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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.

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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

Happy-ish New Year start

The 1st XV nearly made the perfect start to 2018 by losing just 26-30 to second-in-the-table Old Reigatian at Gosport Park yesterday having outscored the Surrey side by four tries to three writes Brian Seeney.

Gos were a try ahead within five minutes when a deft kick through the defensive line by fly half Alex Duncombe saw full back Alex Heron win the chase to touch down and that was just what the home side wanted so early on.

But the next 32 minutes were not so good as Old Reigatian scored 27 points without answer with three converted tries after 14, 20 and 37 minutes and two penalties in the 25th and 30th minutes.

At 5-27 it looked like the game was gone but ever-improving prop Carl Dawson powered over from a catch and drive lineout in the first minute of first half time added, with centre Wayne Dugan kicking the conversion for 12-27 because fly half Alex Duncombe had been sin binned by referee Katherine Ritchie (Herts) for not rolling away.

It was a critically important seven pointer and suddenly the game didn't look beyond Gos anymore.

Six minutes into the second half, Gos had narrowed the visitors' lead to 19-27 when Grant Hill popped a pass to returning no. 8 Sean Shepherd who charged through for his first of two tries.

The 62nd minute penalty that put Old Reigatian 19-30 in front was to prove decisive in the end even though it was only six minutes later that Shepherd scored again from a catch and drive lineout for the fourth try and bonus point. Wayne Dugan landed his third conversion of the day.

"We started well and I thought that first try was well deserved because we played well for that," said Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"Then they started to get the ascendancy and you could feel the momentum shifting and by half time we were looking a little bit adrift and I thought we might rescue it but knew it was big ask to do that.

"At half time we were talking about the fact that our forwards had gone to sleep for 20 minutes and we had let them get momentum with their driving maul and we weren't being tough enough.

"Our score just before half time was absolutely critical and if we could keep that going in the second half we knew we could be there or thereabouts at the end but we had to make sure everything was tight.

"Again we drifted in and out of the second half but we played pretty well for most of it and we managed to keep them out. But it's a shame because I think we could have won the game. We had two certain chances to score two more tries in the second half.

"If you can't win it then two points is the next best thing. We got messages on towards the end to say 'don't let them score because we must get the two bonus points' and we did.

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Carl Dawson scoring the third Gos try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts.

"I think we played pretty well overall and took two points taken from the second in the table side who are not second for nothing.

"I think they realised they got out of jail against us and their coach said as much.

I'm happy-ish. It's a strange feeling tinged with a bit of disappointment because six weeks ago prior to winning three in a row, if somebody had said we'd take two points off Old Reigatian at home and be within four points of them at the finish then I'd have said 'OK thanks very much but I don't really believe you'.

"It's not as if they just got to second last week or something - they've been second for all of the season except when they went first so that's consistency and not just a team who've just got there.

"We did say we were going to get things back on the road and those three wins brought that little bit of self-belief for the first 20 minutes today.

"Then we seemed to lose our direction especially up front and lost our way.

"We got back into it in the second half and I think they were looking worried at the end because we were steaming.

"With a couple more minutes I think we could have scored again. We had good chances available to us but we didn't take two of them in the second half and probably left four scores out there today.

"That's good and bad. It's disappointing we didn't take at least one of those four chances which would have won us the game but on the other hand it's great that we can manufacture things like that.

"It gives us good heart to go to Twickenham next Saturday and then take on KCS Old Boys down here two weeks later. It means we can seriously look at winning both games if we've got the right personnel available on the day."

Gos stay seventh in the London 2 South West table and next up will face a Twickenham side who still remain third despite crashing to a shock 20-7 defeat at relegation threatened Effingham & Leatherhead yesterday.

It trimmed the gap that separates Gos from the relegation zone from 14 points to 12 as sixth placed Farnham lost just 34-33 at Old Tonbridgians to stay sixth with a two point lead over Gos.

That Farnham performance underlined how important yesterday's two losing bonus points are for Gos...

Thanks Jean

Jean Morgan is the sponsor of the Match Ball for our first home game of 2018 against Old Reigatian on Saturday 6th January.

She is pictured with 1st XV position second row Toby Woodford who presented Jean with a signed match day ball.

Match Ball sponsors have their photo taken with a 1st XV player which is published on this website and on the club's Facebook page to acknowledge their support.

Sponsors also receive a match ball signed by the 1st XV.

The cost of sponsorship is a minimum £50 although sponsors can give a bigger sum if they wish!

You can sponsor as a business, an individual or share the cost as a group of friends.

If you would like to support this scheme please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact details and confirm the amount you are willing to pay for any of our home fixtures this season.

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Words & photo: Brian Seeney

Defiant Saxons topple Trojans in Gosport Park thriller

Gosport & Fareham Under 14s (Saxons) made it 10 wins out of 10 when they beat Trojans 44-33.

Trojans arrived at Gosport Park with a large determined squad of 30 players and a match over three 20 minute periods was agreed. The match started at a furious pace with high intensity and passion from both sides. Trojans scored first with a reply from the Saxons with both tries converted. Trojans then controlled a period of the game scoring three more converted tries. Period score Saxons 7 Trojans 28.

Trojans rotated their line up to ensure maximum game time for their squad. The Saxons regrouped having not played too badly despite being behind. ln previous seasons the Saxons may have let their heads drop but not now as they are made of sterner stuff with a bit steel running right through the team. Saxons dominated the second period scoring three unanswered tries one of which was converted. Period score Saxons 17 Trojans 0, match score Saxons 24 Trojans 28.

With all to play for in the last period Trojans made further changes with some of the first period players returning to the match. This is where the Saxons steel shone through and they toughed it out against a good team. Trojans again scored first with an unconverted try putting them 9 points clear. Game management by the players then saw Saxons kick 2 penalties to bring the score to Saxons 30 Trojans 33. The match was evenly poised with both sides having opportunities to score and win the game. Saxons then stunned Trojans with two more converted tries. Period score Saxons 20 Trojans 5, final match score Saxons 44 Trojans 33.

A strong performance all round as the forwards strike runners went well ably supported by the rest of the forwards who ran themselves ragged in support of the team, the backs went well with the half backs marshalling the Saxons back line in attack and support. In fact the squad 1-18 all deserve a mention. The fact that the Saxons only conceded one try in the last 40 minutes is also worthy of a mention and proved how hard and determined the Saxons were in defence, despite Trojans throwing everything at us.

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.


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