Month: April 2017

An Alternative View of IWRFC with O’Pinion – Sunday 23 April 2017

The end of the 2016-17 season is almost here; touring side Medway visit next weekend, when Sunday will be rugby day! However, this weekend saw the annual awards evening on Friday night, followed by the second team’s hungover final match of the season on Saturday.

A novel venue (The Cow Co. at Tapnell Farm) hosted the glitzy awards do on Friday evening, attended by 100 Rangers and their families/significant others. A splendid evening, ably compered by chairman Ollie Boulter saw fine dining, ample drinking, devilish dancing, and a half-hour of controlled partial nudity inspired by Mr Harry Dye. A host of volunteer awards were given to those who keep the club running from week to week, often carrying out unglamorous chores. There were also some comedic alternative awards.

The main awards of the evening were allocated as follows: Young Player of the Year – Evan Toms. 2nd Team Player of the Year – Jayme Bishop. 1st Team Player of the Year – Owen Herbert. Players’ Player of the Year – Martin Newnham (for the second year running – some achievement by Freda!) The Chairman’s Award will be presented at the AGM on Wednesday 17 May. However, the President’s Award was doubly special this year – it was awarded to Colman Cotter, who was also conferred with the rare honour of honorary life membership of the club for his tireless efforts and invaluable advice in the renovation and extension of the IWRFC clubhouse. Well done feen.

Sore heads and bleary eyes aside, Saturday dawned sunny and warm, and Winchester Vets travelled to the Island for the final Solent League 3 match of the season. A fine game ensued, which Tim Greedy’s 2nds won 38-24. Coincidentally, this was the exact scoreline of the 1sts’ last league game, when they beat Romsey. There were four (4!) tries for Spanish import Cesar on the wing. ‘Hail Cesar!’ – thanks to Dave Metcalfe for the headline. Later, young Alex Augustus came off the bench to add two further tries, watched by his dad Ivan. This win gave the seconds fourth place (out of 12) in the league after a long but satisfying campaign – indeed, only Eastleigh’s superior points difference separated us from third.

One more game and then it’s several months without competitive rugby action. Hope to see you all next Sunday!

Report: 1sts v Romsey (H), Sat. 8 April 2017

IWRFC 38 Romsey 24

In their final league game of the season, the Island gained their revenge for an opening day loss to Romsey.

Early Island pressure at the scrum suggested that the day would go the way of the home side as hooked ball was moved wide for Owen Herbert to make inroads and feed Evan Toms for a score. However the visitors were determined and tenacious throughout and gained the lead with a penalty, quickly followed by a converted try.

The Island stepped up their pressure with a quick break by Alex Augustus to score, Lewis Murray adding the kick.

It was again Augustus who, with a quick tapped penalty, scampered over for his second try, Murray again adding the kick.

Herbert then had one of his trademark runs, stepping and dancing through the Romsey defence to score, with the conversion added.

The second half saw the departing Brett Evans score, before Augustus added his third after another quick tapped penalty, Murray adding the kick.

With a 28 point lead, the home side seemed to relax as the visitors upped their tempo, scoring two converted tries.

With the final whistle the club said farewell to two true Rangers as Andrew Brown and Brett Evans depart for adventures new. The club wishes them well.

On the adjoining pitch, the second team recorded a resounding 61-14 win over Romsey’s 2nds.

G Warvill, E Toms, O Herbert, D Stirrup, T Marriott, L Murray, A Augustus, A Hay, B Evans, A Brown, O Boulter, A Smith, M Tanner, D Tennant, M Newnham. G Smith, N Brading.

Report: 1sts v Fareham Heathens (A), Sat. 1 April 2017

Fareham Heathens 36-19 IWRFC

In their last away game of the season, the Island could not return home with a win.

Early Heathens pressure encounted strong Island defence, leading to turnover ball. Quick recycling by forwards led to Owen Herbert to score, Lewis Murray adding the conversion.

Heathens responded with two scores of their own before the visitors again ran through four sets of phases for captain Dan Stirrup to score.

However it was the home side who ended the half stronger adding two further tries.

Fareham again had the run of the half as they stretched their lead. But again the Island showed their determination and over the last ten minutes were constantly on the attack, led by man of the match Andrew Brown.

However they could only muster a single try as Herbert chipped and collected his kick to score and add the conversion.

IWRFC: O Herbert, J Webster, M Wood, D Stirrup, E Toms, L Murray, A Augustus, A Hay, B Evans, A Brown, A Raunigger, A Smith, R Keyes, D Tennant, M Newnham, T Kearney, C Williams, A Rann.