Month: September 2015

Report: 2nds v Ventnor (H), Sat. 26 Sept. 2015

IWRFC 2nds 26 Ventnor 2nds 12

What better way to start a merit season than to play a local derby. Both sides were determined to get off to a good start and the game was strongly contended from start to finish. A#J614541

Ventnor opened the scoring with a converted try, but the home side struck back with two tries from debutant Andy Rann, Colman Cotter adding the conversions. With Stuart Browne organising the backs and Giorgio Marinelli to the fore up front on his club debut, the Island held out for a half time lead of 14-5.

Andy Rann with one of his tries
Andy Rann with one of his tries
Stuart Browne orchestrates.
Stuart Browne orchestrates.


A determined home side started the second half well. A great bout of pressure saw a fine try from Sam McQueen, before Dan Greaves added a fourth, Cotter converting the latter. Ventnor refused to give up and were rewarded with the final try of the game.

Ricky Keyes on the charge.
Ricky Keyes on the charge.

The Islands Rouse Intelligent Financial Planning Man of the Match went to Tim Coates for his all round performance.

Next week the 2nds visit Fawley.

IWRFC: J Collinson, T Turtle, S McQueen, A Rann, T Coates, S Browne, C Cotter, A Raunigger, G Marinelli, I Puzey, T Greedy, M Westley, S Brine, R Keyes, S Gregory, J Willetts, J Wright, D Greaves.

Report: 1sts v Bognor, Sat. 26 Sept. 2015

IWRFC 15 Bognor 29

The Island, in their first home league game of the season, faced the difficult opposition of visiting Bognor. With changes forced on the team, the home side were first to register a score with a Harry Dye 40 metre penalty.

Bognor then turned up the level and scored from good line out ball being moved down the three quarter line. This was followed as the visiting centre, dominating much of the possession. broke through to add a second. The home side struggled with the pace of the visitors out wide and conceded two further first half tries to trail 26-3 at the break.

The second half was a totally different game as IW upped their pace and intensity. Recycled ball was moved wide and Tom Hatch scored with two men outside him. Dye added the kick.

With evergreen Neil Brading organising the back line, further home pressure was applied. Pressure at the base of the Bognor scrum saw Brett Evans pinch the ball and sprint 40 metres to score out wide. Bognor could only add a penalty in the second half. Eventually, time ran out on IW’s efforts to gain at least a bonus point.

The second half performance showed what the Islanders can produce when focussed and must be used as a stepping stone to future games. Rouse Intelligent Financial Planning man of the Match went to Neil Brading.

Next week the Island travel to Fordingbridge for another tough league test.

IWRFC: D Stirrup, R Tulloch, A James, N Brading, C Williams, H Dye, B Evans, R Stewart, M Tucker, T Hatch, A Brown, O Boulter, M Newnham, D Tennant, D Tanner, M Tanner, A Smith.

Report: 1sts v Locksheath Pumas (A), Sat. 19 Sept. 2015

Locksheath Pumas 22 IWRFC 15

IWRFC came across a determined Locksheath side as the hosts played their first game in Hampshire One, after last year’s Hampshire Two triumph.

Starting strongly, the Island pressured the home side and Harry Dye added a penalty. Locksheath then added two penalties of their own.

As the home side came more into the game a break out by Brett Evans, in his own half, led to him scoring, with Dye adding the kick.

Locksheath added a further penalty before the break, narrowing IW’s lead to 10-9.

The Island were now dominating in the scrums and lineout, but were frustrated by penalties being given in spite of this dominance. With further lack of cohesion at the break down, Locksheath added a further penalty. Then, with 15 minutes to go Locksheath found a gap out wide and scored, adding the kick.

Back came a determined Island side and pressuring the  home side. After several waves of attacks, Alex Smith crashed over. However the home side added a late penalty.

With a home game against Bognor on Saturday, the Island will need to refocus their efforts. Rouse Intelligent Solutions Man of the Match Ryan Stewart was to the fore and IWRFC debuts were seen from Aaron James and Ryan Cunningham.

Squad: D Stirrup, R Cunningham, A James, M Wood, G Huish, H Dye, C Cotter, R Freeman, B Evans, R Stewart, A Smith, A Brown, M Newnham, D Tennant, D Tanner, O Boulter, M Tucker, C Williams.

Report: Preseason tournament v Lymington and Romsey

The Island went away to Lymington to play in a three way tournament against the hosts and Romsey.
With a mixed club squad, the Islanders stamped their authority in the first game against Romsey. Dominating possession and position, Aaron James, impressive all day, crashed through the Romsey defence. Brett Evans broke from half way to add a second, Mark Tucker picked a line off Lewis Murray for the third, and Ryan Stewart added the fourth of the first half. Murray kicked all four conversions.
Despite second half changes, the Islanders continued with the same focus and determination. Stewart added his second; Dave Blackman and George Huish also crossed. The game was completed with tries for Silas Gregory and Mikey Wood. Huish added two conversions.
The Island’s second game was against hosts Lymington Mariners. Early pressure on the hosts’ line ended up with a scrum which the Island drove over for Evans to get the touch down. James then continued to show his power and pace with two more tries, Murray adding one of the kicks.
With further tries from captain Dan Stirrup and Huish, the Island had a comfortable half time lead.
But the hosts were not giving in and pushed the Islanders in the second half. Both teams showed a willingness to counter attack and the defences took charge. Lymington’s number 10 then struck a 40 metre drop goal for the only score of the half.
The Island now look forward to their first Hampshire One league game of the season at newly promoted Locksheath Pumas on Saturday 19th September.
D Stirrup, A James, G Huish,L Murray, T Hatch, G Smith, A Brown, M Tucker, M Newnham, B Evans, O Boulter, M Wood, S Gregory, R Stewart, R Tulloch, D Tennant, D Tanner, D Blackman, A Vince, A Gates, R Sice, A Raunigger.