minutes. Romsey now settled but had to be content with a levelling drop goal after a spell of pressure. The home side roared back with Chris Lees and Neil Harrison endlessly pilfering Romsey lineout ball, and Leahy was successful with the second of two further long range penalty attempts to regain the lead. Next came the Islanders’ best spell and their first try, as first the evergreen Dave New and then Richard Simpson came close, before Alex Williams powered over to give the Island an 11-3 halftime lead.
Richard Simpson almost scored, and wasn’t carded in this game.
Romsey began the second half with their heads down and were punished after another Simpson break, as Sam Heighway took advantage of a quick penalty to dart over. Leahy converted for an 18-3 lead, but now the Island lost focus and found it hard to escape from their own territory. Tempers grew frayed and a visiting player was shown yellow for a kick on the grounded Martin Palmer. Romsey’s best efforts were repelled, until they turned the Island over on the goal line and scored an opportunistic converted try. The Island were not daunted, man of the match Browne and Simpson setting up field position from which Paul Courage seemed certain to score, but an infringement led to a penalty try which Leahy improved to conclude the scoring.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Island firsts travel to Chineham, while the seconds host Chineham seconds with a 2.30 kickoff.
IW: Leahy, Dalchow, Enticknap, R. Simpson, Moore, Heighway, Courage, New, Gascoigne, Dry, Lees, Harrison, I. Browne, Hennessy, A. Williams. Replacements: Finn, Palmer, Williams Snr., Collins, Ellis, Jones.