Mini/Youth round-up

Ravens on top

G&FRFC U15 Ravens pack dominated the first 6 minutes of play with strong scrummaging and rucking.

Domination gave possession and lock Euan Archbold crashed over for the first try, the kick was missed so a 5 point lead.

Another 4 minutes of forward domination and prop Samuel Rushent touched down to stretch Ravens lead to 10 points. New Milton were shaken but not out of the game and began to move the ball away from forward play. On 21 minutes they scored under the posts and converted to give a half time score of 10-7 to Ravens.

Again Ravens started in dominant possession and a series of phases lead to a back line attack that saw winger Connor Cox go in at the corner, 15-7 to Ravens. 10 minutes of play saw great attack and defence from both sides, although Ravens squander some possession with wayward kicks.

Then a moment of individual skill as the New Milton fly half kick over the pressing defensive line and gathered to touch down under the posts; 15-14 and the game was still in the balance.

Ravens forwards got back in the game and driving runs by centre Tom Ellis and full back Harry Rabjohn got Ravens on the front foot again.

Flanker Johnny Lewis scrambled in and Aidan Jarvis converted to give Ravens a bit of breathing room at 22-14 but New Milton kept playing. It wasn't until the final minutes that Sam Rushent went over for his second to close out the game and Aidan again converted; final score 29-14 to Ravens.

Vikings into Cup semi finals

GFRFC U13 Vikings were away to Romsey in the quarter finals of the Hampshire Youth Cup.

Romsey to kick off and all the play is in Gosport’s half and within 6 mins Romsey are through with a try straight through the middle (5-0 Romsey). After looking equal in the scrum the first couple of times, Gosport start to lay down the power and are edging the scrum battle giving them possesion and platform to work off. Ciaran Meachen out runs the opposition with a quick try (5-5). The Vikings capitalise from some poor handling which culminates in a terrific try for Tom Robertson (that’s going to cost Head Coach Robertson extra pocket money) (10-5 Gosport). Coming up for half time and the play is very hard fought with some crunching tackles going in from Gosport but Romsey take advantage of some fine play and run in another 10-10 at the whistle.

The second half begins and the noise from the Gosport supporters is worthy of England’s finest day at Twickenham, Gosport kick off to Romsey who are quick off the mark with their coaches’ instructions and score again (15-10 Romsey). Romsey’s coaching staff have done a great job at half time with their boys as they run in another try in quick succession (20-10 Romsey). In true Gosport fashion the Vikings wake up and decide they want to have a proper game and take it all the way to Romsey with Marcus Blockley-Webb having a go and scoring a cracking try, one which his father will tell you about in the clubhouse for the next 7 years (20-15). Ciaran Meachen off on one of his runs again and smashes through the Romsey defence to make it past the line again (20-20) now we have a game. Romsey have another go but with Fin Shields on the wing and helped by Joe Bass at full back they go nowhere. Some very quick penalties by George Middleton (Dad take note for the Vets game!) help Gosport to score two more tries (30-20 Gosport). Now Romsey look to be running out of steam in a very hard match but are punished yet again with another Ciaran Meachen try (35-20 Gosport), the Gosport management are starting to dance with delight on the touchline either that or someone spilt coffee when the Ref blew the whistle for full time.

Gos ball WEB

Gosport are Semi-finalists in the Hampshire cup!!!!

All the boys played exceptionally well and made the coaches, Management, and parents alike very, very proud!

Man of the Match as Voted by Romsey: Alec Campbell-Baldwin

Viking of the Week: George Middleton

Player of the Week: Fin Shields

Tackle of the Week: Harrison Brentchley

Minis season begins

It's Registration Day this Sunday (3rd September) so welcome back to those returning and welcome to Gosport & Fareham RFC for any new players. 

There's a busy season ahead for all our Minis (Under 6 - Under 12) with a number of friendly games and festivals and the Under 12 Tournament at Gosport Park on 24th September.



Saxons stun Portsmouth as unbeaten run reaches 11

The match was played as a 13 aside game with both teams only having 15 players. Saxons played a new line up due to unavailability and illness ravaging the squad, a new debutant and some returning players.

On a cold brisk morning with the frost just clearing in time for the match Saxons fell behind to a penalty try given for a high tackle.

That’s was the last time the Saxons line was breached as try after try was scored; 10 by the backs and a sole forward try. Some good interlinking play, support running and rucking was noted throughout the match. 

Only towards the end, with the match won, did the SAXONS lose a bit of structure.

Amazingly 10 of the 11 tries were converted so a superb effort from the kicking tee.

11 tries in 11th game of season to make it 11 wins from 11.


Vikings host Heathens

Last Sunday Gosport & Fareham U12s (the Vikings) entertained local rivals Fareham Heathens.

The rain held off but the usual biting winds made for chilling times for the spectators, many of whom made for the clubhouse and a warming cuppa. However, all were back in time to see the game.

The boys' session started with a game of touch rugby before breaking out into a number of different training sessions. They were then invited to show that they had absorbed this training in a friendly game against the Heathens. Always a challenge and this session was no exception.

First score fell to Tom Robertson following a good miss pass allowing him to score in the corner. Heathens put up a good defence in this, the first of 4 quarters, and the quarter ended 1-0 to Gosport. There then followed a flurry of tries from Cieran Meachen and another from Tom. Cieran’s speed was much in evidence, especially on the later occasion when he collected his own kick and raced over the try line. Gosport also put in some sterling defence in this period with Heathens’ closest attempt at a try being held up over the try line.

There were some brave attempts by the fly-half of the moment to try and organise the Gosport backs into defensive or attacking lines but, although the spectators could hear the instructions clearly, and the coaches were shouting instructions much to the same effect, the backs chose not to hear the advice. The predictable result was players overshooting the man with the ball, forcing the forward pass and giving the ball away.

The second 2 quarters continued with Gosport in the ascendency. Both sides made handling errors but Heathens seemed particularly prone to it and many of their attacking phases broke down for this reason. The Gos defence was strong nonetheless, and Harrison took holding the ball up literally when he grabbed the player with the ball and lifted him up, leaving his feet dangling in the air. Just when it looked like Heathens would get one back, Fin Sheilds put in a great cover tackle, saving the try and gaining possession for Gosport. Fittingly, Fin also scored his first try of the season during what was a great performance.

Another brilliant example of defensive rucking came when Bailey Downing, staying on his feet, reached over the tackled man, ripped the ball from his hands and then set off on a thundering run down the touchline, the crowd urging him on. He was stopped short but the ball ended with Josh who went over the line to score. Other tries came from Cieran and Callum during this period.

The Heathens had arrived a bit down in numbers so were given three volunteers in the shape of Ben Coleman, Harry Reed and Rhys Williams. All of whom put in strong performances and without whom the scoreline would have been even higher. Ben managed to get the only try for Heathens, following a deft piece of speed and sleight of hand. The final score was 9-1.

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